2015 – 84th Texas Legislature
Mental Health Bills Watch List
Bills on our Watch List receive attention through online monitoring, legislative office visits, coordination with other organizations, and public and/or written testimony.
HB 3677 relating to the authority of a peace officer to apprehend a person for emergency detention and the authority of certain facilities to temporarily detain a person with mental illness
HB 985 relating to mental health screening for public school students who may be a danger to self or others and to suspension or educational placement of those students; creating an offense
SB 359 relating to the authority of a peace officer to apprehend a person for emergency detention and the authority of certain facilities to temporarily detain a person with mental illness
HB 2079 relating to the designation of May as Postpartum Depression Awareness Month
HB 3115 relating to the coverage for certain services relating to postpartum depression under the medical assistance and CHIP perinatal programs
HB 2711 relating to transportation of an individual with a mental illness by emergency medical services personnel
(Learn about the side effects, risks, and other factors related to mental health drugs. This training is required for caregiver or foster care medical consenters.)
2013 – 83rd Texas Legislature
HB 915 Relating to the administration and monitoring of health care provided to foster children
This law is the most comprehensive, positive legislation to date aimed at reducing the number of foster children on psychotropic medication. It requires CPS to document with the court whether the child has been provided psycho-social therapies, behavior strategies, and other non-pharmacological interventions and has seen a medical professional at least once every 90 days.
It also requires CPS to notify the child’s parents of the initial prescription of a psychotropic medication to a foster child and of any change in dosage of the psychotropic medication at the first scheduled meeting between the parents and the child’s caseworker after the date the psychotropic medication is prescribed or the dosage is changed.