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Hundreds of employees mistreated Texas patients

DALLAS (AP) - More than 800 employees at Texas facilities for the mentally and developmentally disabled have been suspended or fired for abusing patients since fiscal year 2004.

State records obtained by The Associated Press show the employees worked at 13 large facilities that combined have about 12,000 full-time employees.

The Department of Aging and Disability Services said 239 employees were fired in fiscal year 2007 for the abuse, neglect or exploitation of residents.
- Records show there were 200 such disciplinary actions in 2006
- 203 in 2005
- And 180 in 2004.
The revelations come a month after the governor's office confirmed the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating allegations of abuse and neglect at the Denton State School.

The facility is the state's largest with about 650 residents.

Another investigation into state facilities revealed widespread abuse at the Lubbock State School in 2006.
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