HB 1357 (Author: Holland | Sponsor: Huffman), Relating to Medicaid reimbursement for certain medication-assisted treatments for opioid or substance use disorder. Under existing law, the Health and Human Services Commission has been required to provide reimbursement for medication-assisted opioid or substance abuse treatment, but that requirement was due to expire on August 31, 2023. HB 1357 makes the Medicaid reimbursement requirement permanent. Effective on 6/13/23
HB 3144 (Authors: Lujan; Talarico; Rogers; Thimesch; Cunningham | Sponsor: Campbell), Relating to designating October as Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month. HB 3144 designates October as Fentanyl Poisoning Awareness Month. This may be regularly observed through appropriate activities in communities to increase awareness of the dangers of fentanyl and potential overdoses. Effective on 9/1/23
SB 867 (Author: West | Sponsors: Rose; Plesa), Relating to the recipients of opioid antagonists under the opioid antagonist program. Under SB 867, the Health and Human Services Commission may now provide opioid antagonists to institutions of higher education as part of the state’s existing Opioid Antagonist Program. Effective on 6/17/23
SB 998 (Author: West | Sponsor: Geren), Relating to an opioid-related drug overdose training program for certain alcoholic beverage permit holders. SB 998 requires the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to develop a program that provides training on the signs and symptoms of an opioid-related drug overdose and the administration of an opioid antagonist; TABC can make this training available online. The holder of a mixed beverage permit and each employee of the permit holder who is required to complete a TABC-approved seller training program must annually complete this opioid-related drug overdose training. Similarly, this bill requires annual opioid-related drug overdose training for the holder of a private club registration permit and each employee who is required to complete a TABC-approved seller training program. These requirements do not apply to a mixed beverage permit holder or a private club registration permit that is a restaurant. Effective on 9/1/23
During the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Center for Justice and Equity tracked around 40 youth and adult justice bills that made it to the Governor's desk. You can find links to all of our analyses in our 2023 Bill Analysis Guide.