Texas Well being and Human Providers Fee
HHS Govt Commissioner
Date:July 2, 2021
HHSC Expands Outpatient Competency Restoration Providers in Texas
AUSTIN – The Texas Well being and Human Providers Fee publicizes $1 million in federal Psychological Well being Block Grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Service Administration to develop Outpatient Competency Restoration (OCR) companies for Texans with psychological well being and substance use issues dwelling in principally rural communities.
“With these grant funds, we’re bettering entry to companies for rural Texans and dealing to make sure people who find themselves experiencing psychological well being crises have the assist and authorized training they want,” mentioned Sonja Gaines, HHS deputy govt commissioner for Mental and Developmental Incapacity and Behavioral Well being Providers.
Outpatient competency restoration companies are for defendants who’ve been discovered incompetent to face trial as a result of their psychological sickness. They’re supplied psychological well being and substance use remedy companies in a neighborhood setting, in addition to authorized training to allow them to face their prices in courtroom. Competency restoration companies assist to offer individuals a rational and factual understanding of the authorized proceedings they’ll encounter. Providers embrace stabilization, remedy, treatment, peer assist, primary rehabilitation therapies akin to life expertise, and training concerning the authorized proceedings.
“I’m inspired and excited by the growth of those companies. Directing assets to the intersection of psychological well being and felony justice is important, particularly in rural communities with restricted companies,” mentioned State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst. “Our companions’ work will hopefully guarantee rural Texans have entry to the care they want in neighborhood settings, slightly than awaiting companies in jail.”
Created in 2007, outpatient competency restoration applications are designed to assist cut back the variety of individuals ready in jail for competency restoration companies at a state hospital.
HHSC is increasing outpatient competency restoration companies in Texas by rising the variety of contracted suppliers from 13 to 18, offering Texans with higher entry to OCR companies throughout the state for individuals deemed incompetent to face trial. The 5 contractors to obtain funds are Bluebonnet Trails Neighborhood Providers, $223,334; Middle for Life Sources, $165,000; LifePath Techniques, $223,333; MHMR Providers for the Concho Valley, $165,000; and Pecan Valley Facilities, $223,333. The expanded program will serve an estimated 114 over the biennium.
Providers are supplied in houses, disaster respite services, OCR transitional homes, and Native Psychological Well being Authority clinic workplaces throughout the state to ascertain assist networks and develop coping methods for individuals within the OCR program, who can require intensive rehabilitation.
“On behalf of the Supreme Court docket of Texas, the Texas Court docket of Legal Appeals and the Judicial Fee on Psychological Well being, we applaud HHSC’s announcement of expanded assets for outpatient competency restoration,” mentioned Justice Jane Bland and Choose Barbara Hervey in a joint assertion. “Any further help for the psychological well being neighborhood is one thing to be celebrated.”
Increasing outpatient competency restoration applications aligns with the 2020 suggestions by HHSC’s advisory physique, the Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services in addition to with the Substance Abuse and Psychological Well being Providers Administration’s precedence on the usage of Psychological Well being Block Grant funds for companies, together with competency restoration actions, for people concerned with the felony justice system.
For extra info on outpatient competency restoration companies, visit our Competency Restoration page.