Memo from Paul Wrotenbery to Allen Clark regarding MHMR Section 504, problem with handicapped request from Allen Clark, April 8, 1980
Memo from Paul Wrotenbery to Allen Clark regarding MHMR Section 504, problem with handicapped request from Allen Clark, April 8, 1980. Wrotenbery explains Governor Clements' response to questions raised by Gayle and Paul Lindsey, parents of Jill Lindsey, in the Children's Psychiatric Unit at the Austin State Hospital.
Wrotenbery, Paul T.
Clark, Allen B.
Texas. Department of Mental Health and Mental RetardationUnited States. Department of Health, Education and WelfareChildrens' Psychiatric Unit at Austin State Hospital
"Texas Governor Term 1, 1979-1982"
Texas A&M University
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives
"Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Official State Papers, 1st Term, 1979-1983"
Administrative Division | 1st term
Texas State library and archives commission
Clements Texas Papers
MEMORANDUM TO: Allen Clark FROM: Paul T. Wrotenbery 1R'" SUBJECT: MHMR - Section 504, Problem with Handicapped Request from Allen Clark DATE: April 8, 1980 My staff has reviewed the information which you have submitted with regard to the problems allegedly being experienced by Jill Lindsey, daughter of Gayle and Paul Lindsey at the Children's Psychiatric Unit at the Austin State Hospital. Based on our review of the information which you have submitted, it is our opinion that the Governor should not send the letter which was submitted for our review. Our recommenda- tions are based on the following rationale: 1) In our opinion the Governor's letter could jeopardize the State's case in any legal action taken by the Lindsey's against the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. My staff feels the letter is worded to imply that the Children's Psychiatric Unit is out of compliance with various federal regulations. However, based on the information submitted, the Governor's Office has not conducted an investigation of the situation and consequently any accusations made are based solely on second and third party reviews. 2) According to the information presented, HEW presented their deficiency findings to MHMR on approximately March 4, 1980. In our opinion MHMR has not had sufficient time to address the exceptions raised by HEW. Although the memo from Virginia Roberts has indicated that the superin- tendent at the Austin State Hospital takes exception with the HEW findings, there was nothing in the information presented to determine what position Dr. Kavanagh, who is Commissioner of MHMR, will take on this matter. These are basically the major reasons for our recommendations. I would like to point out that my staff has only reviewed the information pre- sented and therefore has no opinion on the actual situation itself. Further, we recommend that no letter be sent. Our policy is to not involve the Governor in personal problem cases since they are no-win situations for the Governor. If you need additional information, please advise.