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Welcome to the official website for the
Texas Senate
Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
January 26, 2016
Contact: Melissa Duncan, Communications Director

On the agenda: Mental Health and Oil & Gas Revenue

The Senate Finance Committee will convene at 1 p.m. to take up its interim charge relating to behavioral health and will receive an update from the Comptroller on oil and gas revenue. To watch the hearing online, click here.

Mental Health Highlights

  • The committee has been directed to monitor the state's progress in coordinating behavioral health services and expenditures across state government.
  • The Legislature has increased funding for mental health by more than $500 million over the past two sessions.
  • The current budget includes $2.7B GR and $3.6B AF, an increase of $270.7M GR and $192.7M AF over FY 14-15 levels (or last biennium).
  • Includes:
    • $34.3M for veterans mental health;
    • An additional $12M to divert frequent visitors of our jails and emergency rooms into community treatment in partnership with local entities;
    • An increase of $50M for an additional 150 inpatient psychiatric beds;
    • An additional $46.5M for mental health outpatient services, which includes $9.4M to eliminate community mental health waitlists; and
    • An increase of $31.7M for crisis mental health services.
  • The committee will hear testimony from representatives of the Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas Veterans Commission; the Texas Juvenile Justice Department; the Meadows Foundation; the Hogg Foundation; and community mental health centers.

Statement from Senator Nelson: "We made significant investments in mental health over the past two sessions. Now let's make sure those dollars are achieving good outcomes and that we are working across state government to connect Texans struggling with mental illnesses with effective treatment."