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PUBLIC POLICY UPDATES
Go to www.capitol.state.tx.us to find out who represents you in Austin and Washington, DC and to find out the status of Texas legislation. Please use your personal email and your personal telephone to deliver messages to your elected officials.
Join TCA's Call to Action Letter Writing Campaign for VA and TRICARE issues!
Click on the PDFs below to learn more about what you can do to help address 1) the VA's need to actively hire LPCs and LMFTs, and 2) TRICARE’s unfair Independent Provider Certification Rules that exclude qualified LPCs and LMFTs.
VA Call to Action – Talking Points Handout
TRICARE Call to Action – Talking Points Handout
Call to Action “How To” – Letter Writing Instructions and Telephone Contact Info
TCA worked with the Governor to issue a proclamation declaring February 6-10, 2012 as School Counseling Week in Texas!
Governor Rick Perry’s 2012 Proclamation – School Counseling Week in Texas
Learn about changes to State Codes that WILL affect you. Check out TCA’s complete 82nd Legislative Session Bill Reports.
82nd Regular Legislative Session Bill Report – January 11 through May 30, 2011
82nd Special Legislative Session Bill Report – May 31 through June 29, 2011
TCA Advocacy Info and Fact Sheets for the 82nd Texas Legislative Session:
2011 Texas Counseling Association Public Policy Agenda:
TCA Public Policy Agenda 2011
TCA Key Messages:
2011 Key Messages
TCA’s Tips for Effective Advocacy:
Working with your Legislators
Researched effectiveness of professional school counselors:
Legislative Actions from the 82nd Legislature:
Important Committee hearings at the Texas State Capitol
Outcomes from Committee hearings at the Texas State Capitol
Testimony TCA submitted to the 82nd Texas Legislature:
Article II (Mental Health Funding) and Medicaid reimbursement rates
** Includes a map of Mental Health Shortage Areas in Texas**
Article III (Public Education Funding)
Article V (Public Safety and Criminal Justice Funding)
Fact Sheets from the Center for Public Policy Priorities - 82nd Texas Legislature:
Overview of purposed House Budget
Overview of HB 1- Proposed State Budget.pdf
Overview of purposed Senate Budget
Overview of SB 1- Proposed State Budget.pdf
House and Senate Budget Summary
Graphically illustrates the current vs. purposed budget funding levels in Texas.
Budgets and Current Services Comparisons.pdf
Overview of House and Senate purposed Medicaid Cuts
HB1 and SB1 Effects on Medicaid.pdf
County by County Effects of HB1 on Health and Human Services
HB1 Effects on HHS.xlsx
County by County Effects of HB1 on Medicaid
HB1 Effects on Medicaid.xlsx
County by County Effects of HB1 on Public Education
HB1 Effects on Public Education.xlsx
Individual Campus and County Effects of HB1 on Community Colleges
HB1 Effects on Community Colleges.xlsx
Individual Institution and County Effects of HB1 on Universities
HB1 Effects on Universities.xlsx