HHSC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Brenham State Supported Living Center

News Release
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Cecile Erwin Young
HHS Executive Commissioner
Jennifer Ruffcorn, 512-424-6951

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Brenham State Supported Living Center (SSLC) with activities for residents and their families.

“The Brenham State Supported Living Center has a rich, full history of providing compassionate care,” said Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young. “It’s rewarding to see our residents and community members come together to recognize the special work of our staff and the Brenham SSLC.”

“Our mission is to deliver quality services so our fellow Texans can be more independent,” said Scott Schalchlin, HHSC deputy executive commissioner of the Health and Specialty Care System. “We help our residents learn the skills they need to be active members of their communities and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.”

The 50th anniversary celebration featured a parade with floats designed and operated by staff and residents of Brenham SSLC, and a slideshow included photos from past events. The celebration concluded with activities including a bounce house, face painting and ice cream.

The Brenham State School opened in 1974 with about 300 employees and 400 beds. Since then, the facility has transitioned from serving mostly children with intellectual disabilities to providing care to adults. The facility changed its name in 2009 to the Brenham State Supported Living Center and continues its mission of providing safe, supportive care to its more than 250 residents.

Brenham SSLC is one of 13 state supported living centers throughout Texas that provide campus-based direct services and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Residents receive 24/7 residential services in a structured, campus-based environment. Services include personalized behavioral treatment, primary and specialized health care, psychiatric services, dental care, skills training, day habilitation, employment services and customized adaptive aids such as seating and positioning devices.