Don Brannan has spent months in a nursing home for the mentally disabled. He was sent there by Adult Protective Services (APS).
Critics say the state agency is exploiting seniors and seizing their assets.
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In a video, given to News 8 by advocates at the Open Records project, you can hear people screaming in the background at the home.
Russell Fisher is an advocate for the elderly and is with the Open Records project.
"What is most disturbing about where he is right now, is there are some severely mentally-disturbed people there," Fisher said.
In the meantime, APS asked a probate judge to sell Brannan's house, as well as seize his money and all his assets.
"Literally, they set me up with a guardian who's making all my financial decisions, and I don't know what they have done with my money," Brannan said.
On Wednesday at a hearing, state legislators in Austin heard testimony from people all across the state whose loved ones have been put into homes by APS.
Virginia Prichard said her best friend was institutionalized after a gall bladder surgery, and everything was taken from her.
"In my opinion, no state agency should have the right to get someone out of their home and take their bank accounts, their home, and every single thing they've got," she said.
APS wouldn't comment on Brannan's case citing medical privacy laws, but said their mission is to help the elderly who can't help themselves.
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