Groups and Councils

Groups and Councils Relating to Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Council on Children and Families

The Council on Children and Families was created in 2009 during the 81st Texas Legislature pursuant to Senate Bill 1646 (MS Word).  The purpose of the Council is to coordinate the state's health, education, and human services systems to ensure that children and families have access to needed services; improve coordination and efficiency in state agencies, advisory councils on issues affecting children, and local levels of service; prioritize and mobilize resources for children; and facilitate an integrated approach to providing services for children and youth.

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Integration of Health and Behavioral Health Workgroup

Pursuant to House Bill 2196 (MS Word), the 81st Texas Legislature directed the creation of a workgroup in 2009 charged with determining effective ways to achieve integrated health and behavioral health services in Texas. The mission of the workgroup is to improve the health of people with and at-risk for mental illness through expanded access to integrated health care services.  By August 31, 2010, the Workgroup must recommend best practices in policy, training, and service delivery to promote the integration of health and behavioral health services in Texas.

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Interagency Task Force on Children with Special Needs

The Interagency Task Force on Children with Special Needs was created in 2009 during the 81st Texas Legislature pursuant to Senate Bill 1824 (MS Word).  This Task Force is charged with the development of a five-year plan to improve services provided to children with chronic illnesses, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or mental illnesses.  

Groups and Councils Relating to Mental Health

Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services

S.B. 1507, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, directed DSHS to reconvene the advisory panel established by H.B. 3793, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. The charge of the advisory panel is to develop, make recommendations, and monitor the implementation of updates to a bed day allocation methodology for allocating to each designated region a certain number of state-funded beds in state hospitals and other inpatient mental health facilities for voluntary, civil, and forensic patients, and a bed day utilization review protocol that includes a peer review process. The legislation also requires the department to establish a forensic work group made up of experts and stakeholders to make recommendations for a comprehensive plan for the coordination of forensic services. Because these groups have shared members and closely related charges, the department is forming a joint committee.

Executive Formulary Committee (EFC)

The Executive Formulary Committee oversees the Drug Formulary published annually by The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)/Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).  The Drug Formulary is the publication that outlines the medications that have been approved for use in Community Mental Health Centers, Mental Health State Hospitals and the State Supported Living Centers.

House Bill 3793 [83(R)] Advisory Panel

Section 3 of House Bill 3793 requires the Department of State Health Services, in conjunction with the Health and Human Services Commission, to develop a plan to allocate outpatient mental health services and beds in state hospitals to two specified groups of patients. The bill sets out requirements for the plan and provides for an advisory panel to assist the department in developing the plan.

Jail-Based Competency Restoration (JBCR) Workgroup

The Jail-Based Competency Restoration Workgroup was convened pursuant to SB 1475 of the 83rd Legislature (Regular Session).The purpose of this workgroup is to establish and promulgate rules for a pilot program developed through a contract with a private company or Local Mental Health Authority (LMHA) with the purpose of providing mental health or co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse (COPSD) treatment services, as well as legal education for individuals found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), consistent with competency restoration services provided in state mental health facilities.

Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC)

The Local Authority Network Advisory Committee was charged with advising the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities. Pursuant to S. B. 277, 84th Legislature, regular Session, 2015, the LANAC was discontinued effective September 1, 2015.

Mental Health Transformation Work Group (TWG)

This committee examined how Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant funding can build a foundation for delivering evidence-based mental health and related services, fostering recovery, improving quality of life, and meeting the needs of mental health consumers across the life span. The TWG was dissolved in December 2011.

Resiliency and Disease Management (RDM)

The Resiliency and Disease Management committee is reviewing the current structure and making recommendations to improve RDM. The RDM initiative is intended to better match services to Mental Health consumers’ needs and to use limited resources most effectively. 

Housing and Health Services Coordination Council (HHSCC)

The statewide Housing and Health Services Coordination Council was created by Senate Bill 1878 during the 81st Texas Legislative Session. The purpose of this Council, as written in the statute, is to increase state efforts to offer service-enriched housing through increased coordination of housing and health services. The Council seeks to improve interagency understanding of housing and services and increase the number of staff in state housing and state health services agencies that are conversant in both housing and health care policies.


Groups and Councils Relating to Substance Abuse

Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Council (DDRAC)

The Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Council was established by Senate Bill 558 of the 77th Texas Legislature with the mandate to develop comprehensive statewide strategy and legislative recommendations that will reduce drug demand in Texas.

Texas Recovery Initiative (TRI)

The Texas Recovery Initiative task force is charged with gathering information and recommendations for designing protocols that implement holistic, recovery-oriented models of care for use within the behavioral health community.

Last updated November 15, 2016