Bill Status of HB4020 93rd General Assembly
Short Description: DHS-MHDD FUNDING REDUCTION
Rep. Lee A. Daniels - Patricia R. Bellock - Robert W. Churchill - Terry R. Parke - Paul D. Froehlich, Jack D. Franks, Linda Chapa LaVia, Sandra M. Pihos and Jerry L. Mitchell
(Sen. Donne E. Trotter - Christine Radogno - Jacqueline Y. Collins - Dale A. Righter)
| 1/11/2005||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Community Services Act. Provides that whenever any appropriation, or any portion of an appropriation, for any fiscal year relating to the funding of any State-operated facility operated by the Office of Developmental Disabilities within the Department of Human Services or any mental health facility operated by the Office of Mental Health within the Department is reduced because of any of the following reasons, those moneys must be directed toward providing other services and supports for persons with developmental disabilities or mental health needs: (1) closing of a State-operated facility; (2) reduction of the number of available beds in a State-operated facility; or (3) reduction in the number of staff at a State-operated facility. Provides for the appointment of a Funding Reinvestment Advisory Task Force to assist the Department of Human Services in implementing these provisions. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 1
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with provisions similar to those of House Bill 4020, but with changes that include the following: (1) provides that in determining whether any savings are realized from closure of a State-operated facility or a reduction in the number of units, available beds, or staff, sufficient moneys shall be made available to ensure that there is an appropriate level of staffing and that life, safety, and care concerns are addressed so as to provide for the remaining persons with developmental disabilities or mental illness at State-operated facilities; (2) provides that the plan for using any savings realized from such a closure or reduction must be shared and discussed with advocates, advocacy organizations, and advisory groups whose mission includes advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities or persons with mental illness; and (3) removes provisions establishing a task force. Effective immediately.