Category: Legislation

Changes to the State Hospital System | Texas Health and Human Services

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) is embarking on a multiyear project to expand, renovate and transform the state hospital system. State hospitals provide in-patient psychiatric care for adults, adolescents and children. In 2017, the Texas Legislature appropriated funds to the project. In fiscal year 2018, HHS will begin the first phase of construction and other […]

Andy Keller: Texans get help with mental health needs

Andy Keller The 85th Legislature should be remembered for at least one very important, positive accomplishment: It made life better for Texans with mental health needs. Lawmakers this session passed more than a dozen mental health-related bills dealing with everything from bringing more psychiatrists to Texas to screening new moms for post-partum depression. Legislators even […]

Amarillo’s Four Price pushes 10 health care bills through Legislature

State Rep. Four Price is pleased with how Texas’ 85th Legislative Session has gone in terms of health care for the state’s residents. Ten health care- related bills authored or sponsored by the Amarillo Republican have made their way to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, with the possibility of more before the session concludes Monday. “I […]

Texas House approves bill focused on mental health insurance benefits | The Texas Tribune

Texas House members approved a bill that would prevent health insurance companies from offering mental health benefits differently from medical benefits. Texas House members endorsed a bill Tuesday that would prevent health insurance companies from offering mental health benefits differently from medical benefits and offer more help for consumers who believe their insurance is wrongly […]

House set to address mental health bills, one of the speaker’s top priorities | Texas Legislature | Dallas News

AUSTIN — Lawmakers in the House will take up a slew of mental health bills Tuesday, including three priorities for the chamber — expanding insurance coverage for mental health conditions, establishing a jail diversion program and improving mental health education. The proposals, and numerous others, are the result of months of research conducted last year by the House Select […]

Mental health reform has a chance of success

The House puts aside a budget of $152 million to fund the mental health reform, around $95 million for a committee’s recommendations. Rep. Four Price introduced around 20 bills dealing with mental health issues. Major mental health reform will be a reality in Texas if House leaders have any say about it. Last session, House […]

Local state senator files bill to help recruit psychiatrists to Texas

AUSTIN – A local state senator has proposed a measure that could help Texans get mental health treatment faster. The following is a press release from Senator Charles Schwertner’s office: Today, Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed SB 674, legislation requiring the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to create an expedited licensure process that would allow out-of-state […]

Nelson files base budget bill in Senate

AUSTIN — The first draft of the Senate version of the state budget was filed Tuesday, setting the baseline for the coming negotiations on how the state should spend money and meet critical needs. The bill, SB 1 by Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, would spend $103.6 billion in state revenue over the next two […]

Texas may face loss of mental health funding unless legislature acts

Bell Bell County – Ever since the 82nd Texas Legislature the state of Texas has been able to take advantage of the 1115 Texas Healthcare Transformation Waiver to help fund mental health services in the state. Now that funding could be coming to an end and some mental health services could end with it. Central […]

Texas Legislature’s Mental Health Committee Begins to Meet in Austin (#ClubhouseMentalHealth)

The Texas Legislature’s committee that is aiming to produce solutions to improving access to mental health services has begun to meet, Austin’s KXAN-TV reports. The Select Committee on Mental Health brought together healthcare providers, criminal justice experts, insurance companies, and county officials to discuss the problem. Access is sparse—185 of 254 Texas counties lack a […]