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Category: Indigent Health Care

County Focus: County Health Authority

County Focus: County Health Authority

  County Progress kicked off our January 2016 coverage with the county constable. We continued in February with the juvenile probation department, and this month we address the county health authority.   History The Texas Legislature has delegated counties and municipalities the power to appoint one physician as the county health authority within their jurisdiction. […]

County Indigent Health Care Q&A

County Indigent Health Care Q&A

In 1985, Rita Kelley was serving as the regional planner of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services for the seven-county Central Texas Council of Governments (CTCOG) region. In June of that year, Walt Reedy, CTCOG executive director, walked into Kelley’s office and asked if she wanted to be a health planner. “I asked him what I […]

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 […]