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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
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Austin, Texas 78711
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Press Release
February 5, 2019
Contact: Alexa Hoisager

On the agenda: Article II Health and Human Services

February 5, 2019
Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Texas Civil Commitment Office (TCCO)
Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

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February 6, 2019
Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

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Key Points for Today's Hearing

  • SB 1 funds projected caseload growth for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program for FY 20-21.
  • The Senate's budget includes combined funding of $7.5B for mental health across 21 state agencies, including the following increases at HHSC:
    • $59M to increase outpatient community mental health treatment capacity and avoid future waitlists; and
    • $22.5M to continue community mental health grant programs established last session.
  • SB 1 includes $284.6M to maintain historic funding levels for women's health programs, which have a record level of provider participants and are serving more women than ever before.
  • The Senate's budget maintains veterans' services and the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance, a $20M grant program to assist veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues.
  • DFPS' budget includes additional funding to maintain caseloads at Child Protective Services.
  • SB 1 adds $1.3M to fund the continuation and expansion of the Human Trafficking Prevention team at DFPS.
  • SB 500 provides $300M to continue the Legislature's commitment to improving and modernizing state hospital facilities.
  • SB 1 provides $100M in Article III to fund SB 10 by Senator Nelson establishing the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium. The consortium will leverage the expertise of our health-related institutions to provide mental health screenings and consultations focusing heavily on at-risk youth.

Statement from Senator Nelson: "SB 1 ensures we are keeping our commitment to care for the state's most vulnerable Texans, and providing quality services to those who need it most," said Senator Nelson. "I will focus heavily on mental health this session and am working on many fronts to increase access to mental health screenings and services, especially for children and adolescents."