HB 2619

85(R) - 2017
House Public Health
House Public Health
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

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Helen Giddings

Bill Caption

Relating to a grant program administered by the governor's criminal justice division to implement practices to maintain peace officers' mental health.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 2619, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($800,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.

Bill Analysis

HB 2619 amends Government Code by adding a section that would direct the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division to establish and administer a grant program intended to monitor and improve the mental health of peace officers employed by a state law enforcement agency. 


The criminal justice division would be required to create eligibility criteria and implementation procedures for grant applicants. The grant funds may only be used for mental health counseling, personnel costs incurred by the department, skills training for department personnel, and evaluation of the program.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This legislation would create a new state subsidy program to subsidize things local law enforcement agencies should fund on their own. This violates our limited government principle. For this reason we oppose HB 2619.

Organizations Supporting

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas
Communities for Recovery
League of Women Voters of Texas
Mental Health America of Texas
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Texas
Sheriffs' Association of Texas
Texas Municipal Police Association