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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

State Supported Living Centers Bills (Telicon Report 5/26/2017)
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 prohibit concealed handguns at state hospitals, nursing facilities, and State Supported Living Centers (SSLCs), unless the concealed handgun license holder has 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 replace the term "hazardous duty" with "high injury risk" and make SSLC employees and state hospital employees (if the employee is 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 546Lois KolkhorstRelating to the quality of water provided by public drinking water supply systems to state supported living centers.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require DADS/HHSC and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to develop a water monitoring strategy including education materials for residents and staff. Would require a review of public notification procedures, sampling protocols, and remediation activities. Would also require on-site evaluation of sampling and inspections.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-24-17 H Set on the Local Calendar
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: Would require HHSC to establish a process for SSLCs to be paid for services provided to people in community-based services. Also would allow SSLCs to charge managed care organizations a different rate than the rate established by HHSC.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-23-17 G Sent to the Governor
SB 602Chuy HinojosaRelating to the establishment of a restructuring commission to evaluate each state supported living center.
no datano dataRemarks: Would establish 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 require, in the event of the sale of an SSLC, that the city or county in which the SSLC is located has the priority opportunity to purchase the SSLC property. This does not give 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 1300Charles PerryRelating to the designation of the San Angelo State Supported Living Center as a forensic state supported living center.
no datano dataRemarks: Would 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: 05-19-17 G Sent to the Governor
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: Would 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: 05-23-17 G Sent to the Governor
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 require a person with an intellectual disability who is charged with certain criminal offenses to be committed to a designated forensic SSLC. If the person is determined not to be high risk, not later than 30 days after a person arrives at the forensic SSLC the person must be transferred to another SSLC or a program designated by a Local IDD Authority.
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 require the SSLC Office of Independent Ombudsman develop and implement in each state supported living center a peer support program that would help: make residents more aware of their rights and circumstances, protect their rights, and increase accountability of the staff. Would establish 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 to determine whether the defendant's release is appropriate.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require that a defendant who is committed to a residential care facility by order of the court is authorized to be there for a maximum period of 12 months. Would allow 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
SCR 33Lois KolkhorstApproving the amended 2009 settlement agreement between the State of Texas and the U.S. Department of Justice.
no datano dataRemarks: Would 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 state-supported living centers operated by the Department of Aging and Disability Services.
no datano dataLast Action: 05-18-17 H Reported favorably from committee on House Human Services

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