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Legislative Recaps

We prepared a legislative re-cap for the 86th legislative session. Read it here.
86th Legislative Session Presentation from NAMI TX State Conference (2019).
NAMI Texas Championed Bill for the 86th Legislature
85th (2017) Legislative Session – Mental Health Policy Highlights
84th (2015) Session Recap
Budget Summary 84th Session (2015)

Issue Briefs

Integrated Crisis Response Teams to Improve Mental Health Outcomes in the Community

Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis.


Senate Committee on Finance, SB 1, Article II, HHSC 2.26.21
Senate Committee on Finance, SB 1, Article III, Texas Education Agency, 2.22.21
Joint Committee on Use of Prior Authorizations and Utilization Review Testimony, 12.16.20
Legislative Budget Board Article III Testimony, 11.26.20
Legislative Budget Board Article II Testimony, 11.25.20
Legislative Budget Board Article V Testimony, 11.24.20
House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee Charge 2 Testimony, 11.24.20
House Committee on County Affairs Charge 1 Testimony, 11.13.20
House Committee on County Affairs Charge 3 Testimony, 11.9.20
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Charge 4 Testimony, 11.3.20
House Public Health Committee Charge 3 Testimony, 10.15.20
House Public Health Committee Charge 2 Testimony, 10.13.20
House Public Health Committee Charge 1 Testimony, 10.12.20
Texas Dept. of Housing & Community Affairs Testimony, 10.9.20
House Public Education Committee Charge 1 Testimony, 9.30.20
House Appropriations Committee Article 2 Charge 6 Testimony, 9.30.20
House Appropriations Committee Article 2 Charge 2 Testimony, 9.30.20
House Appropriations Committee Article 2 Charge 1 Testimony, 9.11.20
House Appropriations Committee Article 1, 4, and 5 Charge 6 Testimony, 9.11.20
House Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety Testimony, 8.14.20
Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety Testimony, 12.3.19
HB 3489, Addressing Dating Violence in Schools bill, Testimony 4.23.19
HB 3888, Parent Mental Health Education bill, Testimony 4.23.19
HB 1035 and HB 3172, Right to Refuse Providing Services bills, Testimony 4.17.19 (Opposed)
SB 1390, Suicide Safer Schools bill, Testimony 4.11.19
HB 1602, Start School Later bill, Testimony 4.4.19
HB 2618, Peer Support Pilot Program for Maternal Mental Health bill, Testimony 4.3.19
HB 3980, Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Report bill, Testimony 4.3.19
HB 3003, Student Parent College Liaisons bill, Testimony 4.3.19
HB 3235, Suicide Prevention Teacher Training bill, Testimony 3.26.19
SB 17, Right to Refuse Providing Services bill, Testimony 3.25.19 (Opposed)
HB 316, Firearm Safe Storage Awareness Campaign bill, Testimony 3.20.19
HB 253, Postpartum Depression Strategic Plan bill, Testimony 3.13.19
HB 501, Severe Emotional Disturbance Coverage, Testimony 3.12.19
HB 198, School-Based Mental Health Center bill, Testimony 2.26.19
Health and Human Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony on Adult Mental Health 9.19.18
Health and Human Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony on Child Mental Health 9.19.18
Department of Family and Protective Services Legislative Budget Board Testimony 9.13.18
Joint Committee on Aging Testimony 8.28.18
Public Health and Human Services Committee Testimony 8.9.18
House Select Committee on Opioid Use Testimony 8.8.18

Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools Testimony 7.24.18
School Mental Health Select Committee Testimony 7.18.18
Invited testimony for 12.6.2017 House Insurance hearing

NAMI Texas Publications

Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness, Sixth Edition, Brian D. Shannon & Daniel H. Benson

NAMI Texas Bill Positions

House Public Education Bills Championed by NAMI Texas

NAMI TX Legislative-Proposal Position List 3.20.2019

NAMI TX Legislative Proposal Position List 2.6.2019

NAMI National Public Policy Reports

NAMI National publishes reports on critical, emerging issues to help inform the public about the importance of effective mental health policy.

Mental Health Parity at Risk: Deregulating the Individual Market and the Impact on Mental Health Coverage (2018)
NAMI collaborated with researchers at Georgetown University on a report that provides, for the first time, comprehensive data showing barriers and gaps in mental health and substance use coverage in the individual insurance market prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This report highlights just how bad things were and emphasizes the dangers of turning back the clock.

The Doctor is Out: Continuing Disparities in Access to Mental and Physical Health Care (2017)
Despite the passage of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act of 2008, significant barriers remain which keep many Americans from accessing mental health treatment and support. People who seek treatment must navigate a fragmented and costly system full of obstacles. As a result, many people cannot access mental health care when they need it most.

Out-of-Network, Out-of-Pocket, Out-of-Options: The Unfulfilled Promise of Parity (2016)
With the passage of the federal parity law, along with the Affordable Care Act and the decision by 32 states (including the District of Columbia) to expand Medicaid, Americans should have better access to mental health care than at any time in history.  Yet, people with mental health conditions who have insurance still struggle to find providers and services in their networks.

Engagement: A New Standard for Mental Health Care (2016)
NAMI knows that the U.S. system of mental health care is failing to engage many people who seek help. The first interaction between a service provider and a person seeking care for a mental heatlh condition can start a journey to recovery and a satisfying life, or leave a person unsure or hopeless about the future. The same is true about interactions with other people in the community. This report calls for a culture shift towards a mental health system that engages people with mental health conditions and their families.

Preparing for the Unimaginable: How Chiefs Can Safeguard Officer Mental Health Before and After Mass Casualty Events (2016)
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012, NAMI worked with police chiefs from around the country to develop lessons learned on officer mental health. This report is designed to help police departments prepare for mass casualty events and support emotional resiliency for first-responders and their communities.

State Mental Health Legislation 2015: Trends, Themes & Effective Practices 
NAMI’s third annual report on state legislation that took place across the country in 2015 found lots of good news, but unfortunately some bad news as well.

 A Long Road Ahead: Achieving True Parity in Mental Health and Substance Use Care (2015):
Achieving true equity in accessing mental health and substance use disorder care requires vigilant attention by advocates and public agencies responsible for enforcement. This report describes a survey conducted by NAMI to assess the experiences of people living with mental illness and their families with private health insurance.

Road to Recovery: Employment and Mental Illness (2014):
One of the best steps in recovery from mental illness is a job, but the national unemployment rate for individuals receiving public mental health services is approximately 80%.

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