State Supported Living Centers Bill Tracking

The bills below could impact State Supported Living Centers that provide services to people with disabilities in Texas.

State Supported Living Centers Bills — Passed

State Supported Living Centers bills passed during the 85th Texas Legislature
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
SB 546Lois KolkhorstRelating to the quality of water provided by public drinking water supply systems to state supported living centers.
no datano dataRemarks: Will require the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services/Health and Human Services Commission, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to develop a water monitoring strategy including education materials for residents and staff. Requires a review of public notification procedures, sampling protocols, and remediation activities. Also requires on-site evaluation of sampling and inspections.
no datano dataLast Action: 06-09-17 G Earliest effective date
SB 547Lois KolkhorstRelating to creation of a schedule of support services a state supported living center may provide and procedures for establishing applicable fees for those services.
no datano dataRemarks: Will require the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to establish a process for state supported living centers (SSLCs) to be paid for services provided to people in community-based services. Also allows SSLCs to charge managed care organizations a different rate than the rate established by HHSC.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-29-17 G Earliest effective date
SB 1300Charles PerryRelating to the designation of the San Angelo State Supported Living Center as a forensic state supported living center.
no datano dataRemarks: Will designate San Angelo SSLC as a forensic SSLC in addition to the Mexia SSLC. Currently, San Angelo SSLC provides forensic supports to women and girls. Mexia SSLC currently provides forensic services to men and boys.
no datano dataLast Action: 09-01-17 G Earliest effective date
SB 1565Lois KolkhorstRelating to the procedure for ordering medical or dental services for certain persons admitted to or committed to care at certain state facilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Will modify the types of providers required to consent to medical or dental treatment for an SSLC resident when the guardian is immediately unresponsive. Removes the requirement that at least one physician be in private practice.
no datano dataLast Action: 09-01-17 G Earliest effective date
SCR 33Lois KolkhorstApproving the amended 2009 settlement agreement between the State of Texas and the U.S. Department of Justice.
no datano dataRemarks: Will provide the legislative approval required for Texas to amend the system-wide settlement agreement (the "2009 Settlement Agreement") with the U.S. Department of Justice relating to their investigations of the SSLCs operated by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).
no datano dataLast Action: 06-12-17 G Signed by the Governor

State Supported Living Centers Bills — Not Passed

State Supported Living Centers bills not passed during the 85th Texas Legislature
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 1153Sarah DavisRelating to the offense involving the carrying of handguns by license holders on the premises of state hospitals and state supported living centers.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have prohibited concealed handguns at state hospitals, nursing facilities, and state supported living centers (SSLCs), unless the concealed handgun license holder had written authorization from the administration of the hospital, facility, or center.
no datano dataLast Action: 02-21-17 H Introduced and referred to committee on House Public Health
HB 1932Toni RoseRelating to compensation received by state employees working in certain high injury risk positions.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have replaced the term "hazardous duty" with "high injury risk" and made SSLC employees and state hospital employees (if the employee was in direct contact with patients for more than 50% of the time) eligible for "high injury risk" pay and benefits.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-03-17 H Committee action pending House State Affairs
SB 602Chuy HinojosaRelating to the establishment of a restructuring commission to evaluate each state supported living center.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have established an SSLC restructuring commission to determine up to five SSLCs for closure or consolidation by 2027.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-11-17 H Referred to House Committee on House Human Services
SB 1050Kirk WatsonRelating to the sale of real property on which a state supported living center is located.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have required, in the event of the sale of an SSLC, that the city or county in which the SSLC is located have priority in purchasing the SSLC property. Would have not given the city or county priority over the state agency for purchasing the SSLC property.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-06-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 1583Sylvia GarciaRelating to the commitment of a defendant who is found incompetent to stand trial and who is a person with an intellectual disability.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have required a person with an intellectual disability who is charged with certain criminal offenses to be committed to a designated forensic SSLC. If the person was determined not to be high risk, the person would be transferred to another SSLC or a program designated by a Local IDD Authority (LIDDA) no later than 30 days after a person arrived at the forensic SSLC.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-21-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice
SB 2025Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the establishment of a peer support program for residents of state supported living centers.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have required the SSLC Office of Independent Ombudsman to develop and implement in each SSLC a peer support program to help make residents more aware of their rights and circumstances, protect their rights, and increase accountability of the staff. Would have established peer support specialists to provide supportive services to residents.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-27-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Health and Human Services
SB 2125Judith ZaffiriniRelating to the period for which a defendant with an intellectual disability who is found incompetent to stand trial may be civilly committed before the court holds a hearing.
no datano dataRemarks: Would have required that a defendant committed to a residential care facility by order of the court to be authorized to live there for a maximum period of 12 months. Would have allowed for the option to renew the court order for an additional 12-month period.
no datano dataLast Action: 03-28-17 S Introduced and referred to committee on Senate Criminal Justice

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