HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

The following legislation was sponsored and passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini. Click here to view legislation passed prior to 2007.

82nd Legislature (2011):

SB 37
Continuation of the Promoting Independence Advisory Committee: Extends the statutory authority for the existence of the Promoting Independence Advisory Committee until 2017. (House sponsor: Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 4/21/11.

SB 41
Use of restraints in State Supported Living Centers (SSLC): Prohibits the use of prone holds and strait jackets, eliminates “as needed” or “standing orders” for restrictive controls, limits the use of mechanical restraints to emergencies only, uses only the least restrictive restraint techniques, and conducts an administrative review within one hour a restraints in state schools. (House sponsor: Rep. John Davis, R-Houston); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 43
Civil Liability Determination for Employers of Mental Health Services Providers: Ensures that all entities with knowledge of abuses in the mental health care system are held accountable by cleaning up language in the Civil Practices and Remedies Code regarding the liability of an employer of a mental health services provider. (House sponsor: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 1449
Licensing Requirements for Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities: Allows the
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to accept an accreditation review from any national accreditation commission for a chemical dependency treatment facility instead of an inspection by DSHS for renewal of a license. (House sponsor: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/11.

SB 1857
Administration of Medication for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Codifies current practice which authorizes an unlicensed person to provide administration of medication to a client who is a person with intellectual and developmental disabilities who is served in a small licensed or certified intermediate care facility. (House sponsor: Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 114
Designates April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month: Elevates cancer awareness among the general public and minority populations by designating April as Minority Cancer Awareness Month. (House author: Rep. Ruth McClendon, D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 167
Transportation of Mental Health Patients to a Mental Health Facility: Prioritizes the parties authorized to transport patients committed to mental health facilities. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 871
Expands Indigent Health Care Services that may be Provided by a County: Adds physical and occupational therapy services to the optional health care services authorized to be provided by a county under the Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act. (House author: Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 1481
Promotes the use of Person First Respectful Language in reference to Persons with
Disabilities: Establishes the definition of “intellectual disability” in the Health and Safety Code, requires the Sunset Advisory Commission to consider respectful language in their 2013 session bill recommendations, requires health and human services agencies to use respectful language in all reference materials, publications, and electronic materials, publications, and electronic media,
and requires that the new language be used when referencing persons with mental retardation in general and wherever the term “retarded” is used in statute. (House author: Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2904
Administration of the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry: Requires the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to contract with a nonprofit organization, which is federally certified, to administer the registry to bring attention to the growing need for organ and tissue donors in Texas and to make the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry a more effective tool in registering citizens of Texas to become organ, tissue, and eye donors, while also reducing the cost to state government of operating the registry. (House author: Rep. John Zerwas, R-
Simonton); Effective 9/1/2011 with certain provisions taking effect 1/1/12.

HB 2940
Form of Death Certificates and Fetal Death Certificates: Requires the Department of State Health Services to improve its database by allowing the user to enter dates in a way which improves the readability of the certified death certificate. (House author: Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3145
Regulation of Chemical Dependency Counselors: Requires the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to assess a $10 surcharge on chemical dependency counselor licenses to fund a peer assistance program, removes the requirement that person must pass an oral examination to be eligible for a chemical dependency counseling license, and modifies criminal history standards to reduce the maximum waiting period to register as a chemical dependency counselor intern from five to three years. (House author: Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3146
Consent for Treatment for Chemical Dependency in a Treatment Facility and Required Training for the Facility’s Intake Personnel: Modifies consent to treatment provisions under facility licensure statutes to allow psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, or chemical dependency counselors to obtain a patient’s consent for treatment for chemical dependency. (House author: Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 3724

The Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force: Requires implementation of an early detection plan for prevention, early screening, diagnosis, and management of chronic kidney disease through national, state, and local partners. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2136
Regulates Regional Contracted Brokers and Subcontractors providing Medicaid
Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services: Assures that a medical transportation provider meets certain standards to assure the health and safety of the state’s Medicaid population. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/11.

81st Legislature (2009):

SB 37
Deaf-Blind Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) Expansion: Requires the Medicaid waiver for
persons with DBMD to serve persons from their first diagnosis of deafblindness instead of adults only. (House sponsor: Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 5/30/09.

SB 39
Routine Care Cost Coverage: Requiring health benefit plan coverage for certain routine patient care costs for enrollees with life threatening illnesses participating in certain clinical trials. (House sponsor: Rep. John Zerwas, R-Fort Bend); Effective 9/1/09.

SB 63
Intervener Career Ladder: Creates a three-rung career ladder for interveners who provide services under the deaf-blind with multiple disabilities waiver program. The ladder ranges from basic entry level skills to certification with salary incentives for increased skill acquisition. (House sponsor: Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 9/1/09.

SB 1803
Glenda Dawson Donate Life Texas Registry: Updates current law to reflect the establishment of the Registry in Texas and allows potential registrants to be registered officially via a simplified process. (House sponsor: Rep. Jodie Laubenburg, R-Rockwall); Effective 9/1/09.

SB 1804

Wheeled Mobility: Requires every wheelchair provider to contract with a qualified
rehabilitation professional or have one on staff. Requires that qualified rehabilitation
professionals have RESNA Certification and that they evaluate wheeled mobility devices at the time they are delivered, protecting consumers from receiving poorly fitted devices that could cause medical complications. Includes a two year phase-in period. (House sponsor: Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 19
Pharmaceutical Labeling: Requires prescription drug labels to include a “use-by” date for the medication to ensure its safe and effective use. Grants rulemaking authority to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to establish new requirements for information on labels including disposal instructions. (House author: Rep. David Leibowitz, D-San Antonio); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 802
Respite Care: Creates a lifespan respite services program to improve access to respite care for persons with long-term care. (House author: Rep. John Davis, R-Houston); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 806
Prosthetic Parity: Requires that certain prosthetic devices, orthotic devices and related services be included in health plans. (House author: Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 1454
Supported Decision Making Pilot Program: Relating to the establishment of a volunteer- supported decision-making advocate pilot program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and persons with other cognitive disabilities. (House author: Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 2055
Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force: Extends the authorization for the chronic kidney disease task force and changes the duties of the task force. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 8/31/09.

HB 2330
Kidney Function Testing: Requires a laboratory that performs a serum creatinine test on a sample from a person 18 years or older also to calculate and include in the reported results from the person’s estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) or another test that measures kidney function. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/09.

80th Legislature (2007):

SB 1500
Rep. Glenda Dawson Organ Donation Registry: Renames the state organ registry as the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas registry, enabling it to become an affiliate of the national Donate Life America alliance and campaign. (House sponsor: Rep. Jody Laubenberg, R-Parker); Effective immediately.

HB 246
Increased Reporting Regarding Persons Infected with AIDS and HIV: Requires a health authority to report to the Department of State Health Services all cases of diagnosed HIV/AIDS infections on a weekly basis; and requires an infected person’s city and county of residence, age, gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin, and the method of transmission to be included in the report. (House author: Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 1230
Transitions for Youth with Disabilities: Requires the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission to monitor programs and services to study trends and to promote positive outcomes for transitional youth with disabilities. (House author: Rep. Elliott Naishat, D-Austin); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 1370
Integrated Coordinating Council on HIV and Hepatitis: Recreates the Interagency
Coordinating Council on HIV and Hepatitis to coordinate care and prevention services in Texas. (House author: Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 1373
Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force: Creates a task force to study and make recommendations regarding a comprehensive screening, diagnosis, and treatment plan for Texans with chronic kidney disease. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

HB 1396
Health Disparities Task Force: Transfers the office of health disparities from the Department of State Health Services to the executive commissioner of Health and Human Services. (House author: Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 3618
Border Health Programs to Combat Diabetes: Creates a bilingual coordinated health program in certain school districts along the border. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective immediately.

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