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Category: Indigent Health Care

County Indigent Health Care Program

Lawmakers Address Inmate Care, 1115 Waiver Projects   By Julie Anderson, Editor              Seven Texas counties received $269,183 in state matching funds in 2013 to help offset the cost of indigent health care, just slightly more than last year’s disbursement of $223,768 in state support, according to the latest reports. The Indigent Health Care and […]

County Indigent Health Care Programs Tap Into State Funds

82nd Legislature Slashes Funding             Eleven Texas counties received approximately $2.68 million in state matching funds in 2011 to help offset the cost of indigent health care, according to the latest Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) County Indigent Health Care Program (CIHCP) spending data report.             The Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act […]

Texas Indigent Defense Commission Allocates Funds

Formula Grant Applications Due Nov. 15  Some 10 years ago Gov. Rick Perry signed into law the Texas Fair Defense Act, which among other things created the Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense (TFID). As of Sept. 1, the TFID was renamed the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (Commission). The original TFID was tasked with assisting […]

Indigent Defense Legislative Updates

During the 82nd Legislature’s Regular Session, the appropriations bill reduced funding for indigent defense to $54,674,013 for the biennium ($27.3 million each year), which reflects $8.6 million in cuts over the biennium, a 10 percent reduction of administrative budget over the biennium ($174,100), and the loss of one FTE (staff) position. Fortunately, the Legislature restored […]

Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

By Sharon Guzman, Director of Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments (TCOOMI) Services – Bluebonnet Trails   On May 30, 2007, a man pulled a butcher knife on a police officer at a convenience store in Georgetown, Texas.  The incident was caught on video by the security camera outside the store.  […]

County Indigent Health Care Programs

County Indigent Health Care Programs Tap Into State Funds Training Sessions Open to County Judges, Commissioners               Eleven Texas counties received approximately $2.5 million in state matching funds in 2010 to help offset the cost of indigent health care, according to the latest Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) County Indigent Health Care […]

Tom Green County Indigent Health Care

Tom Green County Indigent Health Care Program Adjustments Benefit County, Clients               When it comes to managing her myriad of county duties, Dianna Spieker does not swap out her symbolic hats. Rather, she stacks them on top of one another.             For example, as Tom Green County treasurer since 1999, Spieker is responsible for […]

Task Force Awards $2.5 Million to Improve Indigent Defense

Five Counties Secure Discretionary Grant Money   The Texas Task Force on Indigent Defense approved more than $2.5 million in new funding to five Texas counties to improve their indigent defense systems. Programs in Dickens and Lubbock counties will provide direct representation to the poor in rural counties, and improvements to indigent defense processes will […]

Indigent DefenseTask Force Changes Plan Submission Process

The Task Force on Indigent Defense (Task Force) has developed a new process for submission of indigent defense plans resulting in a single, uniform, accessible indigent defense plan for each court level in each county that may be amended and searched, said Task Force Director Jim Bethke. The changes were initiated based on internal audit […]

County Responsibility for Death Calls

Several counties have reported receiving invoices from local funeral homes for transport of a body from the place of death to the funeral home. These “first call” events generally occur in response to a telephone call from a county law enforcement officer or justice of the peace. The legal status of these claims is determined […]

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