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House Committee on Social Services - 65th R.S. (1977)

Committee Members
Craig A. Washington, Chair
Dave Allred, Vice Chair
Jerry L. Benedict
Bob Bush
Bill Caraway
Joe A. Hubenak
T.H. McDonald, Sr.
Irma Rangel
Emmett H. Whitehead
Charges
• Oversight responsibilities of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit:
Commission on Alcoholism
Commission for the Blind
Commission for the Deaf
Texas Rehabilitation Commission
Texas Youth Council
Department of Corrections
Commission on Jail Standards
Governor Committee on Visually Handicapped
• A study of the necessity for a statewide program for the detection of childhood communication disorders, including extensive screening efforts among the students of public schools and children from birth to school age.
• A study of the impact of parental involvement in agencies providing services to children including the ramifications of agency serving and assisting children in their own homes, thereby reducing the length of time a child would need direct service from an agency.
• A study of the adequacy and administration of state services for multihandicapped citizens and recommendations for meeting effectively the special needs of these citizens.
• A review of the feasibility of the Texas Department of Corrections buying the Harris County Rehabilitation Center for use as a community based correctional facility.
• A study of the effect of overcrowding in the Texas Department of Corrections including a review of the general scope of common problem areas related to overcrowding.

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