Joint Committee on Access and Forensic Services (JCAFS) Agenda

July 17, 2024 - 10:00 am

Department of State Health Services, Robert D. Moreton Building, Room M-100
1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX
78756
United States

This meeting will be webcast. Members of the public may attend the meeting in person at the address above or access a live stream of the meeting at https://texashhsmeetings.org/HHSWebcast. Select the tab for the Morton M-100 Live on the date and time for this meeting. Please e-mail Webcasting@hhsc.state.tx.us if you have any problems with the webcasting function.

This meeting will also be conducted via videoconference call in accordance with the requirements of Section 551.127, Government Code. The member of the Committee presiding over the meeting will be physically present at the location specified above.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.
All attachments below are PDF unless otherwise noted.

  1. Welcome, call to order, and opening remarks
  2. Consideration of April 30, 2024, draft meeting minutes
  3. Subcommittee reports
    1. Access
    2. Data Analysis
  4. Discussion: JCAFS Data Dashboard (Excel)
  5. JCAFS recommendations for HHSC’s Biennial Report, as required by Health and Safety Code §533.0515
    1. Committee discussion
    2. Public comment
    3. Committee vote on proposed recommendations
  6. Behavioral Health Services Update: Forensic and Jail Diversion Services
    1. Outpatient competency restoration
    2. Jail-based competency restoration
  7. Texas State Hospital: Transition Support Teams
  8. State Forensic Director Report
  9. Health and Specialty Care System Report
    1. Associate Commissioner
    2. Chief of Forensic Medicine
      1. Competency Restoration Timeframes
      2. Maximum-Security Unit Clinical Security Review
      3. Texas State Hospital Forensic Services: System Improvement Initiatives
  10. Public comment
  11. Adjourn

The committee may take any action on any agenda item.

Public Comment: HHSC welcomes public comments pertaining to topics above. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment may choose from the following options:

  1. Oral comments provided virtually: Members of the public must pre-register to provide oral comments virtually during the meeting by completing a Public Comment Registration form at https://texashhsmeetings.org/JCAFS_PCReg_Jul2024 no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2024. Please mark the correct box on the Public Comment Registration form and provide your name, either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number. If you have completed the Public Comment Registration form, you will receive an email the day before the meeting with instructions for providing virtual public comment.  Public comment is limited to three minutes. Each speaker providing oral public comments virtually must ensure their face is visible and their voice audible to the other participants while they are speaking. Each speaker must state their name and on whose behalf they are speaking (if anyone). If you pre-register to speak and wish to provide a handout before the meeting, please submit an electronic copy in accessible PDF format that will be distributed by HHS staff to JCAFS members and State staff. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to JCAFS@hhs.texas.gov immediately after pre-registering, but no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday July 15, 2024, and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Do not include health or other confidential information in your comments or handouts. Staff will not read handouts aloud during the meeting, but handouts will be provided to JCAFS members and State staff.
     
  2. Written comments: Members of the public may provide written public comments by completing a Public Comment Registration form at https://texashhsmeetings.org/JCAFS_PCReg_Jul2024. A member of the public who wishes to provide written public comments must email the comments to JCAFS@hhs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2024. Please include your name and the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments must be emailed to HHSC immediately after pre-registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Written comments are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Do not include health or other confidential information in your comments. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be provided to JCAFS members and State staff. 
     
  3. Oral comments provided in-person at the meeting location: Members of the public may provide oral public comment during the meeting in person at the meeting location either by pre-registering using the form above or without pre-registering by completing a form at the entrance to the meeting room. Do not include health or other confidential information in your comments.

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of HHSC.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Matthew Lovitt, HHSC Committee Liaison and Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Forensic Coordination, Health and Human Services Commission, 512-578-8493, JCAFS@hhs.texas.gov.

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

Persons who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Matthew Lovitt at 512-578-8493 or JCAFS@hhs.texas.gov at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.