Policy UpdatesTexas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

Texas Senate Committee on Health & Human Services

SUMMARY – During the 85th Legislative Interim, in March 2018, the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services met to hear testimony. President and CEO Andy Keller, PhD, was invited testimony and presented on “Substance Use Disorders, Service Delivery, and Policy Solutions”.

Nearly 8 in 100

Texans that have a substance use disorder*

$165 million

spending by Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) for substance use disorder*

$350 million

cost of emergency room charges from unmet substance use disorder needs*

1 in 3

Texas adults with substance use disorder that also have a co-morbid psychiatric condition*

*as of date of testimony

Dr. Keller’s testimony provided an overview to the committee on substance use disorder (SUD) in Texas, access to treatment in both public and private systems, spending estimates, co-occurrence of SUD and mental illness and treatment options.