The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter,
shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Authorized official--The individual, including
designated alternates, named by a grant applicant or grant recipient,
who is authorized to act for the grant applicant or grant recipient
in submitting the grant application and executing the grant agreement
and associated documents or requests.
(2) Comptroller--The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
(3) Council--The Texas Opioid Abatement Fund Council
established by Government Code, §403.503, to manage the distribution
of money allocated to the council from the Opioid Abatement Trust
Fund, established by Government Code, §403.506 in accordance
with a statewide opioid settlement agreement. A reference in this
subchapter to the council includes the director and program staff
members unless the provision indicates otherwise.
(4) Council member--A member of the council.
(5) Director--The program staff member designated by
the comptroller to serve as the director for the council who performs
duties as necessary to manage the day-to-day operations of the council.
(6) Grant agreement--A legal agreement executed by
a grant recipient and the director, on behalf of the council, setting
forth the terms and conditions for a grant award approved by the council.
(7) Grant applicant--A person or entity that has submitted
through an authorized official an application for a grant award under
(8) Grant application--A written proposal submitted
by a grant applicant to the director in the form required by the council
that, if successful, will result in a grant award.
(9) Grant award--Funding awarded by the council pursuant
to a grant agreement providing money to the grant recipient to carry
out a grant project in accordance with statutes, rules, regulations,
and guidance provided by the council.
(10) Grant recipient--A grant applicant that receives
a grant award under this subchapter.
(11) NOFA--Notice of funding availability.
(12) Peer review--The review process performed by the
peer review panel and used to provide guidance and recommendations
to the council in making decisions for grant awards. The process involves
the consistent application of standards and procedures to produce
a fair, equitable, and objective evaluation of grant applications,
based on the evidence-based opioid abatement strategies developed
by the council under Government Code, §403.509, as well as other
relevant requirements of the NOFA and the grant application.
(13) Peer review panel--A group of experts in the field
of opioid abatement who are selected to conduct peer review of grant
(14) Peer review panel member--A member of the peer
(15) Program staff member--A member of the comptroller's
staff assigned by the comptroller to provide assistance to the council.
This term includes the director.
(16) Statewide opioid settlement agreement--A settlement
agreement and related documents entered into by this state through
the attorney general, political subdivisions that have brought a civil
action for an opioid-related harm claim against an opioid manufacturer,
distributor, or retailer, and opioid manufacturers, distributors,
or retailers relating to illegal conduct in the marketing, promotion,
sale, distribution, and dispensation of opioids that provide relief
for this state and political subdivisions of this state.