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Senator John Cornyn, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator Kevin Eltife, Representative Chuck L. Hopson, Mayor Carson Joines, Governor Rick Perry, President Barack Obama

My 26 year old brother Colt has received a 30 day discharge notice from his current ICF/MR facility. This facility is not trying to find a new home for him, but are leaving that entirely up to his family. However, we have been unable to find a place with an opening for him. When my sister contacted the State of Texas to find out what our options are and what will happen to him at the end of the 30 days, she was told that he could be put in a cab and left at her house with no further assistance. He is a non-verbal full care resident with severe to profound mental retardation, has impulse control disorder, and also has cerebral palsy. We love him more than we can say - but we are not qualified or capable of caring for him. The fact that it is legal for him to be thrown out of a home without a new home in place is upsetting. He is not the only person this is happening to, either. Another home in the area is closing and there are other residents in a similar position as my brother. The laws need to be changed so that this is not able to be done to the innocent in our country.

Please help our brother. We are asking that his current facility extend his discharge date until a new home is found for him. The state facility has a several month waiting list. Perhaps because of the situation, those who are facing immediate homelessness could be put to the top of that list.


Tess Meyer

This petition closed over 5 years ago

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Please sign our petition and help us find my brother a place to live. Our goal is to get the home he is currently in to give him an extention and help to find a new home. We also want the laws to...

Please sign our petition and help us find my brother a place to live. Our goal is to get the home he is currently in to give him an extention and help to find a new home. We also want the laws to be changed so that no mentally handicapped person is ever forced into homelessness.

My brother Colt is 26 year old and currently lives in East Texas. He is diagnosed with severe to profound Mental Retardation. He has the mental level of approximately a one year old, but is in an adult sized body. He is non-verbal and therefore is unable to communicate. He has cerebral palsy so he is unable to walk and uses a wheelchair. He can transfer himself in and out of the wheelchair with just a little assistance. He does not need a wheelchair lift vehicle for transport or toileting. He is on state medicaid. It has been recommended that he be in an all male facility.

The current facility (coed) feels that he would be better fit for an all male facility, so they have given a 30 day order for him to move out. They are not finding another place for him to go - he just has 30 days to be out. He is not a danger to the current residents. My sister is trying to find a place for him, but another place in the area is closing and there are 8 other people like my brother looking for a home and nowhere to go. She has called the state and they have told her since she is his legal guardian, they can drop him off at her house on the last day and just leave him with her. They aren't helping her find a new place and she doesn't know what to do.

He really is a great guy. We have taken him to the zoo and on car trips by ourselves before, but he also needs full time care like a one year old would. He has done one night stays by my sister on occasion, but there is no way she can take him home with her full time. She works full time and has to in order to pay basic bills and has two kids - one of which is just one year old. She can't provide Colt with the care he needs.

She has applied at every home she can find, but they are all full or unable to take him in for various reasons. I cannot believe that this facility is willing to just abandon him and force him into homelessness. If he is not a great fit for their home, they should work to find him a new home and then move him, but instead they are kicking him out to the streets without any effort to help him. The State of Texas says that this is perfectly legal and nothing can be done about this. The state run institutions have a several month waiting list to get him in, but he doesn't have several months.

Please share this cause with all your friends and family. Get the word out. We need the home Colt is currently in to give him an extention and help us find him a new home. My sister is working non stop trying to find a solution, and I am doing what I can from across the country.


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