By A TCCC Resident
The Texas Civil Commitment office is moving further away from its clientele. When this new and improved version of civil commitment began in late 2015, TCCO case mangers “visited” each offender twice a month, called a collateral contact every month and every offender had a one-on-one with the sex offender treatment provider every month.
The very first change of pace in that very close management and control scheme reduced one-on-ones with the treatment provider to once every three months. That reduction alone saved thousands of dollars on monthly treatment expenses. The next step back they took was stop calling collateral contacts. Then the pandemic hit us hard and TCCO used HIPPA laws to prevent family and outsiders from knowing what was going on in the program, facility and with offenders. Nine of us died without family emergency contact notification. Then, TCCO decided that case management “visiting” confined offenders in the facility twice a month was not necessary, so they changed that to once a month. Now, the newest change to date no longer requires cost recovery assessment sheets every month. This is probably the most interesting since the latest legislation requires even more financial disclosure than ever before.
See a pattern here? TCCO is distancing itself from us and creating more concealment. This is the Agency Director, Marsha McLane who publicly promised more transparency and integrity. She and her echelon of upper management have illegally arrested, transported and incarcerated outpatient clients. They’ve taken illegal monies from inheritances, settlements, and the families of offenders by taxing packages. They’ve held offenders back from tier advancement and even tiered offenders down for delinquent TCCO fees. Among many other punitive things, they’ve denied basic health and dental care resulting in 25 deaths since putting McLane at the helm of this program.
TCCO’s purpose is becoming less treatment and more prison punishment. And, it’s only going to get a lot worse as TCCO distances itself further away from clientele treatment success.