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Legislative Recap 82 nd Session

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  1. Legislative Recap82nd Session Texas Foster Family Association Conference October 8, 2011

  2. Our mission is to improve the lives of Texas children by building commitment and action for improved public policy and programs. Issue areas: Juvenile Justice Children’s mental wellbeing Child Welfare Child and Maternal Health Family Financial Security

  3. KEY • Neutral  Good Bill  Bad Bill

  4. Child Protection • Overall, caseload growth was not funded. • Reduction of 209 FTE’s-direct service workers • Statewide intake received no additional funding. • PAL Purchased services cut by 6% • Reduction in state matching funds for purchased adoptions and post-adoptions services. Provider agencies expected to provide match funds. • Prevention funding cut by 30% The Budget

  5. Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention- Related Laws Failed to Pass HB 2637 by Chisum – Children’s Trust Fund SB 434 by Nelson – Relationship between domestic violence and child abuse SB 1154 by Uresti – Taskforce to reduce child abuse and neglect HB 253 by Hilderbran – Restraining ordersvs. removals

  6. Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: Continued SB 1414 by Duncan – Training for colleges and universities SB 471 by West – Training for schools and daycares 

  7. New Laws to Improve Foster Care Services and Outcomes SB 218 by Nelson – Foster Care Redesign HB 753 by Raymond – CPS hiring preferences HB 943 by Dukes – Missing Children in DFPS custody SB 501 by West – Disproportionality Council  HB 826 by Guillen and Zaffirini- School Liaison

  8. Mental Wellbeing Failed to Pass: SB 681 by West Behavioral assessments  SB 219 by Nelson – Trauma-informed care  HB 3531 by Strama – Psychotropic medication monitoring  What was Eliminated: Systems of Care (TIFI) and Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG’s)

  9. New Laws for Kinship and Foster Caregivers SB 993 by Uresti and HB 848 by Guillen – Parental Child Safety Placements HB 2370 by Dukes – Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) 

  10. New Laws for Kinship and Foster Caregivers: Continued • HB 2560 by Sheffield – Concealed handguns for foster parents • HB 807 by Parker – 48 hour notice to caregivers

  11. Some New Laws on Judicial Aspects of CPS Cases • HB 3311 and HB 3314 by Carter – Attorney communication • SB 1026 by Harris – Representation of indigent parents • HB 2488 by Scott – Medical records for ad litem’s

  12. Judicial Aspects of CPS Cases- Continued • Failed to Pass • HB 1243 by Miller – Expedited termination for certain mothers • HB 436 by Parker – Foster parents filing suit • HB 835 by Parker – Relatives requesting custody • HB 435 by Parker – Absent fathers’ rights 

  13. New Laws for Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care • SB 218 by Nelson – Waives driver’s license fee’s • HB 452 by Lucio – Temporary college housing assistance • HB 2170 by Pena –Bill of Rights and Credit Reports • HB 3234 by Pena – Case recordsfor youth 

  14. Bills for Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care Failed to Pass SB 1724 by Zaffirini Tuition and fee waivers  HB 759 by West- Housing  Failed to Pass: SB 63 by Zaffirini (companion HB 1709 by Dukes)-Matched Savings Accounts

  15. Join Us Today! Partners in Child Protection Reform Our members help us secure better results for children and Texas. Membership is FREE for direct service organizations and government agencies. To continue our work, we need you at the table as a Texans Care member. www.txchildren.org/membership • Meets monthly at Texas Capitol • Facilitates communication between DFPS, providers, advocates, and the community • Open meeting for Information-sharing • All welcome • -

  16. Contact: Ashley R. Harris, MSSW aharris@txchildren.org Get the complete report online: www.txchildren.org