EL PASO — Eighteen staff members at the El Paso state supported living center have been reassigned during an investigation into allegations of abuse or neglect involving special needs residents.
A spokesperson at the Texas Department of Aging and Disability services said all 13 state living centers have a policy to reassign staff members temporarily so they won't have any direct contact with residents while an investigation is underway.
The spokesperson said if the investigation does not confirm abuse or neglect the staff member typically resumes work with residents.
If the allegation does confirm abuse or neglect, that employee will be disciplined and could be fired.
Since the beginning of September 2012, El Paso had a total of 67 allegations of abuse or neglect by staff. All of those allegations were investigated by the Department of Family and Protective Services. Of those, DFPS confirmed 7 cases of abuse or neglect.