1.) Department Of State Health Services
Legislative Appropriation Request
Support the Department of State Health Services' 2008-2009
Legislative Appropriation Request (LAR), including funding
to restore to mental health services and programs the 10%
budget cuts directed by the Governor, and $82 million in new
dollars to fund the Exceptional Item for mental health crisis
2.) Mental Health Equity In Private Health
Support legislation to require private health insurance plans
to cover treatment for mental health disorders equal to coverage
provided for physical disorders (i.e. mental health insurance
equity, or "parity"). Support legislation to require
a study of the cost, if any, of equitable mental health coverage
currently provided to state of Texas employees.
3.) Students With Serious Emotional Disorders
in Public Schools
Support improvements in the laws regarding how students with
emotional disorders in public schools are treated when having
disciplinary problems related to their illness.
4.) "Priority" Or "Target"
Population For Community Mental Health Services
Support legislation that would require Community MHMR Centers
to prioritize providing evidence-based services to individuals
with mental illnesses based on the individual's need rather
than on his or her diagnosis.
5.) Medicaid Reform
Impact legislative efforts to reform and improve state Medicaid
services for individuals with mental illness.
Support legislative efforts to improve the quality of housing
options for individuals with mental illness by regulating
board and care homes.