P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2017
AUSTIN – The Texas House of Representatives today gave final approval to SB 74 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, increasing the state's capacity to help foster and low-income children with acute mental health needs.
"We have a serious demand to serve children with high mental health needs, especially in the foster care system," said Senator Nelson. "By streamlining the credentialing process, we will increase our capacity to connect these children and adolescents with the intensive treatment they require," she added.
Key provisions of SB 74:
- Clarifies that non-local mental health authority providers can contract with a managed care organization to provide rehabilitative services and targeted case management to children, adolescents, and their families;
- Makes clear that non-local mental health authority providers are not required to provide crisis services such as crisis hotlines or mobile crisis teams; and
- Requires the Health and Human Services Commission to update Medicaid managed care contracts and related manuals and guidelines accordingly.