Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 3.29.17

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

March 30, 2017

 

Pizza and Politics!

Join us Tuesday April 11th for a lunch and learn with a twist: We’re calling it “eat and advocate”. In short: come to our office, eat pizza and call state legislators to voice your support for the Center for School Behavioral Health’s bills.

            WHAT: “Eat and Advocate” – Call your legislators and eat Star Pizza!

            WHEN: Tuesday, April 11 –  Drop by anytime between 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

            WHERE: MHA of Greater Houston, 2211 Norfolk #810 Houston, TX 77098

We’ll have Star Pizza and phone scripts to fuel your body and mind, and other special surprises! To register, email Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org

Breaking News: HB 2623 Joint Author Added

Thank you for the work you have put in thus far – you and your calls are making a difference. We are excited to announce that Representative Senfronia Thompson has signed on to joint author HB 2623!!  Representative Thompson is a very well respected member of the State House of Representatives and her support of HB 2623 will help us enormously – so we can’t stop now.  We must keep this momentum going until we secure a hearing date before the House Public Education Committee.

Do you live here???

Do you live in 77044, 77336, 77338, 77339, 77345, 77346, 77357, 77365, 77373, 77386, 77532? If you do, it likely means you are part of Representative Huberty’s district. PLEASE CALL (512) 463-0520 TODAY to let him know his constituents care about HB 2623.

If you know someone who lives in any of these zip codes, forward them this information or email us his / her contact information and we will be happy to talk to him / her.

You can also call the House Public Education Committee directly at (512) 463-0804 to express your support for HB 2623.

Let us know how your calls go and what the responses are!

MHA of Greater Houston Bill Tracker

As you know, MHA of Greater Houston successfully filed four bills this legislative session, supporting both our Center for School Behavioral Health and Women’s Mental Health programs. We have also worked closely with Chairman Four Price and Representative Sarah Davis to ensure specific language reflecting our priorities was inserted into their existing bills concerning these legislative issues.

HB 11 (Price), Relating to consideration of the mental health of public school students in school planning, educator training requirements, curriculum requirements, educational programs, state and regional programs and services, and health care services for students, was referred to the House Public Health Committee on March 9th.

HB 2466 (Davis), Relating to coverage for certain services related to maternal depression under the Medicaid and child health plan programs was referred to the House Public Health Committee on March 21st.

To see all the bills Mental Health America of Greater Houston supports this legislative session, click here to view our organizational bill tracker.

HB 21 Hearing, Senate passes its Budget

We are also closely following movement in both chambers related to public education funding.  Last week, the House Public Education Committee held a hearing for HB 21 (Huberty), relating to the public school finance system. On Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed its preliminary budget (SB 1). 

ACTION ITEM OF THE WEEK

Time Commitment: Less Than Five Minutes

After you’ve called your representatives for HB2623, register for Pizza and Politics by emailing Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org and invite two friends to join you!

To join our Rapid Response Team (RRT), email Lauren Pursley at lpursley@mhahouston.org