SB 436

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

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Jane Nelson


Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Lois Kolkhorst
Eddie Lucio Jr.
Jose Menendez


Ina Minjarez
Four Price
Toni Rose
J.D. Sheffield
Gary VanDeaver


Steve Allison
Tan Parker
Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to statewide initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health for women with opioid use disorder.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB436, As Introduced: a negative impact of ($2,849,037) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill. 

Bill Analysis

SB 436 would require the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to work with the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force to develop tools and best practices necessary to assess and treat opioid use disorders among pregnant women, and to prevent opioid-related overdose among pregnant women. This would include things such as improving screening procedures for women with opioid use disorder, improving continuity of care for women with opioid use disorder, and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment for women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, among other things.

Additionally, a limited pilot program in one or more areas of the state would be authorized for hospitals with expertise in caring for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome or related conditions to enact the methods developed from this collaboration. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action has a neutral stance on SB 436 because it does not affect our liberty principles.