The proposal came from the Sunset Commission, which recommended the shut down of six of the 13 state supported living centers, for the intellectually disabled.
The Brenham Republican submitted testimony before the Sunset Commission challenging their findings that there are better ways to take care of these clients. Read her testimony here .
The Sunset Commission staff report suggests shuttering almost half of the centers across the state. The report was released on June 24th and 25th. The report also included testimony that overwhelmingly opposed the closure plan. Parents, guardians and advocates for the state supported living center dominated the meeting’s public testimony, speaking in favore of keeping all of the facilities open.
Kolkhorst is a former member of the Sunset Commission but she challenged the reports financial methodology, which compares the larger range of options found in state supported living center with much smaller group homes, which she says have historically been less regulated and in some local areas are reliant upon local police for security measures.
The report suggests increasing funds for the less regulated group homes.