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Relating to addressing adverse childhood experiences and developing a strategic plan to address those experiences.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no fiscal impact to the state is anticipated.
Adverse childhood experiences are traumatic events that can disrupt neurodevelopment and increase the likelihood of negative health, behavioral, educational, and economic outcomes.
HB 4138 would require the Health and Human Services Commission, in collaboration with various other state agencies and institutions, to analyze data related to the causes and effects of adverse childhood experiences; evaluate prevention needs and gaps in services and support; identify best practices for prevention and treatment of adverse childhood experiences; and implement a five-year strategic plan, which would be developed not later than December 31, 2020.
Since this is not a matter that involves liberty principles, Texas Action has a neutral stance toward HB 4138.