Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
TCOOMMI identifies and responds to statutory procedural or regulatory practices that impacts offenders with special needs. Examples of activities include:
- Coordinating with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards on strategies to improve the screening, identification and treatment of inmates with mental illnesses in county jails.
- Establishing a process for ensuring continuity of care for defendants being returned to jail after a determination of competency. This includes post-release medication reimbursement and support services after sentencing.
- Developing a process to evaluate competency evaluations' compliance to statutory provisions set forth in 46.B, Code of Criminal Procedure.
- Implementing and monitoring the memoranda of understanding required between local and state criminal justice and health and human service agencies to ensure a continuum of care for offenders with special needs.
- Developing, implementing and monitoring the cross-referencing of local and state offender data to health and human service client information to enhance the identification of special needs offenders throughout the criminal justice continuum.
- Monitoring the compliance of local and state entities to statutory provisions for exchanging confidential information without a release as set forth in Chapter 614.017, Health and Safety Code.
- Enhancing collaborative efforts for juvenile offenders through the development of interlocal agreements defining roles and responsibilities of local and state governmental entities.