Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 7, 2011
Contact: Janet Elliott (512) 463-0112

Senate Passes Bill to Improve Efficiency in Attendant Care

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate today passed SB 222, legislation authored by Senator Jane Nelson to improve efficiency in attendant care services. The bill now goes to the House.

"By ensuring that the state provides long-term services and supports in a responsible manner, this bill will allow us to serve the greatest number of individuals with available resources," said Senator Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

The Legislative Budget Board said the bill will save $14 million dollars a year. The savings will be used to increase access to services for individuals with disabilities.

Senate Bill 222 streamlines the delivery of personal attendant services. It also directs the Department of Aging and Disability Services to educate consumers about all available service delivery options.

The Senate also passed several others bills authored by Senator Nelson.

SB 71 eliminates obsolete and redundant reports required of health and human services agencies, and reduces the frequency of reports when appropriate. "This will allow these agencies to focus state resources on providing information that is current and relevant," said Senator Nelson. A related bill, SB 1179, to eliminate obsolete and redundant reports required of other state agencies and institutions of higher education, was passed today by the Senate Finance Committee.

SB 229 eliminates exemptions for birthing facilities in small counties to ensure that all newborns are screened for hearing.

SB 794 extends the existing dedication of tobacco settlement funds to nursing higher education until September 2015.

SB 795 strengthens certified nurse aide training requirements to improve the quality of long-term care.

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