Bill Text: TX HB198 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to providing mental health services and mental health education to public school students at school-based health centers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-11-12 - Filed [HB198 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB198-Introduced.html
  86R3396 GCB-D
 
  By: Thierry H.B. No. 198
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to providing mental health services and mental health
  education to public school students at school-based health centers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 38.051(a), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  A school district in this state may, if the district
  identifies the need, design a model in accordance with this
  subchapter for the delivery of cooperative health care programs for
  students and their families and may compete for grants awarded
  under this subchapter. The model may provide for the delivery of:
               (1)  conventional health services;
               (2)  mental health services; and
               (3)  disease prevention of emerging health threats that
  are specific to the district.
         SECTION 2.  Section 38.054, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 38.054.  CATEGORIES OF SERVICES. The permissible
  categories of services are:
               (1)  family and home support;
               (2)  mental health care;
               (3)  health care, including immunizations;
               (4) [(3)]  dental health care;
               (5) [(4)]  health education; and
               (6) [(5)]  preventive health strategies.
         SECTION 3.  Section 38.058, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 38.058.  HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE ADVISORY
  COUNCIL. (a) The board of trustees of a school district may
  establish and appoint members to a local health education and
  health care advisory council to make recommendations to the
  district on the establishment of school-based health centers to
  provide health care services, including mental health services, and
  to assist the district in ensuring that local community values are
  reflected in the operation of each center and in the provision of
  health education and mental health education.
         (b)  A majority of the members of the council must be parents
  of students enrolled in the district. In addition to the appointees
  who are parents of students, the board of trustees shall also
  appoint at least one person from each of the following groups:
               (1)  teachers;
               (2)  school administrators;
               (3)  licensed health care professionals;
               (4)  licensed mental health services providers;
               (5)  the clergy;
               (6) [(5)]  law enforcement;
               (7) [(6)]  the business community;
               (8) [(7)]  senior citizens; and
               (9) [(8)]  students.
         SECTION 4.  Section 38.063(c), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c)  All health care programs should be designed to meet the
  following goals:
               (1)  reducing student absenteeism;
               (2)  increasing a student's ability to meet the
  student's academic potential; and
               (3)  stabilizing the physical and mental well-being of
  a student.
         SECTION 5.  Section 38.064(a), Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  Based on statistics obtained from every school-based
  health center in this state that receives funding through the
  Department of State Health Services, the Department of State Health
  Services shall issue a biennial report to the legislature about the
  relative efficacy of services delivered by the centers during the
  preceding two years and any increased academic success of students
  at campuses served by those centers, with special emphasis on any:
               (1)  increased attendance, including attendance
  information regarding students with chronic illnesses;
               (2)  decreased drop-out rates;
               (3)  improved student health, including improved
  mental health;
               (4)  increased student immunization rates;
               (5)  increased student participation in preventive
  health measures, including routine physical examinations and
  checkups conducted in accordance with the Texas Health Steps
  program; and
               (6)  improved performance on student assessment
  instruments administered under Subchapter B, Chapter 39.
         SECTION 6.  The board of trustees of a school district that
  has established a local health education and health care advisory
  council under Section 38.058, Education Code, shall appoint a
  licensed mental health services provider to the council, as
  required by the change in law made by this Act, as soon as
  practicable and not later than January 1, 2020.
         SECTION 7.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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