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House Committee on Human Services - 67th R.S. (1981)

Committee Members
Craig A. Washington, Chair
Bill Clark, Vice Chair
Carlyle Smith, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Erwin W. Barton
Gene Green
Clint Hackney
Jimmy Mankins
Michael W. Martin
Anthony Polumbo
Jack Vowell
Charges
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operation aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. These agencies include:
Department of Human Resources
Texas Commission for the Blind
Texas Commission for the Deaf
Texas Department of Community Affairs
Texas Rehabilitation Commission
Board of Licensure of Nursing Home Administrators
Department of Aging
The Veterans Affairs Commission
• Track the development of the newly created Department of Aging. Investigate protective services for the elderly, currently provided by Department of Human Resources, and determine whether the Department of Aging could effectively take over those duties.
• Develop background information on the general subject area of battered children and conduct and investigation into protective services for children provided by state agencies. (Do agencies overlap in authority, number of calls answered per month, effective results, justification or program, etc.)
• Conduct and in-depth study of the AFDC program. Look at descriptive data such as turnover rate, ethnic breakdown, percentage of fraud. Consider the effect of abolishment of ceiling on payments if amendment passes in November of 1982.
• Monitor the development of outdoor training programs under the Commission for the Deaf.
• Study the detrimental effects of formaldehyde use to determine what actions need to be taken to protect the health of the general public.
• Monitor state procurement and program changes of Medicaid Services in Texas.
• Study activities and programs of the Texas Commission for the Blind including the Commission's efficiency in relation to its contracted services.
• Examine the possibility of consolidating the administration and delivery of human services programs.

Note:
Michael Martin (Member) resigned 4/22/1982.
Jimmy Mankins (Member) appointed 5/24/1982. Memorandum, Billy Clayton, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, May 24, 1982. See House Speaker Clayton Appointments, L1801.1 P926a 1979-82.)

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