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House Committee on Human Services - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
Suzanna Gratia Hupp, Chair
Rob Eissler, Vice Chair
John E. Davis, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Alma Allen
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles
Toby Goodman
Elliott Naishtat
Ken Paxton
Elvira Reyna
Charges
• Examine ways foster care provides, or does not provide, preparation for adult living to foster children. Review programs other states have adopted to enhance the likelihood that foster care alumni will complete a secondary education or maintain trade skills learned while in foster care. Examine the correlation between the school drop-out pattern, job maintenance and poverty, and foster care preparation programs for adult living.
• Study the effectiveness, efficiency and funding mechanisms of mental health and mental retardation services. Identify and study best practices in crisis intervention, residential treatment and aftercare. Identify and study successful mental health services delivery models established by other states.
• Monitor how changes in the Food Stamp Program at the federal level affect participation in Texas, including proposed changes in the 2006 Federal Farm Bill.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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