Texas Law. Provides guidelines for serving individuals with mental illness to assure rights: record confidentiality, adequate treatment methods, admissions, use of medications, record access, and information about protection and advocacy.; Provides that individuals with mental illness are presumed competent until the contrary can be proven.; Allows for independent evaluation at the individual. Thank you for visiting the Texas Mental Health and Substance Use web page. The Department of State Health Services maintains this web page, but the 84th Legislature made structural changes to the Health and Human Services system including transferring some DSHS functions to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
Like every state, Texas has civil commitment laws that establish criteria for determining when involuntary treatment is appropriate for individuals with severe mental illness who cannot seek care voluntarily. Texas's laws allow for the use of court-ordered treatment in the community, known as assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). These programs help people with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless find and keep housing. To learn more about these programs, visit the adult mental health housing page. Permanent Supportive Housing Program helps people 18 and older who are at high risk of becoming.
tersection between criminal justice and mental health in Texas, with a focus on the effects of recent legislation. A. Diversion In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed the Sandra Bland Act (S.B. 1849),11 named after the woman who commit-ted suicide in the Waller County jail after being arrested in July 2015 during a traffic stop for failure to use a. The ole of Mental Health Courts in Texas April 2015 2 Texas Public Policy Foundation success of other jail diversion programs, like drug courts.7 Most mental health courts, ees per year as mentally ill. The number of inmates with mental illness in Cook County jail exceeded.
Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Pilot (MHJDP) program was developed as a collaborative model in which health and human services and criminal justice agencies work together. Additionally, the program incorporates core elements of an empirically supported, time-limited case management model called Critical Time Intervention (CTI). The House tentatively approved a bill Monday that would allow Harris County Jail to start a pilot program that officials hope would become a model for reducing mental illness in local lockups Author: Brandi Grissom.
Overincarceration of People with Mental llness June 2015 6 Texas Public Policy Foundation The large number of arrests and the sizable county jail populations in the U.S. have made pretrial diversion programs very popular across the board, not just in addressing people with mental illness. Over the 2014-15 biennium the 83rd Legislature appro-. The maze of behavioral health services is complex, making it difficult to understand and difficult to improve. The Hogg Foundation prepares a new edition of the Mental Health Guide to coincide with each Texas legislative session to help inform mental health and substance use policy analysis, development and decision-making. A Tool for Everyone.