Law:Title 2. Health. Subtitle F. Local Regulation Of Public Health from Chapter 123. Public Health Extension Service Pilot Program (Texas)

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Subtitle F. Local Regulation Of Public Health

Contents

Chapter 123. Public Health Extension Service Pilot Program

For expiration of this chapter, see Section 123.007.


Section 123.001.  Definitions.

In this chapter:

(1)  "Department" means the Department of State Health Services; and

(2)  "Program" means the public health extension service pilot program established under this chapter.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 123.002.  Program Established; Purposes.

(a) The department shall establish a public health extension service pilot program in Health Service Region 11, a region of the state that may be particularly vulnerable to biosecurity threats, disaster, and other emergencies.

(b)  The purpose of the program is to support local public health and medical infrastructure, promote disease control and medical preparedness, and enhance biosecurity, including detection of dangerous biologic agents, availability of pathology services, and management of hazardous materials.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 123.003.  Rules.

The executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission may adopt rules for the implementation and administration of the program.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 123.004.  Program Administration.

The department may contract with The Texas A&M University System or The University of Texas System or both to implement or administer the program.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 123.005.  Program Objectives.

Through the program, the department may implement projects and systems to accomplish the purposes of the program described by Section 123.002, and may:

(1)  provide support for regional disaster medical assistance teams and tactical medical operations incident management teams;

(2)  establish a disaster training and exercise program;

(3)  establish and equip caches of necessary medical supplies and equipment for use in disasters and other emergencies;

(4)  establish a regionally based system of emergency medical logistics management to support state and federal emergency management authorities, including local patient triage sites and local emergency medical operations; and

(5)  establish a regionally based system to provide technical assistance for disaster mitigation and recovery.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 123.006.  Report.

Not later than December 1, 2010, the department shall report to the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives on the program, including recommendations for continuing and expanding the program to other regions of the state.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.



Section 123.007.  Expiration.

This chapter expires and the program is abolished September 2, 2011.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1280, Sec. 3.01, eff. September 1, 2009.


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