HHSC, DFPS Release LARs for 2020-2021 Biennium

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted an exceptional item budget request as part of its Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for a combined $4 million per year for CASA and Children’s Advocacy Center programs statewide. This is $2 million in additional funding for both CASA and CAC. Texas CASA had submitted a request for $2.25 million in additional funding for CASA programs for the FY 2020-2021 state budget, so the HHSC proposal is a good starting point as the legislature begins its long process to develop a two-year budget for the biennium.

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has also published the Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for Fiscal Years 2020-2021. The baseline request for FY 2020-21 totals $4.2 billion in all funds ($2.4 billion in state funds), a net increase of $53.8 million. This is a 12.9-percent increase compared to projected 2018-19 expenditures and includes increases to staffing, four additional catchment areas for Community Based Care, secondary trauma funding and more. Review the full LAR.

Please contact Public Affairs Executive Director Andy Homer at [email]ahomer@texascasa.org[/email] with any questions.