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Support Recreation Therapy in Texas

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A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) is a professional who possesses a nationally recognized certification and has continually met the national standards to provide services.There are 648 current CTRS’s in the great state of Texas and that number is steadily rising! They work to improve the lives of individuals in the VA system, psychiatric settings, rehabilitation facilities, and long term care facilities. They serve Medicaid waiver programs, and provide inclusion programs in public schools, and parks and recreation departments.

Throughout Texas districts, Recreation Therapy provides people the opportunity to develop and improve skills, knowledge, and behaviors for daily living and community integration. Research supports the concept that people with active, satisfying lifestyles will be happier and healthier.


As a united group of more than 400 Recreation Therapists and students enrolled in Therapeutic Recreation programs, the Texas CTRS Network asks for signatures from all those who wish to make the following requests of our Texas Senators and Representatives:

  • SUPPORT SB 602 (J. Hinojosa, Schwertner, Birdwell, Campbell) 
    Relating to the establishment of a restructuring commission to evaluate each state supported living center. SSLC serve a little over 3,000 people and will use a projected $19 million of the 2017 GR Budget. There is currently no waiting list for a SSLC in Texas. There is however, a waiting list of over 109,000 people who seek community based services.
  • SUPPORT HB 78 (Guillen)
    Relating to the credits in certain accounts of Parks and Wildlife Department resulting from the allocation of the proceeds from taxes imposed on the sale, storage or use of sporting goods.
  • SUPPORT SB 428 (J. Rodriquez)
    Relating to the waiver of state park, museum, and other state-operated facility entrance fees for persons with certain disabilities.
  • SUPPORT HB 203 (M. Gonzalez)
    Relating to the waiver of certain state park fees for veterans.
  • SUPPORT HHSC Exceptional Item #15 Provide Transition to Community Services
    Provides community placement options in lieu of institutional placements under the promoting independence initiative. This request would create: 500 Home and Community-based Services (HCS) slots for individuals in State Supported Living Centers or Intermediate Care Facilities; 400 HCS slots for individuals in crisis or imminent risk of institutionalization; 276 slots for children in transition from foster care or transitioning from general residential operations facilities; 120 HCS slots for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability (IDD) moving from state hospitals; and 1,300 slots for individuals with IDD relocating or being diverted from nursing facilities.
  • SUPPORT Medicaid Waiver List Reduction
    Programs such as Home and Community Based Services (HCS), Texas Home Living (TxHmL), Community Living Assistance & Support Services (CLASS), Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP), and (DMBD) currently have waiting lists of over 100,000 Texans. Reduction by just 20% of these wait lists would provide resources to thousands of underserved Texans; providing an opportunity for more community independence.  

Texas ranks 50th in the nation for funding services for people with disabilities. This is unacceptable for a state with the 12th largest economy in the world.

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