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Bench Book Resources

2020 Texas Bench Book

Bench Book Supplement
Public Health Disaster


Introductory Video This video provides a brief introduction and orientation to Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies: A Texas Bench Book.

OMPCD Training Module This video provides an overview of procedures for court-ordered management of a person with a communicable disease. Please note that procedures may change in response to disaster declarations and emergency orders.

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Informational Resources


Coronavirus Webinar This webinar from February 19, 2020, provides an early look at information known at the time, employment law consideration, and the perspectives of medical and public health professionals. Read more…

Faculty Experts and Bios

Media Mentions

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External Resources

Emergency Order

(March 13, 2020 – May 8, 2020)

This First Emergency Order Regarding the Covid-19 State of Disaster contains important information impacting deadlines and procedures.

Public Health Disaster Declaration

Texas Courts

Texas Bar Information

Serve as Appointed Counsel
in Chapter 81 Hearings

Chapter 81 Texas Health
and Safety Code

DSHS Court Ordered
Management Forms

Information on Patient’s Rights from the Texas Center for Infectious Disease

Information on Employee’s Rights from Disability Rights Texas, Equal Justice Center, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Workers Defense Project.

Texas Public Health Resources

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