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Relating to establishment of a border public health response team.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1124 would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to establish a Border Public Health Multi-Disciplinary Response Team to deploy in response to outbreaks, public health threats, and disasters in the border counties. The team would consist of an epidemiologist, a sanitarian, a nurse, and a public health specialist to assess border health infrastructure and response capabilities for emerging threats, and develop appropriate countermeasures. DSHS would be required to provide necessary training, equipment, and support to contain future public health threats.
The bill would require DSHS to coordinate with the Health and Human Services Commission, the Office of the Governor, the federal government, and any other appropriate entity for funding to support the response team's activities.
Texas Action remains neutral on SB 1124 because it does not affect our liberty principles.