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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
News Release
March 30, 2016
Contact: Melissa Duncan

AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, began today's Senate Finance Committee hearing by reporting newly confirmed data from the Legislative Budget Board and the Health and Human Services Commission on behavioral health spending in the state budget.

"This number paints a very different picture than what was reported and further demonstrates the significant resources Texas has invested on mental health," said Senator Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. "We have serious challenges to address, but I want to make sure we have a true understanding of our commitment to mental health - by knowing not only how much we are spending but also how we are spending the funds."

In the attached report provided to members of the committee, the LBB confirmed that the current state budget includes $6.7 billion on behavioral health over the biennium -- $3.1 billion in Medicaid alone. The budget includes a rider by Senator Nelson directing coordination among the 18 agencies across state government involved in behavioral health.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, co-chair of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.