Senate Committee on Health and Human Services

Committee Information
Chair Vice-Chair Members:
 
Clerk: Michael Baca
Tel: (512) 463-0360
Sam Houston Building
Room 420

Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee

Video/Audio Archives [ 82nd | 81st | 80th | 79th | 78th | 77th | 76th ]

83rd Session Interim

83rd Second Called Session

83rd First Called Session

83rd Regular Session

Top

Written Testimony and Presentations

Top

Reports

The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  1. Review the Department of Family and Protective Services' efforts to reduce child fatalities. Review the process by which the Department of Family and Protective Services collects and uses data to evaluate agency performance and improve outcomes for children in the Child Protective Services system. Make recommendations to ensure the process effectively uses data to strategically improve caseworker performance, and identify and improve upon deficiencies within the system and improve overall outcomes for children and reduce child fatalities.
     
  2. Monitor the implementation of programs that were created or expanded by the 83rd Legislature to improve mental health and substance abuse services and assess these efforts' contribution to improved outcomes such as reduced recidivism in state hospitals, diversion from emergency rooms and county jails, and access to permanent supportive housing. Identify and address gaps in the current mental health and substance abuse system and make recommendations to better coordinate services across agencies and programs.
     
  3. Build on previous legislative achievements in women's healthcare by examining women's access to preventative health care, pregnancy services, and post-partum care, and exploring ways to expand access and improve quality, particularly in rural and underserved areas of the state. Monitor the implementation of women's health programs in Texas. Assess these programs' impact on outcomes such as improving access to preventative services, reducing unplanned pregnancies, and achieving cost savings. Recommend ways to better coordinate the various programs in a manner that increases the number of women served, ensures adequate provider capacity statewide, and maximizes efficiencies to the state.
     
  4. Identify cost-effective alternatives to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to better connect low income individuals to health care services through private market-based solutions, including Medicaid block grants and waivers. Recommendations should strive to encourage cost sharing, promote personal responsibility, reduce uncompensated care costs, contain increasing health care costs, improve access to care, address access to emergency department care issues in rural areas, promote the use of existing private coverage or employee sponsored coverage, reduce non-emergency use of emergency departments, and reduce the need for federal approval to the state Medicaid plan.
     
  5. Evaluate the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program structure. Make recommendations to improve the program's operations and ensure the program achieves outcomes that allow TANF recipients to find employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Recommendations should seek to ensure Texas is using the most effective work-related requirements and drug testing protocols.
     
  6. Evaluate the current state of prescription drug abuse and strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse in Texas. Make recommendations on how these policies can be improved or modified to enhance the State of Texas' handling of services, treatments and education related to prescription drug abuse and to reduce the overall prevalence of prescription drug abuse.
     
  7. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation, including but not limited to:
     

Top

Committee Archives

82nd Legislature's Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
81st Legislature's Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
80th Legislature's Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
79th Legislature's Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
78th Legislature's Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
77th Legislature's Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.
76th Legislature's Senate Health Services Committee.
76th Legislature's Senate Human Services Committee.

Top