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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 551INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY OR RELATED CONDITIONS
SUBCHAPTER GABUSE, NEGLECT, AND EXPLOITATION; COMPLAINT AND INCIDENT REPORTS AND INVESTIGATIONS
RULE §551.212Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation to DFPS

(a) A person, including a facility owner or employee, who has cause to believe that a resident of a facility has been or is being subjected to physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, verbal or emotional abuse, neglect, or exploitation, as those terms are defined in Chapter 711 of this title (relating to Investigations in DADS Mental Retardation and DSHS Mental Health Facilities and Related Programs), by a person other than a resident of the facility, must report the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), as required by Chapter 711 of this title, by calling 1-800-647-7418.

(b) If the person making the report is not an employee of the facility, such as a resident or visitor, facility staff must assist the person in making the report, if necessary.

(c) The facility must assist a DFPS investigator by preserving and safeguarding evidence of the alleged abuse, neglect, or exploitation and by ensuring that facility employees are made available upon request by the investigator.


Source Note: The provisions of this §551.212 adopted to be effective June 1, 2010, 35 TexReg 4469; transferred effective May 1, 2019, as published in the Texas Register April 12, 2019, 44 TexReg 1883

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