Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 3.15.17

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
March 15, 2017

Last Friday, March 10 marked the deadline to file legislation for Texas’ 85th legislative session. I am proud to share that MHA of Greater Houston has successfully filed four bills, supporting both our Center for School Behavioral Health and Women’s Mental Health programs. Now that our bills have been filed, the next step is getting them through their respective committees. (Great news: HB 2135, our Post-Partum Depression bill, has already been referred to the House Committee on Public Health!)

After meeting with many members of the Houston delegation, we believe that our legislative agenda is strong; however, the current fiscal outlook and political climate in Austin make the passage of any bill a very difficult task. We have our work cut out for us during the next 74 days.

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Bill Number Sponsor Title Status

HB 2623

Allen

Relating to requiring school districts to assist students in making the transition back to school after certain prolonged placements outside of school.

03/01/2017 H Filed

HB 3853

Coleman

Relating to the availability of certain behavioral health professionals at certain public schools.

03/10/2017 H Filed

HB 3887

Coleman

Relating to trauma training for public school personnel.

03/10/2017 H Filed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a session where 6,657 bills were filed and money is tight, now is the time to connect with your legislators and bring our bills to the front of their priority list.

WE NEED YOUR HELP: REACH OUT TO THE PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Please call the members of the House Public Education Committee and let them know that you support MHA of Greater Houston and hope the Representatives will fight to make sure our bills are heard before their committee as quickly as possible! Luckily, the Public Education committee is chaired by Houston State Representative Dan Huberty and includes Houston-area Representatives Alma Allen, Harold Dutton, Jr., and Representative Dwyane Bohac.

  • State Representative Dan Huberty: (512) 463-0520
  • State Representative Alma Allen: (512) 463-0744
  • State Representative Harold Dutton, Jr.: (512) 463-0510
  • State Representative Dwayne Bohac: (512) 463-0727

Sample Script: 

Hello, my name is ________. I am calling Representative _______ because I want to make sure that House Bill [2623| 3853| 3887] gets a hearing in front of the PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE.  I support this bill and the positive impact it will have on mental health in education in the state of Texas and encourage Representative ______ to do so as well. Thank you very much!

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP: REACH OUT TO YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE

Please call your local State Representative in support of these bills, too! As a constituent, your opinion matters! Ask them to use their influence with their colleagues on the Public Education Committee to make sure our bills get a hearing! To find your Representative, click here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/

Sample Script: 

Hello, my name is ________, I’m a constituent from Houston, zip code ___. I am calling Representative _______ to urge [him/her] to consider becoming a joint author of House Bill [2623| 3853| 3887]. This bill is incredibly important for the future of the kids in our local schools and a great step toward ending the school-to-prison-pipeline. If you won’t consider joint authoring the bill, please reach out to your colleagues on the PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE and tell them your constituents want this bill to be heard in front of this committee. Thank you very much!