State Budget

State Budget icon. A 2-dimensional representation of the state Capitol building with a dollar sign on the dome.Our Position

Texans need prosperous, safe, and healthy communities that promote growth and opportunity. Excellent public schools, quality health care, safe roads, environmental protection, and other crucial services require strong public investments, yet state spending over the past decade has not even kept up with growth in population and inflation, let alone prepared our state for the challenges of the future. Legislators should prioritize the needs of their constituents over tax and budget cuts.

In 2019, we urge legislators to fund programs that support adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), personal attendants, families in Medicaid managed care, and adults with psychiatric disabilities.

The Latest

March 18, 2019: (from The Arc of Texas) Although the House Appropriations Committee has recommended full funding of Promoting Independence (transition and diversion) slots, they have not allocated funds for the waitlist. This is unacceptable to the over 153,000 Texans waiting for necessary community-based support and services. Take action.

Background

We urge legislators to include the following Execptional Items from the Health and Human Services Commission's (HHSC's) Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) in the 2020-2021 state budget:

In addition, we encourage lawmakers to add and support funding for Clubhouse Programs. Clubhouses are community-based organizations that serve people with psychiatric disabilities. The model is over 70 years old, focuses on peer support, and is rapidly growing in Texas. The HHSC base budget includes $1.7 million in general revenue for 3 of the established programs, yet, there are 22 Clubhouses operating or in development in Texas communities. CTD recommends increasing this figure to $5 million in general revenue for existing and newer Clubhouses.


Take Action

From The Arc of Texas: Although the House Appropriations Committee has recommended full funding of Promoting Independence (transition and diversion) slots, they have not allocated funds for the waitlist. This is unacceptable to the over 153,000 Texans waiting for necessary community-based support and services. Take action.

Further Reading

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