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Relating to a requirement that the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council prepare a report regarding suicide rates in this state and state efforts to prevent suicides.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
HB 3980 would require the Health and Human Services Commission in conjunction with the Department of State Health Services to prepare a summary report on the prevalence of suicide in the state and state policies and programs across state systems and agencies to prevent suicide. The report would be due not later than May 1, 2020 to the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council, governor, lieutenant governor, speaker, and each standing legislative committee with primary jurisdiction over health and mental health.
The council would use the summary report and stakeholder input to prepare a legislative report on suicide that identifies opportunities and makes recommendations for state agencies to improve suicide-related data collection, use data to guide and inform suicide prevention policy, and decrease suicide in the state while targeting the highest categories of risk.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 3980 because it does not affect our liberty principles.