Bill Text: TX SB63 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the creation of the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 19-12)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-16 - Co-author authorized [SB63 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB63-Introduced.html
  86R3593 JG-F
 
  By: Nelson, et al. S.B. No. 63
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation of the Texas Mental Health Care
  Consortium.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle E, Title 2, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 113 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 113. TEXAS MENTAL HEALTH CARE CONSORTIUM
  SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS
         Sec. 113.0001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Community mental health provider" means an entity
  that provides mental health care services at a local level. The
  term includes community centers established under Subchapter A,
  Chapter 534.
               (2)  "Consortium" means the Texas Mental Health Care
  Consortium.
               (3)  "Executive committee" means the executive
  committee of the consortium.
  SUBCHAPTER B. CONSORTIUM
         Sec. 113.0051.  ESTABLISHMENT; PURPOSE. The Texas Mental
  Health Care Consortium is established to:
               (1)  coordinate the expansion and delivery of mental
  health care services by using the infrastructure and expertise of
  the health-related institutions of higher education listed in
  Section 113.0052 and community mental health providers;
               (2)  enhance the state's ability to address mental
  health care needs through stronger collaboration and institutional
  alignment of the health-related institutions of higher education
  listed in Section 113.0052;
               (3)  improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mental
  health care services delivered in this state;
               (4)  facilitate access to mental health care services
  through telemedicine and other cost-effective, evidence-based
  programs;
               (5)  improve mental health and substance use disorder
  research efforts conducted by institutions of higher education; and
               (6)  improve and expand the behavioral health workforce
  through training and development opportunities between the
  health-related institutions of higher education listed in Section
  113.0052 and community mental health providers.
         Sec. 113.0052.  COMPOSITION. The consortium is composed of:
               (1)  the following health-related institutions of
  higher education:
                     (A)  Baylor College of Medicine;
                     (B)  The Texas A&M University System Health
  Science Center;
                     (C)  Texas Tech University Health Sciences
  Center;
                     (D)  Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  at El Paso;
                     (E)  University of North Texas Health Science
  Center at Fort Worth;
                     (F)  Dell Medical School at The University of
  Texas at Austin;
                     (G)  The University of Texas Medical Branch at
  Galveston;
                     (H)  The University of Texas Health Science Center
  at Houston;
                     (I)  The University of Texas Health Science Center
  at San Antonio;
                     (J)  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  School of Medicine;
                     (K)  The University of Texas Health Science Center
  at Tyler; and
                     (L)  The University of Texas Southwestern Medical
  Center;
               (2)  the commission;
               (3)  not fewer than three nonprofit organizations that
  focus on mental health care; and
               (4)  any other entity that the executive committee
  considers necessary.
         Sec. 113.0053.  ADMINISTRATIVE ATTACHMENT. The consortium
  is administratively attached to the Texas Higher Education
  Coordinating Board.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  shall provide administrative support to the consortium as necessary
  to carry out the purposes of this chapter.
  SUBCHAPTER C. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
         Sec. 113.0101.  EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE COMPOSITION. The
  consortium is governed by an executive committee composed of the
  following members:
               (1)  the chair of the academic department of psychiatry
  of each of the health-related institutions of higher education
  listed in Section 113.0052;
               (2)  a representative of the commission with expertise
  in the delivery of mental health care services, appointed by the
  executive commissioner;
               (3)  a representative of the commission with expertise
  in mental health facilities, appointed by the executive
  commissioner;
               (4)  a representative of an organization that
  represents the interests of community centers established under
  Subchapter A, Chapter 534, appointed by the governor;
               (5)  a representative of each nonprofit organization
  described by Section 113.0052 that is part of the consortium,
  appointed by the governor; and
               (6)  any other representative appointed by the governor
  at the request of the executive committee.
         Sec. 113.0102.  PRESIDING OFFICER. The executive committee
  shall elect a presiding officer from among the membership of the
  executive committee.
         Sec. 113.0103.  MEETINGS. The executive committee shall
  meet at the call of the presiding officer.
         Sec. 113.0104.  VACANCY. A vacancy on the executive
  committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original
  appointment.
         Sec. 113.0105.  GIFTS, GRANTS, AND DONATIONS. The executive
  committee may accept on behalf of the consortium gifts, grants, or
  donations from any public or private source for the purpose of
  carrying out this chapter.
  SUBCHAPTER D. POWERS AND DUTIES
         Sec. 113.0151.  GENERAL DUTIES. (a) The executive
  committee shall:
               (1)  coordinate the expansion and delivery of mental
  health care services by providing grants or other funding to the
  health-related institutions of higher education listed in Section
  113.0052 and community mental health providers;
               (2)  establish procedures and policies for the
  administration of funds under this chapter;
               (3)  monitor contracts and other agreements entered
  into under this chapter to ensure recipients of grants or other
  funding comply with the terms and conditions of those contracts or
  agreements; and
               (4)  establish procedures to document compliance by
  executive committee members and staff with applicable laws
  governing conflicts of interest.
         (b)  In carrying out the duties under Subsection (a), the
  consortium shall ensure that evidence-based tools, including
  telemedicine, are used to help expand the delivery of mental health
  care services.
         (c)  The consortium shall designate a member of the executive
  committee to work in liaison with the statewide health coordinating
  council.
         Sec. 113.0152.  COMPREHENSIVE CHILD PSYCHIATRY ACCESS
  NETWORK. (a) The consortium shall establish a network of
  comprehensive child psychiatry access centers at the
  health-related institutions of higher education listed in Section
  113.0052.
         (b)  A center established under Subsection (a) shall
  collaborate with community mental health providers to better care
  for children and youth with behavioral health needs by:
               (1)  providing consultation services and training
  opportunities for pediatricians and primary care providers
  operating in the center's geographic region; and
               (2)  expanding a telemedicine program for identifying
  and assessing behavioral health needs and providing access to
  mental health care services.
         (c)  A center established under Subsection (a) may enter into
  a memorandum of understanding with a community mental health
  provider to carry out this section.
         Sec. 113.0153.  MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH PLAN. The consortium
  shall:
               (1)  develop and implement a mental health research
  plan to advance the research component of the statewide behavioral
  health strategic plan;
               (2)  create an aggregated inventory of mental health
  and substance use disorder research completed by institutions of
  higher education in this state; and
               (3)  coordinate mental health and substance use
  disorder research efforts by the health-related institutions of
  higher education listed in Section 113.0052 to ensure those
  institutions engage in effective and targeted research to leverage
  additional funding.
         Sec. 113.0154.  BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE EXPANSION
  PROJECT. (a) The consortium shall enhance collaboration between
  the health-related institutions of higher education listed in
  Section 113.0052 and community mental health providers to increase
  psychiatric residency training and improve the quality of care for
  persons receiving mental health care services in this state.
         (b)  The executive committee may provide grants or other
  funding to the academic department of psychiatry at each
  health-related institution of higher education listed in Section
  113.0052 for the purpose of funding:
               (1)  one full-time psychiatrist to serve as academic
  medical director for a community mental health provider; and
               (2)  two resident positions.
         (c)  An academic medical director described by Subsection
  (b) shall collaborate and coordinate with community mental health
  providers to expand the amount and availability of mental health
  care resources by:
               (1)  developing training opportunities for residents
  and medical students; and
               (2)  promoting the use of telemedicine or other
  evidence-based tools to provide comprehensive mental health care
  services to a greater population.
         (d)  An institution of higher education that receives grants
  or other funding under Subsection (b) shall include in its
  curriculum a requirement that psychiatric residents and medical
  students participate in rotations through facilities operated by
  community mental health providers.
         Sec. 113.0155.  ANNUAL REPORT. Not later than July 31 of
  each year, the consortium shall submit to the governor, the
  lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives,
  and the standing committee of each house of the legislature with
  primary jurisdiction over behavioral health issues and post on its
  Internet website a written report that outlines:
               (1)  the activities and objectives of the consortium;
               (2)  the health-related institutions of higher
  education listed in Section 113.0052 or community mental health
  providers awarded grants or other funding by the executive
  committee;
               (3)  any prospective grants or funding the consortium
  expects to receive; and
               (4)  any research accomplishments associated with the
  consortium.
  SUBCHAPTER E. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
         Sec. 113.0201.  JUDICIAL INSTRUCTION REGARDING MENTAL
  HEALTH CARE RESOURCES. The court of criminal appeals, in
  consultation with the consortium, shall develop a training program
  to educate and inform designated judges and their staff on mental
  health care resources available within the geographic region in
  which the designated judges preside. The court of criminal appeals
  may develop and operate the training program in conjunction with
  any other training programs it develops or operates.
         SECTION 2.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the governor and the executive commissioner of the
  Health and Human Services Commission shall make the appointments
  required by Section 113.0101, Health and Safety Code, as added by
  this Act.
         SECTION 3.  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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