For Comment: Draft of Initial Plan Plan for the Appropriate and Timely Provision of Mental Health Services – HB 3793
Comments are due December 12 by 5 PM CST
House Bill 3793 (83rd Regular Legislative Session) (“HB 3793”) directs the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop a plan to ensure the appropriate and timely provision of mental health services and to allocate mental health outpatient and hospital resources for the forensic and civil/voluntary populations. This initial plan incorporates the elements required by the legislation: Needs, access and availability of services, and allocation of resources, with a separate section addressing issues related to the forensic population. The plan reflects the input and priorities of the HB 3793 Advisory Panel.
The framework reflected in this initial plan will be developed as DSHS works with the HB 3793 Advisory Panel to develop standards and methodologies for implementation. The work to be done includes completing a needs assessment and developing recommendations to address identified needs and barriers, including potential statutory changes. This information will be included in the report DSHS will submit to the legislature and the governor in December 2014.
The draft of the initial plan may be found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/hb3793/. The draft is being provided to obtain informal comment. Please submit your comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase “HB 3793 – Initial Plan – Informal Comment” in the subject line or by U.S. mail to Tamra Boyd, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box149347, Mail Code 2023, Austin, TX 78714 by close of business (5:00 PM) on December 12, 2013. Please call Tamra Boyd with questions or concerns at 512-206-5056.