Texas Appleseed report – “Recommendations for Updating the Texas Mental Health Code”

Texas Appleseed, along with Disability Rights Texas, recently released a report with recommendations on updates to the Texas Mental Health Code. They received a two-year grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to do this work. This undertaking is the result of a recommendation made by the Continuity of Care Task Force (convened by the Texas Department of State Health Services) to update the Texas Mental Health Code.

Here is a link to the report: http://www.texasappleseed.net/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=834&Itemid=

The report contains the following 25 recommenations, broken down into 7 sections of the Code.  

I. TITLE

  1. No change to the Title of the Texas Mental Health Code

II. PURPOSE

    2.     Clarify the Preference for Voluntary over Involuntary Interventions

    3.     Move Least Restrictive Alternative Provisions to this Section of the Code, and Add Language Reflecting the Olmstead Decision to the Code

    4.     Move Rights of Patients Provisions to this Section of the Code, and Clarify That These Rights Are Fundamental, but Not Comprehensive

III. DEFINITIONS

    5.     Eliminate References to the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Board Functions

    6.    Clarify Terminology Around Behavioral Health Facilities

    7.     Clarify Definitions of Local Mental Health Authorities and Community Centers

    8.     Revise the Definition of Mental Illness

    9.     Standardize Definitions of Hazardous Weather

IV. VOLUNTARY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

    10.   Clarify Age of Consent

V. EMERGENCY DETENTION

     11.   Promulgate Statewide Training Forms Around Emergency Detention

     12.   Eliminate Provisions Under the Code Requiring Warrants for Emergency Detention

     13.    Clarify Medical Clearance Provisions

     14.     Forcible Entry

      15.     Furlough

      16.     No Change in Emergency Detention Time Periods

      17.     Securing Dangerous Weapons

      18.     Temporary Emergency “Hold” Provisions, Transportation

VI.  COURT-ORDERED MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

      19.    Explore Better Ways to Use Para-professionals in Mental Health Commitment Processes

      20.    Consider Incorporation of “Gravely Disabled” Language in Inpatient Civil Commitment Criteria, Assisted Outpatient Treatment, Involuntary Medication Orders, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Restraint/Seclusion

VII. COURT PROCESSES, PENALTIES

     21.    Notice

     22.    Associate Judges

     23.    Court Administration Fees

     24.    Attorney Roles

      25.     Video-Conferencing, Court Jurisdiction and Transfer

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