The Hogg Foundation Publishes its Biennial Legislative Summary
August 24, 2011
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has published its summary from the Texas 82nd legislative session. The report, which is published every two years, outlines the mental health-related bills that were presented during the legislative session that ended earlier this year.
The summary reveals the significant impact that the estimated $27 billion budget shortfall had on critical state services, including health and human services and criminal justice. The health and human services budget is short by more than $4 billion of what will be needed to provide authorized services for the biennium. Long-term community supports and services designed to prevent institutionalization received significant reductions. Mental health services received much smaller reductions than other programs, but in a state ranked 51st in the nation in total funds expended on mental health services (according to the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute), any reduction is harmful.
Download the full report, which contains detailed information about funding, budget riders, and the status of bills regarding mental health and criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, education/bullying, healthcare/medicaid, and dual diagnosis of mental health and developmental disabilities.