Policy Analysis and Information
The Hogg Foundation serves as an information resource to policy makers by providing technical assistance to legislative and state agency staff on mental health issues. Upon request, the foundation provides written and oral testimony at legislative hearings, interim hearings and public forums addressing mental health policy. The foundation also develops and makes available informational documents such as policy briefs, fact sheets and reports addressing mental health policies.
The Texas Legislature meets from early January through the end of May in each odd-numbered year. During the regular session, the foundation tracks the progress of bills related to mental health, attends committee hearings and floor discussions, and provides resource information when requested by legislators or their staff. During the interim between sessions, the foundation monitors interim committees, attends public meetings and hearings, analyzes interim reports, and offers recommendations for systems change.
Texas 84th Legislative Session Summary: Texas Sunset Review, DSHS Mental Health Funding, and Mental Health Riders.
2014-2015 Mental Health Priorities: summary of eleven specific issues that should be part of any discussion related to mental health systems reform during the 84th Legislative Session.
Peer Support Services
- Expanding Mental Health Peer Support Services: recommendation that HHSC and Department of State Health Services identify and implement changes needed to expand the use of certified peer specialists in the provision of mental health services in Texas.
- Increase Access to Certified Peer Specialist/Recovery Specialist Services: recommendation that Sunset Commission Recommendations include a policy change to increase opportunities for recovery for individuals experiencing serious mental health or substance use conditions by expanding access to support services.
- House Human Services Committee Hearing, June 4, 2014: recommendations to the House Human Services Committee for addressing behavioral and medical crises for people with intellectual disabilities (IDD).
- Policy Recommendations: Addressing the Mental Health and Wellness of Individuals with Intellecutal Disabilities (IDD).
- Policy Recommendation: strategies HHSC and the Department of Aging and Disability Services could use to develop and improve the mental health and wellness of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.
- Policy Recommendation: recommendation to improve Coordination of Forensic Evaluation and Treatment Services by Creating a Forensic Director Position at the Department of State Health Services.
Mental Health Self-Directed Mental Health Service Delivery
- Self-Directed Mental Health Service Delivery: recommendation to the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of State Health Services to develop a pilot for self-directed mental health services in the integrated managed care system.
- Mental Health Workforce Recommendations: recommendations to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council on February 27, 2014.
- Crisis Point: Mental Health Workforce Shortages in Texas: policy brief that discusses why mental health matters, factors contributing to the crisis, consequences to Texas, statistics and recommendations
- Understanding Integrated Health Care: a brief overview of integrated health care.
- Integrated Health Care and Disparities: overview of eliminating health disparities for racial and ethnic minority populations and people with limited English proficiency through integrated health care.
- Integrated Health Care and Outcomes: an issue brief describing performance measures for integrated health care programs.
- Competency Restoration Policy Brief: an overview of the current and proposed competency restoration options.
- Housing for People with Serious Mental Illness: a brief on permanent supportive housing.
- Mental Health Housing Brief: a brief on the Department of State Health Services’ Exceptional Item #8 that requests funding for basic and enhanced supportive housing projects for people with serious mental illness. January 2013.
- Relocation Services for Individuals with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness: a policy recommendation to provide relocation and transition services to individuals leaving state psychiatric facilities and those with frequent hospital readmissions.
At the administrative level, the foundation regularly participates in state and local agency meetings regarding policies that affect mental health services and programs in Texas. The foundation also participates in various rule making initiatives, offers resource information, and provides technical assistance on mental health policy.
Several foundation staff who are trained mental health or policy professionals, mental health consumers, or family members of consumers have been appointed to various national, state and local public advisory committees, boards and legislative workgroups that address mental health public policy. Participating on these councils, workgroups and advisory committees provides significant opportunities to help shape mental health policies in Texas.
The foundation does not lobby or take positions on specific legislative proposals.
Position Statement on Behavioral Health in National Health Care Reform