Legislative Session: 83(R)

Senate Bill 426

Senate Author:  Nelson et al.

Effective:  See below

House Sponsor:  Zerwas

            Effective September 1, 2013, Senate Bill 426 amends the Government Code to require the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to create a strategic plan to serve at-risk pregnant women and families with children under the age of six through home visiting programs that improve outcomes for parents and families. The bill establishes the circumstances under which a pregnant woman or family is considered to be at-risk for purposes of enrollment in a program. The bill sets out the conditions that determine if a home visiting program classifies as either an evidence-based program or a promising practice program and requires HHSC to ensure that at least 75 percent of funds appropriated for home visiting programs are used in evidence-based programs. The bill requires HHSC to ensure that a home visiting program achieves favorable outcomes in a minimum number of specified areas of improvement and to adopt outcome indicators to measure the effectiveness of a program in achieving desired outcomes. The bill requires HHSC to prepare and submit an initial report on state-funded home visiting programs to specified legislative committees and sets out biennial HHSC reporting requirements, effective January 15, 2015,  regarding state-funded home visiting programs.