Taxpayer-funded snacks nixed for monitors

April 27, 2010 8:01:25 AM PDT
Taxpayer money will no longer be used to buy cream puffs, sodas and other snacks for monitors of state supported living centers for people with mental disabilities. The Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday that at least three facilities wrongly used taxpayer money to pay for the treats.

The Department of Aging and Disability Services say purchases by the Abilene, San Antonio and Corpus Christi centers, totaling about $855, violated state policy.

An April 17 directive bans such spending on monitors reviewing the 13 state supported living centers, formerly known as state schools. Texas and the Justice Department are working to make sure the state improves overall care for residents.

Agency spokeswoman Cecilia Fedorov says the staff was just trying to be hospitable.