Concerns over S.A. state-run living center

A local mother told Eyewitness News she is worried about safety at a San Antonio assisted living center and claims the place is not doing enough to safeguard the people who live there.

Dee Carter said her son suffers from seizures and has a behavior disorder. It's why she wanted him to live at the San Antonio State Supported Living Center. The center provides 24-hour care for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

"I put him there for safe keeping because he got to the point where he was difficult to manage," said Carter.

Carter said last month, another person living at the state run facility went into her son's room while he was sleeping and hit him so violently, he broke his nose.

The SAPD police report from January 15th matches Dee's account, except it said the victim and suspect lived at the state hospital, which is next to the living center at the same South New Braunfels address.

Dee said the problem is at the supported living center and there is not enough staff for one-on-one attention.

Eyewitness News reached out State Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) which runs the facility.

In response, Melissa Gale, the Public Information Officer, said, "The San Antonio facility is not short staffed. There is sufficient staff to care for the people we serve there."

The facility was cited by the State several times in October. Those citations include failing to ensure clients' rights were protected, including the right to be free from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. State records also showed policy and procedural problems.

DADS said the the issues were resolved by December.

"Mainly that would involve making sure that each individual behavioral support plan is up to date," said Gale. "That there are good staff training policies in place to make sure that staff know about those behavioral issues."

The State can't comment if it received a report of an assault in January. It said whenever it receives those kinds of reports, every allegation is investigated.


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