78R636 SMJ-D

By:  Shapleigh                                                    S.B. No. 492

relating to an evaluation of public funding for children's mental health services. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. (a) The Health and Human Services Commission shall review and evaluate all sources of public funding for programs in this state that provide mental health services to children, including programs provided by the juvenile justice system, the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, the Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Impairments, and the Texas Education Agency. (b) The evaluation must describe each program and the services it provides, the sources of funding for the program, and the purposes for which the funds are used. The evaluation also must include: (1) recommendations regarding future funding for those programs, including sources and amounts, and opportunities for coordinating funding between different agencies; and (2) a determination of whether more effective methods exist for funding children's mental health services in this state. (c) The Health and Human Services Commission shall report on the results of the evaluation to the 79th Legislature not later than January 11, 2005. SECTION 2. 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, 2003.