Bill Text: TX HB4400 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the establishment of a pilot program to create additional housing for certain individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability through a Medicaid waiver program.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-23 - Left pending in committee [HB4400 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4400-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: J. Johnson of Dallas H.B. No. 4400
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of a pilot program to create
  additional housing for certain individuals with an intellectual or
  developmental disability through a Medicaid waiver program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 531, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 531.02441 to read as follows:
         Sec. 531.02441.  PILOT PROGRAM. (a) The commission shall
  establish and conduct a pilot program for a period of ten years that
  provides funding to a community non-profit corporation to create
  additional housing in this state for not less than 100 individuals
  with an intellectual or developmental disability through the home
  and community-based services (HCS) waiver program.
         (b)  The community non-profit corporation funded under this
  section must:
               (1)  be in a county with a population between 900,000
  and 1.5 million that is located adjacent to a county with a
  population of 2.5 million or more; and
               (2)  have a history of providing services to not less
  than 300 individuals with an intellectual or developmental
  disability for a period of not less than 10 years.
         (c)  In establishing the pilot program, the commission shall
  set a goal to reduce the number of individuals residing and
  receiving services in state supported living centers, as defined by
  Section 531.002, Health and Safety Code, to an extent necessary to
  offset the costs of the pilot program.
         (d)  The commission shall use proceeds from general
  obligations bonds issued by the Texas Public Finance Authority to
  provide funding for the creation of additional housing under the
  pilot program.
         (e)  The community non-profit corporation that is provided
  with funding under the pilot program shall prepare and submit an
  annual report to the commission that summarizes the results of the
  pilot program.
         SECTION 2.  If before implementing any provision of this Act
  a state agency determines that any other waiver or authorization
  from a federal agency is necessary for implementation of that
  provision, the agency affected by the provision shall request the
  waiver or authorization and may delay implementing that provision
  until the waiver or authorization is granted.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect on January 1, 2020, but
  only if the constitutional amendment proposed by the 86th
  Legislature, Regular Session, 2019, authorizing the issuance of
  general obligation bonds for conducting a program to create
  additional housing for individuals with an intellectual or
  developmental disability is approved by the voters. If that
  amendment is not approved by the voters, this Act has no effect.
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