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Texas Opioid Abatement Council

The Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council was formed to ensure that money recovered through the joint efforts of the state and its political subdivisions through a statewide opioid settlement agreement is allocated fairly and spent to remediate the opioid crisis using efficient, cost-effective methods.[1]

The council is administratively attached to the Texas Comptroller’s office, which provides the staff and facilities as necessary to assist the council in performing its duties.[2]

The council is composed of 14 members, including:[3]

  • six regional members appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission from a list of qualified persons recommended by the respective local governments;
  • one member each appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House of Representatives and the Texas attorney general;
  • one member employed by a hospital district and appointed by the governor;
  • one member employed by a hospital district and appointed by the attorney general;
  • one member experienced in opioid-related harms who is employed by a law enforcement agency and appointed by the governor; and
  • one non-voting member who serves as the presiding officer of the council and is the comptroller, or the comptroller's designee.

The current council members are:

  • The Honorable Glenn Hegar, presiding officer
    Texas Comptroller
    Austin, Texas
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  • Katherine L. Yoder, M.B.A.
    Austin, Texas
    Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott.
  • John G. Mills, D.O.
    Port Bolivar, Texas
    Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Ronald P. “Ronnie” Enriquez, Jr.
    Leander, Texas
    Appointed by Governor Greg Abbott.
  • Sanjay P. Patel, M.D.
    Odessa, Texas
    Appointed by Attorney General Ken Paxton.
  • Carrie de Moor, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.
    Frisco, Texas
    Appointed by Attorney General Ken Paxton.
  • Pedro J. Fernandez, M.D.
    Dallas, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
  • J. Douglas Thornton, Pharm.D., Ph.D., B.C.P.S.
    Houston, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
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  • John “Scott” Milton, M.D.
    Lubbock, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
  • James Muns, M.D.
    Heath, Texas
    Appointed by Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dade Phelan.
  • Lori K. Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., A.C.S.W.
    Austin, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
  • Emmanuel Elueze, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.A., F.A.C.P.
    Tyler, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
  • Robert Guevara, M.D.
    Harlingen, Texas
    Appointed by Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young.
  • Denise Wilkes, M.D., Ph.D.
    Kemah, Texas
    Appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.