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85th Texas Legislative Session

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NAMI Austin Priority Bills

updated March 6, 2017

Listed below are the bills we are currently tracking that align with our 85th Legislative Priorities. You can track the current status of these bills by using the Texas Legislature’s Bill Tracker. Click here if you’d like to download this list to share with your legislator. We’ve also created these two easy guides: How to Make an Advocacy Call and How to Write an Advocacy Email.” Please join us in our work in advocating for mental health change that positively impacts people affected by mental illness.

Bills We Support:

SB 74 – Nelson – Relating to the provision of certain behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and their families under a contract with a managed care organization.  (Left pending in Health & Human Services – 3/8)

SB 220 – Menendez – Relating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of certain mental health facilities. (1/25 – Referred to State Affairs)

SB 235 – Menendez – Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail. (1/30 – Referred to Criminal Justice)

SB 292 – Huffman – Relating to the creation of a grant program to reduce recidivism, arrest, and incarceration of individuals with mental illness. (1/30 – Referred to Health and Human Services)

SB 411 – Watson – Relating to the participation of campus–based mental health professionals in certain health benefit plans.  (2/1 – Referred to Business & Commerce)

SB 674 – Schwertner – Relating to an expedited licensing process for certain physicians specializing in psychiatry; authorizing a fee.  (Considered in public hearing for Health & Human Services – 3/8)

SB 680 – Hancock – Relating to step therapy protocols required by a health benefit plan in connection with prescription drug coverage. (Scheduled for public hearing in Business & Commerce – 3/9)

SB 681 –Hancock – Relating to the licensing and authority of advanced practice registered nurses. (Referred to Health & Human Services – 2/15)

SB 773 – Uresti – Relating to the authority of a judge to compel a criminal defendant who lacks capacity to take psychoactive medication.  (Referred to Criminal Justice – 2/22)

SB 808 – Miles – Relating to coverage for certain services related to maternal depression under the Medicaid and child health plan programs.  (Referred to Health & Human Services – 2/22)

SB 817 – Watson – Relating to certain mental health screenings under the Texas Health Steps program.  (Referred to Health & Human Services – 2/27)

SB 860 – Zaffirini – Relating to access to and benefits for mental health conditions and substance use disorders.  (Referred to Business & Commerce – 2/27)

SB 861 – Zaffirini – Relating to coverage for serious mental illness, other disorders, and chemical dependency under certain health benefit plans.  (Referred to Business & Commerce – 2/27)

SB 1021 – Nelson – Relating to a report on the consolidation of the health and human services system, including advisory committees within the system, and the re–creation of the Texas system of care framework.  (Referred to Health & Human Services – 3/6)

SB 1107 – Schwertner/Perry – Relating to telemedicine and telehealth services.  (Left pending in Health & Human Services – 3/8)

SB 1154 – Menendez – Relating to coverage for serious mental illness under certain group health benefit plans.  (Referred to Business & Commerce – 3/9)

SB 1257 – Huffman – Relating to coverage for certain services related to maternal depression under the Medicaid and child health plan programs. (Filed – 3/3)

HB 10 – Price – Relating to access to and benefits for mental health conditions and substance use disorders.  (Left pending in Public Health – 2/28)

HB 14 – Murr & others – Relating to the carrying of handguns by license holders on the property of state hospitals; providing a civil penalty.  (Left pending in Public Health – 3/7)

HB 309 – Johnson, Jarvis – Relating to the establishment of a home and community–based services program under Medicaid for certain persons with severe and persistent mental illness. (Referred to Public Health – 2/15)

HB 337 – Collier – Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance benefits, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail. (Referred to Public Health – 2/16)

HB 353 – Bernal – Relating to the assignment of certain behavioral health professionals to certain public schools. (Referred to Public Education – 2/16)

HB 548 – Deshotel – Relating to the consideration of criminal history record information regarding applicants for employment. (Referred to Business & Industry – 2/23)

HB 562 – White – Relating to a committee formed to adopt a plan to deal with mental illness in the criminal justice system. (Referred to Public Health – 2/23)

HB 631 – Howard – Relating to a public awareness campaign on firearm safety and suicide prevention. (Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety – 2/22)

HB 637 – White – Relating to a committee formed to adopt a plan to deal with mental illness in the juvenile justice system. (Referred to Public Health – 2/22)

HB 866 –Moody – Relating to lethal violence protective orders; creating a criminal offense. (Referred to Criminal Jurisprudence – 2/23)

HB 1412 – Arevalo – Relating to the continuation of medical assistance benefits for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail. (Referred to Human Services – 2/28)

HB 1415 –Klick – Relating to the licensing and authority of advanced practice registered nurses. (Referred to Public Health – 2/28)

HB 1464 – Bonnen, Greg – Relating to step therapy protocols required by a health benefit plan in connection with prescription drug coverage. (Referred to Insurance – 3/7)

HB 1486 – Price – Relating to peer specialists, peer services, and the provision of those services under the medical assistance program. (Filed – 2/2)

HB 1488 – Price – Relating to eligibility requirements for repayment assistance for certain mental health professional education loans. (Referred to Public Health – 3/9)

HB 1599 – Thompson, Senfronia – Relating to the requirement and study of insurance coverage for serious emotional disturbance of a child.  (Filed – 2/6)

HB 1600 – Thompson, Senfronia – Relating to certain mental health screenings under the Texas Health Steps program.  (Scheduled for public hearing in Public Health – 3/14)

HB 1734 – Coleman – Relating to the continuation of certain public benefits, including medical assistance, for individuals after release from confinement in a county jail.  (Filed – 2/9)

HB 1758 – Price – Relating to the provision of certain behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and their families under a contract with a managed care organization.  (Filed – 2/10)

HB 1972 – Giddings – Relating to the model training curriculum and required training for certain school district peace officers and school resource officers.  (Filed – 2/16)

HB 2094 – Price – Relating to coverage for serious mental illness, other disorders, and chemical dependency under certain health benefit plans.  (Filed – 2/20)

HB 2096 – Price – Relating to access to and benefits for mental health conditions and substance use disorders.  (Filed – 2/20)

HB 2135 – Coleman/Farrar – Relating to coverage for certain services and the provision of certain information relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs.  (Filed – 2/20)

HB 2258 – Gutierrez – Relating to the establishment of the student mental health division within the Texas Education Agency.  (Filed – 2/22)

HB 2303 – Thierry – Relating to coverage for certain services related to maternal depression under the Medicaid and child health plan programs.  (Filed – 2/23)

HB 2446 – Price – Relating to a report on the consolidation of the health and human services system, including advisory committees within the system, and the re-creation of the Texas system of care framework.  (Filed – 2/27)

HB 2466 – Davis, Sarah – Relating to coverage for certain services related to maternal depression under the Medicaid and child health plan programs.  (Filed – 2/27)

HB 2478 – Davis, Sarah – Relating to an innovation grant program to support residency training programs in psychiatric specialty fields.  (Filed – 2/27)

HB 2571 – Gutierrez – Relating to establishment of a research and clinical care center for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder and related conditions.  (Filed – 2/28)

HB 2603 – Farrar – Relating to coverage for serious mental illness under certain group health benefit plans.  (Filed – 3/1)

HB 2604 – Farrar – Relating to a strategic plan to address postpartum depression.  (Filed – 3/1)

HB 2605 – Munoz – Relating to benefits for mental health conditions and substance use disorders.  (Filed – 3/1)

HB 2697 – Price – Relating to telemedicine and telehealth services.  (Filed – 3/2)

HB 2702 (Sandra Bland Act) – Coleman – Relating to interactions between law enforcement and individuals detained or arrested on suspicion of the commission of criminal offenses and the confinement or release of those individuals prior to prosecution.  (Filed – 3/2)

HB 2786 – White – Relating to a system of care framework for certain minors receiving mental health services.  (Filed – 3/3)

HB 2866 – Moody – Relating to mental health assessments and the provision of mental health services for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.  (Filed – 3/3)

HB 2882 – Oliverson – Relating to modification of certain prescription drug benefits and coverage offered by certain health benefit plans.  (Filed – 3/3)

HB 2895 – Price – Relating to the requirement that certain public institutions of higher education post mental health resources on the institution’s Internet website.  (Filed – 3/6)

HB 3080 – Rose – Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with severe mental illness.  (Filed – 3/7)

Bills We Oppose:

SB 268 – Nelson – Relating to the drug testing of certain persons seeking benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. (1/30 – Referred to Health and Human Services)

HB 436 – King, Ken – Relating to the drug testing of certain persons seeking benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. (Filed – 1/21)

HB 542 – Metcalf – Relating to the drug screening and testing of certain persons seeking benefits under the medical assistance program. (Filed – 12/08)

HB 577 – Workman – Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to adopt or enforce certain regulations regarding whether a private employer may obtain or consider an employment applicant’s or employee’s criminal history record information. (Filed – 12/13)

HB 640 – Phillips – Relating to the authority of a county or municipality to regulate the location of halfway houses; providing a criminal penalty.  (Scheduled for public hearing in County Affairs – 3/16)

HB 775 – Fallon – Relating to the drug testing of certain persons seeking benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. (Filed – Jan 2)

HB 1206 – Shaheen – Relating to allowing Medicaid managed care organizations to adopt their own drug formularies. (Filed – 1/23)

HB 1792 – Swanson – Relating to the evaluation of an application for a low income housing tax credit.  (Filed – 2/13)