Texas Government Code
Sec. § 411.115
Access to Criminal History Record Information: Department of State Health Services and Health and Human Services Commission; Local Authorities; Community Centers


(a)

In this section, “local mental health authority,” “local intellectual and developmental disability authority,” and “community center” have the meanings assigned by Section 531.002 (Definitions), Health and Safety Code.

(b)

The Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center, as applicable, is entitled to obtain from the department criminal history record information maintained by the department that relates to a person:

(1)

who is:

(A)

an applicant for employment with the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center;

(B)

an employee of the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center;

(C)

an applicant for employment with or an employee of a business or person that contracts with the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center to provide residential services to patients with mental illness or clients with an intellectual or developmental disability who were furloughed or discharged from a Department of State Health Services facility, a Health and Human Services Commission facility, or a community center, as applicable;

(D)

a volunteer with the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center; or

(E)

a volunteer applicant; and

(2)

who would be placed in direct contact with patients with mental illness or clients with an intellectual or developmental disability.

(d)

Criminal history record information obtained by the Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center under Subsection (b) may not be released or disclosed to a person, other than the contractor that employs the person who is the subject of the criminal history record information, except on court order or with the consent of the person who is the subject of the criminal history record information.

(e)

The Department of State Health Services, the Health and Human Services Commission, a local mental health or intellectual and developmental disability authority, or a community center, as applicable, shall collect and destroy criminal history record information that relates to a person immediately after making an employment decision or taking a personnel action relating to the person who is the subject of the criminal history record information.
Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 790, Sec. 35, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1209, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1999; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 296, Sec. 7, 13(2), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 684 (S.B. 2200), Sec. 9, eff. June 10, 2019.
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