HCS & TxHmL Nursing Services Changes

Senate Bill (SB) 1857

SB 1857, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, adds Subchapter D-1 (Administration of Medication for Clients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities) to Chapter 161 of the Human Resources Code to allow an unlicensed person to administer specific types of medications to certain persons receiving Home and Community-based Services or Texas Home Living waiver services without registered nurse delegation.

SB 1857 also required the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Board of Nursing to conduct a pilot program in Home and Community-based Services/Texas Home Living waivers and licensed Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (with a capacity of 13 or fewer beds) to evaluate licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) providing on-call services by telephone to individuals receiving services. This pilot ended September 1, 2015.