HBA-LCA S.B. 153 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 153 By: Harris Public Health 4/26/1999 Committee Report (Amended) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law requires a county to pay court costs for involuntary mental health commitments. A county is authorized to seek reimbursement from patients or persons responsible for a patient's estate. A number of counties charge court costs to mental health facilities that are designated to provide court-ordered mental health services. S.B. 153 prohibits a county from requiring a mental health facility to pay any costs associated with an involuntary mental health commitment hearing or proceeding. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 571.018, Health and Safety Code, by adding Subsection (j), as follows: (j) Prohibits a county from requiring a mental health facility designated to provide courtordered mental health services to pay a cost associated with a hearing or proceeding under this subtitle (Subtitle C (Texas Mental Health Code), Chapter 571 (General Provisions), Health and Safety Code). SECTION 2.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage. EXPLANATION OF AMENDMENT Amends Section 571.018, Health and Safety Code (Costs) to add a new Subsection (j), to require a probate judge to order the clerk of the probate court to return costs that have been paid or advanced if an inpatient mental health facility, as defined under Section 571.003(9)(B) or (E), Health and Safety Code (Definitions), certifies that it has received no compensation or reimbursement for the treatment of a person for whom those costs were paid or advanced.