HB 19

86(R) - 2019
House Public Health
Senate Health & Human Services
House Public Health
Senate Health & Human Services

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Four Price
Greg Bonnen
Garnet F. Coleman
Dan Huberty
Senfronia Thompson


Cesar Blanco
John H Bucy III
Angie Chen Button
Terry Canales
Drew Darby
Alex Dominguez
Art Fierro
Donna Howard
Julie Johnson
Armando Martinez
Ina Minjarez
Christina Morales
Victoria Neave
Evelina Ortega
Ron Reynolds
James Talarico
Shawn Thierry
John Turner
Gene Wu
John Zerwas
Erin Zwiener


Kirk Watson

Bill Caption

Relating to mental health and substance use resources for certain school districts.

Fiscal Notes

According to the Legislative Budget Board, HB 19 would have a negative impact of $4,600,000 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.

Bill Analysis

HB 19 would require local mental health authorities to provide each of the 20 regional education service centers with a non-physician mental health professional to serve as a mental health and substance use resource for school districts. Among other things, these professionals would act as a resource for schools by raising awareness, providing training and programs related to mental health, providing training regarding the effects of grief and trauma, providing support to children with intellectual or developmental disabilities, facilitating training and intervention programs to help students avoid drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. School districts would not be required to participate in training, programs, or resources provided by a non-physician mental health professional provided for by this legislation. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill takes a lighter approach than many other mental health related bills under consideration by the legislature this session. Because this bill allows school districts to choose whether to participate and use the resources provided by non-physician mental health professionals, we remain neutral on HB 19.