Joint Committee on Access & Forensic Services

The Department of State Health Services established the Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services in accordance with S.B. 1507, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015.

The purpose of the committee is to provide customer/consumer and stakeholder input to the Health and Human Services system in the form of recommendations regarding access to forensic services within the state of Texas. The JCAFS considers and makes recommendations to the Legislature consistent with the committee’s purpose.

Recommendations to the Legislature regarding access to forensic services include:

  • Monitoring the implementation of updates to the bed day allocation methodology for allocating to each designated region a certain number of state-funded beds in state hospitals and other inpatient mental health facilities for voluntary, civil and forensic patients.
  • Implementing a bed day utilization review protocol, including a peer review process.
  • Planning for the coordination of forensic services.


Jim Allison
General Counsel for the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas

Bill Alsup
Texas Municipal League

Doug Beach
Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
San Antonio

Shannon Carr
Austin Area Mental Health Consumers, Inc

Sherri Cogbill
Texas Department of Criminal Justice

David Evans
Texas Council of Community Centers

Donna Fagan
Behavioral Health Advisory Committee

Stephen Glazier
Texas Hospital Association

Anna Gray
Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
San Antonio

Windy Johnson
Texas Conference of Urban Counties

Judge Robert Johnston
County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas

Darlene McLaughlin
Texas Municipal League

Vanessa Saenz
Behavioral Health Advisory Committee

Shelley Smith
Texas Council of Community Centers
Big Spring

Sally Taylor
Texas Hospital Association
San Antonio

Judge JD “Butch” Wagner
Texas Association of Counties

Dennis Wilson
Sheriff’s Association of Texas

Meeting Dates

Unless otherwise announced, meetings will be held in the Brown-Heatly building located at 4900 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin Texas.

  • July 28, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • January 26, 2022
  • April 20, 2022
  • July 20, 2022
  • October 19, 2022

For More Information

Contact Jim LaRue at

Past Events

July 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

January 27, 2021

October 21, 2020

July 29, 2020