Provides protection through investigation, and resolution of allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of individuals with disabilities.
Provides specific protection for students of the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) and the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI).
Requires any person with cause to believe that a child has been abused to report the suspected abuse to the authorities. Requires a professional person to report the suspected abuse within 48 hours of learning about it. These reports may be made confidentially.
Requires any person with cause to believe that a person who is elderly or who has a disability has been abused to report all incidents of abuse to the authorities. This report may be made confidentially.
Provides a system to report abuse of persons who are residents of State facilities serving people with mental illness and or people with intellectual disabilities.
Provides criminal liability for nursing home employees who fail to report incidents of abuse or neglect of residents.
Provides that all State agencies use standardized definitions of abuse, neglect, and exploitation and maintain consistent procedures with each other for investigation of incidents.
Bars persons with certain convictions from working directly with clients in facilities serving people who are elderly or have disabilities.
Provides increased penalties for sexual assault of victims with disabilities.
Prohibits a provider from retaliation against anyone making an allegation or providing information of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.