Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup (MHCSUD) Agenda

March 16, 2021 - 10:00 am

United States

Meeting Site:
Microsoft Teams Live

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted online using Microsoft Teams only. Join the meeting here. There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Closed captioning for this meeting is available. Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Welcome and opening remarks
  2. Review and approve January 26, 2021, meeting minutes
  3. State agency updates
    1. Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program
    2. Office of the Ombudsman
    3. Texas Department of Insurance
  4. Presentation by the Center for Health Care Data Research, UT Health School of Public Health.
  5. Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup Statewide Strategic Plan
    1. Subcommittee 1: Compliance, enforcement, and oversight
    2. Subcommittee 2: Complaints, concerns, and investigations
    3. Subcommittee 3: Education and awareness
  6. Public comment
  7. Planning for next meeting
  8. Action items
  9. Closing remarks

Public comment may be taken on any agenda item.

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment form here.

Members of the public who would like to provide written public comment to HHSC may email Andrea Elizondo, Policy Analyst, Office of Mental Health Coordination, at MH_Parity@hhsc.state.tx.us no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2021. Please include your name and either the organization or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be forwarded to State staff and Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup members for their consideration. Comments should not include confidential information or protected health information.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2021. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section during the meeting to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name and either the name of the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in comments.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen.  Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible PDF format. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only) of documentation. Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in handouts. Staff will not read handouts aloud during the meeting, but handouts will be provided to members of the Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup and State staff.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Andrea Elizondo, Policy Analyst, Office of Mental Health Coordination, 512-380-4312, or MH_Parity@hhsc.state.tx.us.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

People who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Andrea Elizondo at 512-380-4312 or email MH_Parity@hhsc.state.tx.us at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.