The Texas Biennial Disability Report regarding the state of services to individuals with disabilities was mandated by Senate Bill 374, passed by the 76th Texas Legislature (1999)(R). This legislation requires the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) and the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) to jointly prepare a biennial report to the Legislature on the state of services to persons with disabilities in Texas; to outline present and future needs for consumer-friendly, appropriate, and individualized services and supports; and to make recommendations related to those services. Specifically, SB 374 directs TCDD and TOPDD to address the following:
- Fiscal and Programmatic Barriers to Consumer Friendly Services
- Progress Toward Individualized Service Delivery Based on Functional Needs
- Progress in Development of Local Cross-Disability Access Structures
- Projection of Future Long-Term Care Service Needs
- Consumer Satisfaction and Consumer Preferences
As directed in the government code, this report is focused on health and human services and does not address the broader array of policy issues related to housing, education, transportation, and employment, that impact the lives of persons with developmental disabilities.
The recommendations included in the Biennial Disability Report are focused on key policy initiatives that have emerged in the most recent biennium (2007-2008). This report serves to establish a framework for legislative action during the 81st Texas Legislative Session (2009).
In each Biennial Report, TCDD has elected to focus a portion of the report on a key policy issue facing individuals with developmental disabilities. This year, the Council directed a special focus for the 2008 Biennial Disability Report on The State’s Allocation of Resources to Provide Long-Term Services and Supports for Texans with Developmental Disabilities.
The Biennial Disability Report is submitted to the Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than December 1 of each even-numbered year.
- Section One of this Report includes recommendations from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.
- Section Two includes recommendations from the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities.