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

Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Americans with Disabilities Act | Child care | Community support services | Disability benefits | Human Services, Texas Department of | Mental health services | Rehabilitation Commission, Texas | Social Security | Suicide | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Welfare | Welfare reform | Welfare-to-work |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 h88
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [148 pages  File size: 2,381 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor congressional reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program, the Food Stamp program, and the Child Care Development Fund Block Grant.
2. 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.
3. Review the organization and administration of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, including but not limited to eligibility determinations for social security disability benefits.
4. Study the extent and causes of suicide and consider whether Texas should implement a suicide prevention program.
5. 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.
6. Actively monitor agencies and institutions under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including compliance with legislative direction on "Olmstead" issues.

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