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House Committee on Human Services - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Elliott Naishtat, Chair
Norma Chavez, Vice Chair
John Davis
Harryette Ehrhardt
Rick Noriega
Richard Peña Raymond
Barry Telford
Mike Villarreal
Arlene Wohlgemuth
Charges
• Monitor congressional reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, the Food Stamp program, and the Child Care Development Fund Block Grant.
• Consider ways the state and local governments can promote asset development in low-income households and facilitate increased independence from public assistance. Examine any difficulties public assistance clients may encounter because of asset test standards.
• Review the organization and administration of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, including but not limited to eligibility determinations for social security disability benefits.
• Study the extent and causes of suicide and consider whether Texas should implement a suicide prevention program.
• Evaluate the adequacy of staffing levels at the Department of Human Services. Examine staff workloads and responsibilities in light of new and altered responsibilities at the department, including implementation of CHIP, eligibility policy changes and welfare reform. Explore options that might increase efficiency of staff, including enhanced technology and public-private partnerships for application and recertification of benefits.
• Actively monitor agencies and institutions under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including compliance with legislative direction on "Olmstead" issues.

Note:
Richard Raymond (Member) appointed 1/24/2001.

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