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

May 20, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

HOUSE PASSES SB 58 TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE

AUSTIN — The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 58 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, which increases efficiency and improves outcomes for mental health care in Texas. The bill places mental health services into a managed care setting and integrates behavioral and physical health.

"SB 58 ensures that mental health services in Medicaid are provided in a coordinated manner, which will reduce costs and increase the quality of care," said Senator Nelson. "Improving these mental health services will also reduce the fiscal strain on our state and local governments, particularly within our prison system and emergency rooms. The Legislature has made mental health care a top priority this session, and this bill will have a real impact in improving mental health services in Texas."

The bill will now return to the Senate where differences between the House and Senate versions will be discussed and agreed upon before being sent to the Governor for his signature.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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