Texas Laws - Human Resource Code
HUMAN RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 2. HUMAN SERVICES AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES IN GENERAL

SUBTITLE A. GENERAL PROVISIONS (22)(1-click HTML)

CHAPTER 11. GENERAL PROVISIONS (23)(1-click HTML)
Sec. 11.001. DEFINITIONS. (24)(1-click HTML)

In this title: (25)

(1) "Assistance" means all forms of assistance and services for needy persons authorized by Subtitle C. (26)

(2) "Commission" means the Health and Human Services Commission. (27)

(3) "Executive commissioner" means the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission. (28)

(4) "Financial assistance" means money payments for needy persons authorized by Chapter 31. (29)

(5) "Medical assistance" means assistance for needy persons authorized by Chapter 32. (30)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 264, Sec. 5, eff. Aug. 26, 1985; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 8.012, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 920, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 980, Sec. 50, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1505, Sec. 2.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2005. (31)

Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 592, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 1.28(3), eff. Sept. 1, 2003. (32)

Amended by: (33)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.002, eff. April 2, 2015. (34)

Sec. 11.002. PURPOSE OF TITLE; CONSTRUCTION. (35)(1-click HTML)

(a) The purpose of this title is to establish a program of social security to provide necessary and prompt assistance to the citizens of this state who are entitled to avail themselves of its provisions. (36)

(b) This title shall be liberally construed in order that its purposes may be accomplished as equitably, economically, and expeditiously as possible. (37)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (38)

Amended by: (39)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.002, eff. April 2, 2015. (40)

Sec. 11.003. RESPONSIBILITY OF COUNTIES AND MUNICIPALITIES NOT AFFECTED. (41)(1-click HTML)

No provision of this title is intended to release the counties and municipalities in this state from the specific responsibilities they have with regard to the support of public welfare, child welfare, and relief services. Funds which the counties and municipalities may appropriate for the support of those programs may be administered through the local or regional offices of the commission or Department of Aging and Disability Services, and if administered in that manner must be devoted exclusively to the programs in the county or municipality making the appropriation. (42)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (43)

Amended by: (44)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.002, eff. April 2, 2015. (45)

Sec. 11.004. POWERS AND FUNCTIONS NOT AFFECTED. (46)(1-click HTML)

The provisions of this title are not intended to interfere with the powers and functions of the commission, the health and human services agencies, as defined by Section 531.001, Government Code, or county juvenile boards. (47)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 793, Sec. 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. (48)

Amended by: (49)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.002, eff. April 2, 2015. (50)

CHAPTER 12. PENAL PROVISIONS (51)(1-click HTML)
Sec. 12.001. PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES. (52)(1-click HTML)

(a) A person who is not licensed to practice law in Texas commits an offense if the person charges a fee for representing or aiding an applicant or recipient in procuring assistance from the state agency administering the assistance. (53)

(b) A person commits an offense if the person advertises, holds himself or herself out for, or solicits the procurement of assistance from the state agency administering the assistance. (54)

(c) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. (55)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (56)

Amended by: (57)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.003, eff. April 2, 2015. (58)

Sec. 12.002. UNLAWFUL USE OF FUNDS. (59)(1-click HTML)

(a) A person charged with the duty or responsibility of administering, disbursing, auditing, or otherwise handling the grants, funds, or money provided for in this title commits an offense if the person misappropriates the grants, funds, or money or by deception or fraud wrongfully distributes the grants, funds, or money to any person. (60)

(b) An offense under this section is a felony punishable by confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a term of not less than two or more than seven years. (61)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (62)

Amended by: (63)

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 25.113, eff. September 1, 2009. (64)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.003, eff. April 2, 2015. (65)

Sec. 12.003. DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION PROHIBITED. (66)(1-click HTML)

(a) Except for purposes directly connected with the administration of the assistance programs of the commission or Department of Aging and Disability Services, as applicable, it is an offense for a person to solicit, disclose, receive, or make use of, or to authorize, knowingly permit, participate in, or acquiesce in the use of the names of, or any information concerning, persons applying for or receiving assistance if the information is directly or indirectly derived from the records, papers, files, or communications of the commission or department or acquired by employees of the commission or department in the performance of their official duties. (67)

(b) An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor. (68)

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. (69)

Amended by: (70)

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.003, eff. April 2, 2015. (71)

  

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