State of Texas Human Resources Code

Title 7. Rehabilitation of Individuals with Disabilities

Chapter 112. Developmental Disabilities

Subchapter A. General Provisions

Sec. 112.001. Definitions.

In this chapter:

  • “Council” means the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.

  • “Designated state agency” means the executive agency designated by the governor to provide administrative support and fiscal management services to the council in accordance with this chapter and federal law.

  • “Developmental disability” means a severe, chronic disability as defined by applicable federal developmental disability laws.

  • “Applicable federal developmental disability laws” refers to the various Acts of congress providing for assistance and services to persons with developmental disabilities and codified as 42 U.S.C. Section 6000 et seq.

  • “Protection and advocacy system” means the system established in this state under the applicable federal developmental disabilities laws for the purpose of advocating for and protecting the rights of persons with developmental disabilities.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Legislature, p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Legislature, ch. 603, §§ 11, 12, effective September 1, 1985.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Legislature, ch. 79, § 1, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.002. Purpose and Legislative Findings.

  1. The purpose of this chapter is to establish a developmental disabilities program that assures compliance with applicable federal developmental disability laws.

  2. The legislature finds that persons with developmental disabilities have a right to appropriate treatment, services, and habilitation for their disabilities within the funds available for those purposes and that the treatment, services, and habilitation for a person with developmental disabilities must be designed to maximize the developmental potential of the person and must be provided in the setting that is least restrictive of the person’s personal liberty.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Legislature, p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Legislature, ch. 603, § 13, effective September 1, 1985.

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

Sec. 112.011. Establishment.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is established.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.0111. Definition.

In this subchapter, “executive director” means the executive director of the council.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.012. Members.

The members of the council shall be appointed by the governor in accordance with applicable federal developmental disability laws.

Appointments to the council shall be made without regard to:

  1. the race, color, sex, religion, age, or national origin of the appointees; or
  2. the disability of the appointees, except as required by applicable federal developmental disability laws.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 264, § 28, effective August 26, 1985; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 14, effective September 1, 1985; Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 793, § 22, effective September 1, 1985.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.013. Terms.

  1. Members of the council appointed by the governor serve for staggered terms of six years with the term of one-third of the members expiring on February 1 of each odd-numbered year.
  2. A person may not serve on the council more than two consecutive six-year terms.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.

Sec. 112.014. Vacancies.

  1. A position on the council becomes vacant if:
    1. a member resigns from the council by providing written notice to the chair; or
    2. a member ceases to be a resident of this state.

  2. If a position on the council becomes vacant, the chair shall provide written notice to the governor, agency commissioner, or executive director, as appropriate, requesting a new appointment to fill the remainder of the member’s term.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 2, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.015. Expenses.

  1. Council members appointed under Section 112.012 serve without salary but are entitled to reimbursement for actual expenses incurred in performing their duties, including travel, meals, lodging, and telephone long-distance charges.

  2. Members of the council who have a disability and who, because of the disability, require special aids or travel companions are entitled to reimbursement for those costs.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.016. Officers.

  1. The governor shall designate a member of the council to be the presiding officer.
  2. The presiding officer serves in that capacity at the will of the governor.
  3. A representative of a state agency may not serve as chair or vice-chair.
  4. The council shall meet quarterly in regular session and on call by the chair when necessary for the transaction of council business.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 15, effective September 1, 1985.

Sec. 112.0161. Conflicts of Interest.

  1. In this section, “Texas trade association” means a cooperative and voluntarily joined association of business or professional competitors in this state designed to assist its members and its industry or profession in dealing with mutual business or professional problems and in promoting their common interest.

  2. A person may not be a member of the council and may not be a council employee employed in a “bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity,” as that phrase is used for purposes of establishing an exemption to the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq.) and its subsequent amendments, if:

    1. the person is an officer, employee, or paid consultant of a Texas trade association in the field of developmental disabilities; or
    2. the person’s spouse is an officer, manager, or paid consultant of a Texas trade association in the field of developmental disabilities.

  3. Unless otherwise required by applicable federal developmental disability laws, a person may not be a member of the council or act as the general counsel to the council if the person is required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 305, Government Code, because of the person’s activities for compensation on behalf of a profession related to the operation of the council.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.0162. Removal of Council Member.

  1. It is a ground for removal from the council that a member:
    1. does not have at the time of taking office the qualifications required by applicable federal developmental disability laws;
    2. is ineligible for membership under Section 112.0161;
    3. fails to discharge the member’s duties for a substantial part of the member’s term; or
    4. is absent from more than half of the regularly scheduled council meetings that the member is eligible to attend during a calendar year without an excuse approved by a majority vote of the council.

  2. The validity of an action of the council is not affected by the fact that it is taken when a ground for removal of a council member exists.

  3. If the executive director has knowledge that a potential ground for removal exists, the executive director shall notify the presiding officer of the council of the potential ground. The presiding officer shall then notify the governor and the attorney general that a potential ground for removal exists. If the potential ground for removal involves the presiding officer, the executive director shall notify the next highest ranking officer of the council, who shall then notify the governor and the attorney general that a potential ground for removal exists.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.0163. Council Member Training.

  1. A person who is appointed to and qualifies for office as a member of the council may not vote, deliberate, or be counted as a member in attendance at a meeting of the council until the person completes a training program that complies with this section.

  2. The training program must provide the person with information regarding:
    1. the legislation that created the council;
    2. the programs operated by the council;
    3. the role and functions of the designated state agency and council under this chapter and applicable federal developmental disability laws;
    4. the rules of the council, with an emphasis on the rules that relate to disciplinary and investigatory authority;
    5. the current budget for the council;
    6. the results of the most recent formal audit of the council;
    7. the requirements of:
      1. the open meetings law, Chapter 551, Government Code;
      2. the public information law, Chapter 552, Government Code;
      3. the administrative procedure law, Chapter 2001, Government Code; and
      4. other laws relating to public officials, including conflict of interest laws; and

    8. any applicable ethics policies adopted by the council or the Texas Ethics Commission.

  3. A person appointed to the council is entitled to reimbursement, as provided by the General Appropriations Act, for the travel expenses incurred in attending the training program regardless of whether the attendance at the program occurs before or after the person qualifies for office.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.017. Bylaws.

The council may adopt bylaws and policies consistent with this chapter and applicable state or federal law.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 16, effective September 1, 1985.

Sec. 112.018. Designated State Agency.

  1. The governor shall designate, by executive order, a state agency to provide administrative support to the council and receive federal and state funds appropriated for the council. In accordance with federal law, the governor may select one of the following to serve as the designated state agency:
    1. the council;
    2. a state agency that does not provide or pay for services made available to persons with developmental disabilities;
    3. a state agency that provides or pays for services made available to persons with developmental disabilities if the state agency was designated by the governor under this section before June 30, 1994, and the governor has not changed the designation;
    4. a state office, including the office of the governor; or
    5. a state planning office.

  2. The designated state agency shall receive, deposit, and disburse funds for the council in accordance with this chapter, applicable federal developmental disability laws, and the purposes and priorities established by the council in the state plan developed under Section 112.019.

  3. The designated state agency, in accordance with state law and procedures, shall provide for fiscal control and fund-accounting procedures necessary to assure the proper disbursement of and accounting for funds available to the council.

  4. Unless the council is serving as the designated state agency, the council shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the designated state agency that delineates the roles and responsibilities of the designated state agency under this chapter.

  5. The designated state agency may adopt rules as necessary to implement the agency’s duties under this chapter and applicable federal developmental disability laws.

  6. A designated state agency may not assign duties to staff of the council unless the council is serving as the designated state agency.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 17, effective September 1, 1985.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.019. State Plan for Developmental Disabilities.

  1. The council shall develop and submit the state plan for persons with developmental disabilities. The plan must conform to applicable federal developmental disability laws.

  2. Unless the council is serving as the designated state agency, the council shall consult with the designated state agency before submitting the state plan required by this section solely to:

    1. obtain appropriate assurances with respect to the plan as required by federal law; and
    2. ensure that the plan is consistent with state law.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 18, effective September 1, 1985.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.020. Additional Council Powers and Duties.

  1. In addition to powers and duties derived by the council from applicable federal developmental disability laws or other provisions of this chapter, the council shall:

    1. undertake at the request of the governor and the legislature activities appropriate to the achievement of legislative and executive functions relating to persons with developmental disabilities or other disabling conditions;

    2. submit to the governor, legislature, and other appropriate state and federal authorities periodic reports on the council’s responsibilities and performance;

    3. develop and implement policies that clearly separate the policymaking responsibilities of the council and the management responsibilities of the executive director and the staff of the council; and

    4. develop and implement policies that provide the public with a reasonable opportunity to appear before the council and to speak on any issue under the jurisdiction of the council.

  2. The council may:
    1. adopt rules as necessary to implement the council’s duties and responsibilities under this chapter and applicable federal developmental disability laws;

    2. approve and execute an annual budget for council activities under this chapter that is consistent with applicable federal developmental disability laws; and

    3. contract with or provide grants to agencies, organizations, or individuals as necessary to implement council activities under this chapter.

Added by Acts 1983, 68th Leg., p. 5272, ch. 970, § 1, effective August 29, 1983.
Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 19, effective September 1, 1985.
Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.0201. Complaints.

  1. The council shall maintain a file on each written complaint filed with the council. The file must include:
    1. the name of the person who filed the complaint;
    2. the date the complaint is received by the council;
    3. the subject matter of the complaint;
    4. the name of each person contacted in relation to the complaint;
    5. a summary of the results of the review or investigation of the complaint; and
    6. an explanation of the reason the file was closed, if the council closed the file without taking action other than to investigate the complaint.

  2. The council shall provide to the person filing the complaint and to each person who is a subject of the complaint a copy of the council’s policies and procedures relating to complaint investigation and resolution.

  3. The council, at least quarterly and until final disposition of the complaint, shall notify the person filing the complaint and each person who is a subject of the complaint of the status of the investigation unless the notice would jeopardize an undercover investigation.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.021. Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights

The protection and advocacy system shall have access to records as required by the provisions of the applicable federal disability laws.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 603, § 20, effective September 1, 1985.

Sec. 112.022. Executive Director.

  1. The council shall hire an executive director in accordance with 42 U.S.C. Section 6024(c) and its subsequent amendments to carry out the policies and activities established by the council.

  2. The executive director shall hire and supervise necessary staff who will be responsible solely for carrying out activities designated by the council and consistent with:

    1. applicable federal developmental disability laws; and
    2. this chapter.

  3. The executive director or the executive director’s designee shall provide to members of the council and to council employees, as often as necessary, information regarding the requirements for office or employment under this subchapter, including information regarding a person’s responsibilities under applicable laws relating to standards of conduct for state officers or employees.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999

Sec. 112.0221. Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

  1. The executive director or the executive director’s designee shall prepare and maintain a written policy statement that implements a program of equal employment opportunity to ensure that all personnel decisions are made without regard to race, color, disability, sex, religion, age, or national origin.

  2. The policy statement must include:
    1. personnel policies, including policies relating to recruitment, evaluation, selection, training, and promotion of personnel, that show the intent of the council to avoid the unlawful employment practices described by Chapter 21, Labor Code; and

    2. an analysis of the extent to which the composition of the council’s personnel is in accordance with state and federal law and a description of reasonable methods to achieve compliance with state and federal law.

  3. The policy statement must:
    1. be updated annually;
    2. be reviewed by the state Commission on Human Rights for compliance with Subsection (b)(1); and
    3. be filed with the governor’s office.

Added by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, effective September 1, 1999.

Sec. 112.023. Sunset Provision.

The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset Act). Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter, the council is abolished and this chapter expires September 1, 2009.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 729, § 36, effective September 1, 1985.
Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 167, § 2.20(34), effective September 1, 1987.
Renumbered from § 112.021 by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 167, 5.01(a)(28), effective September 1, 1987.
Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 17, § 4.10, effective November 12, 1991; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 79, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 1227, § 2.03. effective September 1, 2005.