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The Case of the Texas Children (1981)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1981-04-10

Duration: 00:13:28

Subjects: Children with mental disabilities | Texas Children | Children with disabilities | Mental Retardation | Health facilities | Louisiana. Department of Health and Human Resources


  • George, Beth Host
  • Harris, Jim Interviewee
  • Rittenberg, William Interviewee
  • Blackmon, Carmack Interviewee
  • Arndt, Hilda Interviewee
  • Kelly, Brenda Interviewee


This segment from the April 10, 1981, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features an in-depth report on the case of the “Texas Children,” 684 Louisiana children with mental and physical handicaps who were housed in Texas institutions until they were ordered back into the custody of the State of Louisiana in 1976 by a federal judge. This report touches on a recent report submitted to the court asserting that the state had failed to meet the needs of the children, as well as the plans of the Department of Health and Human Resources to improve their monitoring and treatment. Host: Beth George