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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2015
AUSTIN – The Texas Senate today unanimously passed SB 55 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to create the Texas Veterans Initiative, a grant program designed to help communities across Texas provide mental health services for veterans.
"While Texas has several programs to help veterans, the program created in SB 55 is truly unique because the state will partner with communities and the private sector," said Senator Nelson. "We will be able to tailor these programs to the needs of each community. More importantly, we will be helping our fighting men and women heal from the psychological wounds of war."
Senate Bill 55 establishes the Texas Veterans Initiative grant program at the Health and Human Services Commission and directs the commission to establish eligibility criteria, acceptable uses and reporting requirements. Currently, both the Senate and House budgets include $20 million for the program over the biennium. The program also requires a 100-percent match from the private sector, for a combined $40 million dollars over the next two years.
The bill now moves to the Texas House of Representatives for further consideration.