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Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing

Posted by Texas Education on April 6, 2009

An upcoming hearing of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee will provide advocates an opportunity to give input on proposed legislation. The Committee will discuss various items, including Senate Bill (SB) 750 , SB 751, SB 1520.

When: Tuesday, April 07, 2009, at 9:00 AM.

Where: The Committee will meet in the Senate Chamber of the Texas State Capitol.

Background: The purpose of SB 750, by Sen. Zaffirini, would limit the ability to administer psychoactive medication to persons receiving services in a state school.

The purpose of SB 751, by Sen. Zaffirini, would limit the use of restraints in state schools. SB 751 would prohibit the use of straightjackets, the use of standing orders for restraints, and reporting to the executive commissioner each incident in which a physical or mechanical restraint is administered to a resident.

The purpose of SB 1520, by Sen. Shapleigh, would limit the ability to administer psychoactive medication to persons receiving services in a state school.

These bills address issues identified by the U.S. Department of Justice, during their investigation into Texas’ 13 state schools.

You can watch the Senate Health and Human Committee online at http://www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php and check on the progress of the hearings at http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/Events.htm. You may also contact the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Coordinator at (512) 463-0360 (for TDD call 1-800-735-2989) for more information.

More Details on Attending Senate Hearings:

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend these meeting and who may need assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact the Senate Committee Coordinator at (512) 463-0070 at least 72-hours prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

The Texas Senate has an assistive listening system available to the public in the Senate Chamber and Senate Committee hearing rooms. Personal listening devices may be checked out in the Secretary of the Senate’s office, Room 2E.22 of the Capitol Building.

Those wishing to give public testimony need to limit prepared remarks to three minutes. If submitting written testimony, please submit 20 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.

If you cannot travel to Austin to attend the hearing in person, you can still express your opinion by sending an email or fax to the members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. To get the contact information for these members, go to http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/commit/c610/c610.htm.

For more information on how to be an effective advocate, visit TCDD’s Advocacy 101: Making Your Voice Heard.

This announcement has been provided by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

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