Senate Committee on Human Resources - 66th R.S. (1979)

Committee Members


  • Study the provision of health care services by advanced practice nurses, nurse practitioners, emergency medical service personnel or physicians assistants working under standard orders or written protocols without the direct supervision of a doctor. Consider the effect on health care if limits on the use of standing delegation orders were strictly enforced. Make recommendations for legislative action. *
  • Study the following areas in furtherance of recommendations made by the Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives;
    (1) coordination of all services and programs for the aging through the appropriate agency or commission;
    (2) development of the means to protect the rights of the elderly in the area of self-determination;
    (3) monitoring the development of a single pre-admission assesment instrument and procedure for all applicants for community or institutional care administered by the Texas Department of Human Resources who are eligible for Medicaid and MAO;
    (4)further investigation of the transfer of assets by patients upon entry into long-term care facilities;
    (5) investigation of the difficulties encountered by the elderly and handicapped in obtaining adequate insurance coverage; and
    (6) monitoring the implementation of the various alternate care programs mandated by the 66th Legislature in an effort to ensure that the needs of all recipients are met.
  • Conduct a study which includes monitoring the the contract system mandated by HB 1075, 65th R.S., between the Texas Department of Human Resources and certain family violence shelters in Texas, and also includes assessment of the services and needs of the shelters.
  • Conduct a study of the mental health commitment process and the possible need for revision of related laws as set out in the Texas Mental Health Code.
  • Conduct a comprehensive study of the handicapped in Texas. The study shall include:
    (1) promulgation of an operational definition of "handicapped person";
    (2) a survey of the handicapped in Texas to accurately determine their number, distribution, level and type of disability, and unmet needs;
    (3) public hearings to augment the survey data with citizen input;
    (4) an analysis of available services and an identification of areas of unmet needs; and
    (5) a final report of findings and recommendations to be submitted to the Lieutenant Governor and members of the Senate.
  • Conduct a follow-up study on the proposals of the Steering Committee Study of Local Health Departments, especially the establishment of minimum services and staffing patterns for local health departments and the examination of various models of the roles of federal, state, and local governments with regard to financing and the provision of public health services.
  • Study the means of coordinating all health screening programs for children where such screening programs are currently provided by several local and state agencies.
  • Make a thorough study of the provision of health care services through the use of protocols and standing orders and of the implications, if any, of Texas Attorney General Opinion H-1295 and of any legal restraints on such use.
  • Conduct a study of questions concerning the impact of health manpower regulation on the delivery of health services and the impact of policy coordination across the several licensing authorities.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.


Charged by SR 692 and SR 693.

W.N. 'Bill' Patman is not listed in the interim report.

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