This is a  staff list for Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center(s) in Corpus Christi, TX

(formerly known as Corpus Christi State School)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Corpus Christi State School/Supported Living Centers.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Corpus Christi State School/Supported Living Centers, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Corpus Christi State School/Supported Living Centers, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

Please don’t place your loved one in Corpus Christi State School and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Al Barrera Superintendent (former?) HEAL requires Barrera's full legal name in order to verify whether or not Barrera holds an educator license in TX.  HEAL requires Barrera's full legal name in order to verify whether Barrera holds any health/mental health professional licenses in TX.
Mark Cazalos Director Cazalos is not a licensed educator in TX.  Source: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECONLINE/virtcert.asp  Cazalos is not a licensed social worker, health nor mental health professional in TX.  Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchTypeTXRAS.do
Polly Ramirez Staff Ramirez is not a licensed educator in TX.  Source: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECONLINE/virtcert.asp  Ramirez is not a licensed social worker, health nor mental health professional in TX.  Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchTypeTXRAS.do
Gracie Salinas Staff HEAL requires Salinas' full legal name in order to verify whether or not Salinas holds an educator license in TX.  Salinas is not a licensed social worker, health nor mental health professional in TX.  Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchTypeTXRAS.do
Brandon Riggins Asst. Director of Programs Riggins is not a licensed educator in TX.  Source: https://secure.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECONLINE/virtcert.asp  The only health license we found for a "Brandon Riggins" is not for a Doctor of Psychology nor Psychiatry as is stated on Corpus Christi documents.  Here is what we found:

License Number: 76196 Current Date: 08/06/2014 08:39 PM
Name: Riggins, Brandon
License Type: Respiratory Care Practitioner
License Status: Current, Active
Expiry Date: 10/31/2014
Effective Rank Date: 11/06/2012
Addresses    
Main Address Address
VERNON , TX
WILBARGER
76384
US
Mailing Address Address
VERNON , TX
WILBARGER
76384
US
Source: https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchTypeTXRAS.do  We also searched the Texas Medical Board and found no record of Riggins being licensed.  Source: https://public.tmb.state.tx.us/HCP_Search/SearchInput.aspx   And, we also searched the licensee database for Texas Board of Psychological Examiners and found Riggins is not licensed through them either.  Source: https://licensing.hpc.state.tx.us/datamart/selSearchType.do
     
     
     
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*(Corpus Christi State School, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
Article: Corpus Christi State School Investigated... (source: dallasnews.com, March 11th, 2009)
Complaints of abuse at Texas state schools hard to prove Burden of proof Victims’ disabilities, staff make it difficult to prosecute state school abuse complaints TERRI LANGFORD , Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle | May 16, 2009 Comments 0 E-mail Print 0 Page 1 of 1 Hundreds of abuse complaints involving the mentally disabled residents of Texas state schools are made to local police each year but rarely do they result in criminal charges, largely because the cases are too difficult to prove, according to a three-year snapshot of data obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Two months after cell phone images revealed how staffers at Corpus Christi State School organized fights between residents, records show only 4 percent of 2,814 state school abuse cases flagged by Texas Adult Protective Services to local police as possible crimes between fiscal years 2005 and 2008 are eventually proven or “confirmed” by APS as abuse. For the past two years, conditions within Texas state schools have been the focus of federal investigators who have criticized the system’s deadly lapses in health care and civil rights abuses. Since 2004, 800 state school employees have been suspended or fired for abusing residents. Last week, a tentative agreement was reached between Texas and the U.S. Department of Justice to boost staffing and improve medical care at 11 state schools and two residential centers for the mentally disabled. By law, APS workers must investigate every bruise or abnormality found on a resident if a state school staffer or family member suspects abuse or neglect. The state will not release the names of state school abuse victims, making it impossible to track exactly how many of the 2,814 APS abuse referrals to police actually make it into a courtroom. But Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, whose office investigates cases referred from Mexia State School, which has the most abuse referrals in the state, said his officers often face the same hurdles that APS workers do. Victims with limited mental abilities are tough to interview. “We get a ton of referrals that don’t end up in the criminal courts because there is not enough to go with, or are unfounded,” Wilson said. During the three-year period that ended last Aug. 31, Wilson’s office was notified of 857 abuse cases at Mexia State School.  Source: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Complaints-of-abuse-at-Texas-state-schools-hard-1749638.php
Seven staff fired from Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center after abuse and neglect accusations Michelle Villarreal 9:45 PM, Oct 14, 2011 local CORPUS CHRISTI - Seven employees were fired after investigations into abuse and neglect allegations at the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center. The center, formerly known as the Corpus Christi State School, underwent two investigations between April and June in connection with four allegations of abuse and neglect that involved at total of 17 residents. The allegations were called in to the Department of Family and Protective Services, which began the investigations. The department's investigators found three of the allegations to be unsubstantiated. The fourth allegation was partially substantiated. The Department of Aging and Disability Services also conducted an investigation. "Our staff at the facility went in and did their own investigation, which is standard practice, and they felt need to take aggressive action," said Cecilia Fedorov, spokeswoman for the Department of Aging and Disability Services. "Because of that the state school staff fired all the employees that were involved of the allegations." Fedorov said she didn't have details about the allegations or what had been substantiated. She said the reports have not been finalized. Mark Cazalas, interim director of the Corpus Christi center, could not be reached for comment. The Caller-Times in September requested information on allegations of abuse and neglect accusations of the center for the past year. Only confirmed cases were provided. "We feel like it's more accurate to focus on the confirmations rather than the allegations," Allison Lowery, spokeswoman for the Department of Aging and Disability Service, said in response to the request.The U.S. Department of Justice monitored the center in July and noted that employees who were accused of abuse or neglect were given temporary reassignments to remove them from direct contact with residents, pending an investigation, according to the report. The report includes areas in need of improvement, specifically for abuse and neglect, and says staff need to be more thorough in their record keeping of injuries.The center also was the site of staged fights between people with mental disabilities from January 2008 to February 2009. The fights led to the firing of 42 employees and the conviction of five, including the accused ringleader who pleaded guilty in April and received five years in prison. Another received an immunity deal for testifying against the others.  Source: http://www.caller.com/news/seven-staff-fired-from-corpus-christi-state-and

 

 Last Updated: August 6th, 2014

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