Public Hearing on Austin State Hospital

If the Austin State Hospital land does come up for sale, it could mean a great opportunity for redeveloping the land as a dense development like the Triangle or something similar - maybe the last in central Austin.

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The Health and Human Services Commission is holding three hearings in June to obtain input from stakeholders and the public as part of a study required by Senate Bill 200, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015. The input will be considered in the statutorily mandated study to determine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of transferring operations of the Austin State Hospital to a new location. Per legislative request, the Austin State Supported Living Center will also be included in the study. A report of the findings is to be submitted to the legislature by September 1, 2016.

Public hearings will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

· Wednesday, June 15, 2016 ̶ Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Brown-Heatly Building, 4900 N. Lamar Boulevard, Public Hearing Room 1410-1430, Austin (webcasting available)

· Monday, June 20, 2016 ̶ San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos

· Wednesday, June 22, 2016 ̶ Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, 1009 North Georgetown Street, Round Rock

There will be a three-minute time limit per speaker on public comments.

Interested persons may also submit written comments to ASHFacilityStudy@hhsc.state.tx.us by June 30, 2016.

For additional information, contact Carolyn Bivens, (512) 776-2370, or carolyn.bivens@dshs.state.tx.us. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend a hearing and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Anne Mosher at (512) 776-2780, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Anyone interested in starting FoASH? Maybe this is an opportunity for FoTG, FoHP, and others to work together?

I am! I think that’s a really great idea.