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Legislative Resource Center

Legislative Resource Center

Location and Contact Information

Robert T. Chapa, Sr. Administration Building
1430 Collier St.
Austin, TX 78704
P: 512-440-4083
F:  512-707-4900

84th Legislative Session

The 84th Texas Legislature's regular session ended Monday, June 1. Legislators continued the previous biennium’s focus on behavioral health issues, increasing funding by $150.7 million over the last session’s more than $300 million increase. This means that, taken together, Texas has increased its investment in behavioral health by almost half a billion dollars in just two legislative sessions.

Nearly $128 million of the new funding is allocated for the public mental health system to address:

  • Outpatient Mental Health Treatment: $46.5 million to increase access to services, including $9.4 million to eliminate wait lists and $37 million to reduce funding disparities
  • Alternatives to Hospitalization: $31.3 million for crisis respite, crisis stabilization units and other community-based alternatives to inpatient care
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment: $50 million for the purchase of additional local psychiatric inpatient capacity

While there is always more to be done, we are happy to share some of this session's notable accomplishments. These would not have been possible without the support of Travis County's delegation and their staff, including Senators Donna Campbell, Kirk Watson and Judith Zaffirini and Representatives Dawnna Dukes, Donna Howard, Celia Israel, Elliott Naishtat, Eddie Rodriguez, and Paul Workman.


Brief summaries of other appropriations and legislation related to behavioral health and IDD services are available here.
The full text of H.B. 1, the state appropriations bill, is available here. A summary is available here.
For a complete list of the 1,204 bills signed by the Governor, click here.
For a complete list of the 162 bills filed without a signature, click here.
For a complete list of the 42 vetoed bills, click here.


Legislative Agendas and Guiding Principles

Integral Care
Austin Chamber of Commerce
Central Health
City of Austin
NAMI Austin
One Voice Central Texas
Travis County

Center for Public Policy Priorities
NAMI Texas
Texans Care for Children
Texas Council of Community Centers

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
The National Council of Community Centers

Joint Comission