May 15, 2019 by

“11 Bad Bills in Texas Legislature: Seeking Access to Our Children”

From Donna Garner


[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  These 11 bad bills in the Texas Legislature need to be stopped.  I appreciate the good work of Barbara Harless, Alice Linahan, and many others who have been fighting these bills for months.  I have added the status of each bill as of  5.14.19.]

4.13.19 — North Texas Citizens Lobby

“Eleven Bills to KILL; Seeking Access to Our Children as LabRats for Research & Training”

By Barbara Harless

TX Lege RUSHING these BAD bills through, while still no property tax relief OR Good election integrity protection


Here are 11 bills that promote MORE “social-emotional” school programs that rob teachers & students of precious academic class time through RESEARCH of childhood behavioral & mental health; all in the name of the Governor’s “school safety” agenda

Vote NO to…

HB 10 (Thompson, S) “TX Mental & Behavioral Health Research Institute” – Bill Stages (passed favorably out of full Senate and placed on intent calendar 5.15.19) —  https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB10

HB18 (Price) Mental health training, curriculum, counseling
– Bill Stages (out of Senate Committee and placed on intent calendar 5.14.19) — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB18

HB19 (Price) MH/Substance abuse resources for school districts
– Bill Stages (considered in Senate public hearing – reported favorably out of House Public Health Committee):  https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB19

HB 906 (Thompson, S) Establishing a task force for school mental Health
– Bill Stages (bill reported favorably out of Senate Education Committee and placed on intent calendar 5.15.19:  https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB906

[The above four bills are moving fastest – Please address these today! Call YOUR senator]


HB 1318 (Moody) MH services to persons younger than 18 years of age – Bill Stages (bill passed the full House, scheduled for public hearing in Senate Health and Human Services Committee, 5.15.19)  — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB1318

HB 1669 (Lucio) Vesting HHSC with new task/power to develop & implement a comprehensive plan to increase and improve the mental health workforce in Texas
– Bill Stages (voted favorably out of House Public Health Committee) — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB1669

HB 4183 (Parker) Developing a strategic plan to address adverse childhood experiences (We could all be diagnosed with this new “mental disorder”)
– Bill Stages (voted favorably out of full House)  — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB4183

HJR 5 (Thompson, S) TX Constitutional Amendment to issue DEBT to research behavioral health issues of children & adolescents (this could be on the Nov. 2019 ballot to amend our state constitution) – Bill Stages (bill passed out of full House, left pending in Senate committee) – https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HJR5

SB 10 (Nelson) TX Mental Health Care Consortium: Converts schools into “community mental health providers”
– Bill Stages (bill passed full House and reported favorably as substituted by the House on 5.13.19) — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB10

SB 11 (Taylor) Creating Mental Health resources for school districts; Rules to be formed AFTER bill is passed and controlled by Education Commissioner
– Bill Stages (bill passed the full House and has been reported favorably as substituted by the House on 5.13.19) — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB11

SB 2282 (West) Health services and mental health education to public school students at school-based health centers
– Bill Stages (bill passed Senate;  House reported favorably without amendments) — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillStages.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB2282


  • Uninformed parental consent. TEA says “If you decide not to have your child evaluated, the school district can disagree with your decision.” “The school can use its right to get permission for the evaluation from the TEA.”
  • Those who will suffer first are LOW INCOME families, taking advantage of “FREE” health assessments for children AT school. Schools are the 2nd largest client for CPS. Austin ISD Police called CPS 875 times Sep-Dec ‘2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2fyHlh8YSk
  • These “mental health research” bills put tele-psychiatry programs in the hands of our state’s medical schools – specifically the psychiatry departments.  Psychiatry is about drugs, devices, and the medical model. STOP DRUGGING OUR CHILDREN!!
  • Whether it’s through research funding, consulting positions for faculty, or “educational” dollars, drug companies have a major influence on our medical schools (conflict of interest)
  • TexasTech’s “TWITR” Project shares data with school officials (consultants & 3rd-party vendors that offer online programs or software).  ANYONE with “a legitimate educational interest”can gain access to the data. https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2004/privacy/section_4b.asp
  • Ironically, while “mental illness” does not cause violence, there’s a strong link between violence and mind-altering substances.  That’s what psychotropic drugs are.  They alter mood, cognition, and behavior, just like any drug on the street.  Researchers examined FDA adverse event reports and found that psychiatric drugs were disproportionately associated with violence. https://www.cchrint.org/pdfs/violence-report.pdf
  • Examples of mass violence UNDER the INFLUENCE include Kendrex White (UT stabber), Devin Patrick Kelley (Sutherland Springs), Stephen Paddock (Vegas), James Holmes (Aurora), Eric Harris (Columbine), and many others. MORE drugs are NOT the solution.

• Parents don’t want tele-psychiatry in our schools.
• Parents don’t want our kids screened for “behavioral” research.
• You can keep the TWITR project out of Texas public schools.

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