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Committee: Joint Aging
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Health care | Senior citizens | Veterans |
Library Call Number: L1836.85 Ag48
Session: 85th R.S. (2017)
Online version: View report [16 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study issues relating to the aging population of Texas, including health care, income, transportation, housing, education, and employment; makes recommendations to address issues.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Abortion | Adoption | Adult day care | Assisted living facilities | Birth defects | Child abuse | Child abuse prevention | Child Protective Services | Community support services | Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of | Foster care | Liability | Long-term care | Managed care | Medicaid | Mental health services | Mentally ill inmates | Nursing homes | Office of Inspector General, Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Organ and tissue donations | Planned Parenthood | Pregnancy | Refugees | Senior citizens | State employee turnover | Sunset review process | Telemedicine | Women's health |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 H349
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [152 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the business practices and regulatory structure of Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas, and investigate whether state or federal laws are being broken by Planned Parenthood and/or its affiliates in Texas in regards to the donation and/or sale of fetal tissue. Consider recommendations to strengthen regulations on abortion providers, including further restrictions on the sale of fetal tissue by these entities. *
2. Protecting the Unborn: Part I: Examine and make recommendations on the use of fetal tissue provided for research purposes and how related laws governing abortion procedures are interpreted and enforced. Part II: Examine the cause of action known as “wrongful birth.” The study should examine (1) its history in Texas, (2) its effect on the practice of medicine, and (3) its effect on children with disabilities and their families. Examine related measures proposed or passed in other states.
3. Protection of Children Part I: Reducing Recurrence of Child Abuse and Neglect: Examine the current process that Child Protective Services uses to track recurrence of child abuse and neglect, and make recommendations to improve data tracking and the use of that data to assist in preventing recurrence. The study should examine the differences in recurrence among families who received services, families who received no services and had their cases closed, and families who had their children removed from the home. Part II: Addressing High-Acuity Needs of Foster Care Children: Study the increase in higher acuity children with trauma and mental illness in the state foster care system, and recommend ways to ensure children have timely access to appropriate treatment and placement options. Part III: Strengthening Adoptions: Examine the frequency, causes, and effects of disrupted foster care adoptions and make recommendations to improve the long-term success of adoptive placements. Study and make recommendations on ways to ensure a smooth transition for foster care children who are exiting the system.
4. Healthy Aging: Part I: Study and make recommendations on innovative methods and best practices to promote healthy aging for the state’s population and reduce chronic medical and behavioral health conditions. Identify opportunities for improved collaboration to promote healthy aging in the health and human services system at the state, regional and local levels. Part II: Examine and recommend ways to improve quality and oversight in long-term care settings, including nursing homes and ICF/HCS programs. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services during the 84th Regular Session related to the revocation of nursing home licenses for repeated serious violations.
5. Medicaid Reform and State Innovation: Study the impact of the Section 1115 Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Waiver on improving health outcomes, reducing costs, and providing access to health care for the uninsured, and monitor the renewal process of the waiver. Explore other mechanisms and make recommendations to control costs and increase quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including the pursuit of a block grant or a Section 1332 Medicaid State Innovation Waiver for the existing Medicaid program.
6. Inpatient Mental Health System Reform: Study and make recommendations on establishing collaborative partnerships between state-owned mental health hospitals and university health science centers to improve inpatient state mental health services, maximize the state mental health workforce, and reduce healthcare costs.
7. Mental Health Diversion and Forensic Capacity: Study the impact of recent efforts by the legislature to divert individuals with serious mental illness from criminal justice settings and prevent recidivism. Study and make recommendations to address the state's ongoing need for inpatient forensic capacity, including the impact of expanding community inpatient psychiatric beds.
8. Improving Access to Care through TeleHealth: Study and make recommendations on the appropriate use, scope and application of tele-monitoring and telemedicine services to improve management and outcomes for adults and children with complex medical needs and for persons confined in correctional facilities. Examine barriers to implementation of these services and any impact on access to health care services in rural areas of the state.
9. Review of Refugee Resettlement Program: Study the impact to the state of the increasing number of refugees relocating to Texas, including the range of health and human services provided. Examine the authority of the state to reduce its burden under the Refugee Resettlement Program, and any state-funded services.
10. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation and riders related to health and human services that were considered by the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation, including but not limited to: ? The impact of changes made by the Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services on child safety, workforce retention, prevention, and permanency; ? Initiatives to reduce Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse, and other cost containment strategies, including examining the processes and procedures used by managed care organizations to address Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse; and The consolidation and expansion of women's health programs at the Health and Human Services Commission.
Committee: House Investments and Financial Services
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Banks and banking | Business climate | Consumer Credit Commissioner, Office of | Credit service organizations | Elder abuse | Electronic security | Financial investments | Fraud | Loans | Senior citizens | Subprime lending |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 IN9
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [68 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the current state of cybersecurity of financial institutions in Texas. Review state and federal laws, and evaluate what additional steps need to be taken to make financial institutions in Texas more secure.
2. Examine the short-term lending industry in Texas. Study the adequacy of consumer access to credit and the effectiveness of consumer protections, specifically reviewing the consistency and coordination of state law with federal law and local ordinances. Review data-reporting requirements for credit-access businesses and make appropriate recommendations.
3. Evaluate what policies are currently in place to prevent the financial exploitation and financial abuse of aging Texans, and determine what changes need to be made to strengthen protections for this vulnerable population.
4. Study the impact on local communities when community banks are consolidated and how this changes the landscape of banking in Texas. Evaluate how the state can help expand charter opportunities in Texas.
5. Examine the current investment climate and resources available to businesses in Texas. Analyze the effectiveness of existing programs and whether current investment tools are bringing new businesses and new jobs to Texas, and determine whether the current programs are helping established businesses in Texas create jobs. Identify barriers to investment opportunities faced by businesses and investors. This analysis should include but not be limited to: angel investing, crowdfunding, micro-lending, private equity, venture capital, and mezzanine investing. Make appropriate recommendations to ensure investment tools in Texas continue to evolve to help bring jobs to Texas and meet the needs of new and existing businesses in Texas.
6. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementing of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In addition to general oversight, the Committee should specifically: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: Joint Aging
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Long-term care | Senior citizens | Transportation |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 Ag47
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [70 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study issues relating to the aging population of Texas, including issues related to the health care, income, transportation, housing, education, and employment needs of that population and make recommendations to address those issues.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Child nutrition programs | Diet and nutrition | Food banks | Foster care | Health maintenance organizations | Hunger | Long-term care | Medicaid | Medical reimbursements | Senior citizens | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 H88
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [57 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of Foster Care Redesign. Evaluate the mechanisms for monitoring and oversight, including rates, contracts, and client outcomes.
2. Identify policies to alleviate food insecurity, increase access to healthy foods, and incent good nutrition within existing food assistance programs. Consider initiatives in Texas and other states to eliminate food deserts and grocery gaps, encourage urban agriculture and farmers' markets, and increase participation in the Summer Food Program. Evaluate the desirability and feasibility of incorporating nutritional standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Monitor congressional activity on the 2012 Farm Bill and consider its impact on Texas. (Joint with the House Committee on Public Health)
3. Explore strategies, including those in other states, to support the needs of aging Texans, including best practices in nursing home diversion, expedited access to community services, and programs to assist seniors and their families in navigating the long-term care system, with the goal of helping seniors remain in the community. Assess the feasibility of leveraging volunteer-supported initiatives using existing infrastructure to enhance the ability of seniors to remain active and involved.
4. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature, including the implementation of managed care in South Texas.
5. Study and make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability.
6. Find ways to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Legislature
Subjects: Adult Protective Services | Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | At-risk youth | Child abuse | Children's Health Insurance Program | Cloning | Community support services | Crime prevention | Diet and nutrition | Emergency management | Families | Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of | Family violence | Federal government | Foster care | H1N1 virus | Health care | Health care providers | Health insurance | Human services | Long-term care | Medicaid | Medicaid eligibility | Medical Board, Texas | Medical errors | Medical research | Mental health services | Mentally ill persons | Nurses | Obesity | Physicians | Quality of care | Senior citizens | State budgets | Stem cell research | Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 H349
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [272 pages  File size: 6,511 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Upon passage of federal legislation relating to reform of the health care industry and health insurance industry that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission estimates will costs the State of Texas $2 to 2.5 billion per year in General Revenue beginning as early as 2013, study the implications of such legislation on Texas, the health care industry, and public and private insurance. Study and monitor the implementation of the insurance regulatory changes, changes to high risk pool, and any other insurance mandates. Study the health care policy changes and the impact to the Medicaid and CHIP programs and the state budget. Assess the impact to all state uninsured and uncompensated care programs and county programs for the uninsured, including county property tax programs to pay for the uninsured. Make recommendations for the efficient implementation of programs. (Joint charge with Senate State Affairs Committee)
2. Study the benefits, efficiencies and costs, and effectiveness of the social service related prevention and early intervention programs at the health and human services agencies, the juvenile and adult criminal justice agencies and other government agencies that have programs that address mental illness, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, single-parent families, absentee fathers, early pregnancy, and unemployment. Study other states' prevention programs and efforts to administer these programs through a merged prevention department. Make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these programs.
3. Review the timeliness and efficiency of the Health and Human Service Commission's eligibility system. Include a review of staffing levels and staffing distribution; implementation of Rider 61; and the increased demand on the system. Make recommendations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the system, focusing on policy changes that will not create a large financial burden for the state.
4. Study and make recommendations on the state's role for facilitating the exchange of health care information in the future, including using the Medicaid exchange as a framework for the statewide exchange of health information between health care providers to improve quality of care; what information the state should provide; how to use this information to improve care management, prevent medical errors, and reduce unnecessary services; and policies and statutory changes needed to ensure that privacy is protected. Study the feasibility of developing multiple regional health information technology exchanges in Texas.
5. Study the state's current and long-range need for physicians, nurses, dentists and other allied health and long-term care professionals. Provide recommendations for ensuring sufficient numbers of health care professionals, focusing on medically underserved and rural areas of the state as well as the Border region. Consider health care delivered by Advanced Practice Nurses in terms of access, cost and patient safety and include an assessment of independent prescriptive authority with those states in which prescriptive authority is delegated by a physician. Make recommendations to enhance the efficient use of Advanced Practice Nurses in Texas.
6. Explore strategies to support the needs of aging Texans, including best practices in nursing home diversion, expediting access to community services, and programs to assist seniors and their families in navigating the long-term care system with the goal of helping seniors remain in the community. Study the guardianship program implemented by the Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Department of Adult Protective Services, including the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, the relationship between the two agencies, the appropriate rights for parents, and whether clients and their assets are adequately protected to ensure the state is appropriately identifying seniors in need of protection.
7. Examine how the state could enact policies to improve the overall health of Texans, focusing on programs that compliment individually-based prevention with community­based prevention to reduce obesity rates by increasing physical activity, improving nutrition, and improving self-management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Examine obesity-related health disparities between different ethnic groups and ways to narrow these gaps. Consider the fiscal and health impact of second-hand smoke on businesses and service sector employees. Study state-level initiatives to incorporate these individual and community-based prevention strategies, including initiatives pursued in other states.
8. Study the state's ability to appropriately respond to the H1N1 influenza pandemic by examining issues related to vaccine distribution and capacity. Consider the benefit of providing the state's independent school districts and various health authorities with standardized protocols for issues including, but not limited to, vaccine administration, absenteeism and the cancellation of school and other school-related events. Assess the state's ability to track and record H1N1 vaccinations through the ImmTrac registry, and review statutes governing ImmTrac to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of immunization information systems.
9. Study current state health care quality improvement initiatives in Texas, including statewide health care-associated infection and adverse event reporting, reimbursement reductions in the Texas Medicaid program for preventable adverse events, potentially preventable readmissions identification, health information technology implementation, pay-far-performance programs, and other initiatives aimed at improving the efficiency, safety, and quality of health care in Texas. Identify statutory changes that may build upon efforts to improve quality of care and contain health care costs in Texas. Study policies that encourage and facilitate the use of best practices by health care providers including the best way to report and distribute information on quality of care and the use of best practices to the public and to promote health care provider and payment incentives that will encourage the use of best practices. The study/recommendations could also include assessing the best way to bring provider groups together to increase quality of care, the use of best practices, and reduce unnecessary services.
10. Study current practices of the Texas Medical Board relating to disclosure of complaints.
11. Review the types of human stem cell and human cloning research being conducted, funded, or supported by state agencies, including institutions of higher education. Make recommendations for appropriate data collection and funding protocols.
12. Review the Medicaid HCBS waivers (CBA, STAR Plus, CLASS, MDCP, DBMT, TxHmL) and develop recommendations to assure that people with significant disabilities, regardless of disability label or age, receive needed services to remain in or transition to the community. Review should look at the delivery system, eligibility, service packages, rate structures, workforce issues and funding caps. Examine options for the provision of services for children aging out of the Medicaid system. Make recommendations for streamlining/combining these waivers, ensuring that these waivers are cost effective or create cost savings, and developing policies that contain costs in an effort to increase access to these services. The review should examine other states' community care waivers and provide recommendations relating to efforts that have been successful in other states.
13. Study the type, duration, frequency and effectiveness of mental health services available to and accessed by abused and neglected Texas children. Recommend strategies to address the impact of the trauma, and enhance therapeutic services available to this population in an effort to eliminate the cycle of abuse and neglect.
14. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
  • Monitor Department of Family and Protective Services' implementation of the U.S. Fostering Connections Act, including the new Kinship Care program. Include recommendations on how to optimize the use of monetary assistance to qualified relative caregivers.
  • Monitor the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) implementation of SB 643, relating to Texas' state-supported living centers (SSLCs), implementation of Special Provisions relating to All Health and Human Services Agencies, Section 48. Contingency Appropriation for the Reshaping of the System for Providing Services to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and implementation of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement Agreement terms.
Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Legislature
Subjects: Employees Retirement System of Texas | Financial investments | Fraud | Health care | Health care costs | Health insurance | Hospitals | Insurance agents | Insurance rates | Medically uninsured | Military personnel | Open government | Open Meetings Act, Texas | Public Information Act, Texas | Senior citizens | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Voter registration | Voters | Voting by mail | Voting systems | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 ST29a
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [248 pages  File size: 24,817 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Upon passage of federal legislation relating to reform of the health care industry and health insurance industry, study the implications of such legislation on Texas, the health care industry, and public and private insurance. Study and monitor the implementation of the insurance regulatory changes, changes to high risk pool, and any other insurance mandates. Study the health care policy changes and the impact to the Medicaid and CHIP programs and the state budget. Assess the impact to all state uninsured and uncompensated care programs and county programs for the uninsured, including county property tax programs to pay for the uninsured. Make recommendations for the efficient implementation of programs. (Joint charge with Senate Health and Human Services Committee)
2. Monitor the actuarial and financial conditions of the pension and health care programs administered by the Teacher Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System. Assess the effectiveness of pilot programs designed to encourage the use of clinical integration, payments for good outcomes, use of best practices, focus on wellness and prevention, and bundling of costs for episodes of care, and other health care savings initiatives. Make recommendations for expanding the pilot programs for use across all private and state sponsored health care, including the Medicaid program, as a means to improve Texans' health and provide more effective care that allows for assistance for the uninsured. (SB 7, SB 8 and SB 10, 81st Legislature)
3. Study the implementation of the Healthy Texas program enacted by the 81st Legislature and the ongoing implementation of SB 1731, 80th Legislature, to determine if this program is effectively lowering health insurance costs and increasing access to health insurance for small business. Study and make recommendations about using this program to increase access to health insurance for sole proprietors. Review other states efforts to lower health care costs to small business owners and sole proprietors and incentivize small business owners and sole proprietors to purchase insurance.
4. Examine best practices for increasing the affordability and availability of health insurance in the individual and small group market, including medical underwriting practices, rescission of coverage, cancellation of coverage, rate regulation, and reporting of medical loss ratios.
5. Study how increased out-of-pocket costs for medications and treatment impact consumers' compliance with health care recommendations and how that response impacts overall health care costs. Review available research into value design programs.
6. Study ways to improve the efficiency and accuracy of voter registration rolls, including the feasibility and security of online registration and automatic registration and the accuracy of verification and purging of voters. Recommend ways to ensure that deceased or otherwise ineligible voters are not included on rolls while also ensuring that all eligible applicants are efficiently registered.
7. Study the transparency of organizational structures, policies and coverage associated with health insurance underwriters/agents and the relationship between underwriters/agents and policyholders.
8. Study the sale of annuities in Texas, particularly to seniors. Evaluate the requirements relating to rescission of an annuity contract, payment of surrender fees, return of money, contract forms, including a standard contract form, buyer's guide, agent's commission and disclosure of an agent's commission. Make recommendations for legislation, if needed, and consider whether the insurance commissioner by rule may limit an agent's commission.
9. Study the effect Texas hospital billing and collection practices have on the uninsured's and under-insured's access to hospital health care services, on the uninsured's and under­insured's economic circumstances, and on medical debt recorded as bad debt on hospital books and records. Assess whether hospital billing disparities involving pricing discounts between the uninsured and insured exist and make recommendations for any changes necessary.
10. Study the adequacy of workers' compensation benefits in the following categories: lifetime income benefits, wage benefits for the high wage earner, and workers whose wage benefits stop before Social Security benefits begin. In order to determine the impact of increased benefits in one or more of these categories, work with the Texas Department of Insurance to develop a publicly accessible model to predict the costs related to those enhanced benefits, the effect of those costs on workers' compensation premiums, and whether enrollment in the workers' compensation system will be adversely impacted by increasing the benefits in one or more of the stated categories.
11. Study whether subrogation claims by writers of workers' compensation policies should be limited or prohibited. Study the effect on workers' compensation premiums, if any, if subrogation claims by writers of workers' compensation policies are limited or prohibited. Consider the feasibility of developing a publicly accessible model to predict the impact on workers' compensation premiums, if any, if subrogation claims by writers of workers' compensation policies are limited or prohibited, while protecting confidentiality as required by law and study whether the impact on workers' compensation premiums, if any, would adversely impact enrollment in the workers' compensation system.
12. Study and make recommendations regarding access to voting by members of the military serving in the United States and abroad, including the feasibility of electronic delivery of ballots.
13. Study the Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act to ensure that government continues to operate in a way that is open and transparent. The study should consider how advances in technology and the emergence of various forms of social media (e.g. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter) have affected communications by and within governmental bodies.
14. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on State Affairs, 81 st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2008 : a report to the House of Representatives, 81st Texas Legislat
Subjects: Adoption | Child abuse | Child abuse prevention | Child Protective Services | Community support services | Family and Protective Services, Texas Department of | Foster care | Long-term care | Nursing homes | Senior citizens | Terminal care |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 H88
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [186 pages  File size: 21,784 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Research strategies to promote permanency and stability for children and families involved with Child Protective Services. Identify any priorities that would approve the adoption process.
2. Explore strategies to support the needs of aging Texans effectively and efficiently. This investigation should include best practices in delaying or avoiding the need for institutionalized care as well as promoting high-quality services for those who are best served in nursing homes.
3. Evaluate Prevention and Early Intervention programs at the Department of Family and Protective Services that have been funded by the Texas Legislature for the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Consider if higher priority for selection should be given to child or family mentoring or other support services, such as foster grandparents and efforts to assist mothers.
4. Evaluate existing and part efforts by the state for Youth Transitions in Independent Living. Recommend improvements to educational, occupational, health, and life skills components of preparation of foster children for adult living.
5. Investigate the need and potential of respite care programs to delay or avoit institutional placements, thereby resulting in cost savings for the state.
6. Examine compliance issues and concerns of hospices with certification surveys and ability to meet federal standards.
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Urban Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Affordable housing | Crime laboratories | Deed restrictions | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Houston Municipal Employees Pension System | Houston Police Department | Houston, Texas | Property tax exemptions | Public retirement systems | Senior citizens | Tax appraisals |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 UR1
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [37 pages  File size: 3,305 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Asses the current senior housing market and available options for affordable senior housing.
2. Research and update legislation that permits residential neighborhoods whose deed restrictions have lapsed to reinstate those deed restrictions or create needed deed restrictions through a petition committee by expanding them to more areas.
3. Study and evaluate the levels, methods and alternatives by which the state funds all affordable housing programs, focusing on administrative cost-effectiveness to determine greater returns on investment, savings and efficiency. Examine the current procedures and applications of the annual, integrated Low Income Housing Plan prepared by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and prepare recommendations for the development of a comprehensive, long-range, statewide plan or model to address growing need throughout the state.
4. Monitor current methodology involving departmental rules, procedures and policies governing state and federal compliance in the evaluation and ranking of all multifamily affordable housing applications for the allocation of funds during the annual awards cycle.
5. Examine the development and implementation of a physical standards (asset oversight) rating system for multifamily residential rental facilities, to be used by all local and state issuers of tax-exempt bonds and tax credits, to determine eligibility for future financing and for compliance enforcement purposes.
6. Examine the policies and procedures by which local tax appraisers value rent-restricted affordable housing properties, and authorize legislatively established tax exemptions. Evaluate application and interpretation of existing statutes by local appraisal districts to affordable housing properties throughout the life cycle of developments. Make recommendations for statutory changes. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Local Government Ways and Means.)
7. Examine the operation of the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System, its Board of Trustees and staff. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Pensions and Investments.)
8. Monitor the report issued by the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room, the independent panel review of certain criminal convictions prompted by the conclusions of this report, and the implementation by the City of Houston of any reforms recommended in this report. Also monitor other urban crime laboratories and their compliance with state laws regulating their functions. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Law Enforcement.)
Committee: Joint Long-Term Care, Legislative Oversight
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 2004, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Liability insurance | Long-term care | Long-term care insurance | Medical liability insurance | Nursing homes | Quality of care | Senior citizens | STAR+PLUS program | Tort reform |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 L854r
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [123 pages  File size: 3,823 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee examined the pressing issues related to long-term care, including quality of care, quality assurance, Medicaid reimbursement rates, liability insurance, the effects of tort reform, and possible funding funding methods such as a quality assurance fee and private long-term care insurance. *
Committee: House Judicial Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Judicial Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Conflicts of interest | Contraceptives | County clerks | Court Administration, State Office of | Court costs and fees | Court reform | Crime prevention | District court clerks | Drug courts | Drug enforcement | Elder abuse | Electronic business filings | Ethics | Facsimiles | Guardianship | Judicial Council, Texas | Judicial districts | Judicial elections | Judicial selection | Law clerks | Redistricting | Searches and seizures | Senior citizens | Sex crimes | Tulia, Texas | Voter education | Wrongful convictions |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 j899
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [31 pages  File size: 242 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act, including witnessing, notarization, and notification; possible abuse of elders; refusal of financial institutions to accept Texas' law; and accounting and liability issues concerning attorneys-in-fact.
2. Develop a plan for judicial redistricting as required by the Texas Constitution, Article V, Section 7a.
3. Evaluate the rules of ethical conduct, conflict and disclosure for briefing clerks of the appellate courts.
4. Study the feasibility of creating a statewide sexual assault prevention program.
5. Make an assessment of all issues related to the current organization of the Texas Judicial Council and the Office of Court Administration. Consider the efficiency, responsiveness and accountability of the current organization, and make any appropriate recommendations for change.
6. Monitor the progress of efforts to enable the filing of court documents of all kinds by facsimile or other electronic means, including the use of electronic signatures, actual or electronic notarization, and the need for verification.
7. Assess the current state of judicial campaigns in regard to financing, accountability, immunity and candidate qualification. Make any appropriate reform recommendations.
8. Study the fees assessed by district and county clerks for filing and processing civil cases and consider the establishment of a uniform schedule of fees.
9. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the new Court Interpreter's Board.
Committee: House Business and Industry
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Business & Industry, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Biotechnology industry | Construction industry | Consumer protection | Fraud | General contractors | Medical research | Senior citizens | Sweepstakes | Telemarketers | Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund | Workers Compensation Commission, Texas | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 b964
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [107 pages  File size: 535 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine ways to deter and punish consumer fraud directed at senior citizens, including telemarketing fraud.
2. Assess the public's view of telemarketing generally, the desire and need for simpler ways to prevent nuisance calls, and whether views depend on the business of the vendor or solicitor.
3. Consider the legal status and policies appropriate to any surplus funds held by the Texas Workers' Compensation Insurance Fund. The committee's consideration should be directed at assuring that sufficient funds are available to deal with all possible market conditions.
4. Consider the benefits and problems associated with contingency clauses in construction contracts.
5. Study the emergence of the healthcare technology industry in Texas. Identify factors promoting and inhibiting development of the industry and consider state or private actions potentially affecting its growth.
Committee: Senate Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Human Services interim report.
Subjects: Abortion | Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | Americans with Disabilities Act | Children with disabilities | Community care | Community support services | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Human Services, Texas Department of | Long-term care | Long-term care insurance | Medicaid | Nursing homes | Parental notification of abortion | Persons with disabilities | Protective and Regulatory Services, Texas Department of | Senior citizens | Supreme Court, U.S. | Welfare | Welfare reform | Welfare-to-work |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 h89
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [303 pages  File size: 882 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the continuum of care and support options available to Texans in need of long-term care. The Committee shall evaluate the effectiveness of state regulatory efforts to ensure quality services as well as analyze the long-term care business climate.
2. Evaluate services provided to hardest-to-serve adult welfare recipients and services provided to children receiving welfare. The Committee shall assess the state's ability to avoid long-term dependency on welfare for both of these populations and develop additional strategies to encourage self-sufficiency and movement from welfare to work.
3. Monitor federal developments related to long-term care and welfare issues. In the event that significant developments occur, the Committee shall evaluate their impact on Texas.
4. Monitor the implementation of the following bills enacted during the 76th Legislature, Regular Session: SB 30, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to parental notification before an abortion may be performed on certain minors; SB 374, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the provision of certain long-term care services, to the continuation and functions of the Texas Department on Aging, and to the eventual consolidation of the Texas Department of Human Services and the Texas Department on Aging into a new agency on aging and disability services; and HB 2641, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the continuation and functions of the Health and Human Services Commission. The Committee shall also monitor the effects of the additional resources provided to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Human Services
Title: Interim Committee Rules
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 H89 76
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View document [5 pages  File size: 169 kb]
Committee: Senate Health and Human Services, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Texas Senate Interim Committee on Health and Human Services interim report.
Subjects: Immigration | Medicaid fraud | Medical billing | Prompt payment of insurance claims | Rural issues | Rural population | Senior citizens | Tobacco advertising | Tobacco laws and regulations | Tobacco lawsuit | Tobacco settlement receipts | Underage smoking | Welfare | Welfare fraud | Welfare reform |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 h349
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [160 pages  File size: 7,598 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of SB 30, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, regarding fraud and improper payments under state Medicaid and welfare programs. If needed, make recommendations for further legislative and regulatory action.
2. Develop a plan for oversight of efforts by state health and human services agencies, the Attorney General, and law enforcement agencies, to detect and reduce fraud and improper payments under state Medicaid and welfare programs. The plan should address enforcement and punishment under state and federal civil and criminal laws.
3. Continue to monitor federal welfare reform, and make recommendations for necessary legislative or regulatory action.
4. Study the implementation of SB 55, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the Legislature during the 1997 regular session, regarding minors' access to tobacco.
5. Monitor developments in the federal tobacco settlement discussions and identify potential, fiscal impacts to Texas governments.
6. Examine the demographic trends of the state that will impact the health and human services delivery system in the future, including immigration, rural concerns, and the aging state population. Make recommendations for research and legislative action, if necessary.
7. Study current practices in patient billing by Texas hospitals and providers of health care to evaluate the accuracy, clarity and timliness of patient billing. The Committee should examine existing regulatory authority and determine whether there is suficient authority to address problems in patient billings. If necessary, the Committee may make recommendations for standardizing patient billing; ensuring that bills are accurate and complete yet simple enough for patients to understand; providing a meaningful appeals process for incorrect or excessive billings; and establishing guidelines for submission of bill for payment within a reasonable time period.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Community care | Community support services | Long-term care | Long-term care insurance | Medicaid | Nursing homes | Persons with disabilities | Quality of care | Senior citizens | Welfare reform |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 h88
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [106 pages  File size: 5,114 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of HB 1836, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, passed by the 74th Legislature.
2. Study long-term care for Texans, including possible managed care approaches involving community-based providers, the efficient use and geographic distribution of Medicaid facilities, the effects of the revised enforcement rules for Medicaid facilities, issues related to management contracts and services relating to abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly.
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Bail | Crime Victims' Compensation Fund | Elder abuse | Fraud | Gangs | Juries | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Mental health services | Penalties and sentences (Criminal justice) | School safety | School violence | Senior citizens | Trial by jury | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 c868hj
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [74 pages  File size: 3,239 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the feasibility of developing and implementing a uniform method of reporting gang activity (crime reporting program). Study ways of suppressing gang activity (alternative programs, enhanced penalties, vertical proesecution, parental responsibility, etc.) Study methods to remove hard core gang members from the street (training developing job skills and placement, counseling, community activities). Develop definition of "gang member" to apply on a state-wide basis.
2. Review and compare rules of the 36 County Bailbond Boards. Compare bail bonds and personal bonds as used in the counties; the rate of collection on forfeitures; the cost of forfeitures to the county; and the rearrest rates. make recommendations for improvements to both systems.
3. Review the grand jury process. Consider the jury wheel system versus the jury commission.
4. Study the prevalence of fraud perpetrated upon the elderly in the state. Make recommendations for prevention and protection.
5. Study the impact of mental health care on the Texas Crime Victims Compensation fund.
6. Monitor the Texas Punishment Standards Committee.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Services, Interim
Title: Interim report - Guardianship
Library Catalog Title: Guardianship laws and practices in Texas / Senate Interim Committee on Health and Human Services.
Subjects: Guardianship | Mentally disabled persons | Mentally ill persons | Persons with disabilities | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 g931
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [64 pages  File size: 1,891 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The Committee shall study current laws relating to guardianship and the feasibility of establishing a public guardianship program in Texas. The Committee shall review existing programs, private programs, and offices of public guardianship in other states.
Committee: House Insurance
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Insurance, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Legislature.
Subjects: Age discrimination | Americans with Disabilities Act | Automobile insurance | Credit insurance | Dentists | Health insurance | Insurance industry | Insurance, Texas Department of | Medically uninsured | Office of Public Interest Counsel | Senior citizens | Texas Catastrophic Property Insurance Association | Uninsured motorists | Workers' compensation |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 in7
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [63 pages  File size: 2,598 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Carry out budget and oversight responsibilities for all agencies, boards, and commissions listed in Rule 3, Section 18. A. Monitor and oversee documentation of salary increases. B. Verify the number and status of outcomes and outputs as identified in the Appropriations Bill (HB 1, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session). C. Review agencies' existing performance standards and determine whether new standards are needed.
2. Monitor and coordinate with the Texas Health Policy Task Force as it relates to accessible and affordable health care insurance.
3. Study no-fault auto insurance.
4. Study the impact on current Texas insurance policies of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
5. Study supervision, conservation, and liquidation of insurers.
6. Study cancellation of personal auto insurance of the elderly.
7. Study modifications of rate regulation in Texas concerning auto and fire allied lines.
8. Study establishment and regulation of dental referral plans.
9. Study credit life and credit accident and health regulation.
10. Review the operation of the Texas Catastrophe Property Insurance Association *
Committee: House Public Health
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Public Health, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Legislature.
Subjects: Border health | Border issues | Child nutrition programs | Dental care | Health care | Indigent health care | Lead contamination | Lead-based paint | Long-term care | Medical reimbursements | Nursing homes | Prescription drugs | Senior citizens | Solid waste disposal | Tuberculosis | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 h349
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [62 pages  File size: 2,694 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study medical waste disposal in coordination with Committee on Environmental Affairs.
2. Study health care reimbursement, and coordinate with and monitor the Texas Health Policy Task Force as it relates to this issue.
3. Study the administration of medication in hospitals, nursing homes and extended care facilities.
4. Study the problems associated with indigent health care provided to the citizens of Mexico in the border regions of Texas.
5. Study tuberculosis testing, treatment, and control.
6. Study the reporting of childhood lead poisoning.
7. Study the adoption of an enforceable lead ban.
8. Study oral health in long term care facilities.
9. Study chronic disease prevention by instituting dietary changes in publicly-funded food services.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 72nd Texas Legislature / Committee on Human Services.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Child abuse | Child care | Child welfare | Elder abuse | Long-term care | Medical education | Nurses | Nursing education | Nursing homes | Nursing shortages | Obesity | Public health | Quality of care | Runaway children | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 h88
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [310 pages  File size: 11,175 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 17.
2. To study the extent of the problem of "throwaway children" that have been abandoned by their parents.
3. To study feasibility of obesity prevention programs and the potential impact on reduction of indigent health care costs.
4. To study the impact of the shortage of nursing personnel on health care delivery providers, including an examination of the regulation and permit requirements of nursing pools.
5. To study the provision of day care services to families with low to moderate income, including the licensing and regulation of providers, the effects of federal welfare and day care reforms on day care services and the potential for expanded public-private partnerships in the area of day care.
6. To study current public and private policies relating to child day care and to make recommendations to improve child day care services in Texas.
7. To study the development of state policy and strategy for long term care, including a review of policies regarding penalties and sanctions for long term care providers, and to examine unlicensed and unregulated boarding terms.
Committee: Joint Future of Long Term Health Care, Special Task Force
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 71st Legislature / the Special Task Force on the Future of Long Term Health Care.
Subjects: Assisted living facilities | Community care | Community support services | Health, Texas Department of | Home health care services | Human Services, Texas Department of | Long-term care | Medicaid | Medical reimbursements | Nursing homes | Nursing shortages | Quality of care | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 l859
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [99 pages  File size: 3,408 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the current and future status of long term health care in Texas and to analyze all current laws and regulations that affect long term health care, with the goal of providing quality care for residents in the most efficient manner. The study should include: (1) a cost-efficient, simple and completely integrated regulatory system between the Texas Department of Health and the Texas Department of Human Services; (2) a regulatory system that focuses on enhancing quality care through an incentive program with sanctions and penalties carefully defined; (3) a long-term care reimbursement process designed to foster cost containment, good patient access and quality of care; and (4) defining and streamlining the certification process, as well as Medicaid eligibility.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Future of Long Term Health Care, Special Task Force
Title: HCR 213, 70th Leg.
Library Call Number: HCR 213, 70th Leg.
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [2 pages  File size: 181 kb]
Committee: House Retirement and Aging
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, 70th Legislature / Committee on Retirement and Aging.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Health insurance | Life insurance | Long-term care insurance | Medicaid | Medical reimbursements | Nursing homes | Nursing shortages | Public retirement systems | Senior citizens | Teacher Retirement System of Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 r314
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [119 pages  File size: 4,409 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the feasibility and cost of expansion of the shared housing program of the Texas Department of Aging.
2. Study the televised advertising of health and life insurance plans aimed at the elderly population.
3. To study the state retirement systems.
4. To study the current and projected financial condition of the private long-term care industry and examine possible funding alternatives, including the feasibility of tax deductible payments for nursing home care.
5. To study the costs and benefits of expanding internal administration of real estate investments in comparison to engaging outside real estate advisors by the Teachers Retirement System.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Long-term care needs of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders : report to the 70th Legislature.
Subjects: Alzheimer's disease | Long-term care | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 al99
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [48 pages  File size: 1,883 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the long-term care needs of people with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. *
Committee: Senate Health and Human Resources Subcommittee on Elder Abuse
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A report to the 70th Legislature, State of Texas / Senate Select Subcommittee on Elder Abuse.
Subjects: Elder abuse | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 el22r
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [98 pages  File size: 3,485 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Examine issues affecting elderly Texans, particularly the problems of abuse, crises intervention, temporary shelters, and long-term care solutions.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Health and Human Resources Subcommittee on Elder Abuse
Title: Survey
Library Catalog Title: Survey of key informants on elder abuse & neglect : report of findings
Library Call Number: L1836.69 el22
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives to the Seventieth Legislative Session, 1986.
Subjects: Assisted living facilities | Child care | Child Protective Services | Criminal records | Long-term care | Medicaid | Medical reimbursements | Medicare | Mental health services | Nursing homes | Poverty | Preferred provider organizations | Privatization | Senior citizens | State employee turnover | Teenage pregnancy | Welfare | Welfare-to-work |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 h88
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [178 pages  File size: 9,803 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program (AFDC), including the problems of needy children and their families, the various employment, training and education programs, and other options designed to help Texas families become self-supporting.
2. To study the problems encountered by the elderly in gaining access to appropriate post-hospital health care services, including skilled nursing and custodial services.
3. To study the Child Protective Services Program of the Department of Human Services regarding case workloads and staffing requirements.
4. To study the implementation of criminal background check legislation for child-care workers including the use of federal funds for caregiver training.
5. To study continuing care communities and other options for the well-elderly.
6. To study the problems of preventing unwanted teenage pregnancy, preventing poor parenting by teenagers, and preventing unemployment and poverty in teen-headed families.
7. To study the advantages and disadvantages of the preferred provider insurance plan, with particular emphasis on consideration of quality of services, access to services, cost of care rendered, the effect on existing physician-patient relationships, and a proposed legislative/regulatory structure for such medical care delivery and financing arrangements; in conjunction with Insurance and Public Health Committees.
8. To study the utilization of and potential for further development of privatization of care for the mentally ill and mentally retarded in the State, in conjunction with Appropriations and Law Enforcement committees.
9. To study the impact on Medicare-Medicaid and associated state health and welfare costs of the elimination of the certificate of need process in Texas.
Committee: House Nursing Home Reform, House Joint, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 69th Texas Legislature / House Joint Interim Study Committee on Nursing Home Reform.
Subjects: Assisted living facilities | Long-term care | Nursing homes | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 n938
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [66 pages  File size: 2,129 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct a thorough examination of the nursing home industry in the state.
2. Study of recent legislation passed by other states concerning the industry.
3. Monitor the working relationship of the industry with the Texas Dept. of Health, Human Resources and Attorney General.
4. Examine provisions or previous legislation concerning the industry passed by previous sessions of the legislature
5. Study alternative care services for the elderly and their cost effectiveness.
6. Determine whether or not the Intermediate Care Facility II nursing care program should be restored to a full or modified degree.
7. Examine the screening process for entry in a long term care facility as to comprehensiveness and equity.
Committee: House Retirement and Aging
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the Speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature ; interim report / of the House Committee on Retirement and Aging.
Subjects: Community care | Long-term care | Medicaid | Nursing homes | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 r314
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [42 pages  File size: 1,382 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study alternative care services for the elderly, the scope of these services, and their cost effectiveness.
2. To determine whether or not there is a need to restore the Intermediate Care Facility II nursing care program to a full or modified degree.
3. To study the health care status of persons who have been denied entry into a long-term care facility and whether or not the screening process is comprehensive and equitable.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature : report of the / Human Services Committee, Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | Air quality | Blind, Texas Commission for the | Child abuse | Child Protective Services | Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Texas Commission for the | Elder abuse | Hazardous substances | Manufactured housing | Medicaid | Outdoor recreation | Senior citizens | State agency budgets | Welfare |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 h89
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [309 pages  File size: 11,172 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operation aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. These agencies include: Department of Human Resources Texas Commission for the Blind Texas Commission for the Deaf Texas Department of Community Affairs Texas Rehabilitation Commission Board of Licensure of Nursing Home Administrators Department of Aging The Veterans Affairs Commission
2. Track the development of the newly created Department of Aging. Investigate protective services for the elderly, currently provided by Department of Human Resources, and determine whether the Department of Aging could effectively take over those duties.
3. Develop background information on the general subject area of battered children and conduct and investigation into protective services for children provided by state agencies. (Do agencies overlap in authority, number of calls answered per month, effective results, justification or program, etc.)
4. Conduct and in-depth study of the AFDC program. Look at descriptive data such as turnover rate, ethnic breakdown, percentage of fraud. Consider the effect of abolishment of ceiling on payments if amendment passes in November of 1982.
5. Monitor the development of outdoor training programs under the Commission for the Deaf.
6. Study the detrimental effects of formaldehyde use to determine what actions need to be taken to protect the health of the general public.
7. Monitor state procurement and program changes of Medicaid Services in Texas.
8. Study activities and programs of the Texas Commission for the Blind including the Commission's efficiency in relation to its contracted services.
Committee: Senate Human Resources
Title: Interim Report - Alternate care and family violence issues
Library Catalog Title: Response to Senate resolution 692 : review of alternative care, coordination of services, and family violence issues : 1980 report and recommendations / Senate Committee on Human Resources.
Subjects: Community support services | Family violence | Guardianship | Long-term care | Persons with disabilities | Protective orders | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 l854
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [25 pages  File size: 1,061 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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.
2. Conduct a study which includes monitoring the the contract system mandated by HB 1075, 65th Legislature, Regular Session, 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.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Human Resources
Title: SR 692
Library Call Number: SR 692
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 1,718 kb]
Committee: Senate Human Resources Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Title: Interim Report - Rights of the elderly and disabled
Library Catalog Title: Final staff recommendations, Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs : report on the protection of the rights of the elderly and/or disabled in Texas.
Subjects: Community support services | Guardianship | Long-term care | Persons with disabilities | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 c765re
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [81 pages  File size: 2,947 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. 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.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Human Resources Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Title: SR 692
Library Call Number: SR 692
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 1,718 kb]
Committee: Senate Human Resources Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs
Title: Press Releases
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.66 C765PR
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View document [155 pages]
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 67th Legislature : report of the Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Adoption | Blind, Texas Commission for the | Colonias | Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Texas Commission for the | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 h89
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [167 pages  File size: 5,652 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Investigate the transfer of the Governor's Committee on Aging to the Department of Community Affairs and the future organization of the Committee on Aging.
2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery of federal funds and services since the reorganization of the Department of Community Affairs.
3. To determine what state initiatives can be taken to obtain funding from the federal government, state sources, or private organizations for solving the economic, social, health and other problems found in the colonias of South Texas.
4. Study child adoption services in Texas with emphasis on the special needs of hard-to-place children and fee systems.
5. Monitor the reorganization of the Commission for the Deaf.
6. Monitor the investigation of the Commission for the Blind.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report - Governor's Committee on Aging
Library Catalog Title: [Report on transferring the Governor's Committee on Aging to the Department of Community Affairs.]
Library Call Number: L1801.9 H88 66
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View document [161 pages]
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The potential in the patchwork : a future pattern for human services in Texas / the report of the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Mental health services | Mentally disabled persons | Mentally ill persons | Senior citizens | Social service agencies | Welfare |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [95 pages  File size: 6,056 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Make a thorough study of the human services delivery system in Texas, including Texas and federal laws relating to human services, existing human services provided by both state-supported entities and the private sector, populations served by the services, and the effective use of state funds.
2. 1. To recognize that long range planning is needed because human needs change as people and their environments change; 2. To provide the means for systematic review, evaluation and modification of the delivery of human services to cope with population growth and change; 3. To examine in depth the lack of coordination of human services and to recommend solutions; 4. To plan now for the use of all the resources of the state - human, natural, and economic - in order to avert pitfalls experienced by other states; and 5. To assist in developing plans and priorities for improving the delivery of human services beginning with the Sixty-seventh Legislature and continuing through successive sessions.
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Action report
Library Catalog Title: Action report / Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Mental health services | Mentally disabled persons | Mentally ill persons | Senior citizens | Social service agencies | Welfare |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88a
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [72 pages  File size: 2,104 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Make a thorough study of the human services delivery system in Texas, including Texas and federal laws relating to human services, existing human services provided by both state-supported entities and the private sector, populations served by the services, and the effective use of state funds.
2. 1. To recognize that long range planning is needed because human needs change as people and their environments change; 2. To provide the means for systematic review, evaluation and modification of the delivery of human services to cope with population growth and change; 3. To examine in depth the lack of coordination of human services and to recommend solutions; 4. To plan now for the use of all the resources of the state - human, natural, and economic - in order to avert pitfalls experienced by other states; and 5. To assist in developing plans and priorities for improving the delivery of human services beginning with the Sixty-seventh Legislature and continuing through successive sessions.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: State provider questionnaire
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.65 H88M
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View document [401 pages]
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Recommendations and support information
Library Catalog Title: Recommendations and support information / submitted to the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas by the Subcommittee Studying Services for the 65-and-over age group.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88wo
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Recommendations and support information
Library Catalog Title: Recommendations and support information / submitted to the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas by the Subcommittee Studying Services for the 0-17 Age Group.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88ws
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Recommendations and support information
Library Catalog Title: Recommendations and support information / submitted to the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas by the Subcommittee Studying Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88mm
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Recommendations and support information
Library Catalog Title: Recommendations and support information / submitted to the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services in Texas by the Subcommittee Studying Service Distribution Patterns.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88wd
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Recommendations and support information
Library Catalog Title: Recommendations and support information / submitted to the Special Committee on Delivery of Human Services inTexas by the Subcommittee Studying Planning and Coordination.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h88wp
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Senate Delivery of Human Services in Texas
Title: Publication subcommittee's current version of recommendations of Senate Special Committee on the Delivery of Human Services, June 11, 1980
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.65 H88M
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View document [90 pages]
Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Housing
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report ot the Senate subcommittee on housing : Senate of the State of Texas, 65th legislature.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Housing Agency, Texas | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h816s
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [68 pages  File size: 3,132 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the methods by which local governments can make housing available to the elderly and poor.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee on Housing
Title: Transcripts
Library Catalog Title: Transcripts.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 h816mt
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Final report / Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Subjects: Assisted living facilities | Long-term care | Nursing homes | Quality of care | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [43 pages  File size: 3,751 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Report to the legislature on the alternative care program. The report must include a complete evaluation of the effectiveness of the program and its effect on the number of persons receiving and the quality of care given under nursing home care programs. The report must also contain recommendations relating to whether or not alternate care is a suitable substitute for some kinds of nursing home care and whether there is a continuing need for minimum level nursing care programs, such as Intermediate Care Facility II programs.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives Status Report
Library Catalog Title: Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 L854 1977
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: A longitudinal study of elderly SSI and community care clients, 1976-1978 : selected findings
Library Catalog Title: A longitudinal study of elderly SSI and community care clients, 1976-1978 : selected findings / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854t 1
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Admission to a nursing home : an exploratory study of the decision-making process
Library Catalog Title: Admission to a nursing home : an exploratory study of the decision-making process / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854t 3
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Nursing home survey and analysis
Library Catalog Title: Nursing home survey and analysis / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854t 2
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Physicians survey : working paper
Library Catalog Title: Physicians survey : working paper / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854w
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Report on statewide hearings : a public response to long-term care
Library Catalog Title: Report on statewide hearings : a public response to long-term care / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854t 5
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: The elderly in Texas : population projections, 1970-2000
Library Catalog Title: The elderly in Texas : population projections, 1970-2000 / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854t 6
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Well-being in old age : essential services
Library Catalog Title: Well-being in old age : essential services / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854t 4
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Agency providers survey : working paper
Library Catalog Title: Agency providers survey : working paper / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854a
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Community care program staff survey : working paper
Library Catalog Title: Community care program staff survey : working paper / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854c
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Legislative initiatives = protuesta accion legislativa
Library Catalog Title: Legislative initiatives = protuesta accion legislativa / Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854i
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Projections of the general and elderly population of Texas, 1970-2000 : by representative districts
Library Catalog Title: Projections of the general and elderly population of Texas, 1970-2000 : by representative districts / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854ph
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: Joint Long-term Care Alternatives
Title: Projections of the general and elderly population of Texas, 1970-2000 : by senatorial districts
Library Catalog Title: Projections of the general and elderly population of Texas, 1970-2000 : by senatorial districts / presented by Joint Committee on Long-Term Care Alternatives.
Library Call Number: L1836.65 l854ps
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Committee: House Social Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the House Committee on Social Services to the Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Texas Commission on | Blind, Texas Commission for the | Corrections, Texas Department of | Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Texas Commission for the | Deafness and hearing impairments | Early childhood intervention | Juvenile justice system | Long-term care | Medical screening | Pardons and Paroles, Texas Board of | Prison population | Rehabilitation Commission, Texas | Senior citizens | Visually impaired persons |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 so13
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [69 pages  File size: 2,443 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the delivery of social services to the elderly, the hearing impaired, and to young children. *
2. Oversee the operations of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Commission for the Blind, and the Commission on Alcoholism. *
3. Oversee the operations of the Texas Youth Council. *
4. Review potential responses to increasing prison populations. *
Committee: Joint Aged
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of Legislative Committee to Study Problems of the Aged.
Subjects: Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.56 AG32
Session: 56th R.S. (1959)
Online version: View report [28 pages  File size: 1,383 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. RESOLVED, By the Senate of the State of Texas, the House of Representatives concurring, that a successor committee be appointed to continue the work undertaken by the special Legislative Committee to study the problems of the aged in Texas which was created by the 55th Legislature; that the successor committee be composed of be composed of fifteen members to be named as follows: five (5) members of the Senate, to be appointed by the President of the Senate; five (5) members of the House of Representatives, to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and five (5) outstanding citizens to be appointed by the Governor of Texas; and be it further RESOLVED, That the abovementioned successor committee be and it is hereby instructed to continue the study undertaken by its predecessor; that the committee conduct its study and make its recommendations to the next Legislature on the special problems of the aged in matters of, but not limited to, mental and physical health, housing, family relations, employment, income, vocational rehabilitation, recreation and education.
Committee: Joint Aged Citizens
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of Legislative Committee to Study Problems of the Aged
Subjects: Long-term care | Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: L1836.55 AG32
Session: 55th R.S. (1957)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 1,166 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Appointed for the purpose of studying, drafting and recommending to the next Legislature legislation to be enacted for the aid of the state's aged citizens, which should include recommendations on the special problems of the aged in matters of, but not limited to , health, both physical and mental; rehabilitation, both vocational and health; family relations; employment and income; housing; and any other related fields in which the committee may feel action is necessary and proper for the well-being of the aged.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Committee of the Whole Senate
Title: Committee of the Whole Senate, Transcript of Proceedings, February 4-8, 1941 and March 28-29, 1941
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 W62 47T
Session: 47th R.S. (1941)
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Committee: House Old Age Assistance, Investigation, Special
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of Investigating Committee in regard to old age assistance
Subjects: Senior citizens | Welfare |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 47th Leg. 1352 (1941)
Session: 47th R.S. (1941)
Online version: View report [11 pages  File size: 496 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Proceed with a complete and full investigation of the administration of old age assistance in this State and particularly said committee shall inquire into the complaints hereinabove set forth, to-wit, the conduct by which officials, investigators and supervisors of the Pension Division are alleged to have been abusing and mistreating old age assistance applicants and discriminating between applicants; that said committee be empowered to subpoena witnesses, procure written and factual evidence, command the brining before it of such records of the Old Age Assistance Commission as it may deem fit and proper; and that said committee in addition to conducting said inquiry, shall be directed to report back to the House of Representatives, by not later than February twenty-first, proper legislative action by which the administration of old age assistance in this State can be effectively handled in such manner as to deserve and receive public approval rather than public condemnation as is now the case.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Public Welfare, Investigation, Special
Title: Transcripts
Library Catalog Title: Minutes, Committee of the Whole Senate
Library Call Number: L1803.9 W62 47T
Session: 47th R.S. (1941)
Committee: House Old Age Assistance, Special
Title: Testimony
Library Catalog Title: Text of testimony taken in Committee of the Whole House
Subjects: Senior citizens |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 45th Leg., 1st C.S. 454 (1937)
Session: 45th R.S. (1937)
Online version: View report [37 pages  File size: 2,288 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Investigate fully the methods used by the Old Age Assistance Board in the administration of the Old Age Assistance Law in the State of Texas, which has caused our old people to be very much grieved on account of the methods used by the investigators. Bring a report and such recommendations to the next Legislature, as to them shall seem fit for the better administration of this law and its amendment.
Committee: House Financing of Old Age Pensions, Committee of the Whole House
Title: Hearings
Library Catalog Title: Proceedings
Subjects: Senior citizens | Welfare |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 44th Leg., 3rd C.S. 503 (1936)
Session: 44th R.S. (1935)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 5,684 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Conduct an inquiry, to be limited to one week in duration, and to all matters properly bearing upon the task of providing efficiently for a continued old age assistance in Texas, including the number, distribution and circumstances of those now receiving old age assistance, the number and status of applications for such assistance, the methods and policies of those in charge of administering old age assistance and the attitude and views of the Social Security Board or its agents in Texas toward the old age assistance situation in this State.
Committee: House Financing of Old Age Pensions, Committee of the Whole House
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report
Subjects: Senior citizens | Welfare |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 44th Leg., 3rd C.S. 86 (1936)
Session: 44th R.S. (1935)
Online version: View report [10 pages  File size: 458 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Conduct an inquiry, to be limited to one week in duration, and to all matters properly bearing upon the task of providing efficiently for a continued old age assistance in Texas, including the number, distribution and circumstances of those now receiving old age assistance, the number and status of applications for such assistance, the methods and policies of those in charge of administering old age assistance and the attitude and views of the Social Security Board or its agents in Texas toward the old age assistance situation in this State.
Committee: House Confederate Homes
Title: Preliminary Report
Library Catalog Title: Preliminary report
Subjects: Confederate Woman's Home | Senior citizens | Texas Confederate Home |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 34th Leg., R.S. 524 (1915)
Session: 34th R.S. (1915)
Online version: View report [1 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home and the Confederate Woman's Home and investigate and report an estimate of the cost of arranging so that these Confederate veterans and their wives may live together.
Committee: House Confederate Homes
Title: Final Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of investigating committee.
Subjects: Confederate Woman's Home | Senior citizens | Texas Confederate Home |
Library Call Number: H.J. of Tex., 34th Leg., R.S. 1196 (1915)
Session: 34th R.S. (1915)
Online version: View report [2 pages]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Visit the Confederate Home and the Confederate Woman's Home and investigate and report an estimate of the cost of arranging so that these Confederate veterans and their wives may live together.

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

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