AUSTIN (AP) - Records show that at least 40 employees fired from
Texas' psychiatric hospitals in the last three years have been
rehired for similar state positions, including jobs with juvenile
offenders and people with profound disabilities.
While most were terminated for problems like failing to show up
for work or to disclose a criminal record and not for mistreating
patients, a Dallas Morning News analysis indicates some went on to
commit abuse or neglect in their next jobs.
The newspaper's review of employment records turned up at least
40 cases since 2005 where fired state direct-care workers were
rehired by Texas' psychiatric hospitals, juvenile prisons or state
schools for people with disabilities.
And while state officials aren't prohibited from rehiring
someone fired from another agency, they say they go to great
lengths to weed out employees who might be abusive.