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On January 10, 2017, the Texas Legislature got back to work for Texans young and old, which means Texas CASA is also working hard to advocate for important child welfare bills and issues.

Below you will find information regarding bills that we are focused on championing through the legislative process, bills that we consider a high priority for the child protection system, and other bills we support. We will be updating this list frequently to notify the Texas CASA network regarding the status of each of these bills in the legislative process, and regarding other bills we think can create meaningful change for the children we advocate for.

Bills Championed by Texas CASA

SB 78 | Relating to the disposition of certain state surplus or salvage data processing equipment. 

Author: Sen. Nelson | Bill Summary 
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 1883 (Identical)

Names Texas CASA as a recipient for surplus or salvage computers from the state for use in foster homes or foster group homes.

Status: Considered in Business & Commerce public hearing on 3/21/17

HB 1556 | Relating to the appointment of foster parents and other qualified persons to serve as educational decision-makers for certain children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Mary González
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 1881 (Identical)

Authorizes a foster parent, or surrogate parent, the right to make decisions regarding their foster child’s education, unless prohibited from doing so by the court. Lists required duties and training for all school district appointed surrogate parents and foster parents for children receiving special education services.

Status: Referred to Public Education 3/20/17

HB 3561 | Relating to assistance for foster children, homeless children or youth, and unaccompanied youth.

Author: Klick
Sponsor: Pending

Would make the judge, the guardian ad litem, and the attorney ad litem responsible for identifying if a child in foster care is in a need of a certified birth certificate replacement, a social security card replacement, a health record, a driver’s license, and/or other personal documents or forms of identification. If the child is 16 years or older, this bill also requires proof of enrollment of the child in Medicaid and that the youth is provided with written information regarding benefits and opportunities for higher education.

Status: Filed 3/9/17

High Priority Bills for Texas CASA

SB 11 | Relating to the administration of services provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including foster care, child protective, and prevention and early intervention services. 

Author: Sen. Schwertner | Bill Summary 
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 914 (Identical)

Investigation consolidation to CPS, and the privatization of case management services from CPS to a third-party contract entity.

Status: House received bill from the Senate 3/2/17

SB 203 | Relating to removing the deadline for the Department of Family and Protective Services to enter into permanency care assistance agreements.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 511 (Identical)

Removes the deadline (Sunset Provision) for DFPS to enter into permanency care assistance agreements.

Status: Left pending in Health & Human Services committee 3/22/17

SB 1220 | Relating to ensuring continuity of education and access to higher education, career information, and skills certification for foster care youth and former foster care youth.

Author: Miles
Sponsor: Pending

This bill requires continuity of educational programs for homeless students or students in substitute care who transfer schools. Also proposes that DFPS collaborate with state and community resources to create a program that helps foster youth obtain high school diplomas, industry/trade certifications, career counseling, and information regarding tuition and fee waivers available to these students.

Status: Referred to Education 3/9/17

SB 1758 | Relating to requirements for the court in permanency hearings for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services who are receiving transitional living services.

Author: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 4168 (Identical)

Proposes DFPS shall work with outside stakeholders to develop a plan to standardize and improve the curriculum for the Preparation for Adult Living Program and ensure that youth 14 years of age or older enrolled in the program receive relevant and age-appropriate information and training.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 3/23/17

HB 511 | Relating to removing the deadline for the Department of Family and Protective Services to enter into permanency care assistance agreements.

Author: Rep. Sarah Davis | Bill Summary
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 203 (Identical)

Removes the deadline (Sunset Provision) for DFPS to enter into permanency care assistance agreements.

Status: Senate received from the House 3/20/17

HB 862 | Relating to the waiver of state identification fees for certain students.

Author: Bernal
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes to waive all fees for ID and driver’s license applications for homeless youth and youth in foster care.

Status: Referred to Transportation 3/22/17

HB 914 | Relating to the administration of services provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including foster care, child protective, and prevention and early intervention services. 

Author: Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 11 (Identical)

Investigation consolidation to CPS, and the privatization of case management services from CPS to a third-party contract entity.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/21/17

HB 1640 | Relating to the creation of a program to assist foster care youth and former foster care youth in accessing higher education, career information, and skills certifications.

Author: Vo
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 482 (Identical)

Proposes DFPS works with communities and foster care transition centers to create a program that helps those in foster care earn a high school diploma, helps them earn vocational certificate(s) for current high-demand jobs, provides career guidance, and helps them take advantage of college tuition and fee waivers.

Status: Referred to Human Services 3/6/17

HB 2335 | Relating to requiring training in trauma-based care for certain child-care workers and child protective services caseworkers.

Author: Miller, Rick
Sponsor: Pending

Requires DFPS to ensure that each CPS caseworker who interacts with children on a daily basis receives training in trauma-based care and would allow HHSC to require certain child services owners and operators to receive such training.

Status: Scheduled for Human Services public hearing on 3/27/17

HB 2361 | Relating to a study regarding the appointment and use of attorneys ad litem in cases involving the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Frank
Sponsor: Pending

Requires HHSC to study the appointment and use of attorneys ad item in cases involving DFPS. The study would focus on methods for appointing and oversight of these attorneys, qualifications and training requirements for these attorneys, duration and compensation of these appointments, pretrial and postural client satisfaction of these attorneys, workloads of these attorneys, and best practices of these attorneys. A final report would deliver statistical analysis and policy recommendations to the legislature. 

Status: Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 3/20/17

HB 3096 | Relating to the recruitment and evaluation of foster care providers and the placement of children with foster care providers.

Author: Burkett
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that in addition to foster care recruitment from faith-based organizations, DFPS will collaborate with current foster and adoptive parents to develop and implement a foster care provider recruitment plan, utilizing a web-based portal. The bill also expedites the evaluation of a potential child caregiver who has the ability to protect the child from abuse and neglect.

Status: Filed 3/7/17

Bills Supported by Texas CASA

SB 74 | Relating to the provision of certain behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and their families under a contract with a managed care organization. 

Author: Sen. Nelson | Bill Summary
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 1758 (Identical)

Targeted case management and psychiatric rehabilitative services for children or adolescents (and their families) who are at risk of juvenile justice involvement, expulsion from school, displacement from the home, hospitalization, residential treatment, or serious injury to self, others, or animals.

Status: Recommended for local and uncontested calendar 3/22/17; Committee report printed and distributed 3/22/17

SB 212 | Relating to the ability of certain relative caretakers of dependent children to receive supplemental financial assistance and be assigned as protective payees for financial assistance payments. 

Author: Sen. Menéndez
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 132 (Identical)

Opens One-Time Grandparent Grant up to aunts, uncles, or siblings of a dependent child residing with them and lowers the age requirement from 45 to 25 to receive such a grant.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 1/25/17

SB 469 | Relating to the duration of an appointment of a guardian ad litem or an attorney ad litem for a child in the conservatorship of DFPS. 

Author: Sen. West 
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 3109 (Identical)

Requires an attorney ad litem to be appointed for as long as a child remains in the conservatorship of DFPS.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 2/6/17

SB 495 | Relating to certain procedural measures in a suit affecting a parent-child relationship to protect a child against child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

Author: Sen. Uresti | Bill Summary 
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 1080 (Identical)

Places limits on who can live or have unsupervised visitation with a child monitored or in the care of DFPS, based on a person’s history of child abuse or neglect.

Status: House received from the Senate 3/23/17

SB 530 | Relating to the authorization of monetary assistance and support services for caregivers of children in parental child safety placements. 

Author: Sen. West 
Sponsor: Pending

Would allow DFPS to provide monetary assistance and other support services to caregivers of children in parental child safety placements, based on the needs of the caregiver and the child.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 2/8/17

SB 687 | Relating to the COLLECTION AND USE OF CERTAIN INFORMATION RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AND THE PROVISIONS OF PROTECTION AND EARLY INTERVENTION. 

Author: Sen. Uresti
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes the development and use of geographic risk modeling to identify areas at high risk for child maltreatment and death from abuse and neglect to target and implement early intervention in those areas. The model cannot be used to identify individuals or specific families at risk.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 2/15/17

SB 698 | Relating to certain duties of the Department of Family and Protective Services regarding parental child safety placements.

Author: Watson
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that before DFPS may close a case with a child still living in a parental child safety placement, DFPS must ensure that the parent or person who made the parental child safety placement and the caregiver have obtained any public benefits for which the child qualifies, including school enrollment, health insurance, child support or other social support income, identification cards and certificates, and other resources necessary to care for the child.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 2/15/17

SB 699 | Relating to the establishment of a kinship caregiver navigator program by the Health and Human Services Commission.

Author: Watson
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that the HHSC executive commissioner establish a statewide kinship caregiver navigator program that facilitates access to information and referrals to services for relatives and kinship caregivers of children.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 2/15/17

SB 780 | Relating to monetary assistance provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services to certain relatives and designated caregivers.

Author: West
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes DFPS reimburse relatives or other designated caregivers at least $500 annually for expenses made in the general care of the child.

Status: Scheduled for Health & Human Services public hearing on 3/14/17

SB 941 | Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age.

Author: Hughes
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 121 (Identical), HB 676 (Identical)

Proposes to include 17-year-olds under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, as well as to hear cases of 18-year-olds in juvenile court if the act being considered was committed before the child turned 18 years old.

Status: Referred to Criminal Justice 3/1/17

SB 948 | Relating to certain information provided to prospective adoptive parents by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Kolkhorst | Bill Summary
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes DFPS tell each person seeking to adopt a child from the Department whether or not the child has a sibling that has the right to file a suit for access to or visitation with the child.

Status: Left pending in Health & Human Services Committee 3/22/17

SB 1743 | Relating to transferring the Office for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities to The University of Texas at Austin.

Author: Zaffirini
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 3842

Proposes that the Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities be established under and administered by The University of Texas at Austin instead of HHSC.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 3/23/17

SB 1798 | Relating to the collection and reporting of child safety data in certain child-care facilities and establishing child safety standards in those facilities.

Author: West
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that data be collected in order to determine the variables that negatively impact child safety and to determine the standards necessary to reduce risk factors to children receiving care in non-residential child-care facilities. The data should be used to establish and implement new child safety standards in these facilities.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 3/23/17

SB 1806 | Relating to requiring the use of multidisciplinary teams appointed by children’s advocacy centers in certain child abuse investigations.

Author: Huffman
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes the use of a multidisciplinary team in all investigations of alleged child sexual abuse or other cases in the jurisdiction of children’s advocacy centers. This includes investigations of child fatalities where there are surviving children in the household or facility. The bill states that forensic interviews should be required unless not appropriate based on the child’s age or development.

Status: Referred to Health & Human Services 3/23/17

HB 4 | Relating to monetary assistance provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services to certain relatives or designated caregivers; creating a criminal offense; creating a civil penalty.

Author: Rep. Burkett | Bill Summary
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes monetary assistance brackets and disbursement for kinship parent caregivers. Makes it a felony for those who deceive the department to enter into a caregiver assistance agreement, which also includes a $1,000 civil penalty.

Status: Senate received bill from the House 3/6/17

HB 6 | Relating to the statewide implementation of community-based foster care by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Frank
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that DFPS contract with community-based, nonprofit entities to provide child welfare services, including providing direct case management to ensure child safety, permanency, and well-being, in accordance with state and federal welfare goals.

Status: Left pending in Human Services committee 3/6/17

HB 7 | RELATING TO THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES SUITS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

Author: Rep. Wu
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes the development of a statewide uniform DFPS Basic Family Service Plan to be filed with the court at each full adversary hearing, which emphasizes permanency care and lists the necessary parental actions needed for reunification or for the child to remain at home. This bill also proposes that the court review child placements that are not with relative or designated caregivers to see if these placements can be made.

Status: Scheduled for Human Services public hearing on 3/20/17; Left pending in committee 3/20/17

HB 39 | RELATING TO THE CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICE FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

Author: Rep. Wu
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that DFPS collaborate with local officials and resources to help foster youth obtain a high school diploma, work certifications, career guidance, and information regarding college tuition waivers; Proposes new guidelines regarding the initial medical and psychological assessment. Restricts public information available for current or former CPS/DFPS caseworkers and investigators; Proposes limitations and restrictions on caseloads as well as secondary-trauma training and support for DFPS caseworkers; Proposes the creation of a statewide best practices guide for CPS cases; Proposes ranking the risk of harm to children from abuse and neglect on a 1 to 10 scale; Proposes that DFPS establish more emergency child placement options.

Status: Scheduled for Human Services public hearing on 3/20/17; Left pending in committee 3/20/17

HB 132 | Relating to the ability of certain relative caretakers of dependent children to receive supplemental financial assistance and be assigned as protective payees for financial assistance payments. 

Author: Rep. Minjarez | Bill Summary
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 212 (Identical)

Opens one-time grandparent grant up to aunts, uncles, or siblings of a dependent child residing with them, and lowers the age requirement to receive such a grant from 45 to 25.

Status: Human Services Committee report sent to Calendars 3/10/17

HB 289 | Relating to protective orders for certain children who are victims of abuse or neglect. 

Author: Rep. Phelan
Sponsor: Pending

Permits DFPS to file an application for a protective order for a child’s protection. The application can be the Department’s initiative or a joint initiative with a relative or caregiver who has not abused or neglected the child and who does not have a history of abuse or neglect.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/20/17

HB 576  | Relating to medical examinations for certain children taken into possession by the Department of Family and Protective Services or another governmental entity.

Author: Rep. Mary Gonzáles
Sponsor: Pending

If a child is in the conservatorship of the state, then a physician must examine said child no later than the 30th day after the child was removed from their residence.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/20/17

HB 596 | Relating to the duration of an appointment of a guardian ad litem or an attorney ad litem for a child in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson
Sponsor: Pending

Requires an attorney ad litem to be appointed as long as the child remains in the conservatorship of the department.

Status: Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 2/20/17

HB 690 | Relating to a best practices guide for persons involved in child protective services cases. 

Author: Rep. Wu 
Sponsor: Pending

Requires DFPS to develop a best practices guide for caseworkers to be publicly shared online. The guide must include the stages of a CPS case, responsibilities of those involved, common terms, model timelines and procedures, and child and parent resources by service area. The guide should be designed to assist all individuals involved in a CPS case – parents, guardians, caseworkers, and judges included.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/27/17

HB 695 | Relating to the establishment of a caseload management system for child protective services caseworkers. 

Author: Rep. Wu | Bill Summary 
Sponsor: Pending

Assigns risk to cases and requires DFPS to determine optimal caseloads taking risk scores into account.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/27/17

HB 696 | Relating to information included in reports on caseloads for child protective services caseworkers. 

Author: Rep. Wu
Sponsor: Pending

Outlines standards for DFPS to use in measuring caseloads. Those standards include the number of children in the case, type of child placements, the number of placements involved, child care requirements, and level DFPS intervention required.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/27/17

HB 697 Relating to the inadmissibility of certain information in court as evidence of abuse or neglect of a child. 

Author: Rep. Wu 
Sponsor: Pending

Would disallow parent(s) voluntarily giving their children up, to the conservatorship of the state, be considered as evidence that said parent(s) abused or neglected the child.

Status: Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 2/28/17

HB 704 | Relating to the required submission by certain general residential operations of information requested by courts.

Author: Rep. Wu
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: HB 2601 (Duplicate)

Requires organizations that provide residential mental health treatment or services to a child in the managing conservatorship of the department to submit all information requested by the court in a timely manner.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/20/17

HB 750 | Relating to a court’s jurisdiction in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship over certain young people seeking special immigrant juvenile status and to child protective services caseworkers assigned to those young people. 

Author: Rep. Farrar
Sponsor: Pending

In cases involving undocumented minors, requires DFPS to assign caseworkers who have experience preparing applications for special immigrant juvenile status and legal permanent resident status.

Status: Scheduled for Juvenile Justice & Family Issues public hearing on 3/8/17; Left pending in committee 3/8/17

HB 834 | Relating to prohibiting certain actions regarding the rehoming of an adopted child; creating a criminal offense. 

Author: Rep. Parker
Sponsor: Pending

Makes unauthorized re-homing a 3rd-degree felony. “Rehoming” is defined as the placement of an adopted child in the permanent physical custody of a person who is not the child’s relative without prior court approval or the termination of the parent-child relationship.

Status: Withdrawn from Juvenile Justice & Family Issues public hearing schedule on 3/15/17

HB 871 | Relating to the provision of child and family services by the Department of Family and Protective Services. 

Author: Rep. Roberts
Sponsor: Pending

DFPS must cooperate with non-profits and faith-based groups in providing care to families in crisis. Prohibits DFPS from investigating a parent who requests information relating to child and family services that are available to families in crisis.

Status: Scheduled for Human Services public hearing on 3/13/17

HB 928 | Relating to assisting certain children who are in foster care or who have been adopted in the process of applying to institutions of higher education.

Author: Rep. White
Sponsor: Pending

Certain DFPS employees would be designated to assist foster children in the college admission process by providing specific information regarding tuition and fee waivers, helping school superintendents identify foster children in their district eligible for college tuition and fee waivers, providing assistance in applying for financial aid and scholarships, arranging college visits, and preparing and paying for college entrance exams.

Status: Referred to Human Services 2/21/17

HB 932 | Relating to the collection of information concerning the number of juvenile offenders committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department who have been in foster care.

Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 796 (Identical)

Requires the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to inquire from DFPS whether a juvenile offender is currently in foster care and/or how many times the child was previously in foster care. Texas Juvenile Justice must then deliver an annual report to state leadership with statistical information regarding information about the foster children in Texas Juvenile Justice over the past two years.

Status: Scheduled for Juvenile Justice & Family Issues public hearing on 3/22/17

HB 1080 | Relating to certain procedural measures in a suit affecting a parent-child relationship to protect a child against child neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

Author: Rep. Senfronia Thompson | Bill Summary 
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 495 (Identical)

Places limits on who can live or have unsupervised visitation with a child monitored or in the care of DFPS, based on a person’s history of child abuse or neglect.

Status: Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 2/23/17

HB 1478 | Relating to emergency placements of children by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: White
Sponsor: Pending

Would establish a registry of verified or licensed foster homes and group homes that can accept a child for an emergency placement up to 72 hours. Proposes that DFPS develop emergency placement procedures with these homes to increase the number of homes on the registry.

Status: Referred to Human Services 3/7/17

HB 1521 | Relating to the exchange of certain information between the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Author: White
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes an amendment to the Family Code, which would require DFPS and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to share any information critical to identifying and coordinating a youth’s care, improving a youth’s rehabilitation, or regarding community safety with each other.

Status: Referred to Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 3/9/17

HB 1549 | Relating to the provision of services by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including child protective services and prevention and early intervention services.

Author: Burkett | Raymond | Thompson, Senfronia | Price
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes changes in the following areas: Child fatality reviews, child placement decision-making, foster parent recruitment, child abuse and neglect prevention, and support for caseworkers.

Status: Scheduled for Human Services public hearing on 3/20/17

HB 1608 | Relating to creating a pilot program to provide summer internships for foster children.

Author: Minjarez
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes DFPS establish a summer internship pilot program for current and former foster youth who are 15 years old or older to provide them with the opportunity to develop marketable job skills and obtain professional work experience with a business, nonprofit, or government entity.

Status: Filed 2/7/17

HB 1970 | Relating to obtaining information from the child abuse and neglect central registry regarding certain individuals who have or will have direct contact with public school students.

Author: Krause
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that anyone who will have direct contact with a student have a criminal history check as well as check against the DFPS abuse & neglect central registry.

Status: Referred to Public Education 3/15/17

HB 2330 | Relating to information and services for foster children who are pregnant or minor parents.

Author: Dukes
Sponsor: Pending

Requires DFPS to collect information on foster children who are parents themselves, with a data summary published annually on the Department’s website. Also requires DFPS to provide foster children who are pregnant and/or parenting with information and support in providing a safe environment for the minor and their child.

Status: Referred to Human Services 3/20/17

HB 2331 | Relating to a pilot program to increase the financial independence of foster children who are transitioning to independent living.

Author: Dukes
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that DFPS initiate a pilot program to help foster children achieve financial security and independence as they transition out of the foster system by partnering with financial institutions to establish savings accounts for these children. Foster children would not be allowed to make a withdrawal from the account until one year after the first deposit was made or when the balance of the account equals or exceeds $2,000. The Department may partner with foundations to provide matching savings programs or savings incentives for these children.

Status: Referred to Human Services 3/22/17

HB 2601 | Relating to the required submission by certain general residential operations of information requested by courts.

Author: Farrar
Sponsor: Pending
Duplicate: HB 704 (Duplicate)

Requires organizations that provide residential mental health treatment or services to a child in the managing conservatorship of the Department to submit all information requested by the court in a timely manner.

Status: Referred to Human Services 3/21/17

HB 2879 | Relating to treatment and registration of juveniles adjudicated for a sexual offense.

Author: Dutton
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 1828 (Identical)

Proposes that if a court finds that a child engaged in delinquent sexual conduct, said child is not required to register as a sex offender when released from detention unless ordered, due to possession or distribution of child pornography, or sexual conduct or performance with a minor more than 2 years younger than the offender. Offenders required to register under Texas Family Code 54A must do so for 5 years after completed disposition and must complete sex offender treatment to the extent a designated treatment provider deems necessary.

Status: Filed 3/3/17

HB 3092 | Relating to prevention and early intervention services provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Burkett
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that the DFPS strategic plan include a growth strategy for providing peer-reviewed early intervention and prevention services for 50% of the highest-risk families that are eligible to receive home visiting and community-based programs, using geographic modeling to focus on helping those in most need. DFPS and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will perform efficiency reviews for effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses of the provided services.

Status: Filed 3/7/17

HB 3093 | Relating to the provision of family preservation services by the Department of Family and Protective Services to certain high-risk families.

Author: Burkett
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes that for the five zip codes with the highest numbers of high-risk families for child abuse and neglect, DFPS will implement an evidence-based program that utilizes frequent and specialized in-home visits to improve family preservation and chances for reunification.

Status: Filed 3/7/17

HB 3094 | Relating to the creation of the Prevention Advisory Board in the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Burkett
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes the creation of a DFPS Prevention Advisory Board established to promote public awareness of child welfare and make recommendations to HHSC, DSHS, DFPS, and Texas lawmakers. The Board is tasked with collaborating with state agencies, researching current and prospective practices, maximizing funding sources, and expanding evidence-based programs and other practices to reduce child abuse and neglect.

Status: Filed 3/7/17

HB 3098 | Relating to secondary trauma support, case assignment, and caseload management for child protective services caseworkers.

Author: Burkett
Sponsor: Pending

Proposes designated after-hours DFPS employees to investigate and respond to reports of child abuse and neglect. DFPS will also develop and implement a caseload management system to ensure appropriate and equitable caseloads, as well as a program to provide ongoing support to caseworkers who experience secondary trauma in the course of DFPS employment.

Status: Filed 3/7/17

HB 3477 | Relating to prohibited adverse employment action against an employee who in good faith reports child abuse or neglect.

Author: Neave
Sponsor: Pending
Companion: SB 2181 (Identical)

Proposes that an employer may not take adverse employment action against an employee who reports child abuse and neglect to management and/or authorities; allows said employee to sue if adverse employment action occurs.

Status: Filed 3/8/17

HB 3750 | Relating to a pilot program to recruit young adults as foster parents.

Author: Giddings
Sponsor: Pending

Establishes a pilot program to recruit young adult caregivers between 21 and 36 years of age to work with children who are 14 years of age or older. DFPS will appoint a full-time employee with experience working with youth at least 14 years old to offer assistance to these young adult caregivers and to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. DFPS will report the findings of the proposed one-year program, starting on January 1, 2018, to state leadership no later than December 31, 2018.

Status: Filed 3/9/17