Texas Policy

Where are we in the two year cycle?

Unlike most states, the Texas Legislature only meets for 140 day during odd numbered years. This creates a two year cycle of activity, which can be thought of as seasons. What advocates should be focused on depends on the season.

Interim (2021 - 2022)

The time between Sessions is referred to as the Interim. It is the best time for advocates to: 1) establish better relationships with their Senators and Representatives; 2) follow-up on bills that were passed to ensure they are being implemented correctly; and 3) build momentum toward next Session.

RecoveryPeople continues to work with stakeholders and coalitions throughout the interim. The blogs post below highlight some of our work.

Behavioral Health Workforce Exceptional Item

By Jason Howell | December 13, 2021

RecoveryPeople in partnership with the Network of Behavioral Health Providers submitted a requests for exceptional item regarding workforce develop to be added to the HHSC Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). Over 30 organizations supported these requests. Please click the links below to view the letters.

Recovery Housing Exceptional Item Request

By Jason Howell | December 13, 2021

RecoveryPeople in partnership with the Network of Behavioral Health Providers submitted a recovery housing exceptional items to be added to the HHSC Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). Over 30 organizations supported these requests. Please click the links below to view the letters.

Interim Advocacy Documents:

Texas Legislative Sessions

88th Session (2023)

The 88th Texas Legislative Session begins January 10, 2023.

87th Session (2021)

Key legislation during the 87th included recovery housing, patient brokering, community recovery organizations, good samaritan and more...

86th Session (2019)

Key legislation during the 87th included recovery housing and a focus on the opioid crisis