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Below you will find information regarding bills that we are championing throughout the legislative session, bills that we consider a high priority for the child protection system, and other bills we support.

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Bills Championed by Texas CASA

HB 72 | Relating to the continuation of Medicaid benefits provided to certain children adopted from the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. WhiteBill Summary 

Companion: SB 1493

Allows adoptive parents to opt into STAR Health Medicaid for their child if the youth has a chronic health condition. Establishes a program that protects the continuity of care for each child and ensures the child receives their health benefits.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 123 | Relating to personal identification documents for foster children or youth, homeless children or youth, and unaccompanied youth.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 481

Allows for foster children, homeless youth, and unaccompanied minors ages 18-21 to receive a copy of their birth certificate without requiring parental consent or any fee. Also grants fee waivers for foster children, homeless youth, and unaccompanied minors when applying for a Driver’s License or ID.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 811 | Relating to determining appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against a public school student who is in foster care or who is homeless.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary 

Companion: SB 424

Requires public schools to consider whether a child is experiencing homelessness or in foster care when taking disciplinary action.

Status: Effective immediately

HB 1702 | Relating to services provided for students at public institutions of higher education who were formerly in foster care.

Author: Rep. Howard | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1357

Requires liaison officers at institutions of higher education who assist students formerly in foster care to obtain the names and information of all current and incoming students who were previously in the conservatorship of the Department. The bill requires the liaison to provide these students with information about support services available to them on campus. The liaison officer may participate in relevant training that serves to better assist children formerly in foster care.

Status: Effective immediately

HB 1709 | Relating to the appointment of a surrogate parent for certain children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Gonzalez | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 2399

Requires school districts to notify DFPS if a surrogate parent has been appointed to child with disabilities who is in the conservatorship of the DFPS. Clarifies that if the school district determines that a court-appointed surrogate parent is not properly performing their required duties, the district shall consult with DFPS. If DFPS agrees with the school district that the court-appointed surrogate parent is unable or unwilling to act in the surrogate parent capacity, DFPS must request the court review the appointment of the individual.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 1846 | Relating to age-appropriate normalcy activities for children in the managing conservatorship of the state.

Author: Rep. Klick | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1660

Requires the court to review the DFPS’s efforts to ensure the child has regular, ongoing opportunities to engage in age-appropriate normalcy activities following a permanency hearing.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 3379 | Relating to the Preparation for Adult Living Program and other services for foster children transitioning to independent living.

Author: Rep. Klick | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 480

Omnibus bill aimed at improving services and supports for older and transitioning youth. The bill is based on recommendations from the DFPS SB 1758 Workgroup. It ensures 14- and 15-year-old children in foster care have access to supports sooner to help their transition to independent living. Requires changes in policy that would help 17-year-olds understand the medications they are taking, ensure more youth have stable housing secured before exiting care, and more.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 4138 | Relating to the process for determining the Medicaid eligibility of certain former foster care youth.

Author: Rep. Klick | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 2110

Creates streamlined process for determining a youth’s eligibility for Medicaid. This process would provide for the automatic enrollment and recertification of eligible youth formerly in foster care. This bill is designed to prevent any unnecessary disruption of Medicaid benefits for youth who age out of care.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

SB 424 | Relating to determining appropriate disciplinary action to be taken against a public school student who is in foster care or who is homeless.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 811

Requires public schools to consider whether a child is experiencing homelessness or in foster care when taking disciplinary action.

Status: Not again placed on Senate Intent Calendar

SB 480 | Relating to the Preparation for Adult Living Program and other services for foster children transitioning to independent living.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 3379

Coauthor: Zaffirini

Omnibus bill aimed at improving services and supports for older and transitioning youth. The bill is based on recommendations from the DFPS SB 1758 Workgroup. It ensures 14- and 15-year-old children in foster care have access to supports sooner to help their transition to independent living. Requires changes in policy would help 17-year-olds understand the medications they are taking, ensure more youth have stable housing secured before exiting care, and more.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 481 | Relating to personal identification documents for foster children or youth, homeless children or youth, and unaccompanied youth.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 987 & HB 123

Allows for children in foster care, youth experiencing homelessness and unaccompanied minors ages 18-21 to receive a copy of their birth certificate without requiring parental consent or any fee. Also grants fee waivers for these children and youth when applying for a Driver’s License or ID.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1333 | Relating to duties of the Department of Family and Protective Services to provide training regarding trauma-informed programs and services.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Requires DFPS to undertake an administrative rulemaking to define trauma, trauma-informed care, and possibly other related terms. This bill is based on recommendations made in the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma-Informed Care’s Blueprint.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1357 | Relating to services provided for students at public institutions of higher education who were formerly in foster care.

Author: Sen Hancock | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1702

Requires that liaison officers at institutions of higher education that assist students formerly in foster care to obtain the names and information of all current and incoming students that were previously in the conservatorship of the Department. The bill requires the liaison to provide these students with information about support services available to them on campus. The liaison officer may participate in relevant training that serves to better assist children formerly in foster care.

Status: Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee

SB 1493 | Relating to the provision of Medicaid benefits to certain children adopted from the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Sen. Paxton | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 72

Allows adoptive parents to opt into STAR Health Medicaid for their child if the youth has a chronic health condition. Establishes a program that protects the continuity of care for each child and ensures the child receives their health benefits.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1535 | Relating to a complaint made by a foster child or youth.

Author: Sen. Menendez | Bill Summary

Requires better communication between DFPS and Child Care Licensing and the Foster Care Ombudsman (FCO) and requires Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs) under Community Based Care to give the FCO access to internal records outside of the DFPS IMPACT system. Also requires the FCO to inform the SSCC of the results of any investigation involving a provider in the SSCC’s catchment area and prohibits SSCCs from using the name “ombudsman” to describe their internal complaint lines.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

SB 1660 | Relating to age-appropriate normalcy activities for children in the managing conservatorship of the state.

Author: Sen. Zaffirini | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1846

Requires the court to review DFPS’s efforts to ensure the child has regular, ongoing opportunities to engage in age-appropriate normalcy activities following a permanency hearing.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 2110 | Relating to the process for determining the Medicaid eligibility of certain former foster care youth.

Author: Sen Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 4138

Creates streamlined process for determining a youth’s eligibility for Medicaid. This process would provide for the automatic enrollment and recertification of eligible youth formerly in foster care. This bill is designed to prevent any unnecessary disruption of Medicaid benefits for youth that age out of care.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 2399 | Relating to the appointment of a surrogate parent for certain children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Sen. Menéndez | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1709

Requires school districts to notify DFPS if a surrogate parent has been appointed to child with disabilities who is in the conservatorship of the DFPS. Clarifies that if the school district determines that a court-appointed surrogate parent is not properly performing their required duties, the district shall consult with DFPS. If DFPS agrees with the school district that the court-appointed surrogate parent is unable or unwilling to act in the surrogate parent capacity, DFPS must request the court review the appointment of the individual.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

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High Priority Bills for Texas CASA

Hb 53 | Relating to the transitional living services program for certain youth in foster care.

Author: Rep. Minjarez| Bill Summary

Adds topics to be covered under Preparation for Adult Living requirements. Requires PAL to include lessons concerning insurance, taxes and voting.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 344 | Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age.

Author: Rep. Dutton | Bill Summary

Defines a child as a person between the ages of 10 and 18 instead of ages 10 to 17 for the purposes of criminal responsibility.

Status: Considered in House Calendars Committee

HB 473 | Relating to the Department of Family and Protective Services reporting certain information regarding youth in the managing conservatorship of the department who are pregnant or who are parents.

Author: Rep. Howard | Bill Summary

Improves the reporting requirements for pregnant and parenting foster youth. Requires the Department of Family and Protective Services to report information concerning the number of pregnant children, the number of children who have given birth and whether the child and parents are placed together.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 474 | Relating to a Department of Family and Protective Services plan to address the substitute care capacity needs in certain department regions.

Author: Rep. Howard | Bill Summary

Adds placements for pregnant and parenting youth to the required capacity needs assessment.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 475 | Relating to information for foster children who are pregnant or minor parents.

Author: Rep. Howard | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1290

Requires DFPS to provide parenting information to parenting and pregnant foster youth.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 1189 | Relating to the discharge by certain defendants of fines and costs through community service.

Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson | Bill Summary

Prohibits justices and judges from imposing fines on defendants who are under the conservatorship of DFPS or in extended foster care. If fines are unable to be waived, the justice or judge can require the defendant to perform community service to discharge the unwaived amount of the fine.

Status: Considered in House Calendars Committee

HB 2926 | Relating to the establishment of the family first prevention services task force.

Author: Rep Hinojosa | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 951

Establishes a family first prevention services task force to assess the readiness of this state to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act by 2021.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 3370 | RELATING TO THE INVESTIGATION OF A COMPLAINT MADE BY A FOSTER CHILD OR YOUTH AND THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION.

Author: Rep. Deshotel | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1347

Requires the office of the ombudsman to notify any youth who have filed a complaint to the ombudsman’s office about the outcome of their investigation, and requires the foster care ombudsman to report to DFPS on their investigations monthly.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 3390 | Relating to identifying relative and other designated caregivers for children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Scott Sanford | Bill Summary

Requires guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem, and CPS caseworkers to ask children, in a developmentally appropriate way, about any adult who could be a caregiver for the child. Also requires judges to ensure that children and youth are being asked about the relationships in their lives at every permanency hearing.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 3393 | Relating to the eligibility of foster children to receive college credit for completing the Preparation for Adult Living Program.

Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson | Bill Summary

Establishes a work group within the Department to develop a plan to ensure that youth formerly in care who complete the Preparation for Adult Living Program are able to receive college credit for completing the program.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 4267 | Relating to requirements for a juvenile’s appearance in a judicial proceeding.

Author: Rep. Wu | Bill Summary

Allows children residing in detention or correctional facilities to wear their personal clothing instead of their detention center uniform during judicial proceedings. Also prohibits the use of physical restraints on children during judicial proceedings unless necessary to prevent harm to self or others.

Status: Committee report sent to House Local & Consent Calendar

HB 4268 | Relating to the age of criminal responsibility and to certain substantive and procedural matters related to that age.

Author: Rep. Wu | Bill Summary

Defines a child as a person between the ages of 10 and 18 instead of ages 10 to 17 for the purposes of criminal responsibility.

Status: Referred to House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee

HB 4606 | Relating to youth diversion programs for children accused of certain fine-only offenses and related criminal justice matters; authorizing and imposing fees.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 2242

Creates youth diversion programs for children who allegedly engaged in conduct that constitutes a Class C misdemeanor. Requires a youth diversion plan for the child that describes the types of diversion strategies that will be imposed.

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee

SB 951 | Relating to the establishment of the family first prevention services task force.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 2926

Establishes a family first prevention services task force to assess the readiness of this state to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act by 2021.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1347 | Relating to the investigation of a complaint made by a foster child or youth and the results of the investigation.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 3370

Requires the office of the ombudsman to notify any youth who have filed a complaint to the ombudsman’s office about the outcome of their investigation, and requires the foster care ombudsman to report to DFPS on their investigations monthly.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 2242 | Relating to youth diversion programs for children accused of certain fine-only offenses and related criminal justice matters; authorizing and imposing fees.

Author: Rep. Whitmire | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 4606

Creates youth diversion programs for children who allegedly engaged in conduct that constitutes a Class C misdemeanor. Requires a youth diversion plan for the child that describes the types of diversion strategies that will be imposed.

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee

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Bills Supported by Texas CASA

HB 18 | RELATING TO CONSIDERATION OF THE MENTAL HEALTH OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN TRAINING REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS, COUNSELING PROGRAMS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, STATE AND REGIONAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR STUDENTS AND TO MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID PROGRAM TRAINING AND REPORTING REGARDING LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL.

Author: Rep. Price | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 913

Requires certain school employees to receive trauma-informed and grief-informed care training to better serve students dealing with substance use disorders and other behavioral health challenges. Also encourages best practice methods for training, such as positive behavior interventions and support. Additionally, this bill would require appropriate mental health education for students according to grade level.

Status: Effective on 12/1/2019

HB 45 | Relating to creating a mentor program for foster youth.

Author: Rep. Minjarez | Bill Summary

Requires DFPS to work with community based organizations to establish a mentor program to serve youth age 14 and older who are in foster care.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 65 | Relating to reporting information regarding public school disciplinary actions.

Author: Rep. Johnson | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 304

Requires schools to track and report information concerning out-of-school suspensions. This is in addition to reporting expulsions and disciplinary alternative education program placements.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 99 | Relating to measures to assist students enrolled at public institutions of higher education who are homeless or who were formerly in foster care.

Author: Rep. González | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 331

Requires liaison officers at institutions of higher education who assist students formerly in foster care to also assist students who are currently homeless. Furthermore, this bill requires institutions of higher education to give housing placement priority to students who are experiencing homelessness. The bill also requires the liaison to participate in a professional development program to best assist this population.

Status: Referred to House Higher Education Committee

HB 141 | Relating to minimum education requirements for child protective services caseworkers.

Author: Rep. González | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 255

Requires DFPS to hire caseworkers with at least a bachelor’s degree in social work.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 314 | Relating to use of compensatory education allotment funding to provide assistance to students at risk of dropping out of school who are pregnant or who are parents and to reporting through the Public Education Information Management System.

Author: Rep. Howard | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 2391

Allocates funds for young students for child care. Also adds pregnancy as a reason why a student decides to withdraw from public school on the Public Education Information Management System.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

HB 323 | Relating to an exemption for a foster child from the payment of a fee for the issuance of a personal identification certificate.

Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson | Bill Summary

Grants a fee waiver for foster youth seeking an ID.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 576 | Relating to providing financial assistance to certain persons who care for a child under a parental child safety placement; creating a criminal offense; creating a civil penalty.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary

Provides monetary assistance to low-income parental child safety placements. Caregivers that have a family income equal to or less than 300% of the federal poverty level are eligible.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 692 | Relating to the suspension of a student who is homeless from public school.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1001

Prohibits public schools from sending homeless youth to out-of-school suspension.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 822 | Relating to addressing adverse childhood experiences and developing a strategic plan to address those experiences.

Author: Rep. Parker | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1353

Requires state agencies to develop a strategic plan to address and prevent adverse childhood experiences.

Status: Referred to House Public Health Committee

HB 873 | Relating to behavior improvement plans and behavioral intervention plans for certain public school students and notification requirements regarding certain behavior management techniques.

Author: Rep. Allen | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 664

Requires annual assessment of behavioral improvement and intervention plans to address any changes in the student’s circumstances and requires notice to parents when a child with a BIP is disciplined.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

HB 941 | Relating to a child-care facility database on the Health and Human Services Commission’s Internet website.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary

Requires the establishment of a searchable database on the Health and Human Services Commission website that provides information on licensed child-care facilities.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 988 | Relating to employee caseload limit goals for child and adult protective services and child-care licensing services and call processing goals for certain of those services.

Author: Rep. Walle | Bill Summary

Sets caseload limits for specific caseworkers working on child protective services and adult protective services cases. Also adds a limit to child-care licensing inspectors’ caseloads. Furthermore, this bill requires the DFPS abuse and neglect hotline to maintain low hold times and low call abandonment rates.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 1113 | Relating to state contract limitations and programs for sex trafficking prevention and victim treatment.

Author: Rep. Davis | Bill Summary

Establishes a program that aims to improve the quality and accessibility of care available to survivors of child sex trafficking. The program shall be a collaborative effort between the Child Sex Trafficking Prevention Unit and a health-related institution of higher education. Also establishes a grant program for municipalities and local law enforcement agencies.

Status: Placed on Senate Intent Calendar

HB 1162 | 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 | Bill Summary

Requires courts to provide a guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem for a child for the entire time the child remains in the conservatorship of the Department.

Status: Left pending in House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee

HB 1224 | Relating to notice to the Department of Family and Protective Services that a foster child has been arrested.

Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary

Requires peace officers or a person that has custody of an arrested child to notify and make a report to DFPS if the child is in foster care. Also requires DFPS to develop procedures to review reports of arrested children and provide services to ensure the child’s best interests are being represented.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 1292 | Relating to statewide initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health for women with opioid use disorder.

Author: Rep. Price | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 436

Requires the Department of Health & Human Services to develop and implement initiatives to improve screening procedures to better identify and care for women with opioid use disorder. The initiatives must be aimed at improving continuity of care, optimizing healthcare for pregnant women with opioid dependency issues and increasing access to medicine assisted treatment facilities for pregnant women.

Status: Referred to House Public Health Committee

HB 1295 | Relating to early childhood intervention and rehabilitative and habilitative services.

Author: Rep. Davis | Bill Summary

Requires the managed care organization that provides health care to recipients of STAR Health to review recipients for Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECI) and monitor their ability to access to Early Childhood Intervention Services. Also establishes an ombudsman’s office for children receiving ECI.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 1448 | Relating to the creation of the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium.

Author: Rep. Zerwas et al. | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 10

Establishes the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium to enhance the state’s ability to address mental health care needs. The TMHCC would be composed of 12 health-related institutions of higher education in Texas.

Status: Referred to House Public Health Committee

HB 1598 | Relating to an initiative to increase the capacity of local mental health authorities to provide access to mental health services in certain counties.

Author: Rep. Lambert | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 633

Requires local mental health authority groups in rural communities to develop a mental health services development plan. The aim of this plan is to increase access to needed mental health services in rural communities.

Status: Referred to House Public Health Committee

HB 1626 | Relating to an emergency services coordinator for the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Hernandez | Bill Summary

Designates an emergency services coordinator to DFPS that serves to prepare for and react to any natural disaster or emergency situation impacting children and youth in foster care.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 1669 | Relating to a comprehensive plan for increasing and improving the workforce in this state that serves persons with mental health and substance use issues.

Author: Rep. Lucio III | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 429

Requires the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council to develop and implement a plan to strengthen the workforce serving those with mental health disorders and substance use issues.

Status: Returned from the House

HB 1884 | Relating to the information provided to relative and other designated caregivers of children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Minjarez | Bill Summary

Requires the department to inform the designated caregiver or relative of a child of the information necessary to become verified by a licensed child-placing agency to operate an agency foster home and information concerning the permanency care assistance program.

Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 1907 | Relating to training for certain individuals who provide care for or services to children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Howard | Bill Summary

Requires the Department, in collaboration relevant stakeholders, to develop a training program for foster parents, adoptive parents, and, kinship caregivers on the best methods for communicating with children in DFPS conservatorship about issues regarding sexual health and well-being. Another training will be developed for guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem, CASAs, and judges on this topic. Also requires CPS caseworkers to receive training on age-appropriate and trauma-informed methods of communicating with children about reproductive health and healthy relationships.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 1916 | Relating to requiring evidence-based trauma training for certain attorneys.

Author: Rep. Miller | Bill Summary

Requires attorneys that are appointed to children in child protection cases to complete training regarding trauma-informed care and the effect of trauma on children in the conservatorship of DFPS.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

HB 2184 | Relating to a public school student’s transition from an alternative education program to a regular classroom.

Author: Rep. Allen & Rep. White | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1155

Creates requirements for alternative education programs and public schools to follow when a child is released from an alternative education program. The measures are to ensure a smooth and successful transition for children coming back to school.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 2229 | Relating to a report of information concerning juvenile offenders committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department who have been in foster care.

Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson | Bill Summary

Requires each member of the legislature to receive a copy of the report provided to the governor biennially that contains data concerning the number and percentage of children in the custody of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. This bill would also make this report available to the public on the Department’s website.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 2614 | Relating to a pilot program to increase the financial independence of foster children who are transitioning to independent living.

Author: Rep. Cole | Bill Summary

Establishes a pilot program to assist children in foster care in achieving financial security and independence as the children transition to independent living.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 2688 | Relating to the creation of a specialty treatment court for certain individuals residing with a child who is the subject of a juvenile court case.

Author: Rep. Metcalf | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 997

Grants counties the authority to establish a juvenile family drug court program. This program would be for youth experiencing substance use disorder and would integrate a treatment program to case proceedings.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

HB 2740 | Relating to providing certain public and private school administrators with information regarding certain child abuse and neglect investigations and allegations.

Author: Rep. Meyer | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1231

Requires DFPS to notify the director of a private or charter school if the Department determines that an abuse or neglect investigation involves an employee of the school.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

HB 2813 | Relating to the statewide behavioral health coordinating council.

Author: Rep. Price | Bill Summary

Establishes a statewide behavioral health coordinating council to create a statewide strategic approach to behavioral health services. The council would be composed of various government agencies, health-related institutions of higher education, and several state board medical examiners.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 2866 | Relating to certain investigation and evaluation information regarding certain child-care facilities, homes, and programs.

Author: Rep. Deshotel | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 705

Details procedural rules for the Department once an investigation reveals that abuse or neglect resulted in a child’s death or a child’s near fatality at a child-care facility. This bill would require the Department to report including whether the facility was licensed, a summary of previous abuse or neglect reports, a summary of previous licensing violations, and records of any training completed by the facility. Also requires the inspection information database for child-care facilities to include information on any violation of the child-care center that relates to sexual abuse. Furthermore, this bill would require the child-care facility to provide written notice of a sexual abuse violation to each parent or legal guardian of a child at the facility.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

HB 3010 | Relating to a fee exemption for trafficking victims for certain personal identification documents.

Author: Rep. Ramos | Bill Summary

Grants fee waivers to survivors of trafficking when obtaining a birth record, state ID or Driver’s License.

Status: Referred to House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

HB 3192 | Relating to standards for expulsion policies of certain child-care facilities.

Author: Rep. Hinojosa | Bill Summary

Recommends that child-care facilities take multiple steps prior to expelling a child from the facility. The bill strongly recommends that child-care facilities draft a policy on expulsion that provides staff with procedures to follow when providing care to children with behavioral issues and communicating with the child’s family or caregiver.

Status: No action taken in House Human Services Committee

HB 3277 | Relating to the sealing of juvenile records.

Author: Rep. Wu | Bill Summary

Requires juvenile court records and files to be sealed if the allegations of delinquent conduct against a juvenile are found to be false. Also expedites the process for automatic court record sealing for eligible youth.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

HB 3613 | Relating to the office of minority statistics and engagement in the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Rep. Rose | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 487

Establishes an Office of Minority Statistics and Engagement within DFPS to address disproportionality in the child welfare system and provide recommendations for preventing and addressing disproportionality.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 3614 | Relating to caseworker visitation standards for certain child protective services caseworkers.

Author: Rep. Rose | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1948

Requires caseworkers to conduct monthly visitations with children in the conservatorship of the Department. Also requires caseworkers to complete an assessment during the visit that documents the child’s safety, the forms of discipline used in the placement, and a review of the child’s mental, medical, dental, and educational progress.

Status: Received in the Senate

HB 3718 | Relating to a trauma-informed care policy for school districts and open-enrollment charter schools and training regarding the policy for district and school employees.

Author: Rep. González | Bill Summary

Requires school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to include in their district improvements plans a trauma-informed care policy. Also requires those entities to provide training regarding those policies to district and school employees.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

HB 3746 | Relating to access to certain health records and information by certain individuals regarding a child placed in foster care.

Author: Rep. Krause | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1095

Ensures that foster parents have medical history records for children with complex medical needs.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 3786 | Relating to establishing family drug courts in counties.

Author: Rep. Coleman | Bill Summary

Requires counties that have not adopted family drug courts to study the potential effects of creating a family drug court in the county.

Status: Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee

HB 3800 | Relating to required reporting of human trafficking cases by peace officers and prosecutors.

Author: Rep. Thompson | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 1920

Requires peace officers who investigate human trafficking offenses to prepare and submit a written report that includes the offense being investigated, description of the alleged prohibited conduct, and identifying data of each person suspected of the crime and each potential victim of the offense.

Status: Sent to the Governor

HB 4183 | Relating to addressing adverse childhood experiences and developing a strategic plan to address those experiences.

Author: Rep. Parker | Bill Summary

Requires state agencies to develop a strategic plan to address and prevent adverse childhood experiences.

Status: Left pending in Senate Health & Human Services Committee

HB 4261 | Relating to the regulation of child-care facilities and family homes; providing administrative penalties.

Author: Rep. Bonnen | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 568

Outlines different penalties for childcare facility violations such as abuse, neglect or failure to report incidents to a parent or guardian. Also creates a safety training account to provide funds for safety training materials for licensed childcare facilities.

Status: Left pending in House Human Services Committee

HB 4263 | Relating to developing a strategic plan to ensure the provision of prevention and early intervention services complies with federal law.

Author: Rep. Klick | Bill Summary

Companion: SB 355

Requires DFPS to develop a strategic plan for implementing prevention programs that comply with the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act.

Status: Referred to House Human Services Committee

HB 4354 | Relating to prevention and early intervention programs and practices.

Author: Rep. Phelan | Bill Summary

Grants DFPS the ability to award grants to increase the availability of prevention and early intervention services based on a community’s needs assessment. General clean-up bill to correct the names of programs and departments within the Prevention and Early Intervention Division at DFPS.

Status: No action taken in House Human Services Committee

SB 10 | Relating to the creation of the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium.

Author: Sen. Nelson et al. | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1448

Establishes the Texas Mental Health Care Consortium to enhance the state’s ability to address mental health care needs. The TMHCC would be composed of 12 health-related institutions of higher education in Texas.

Status: Amended onto SB 11, which has been sent to the Governor

SB 98 | Relating to the eligibility of a relative or other designated caregiver of a foster child for monetary assistance.

Author: Rep. Menéndez | Bill Summary

Removes the requirement for kinship caregivers to be licensed to receive payment.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 255 | Relating to minimum education requirements for child protective services caseworkers.

Author: Sen. Rodriguez | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 141

Requires DFPS to only hire CPS caseworkers with a bachelor’s degree. Preference shall be given to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in social work or those holding an advanced degree in social work.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 304 | Relating to reporting and disseminating information regarding public school disciplinary actions.

Author: Sen. Miles | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 65

Requires public schools to track suspensions and provide demographic information in addition to the reason for the suspension and time suspended.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

SB 331 | Relating to measures to assist students enrolled at public institutions of higher education who are homeless or who were formerly in foster care.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 99

Requires liaison officers at institutions of higher education who assist students formerly in foster care to also assist students who are currently homeless. Furthermore, this bill requires institutions of higher education to give housing placement priority to students who are experiencing homelessness. The bill also requires the liaison to participate in a professional development program to best assist this population.

Status: Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee

SB 333 | Relating to the appointment of an attorney ad litem for a child in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Requires an attorney ad litem to be appointed to a child in long-term foster care.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 355 | Relating to developing a strategic plan to ensure the provision of prevention and early intervention services complies with federal law.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 4263

Calls for DFPS to develop a strategic plan for implementing prevention programs that comply with the Federal Family First Prevention Services Act.

Status: Sent to the Governor

SB 429 | Relating to a comprehensive plan for increasing and improving the workforce in this state to serve persons with mental health and substance use issues.

Author: Sen. Lucio | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1669

Requires the Statewide Behavioral Health Coordinating Council to develop and implement a plan to strengthen the workforce serving those with mental health disorders and substance use issues.

Status: Placed on House General State Calendar

SB 436 | Relating to statewide initiatives to improve maternal and newborn health for women with opioid use disorder.

Author: Sen. Nelson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1292

Requires the Department of Health & Human Services to develop and implement initiatives to improve screening procedures to better identify and care for women with opioid use disorder. Includes improving continuity of care, optimizing healthcare for pregnant women with opioid dependency issues and increasing access to medicine-assisted treatment facilities for pregnant women.

Status: Sent to the Governor

SB 487 | Relating to the office of minority statistics and engagement in the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 3613

Establishes an Office of Minority Statistics and Engagement within DFPS to address disproportionality in the welfare system and provide recommendations for preventing and addressing disproportionality.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 488 | Relating to required training regarding childhood trauma for judges who hear cases involving certain children and requirements for a juvenile’s appearance in a judicial proceeding.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Requires judges that hear cases with children in foster care to receive training concerning childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences. Additionally, this bill allows for children residing in detention or correctional facilities to wear their personal clothing instead of the detention center uniform during judicial proceedings. Furthermore, this bill prohibits the use of physical restraints on children during judicial proceedings unless necessary to prevent harm to self or others.

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee

SB 538 | Relating to the issuance of a driver’s license or personal identification certificate to a youth experiencing homelessness.

Author: Sen. Johnson | Bill Summary

Provides a fee waiver to youth experiencing homelessness applying for a driver’s license or personal identification certificate. The youth is required to provide a notarized affidavit to receive fee waiver.

Status: Left pending in Senate Transportation Committee

SB 568 | Relating to the Regulation of Child-care Facilities and family homes; providing administrative penalties.

Author: Sen. Huffman | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 4261

Outlines different penalties for childcare facility violations such as abuse, neglect or failure to report incidents to a parent or guardian. Also creates a safety training account to provide funds for safety training materials for licensed childcare facilities.

Status: Sent to the Governor

SB 633 | Relating to an initiative to increase the capacity of local mental health authorities to provide access to mental health services in certain counties.

Author: Sen. Kolkhorst | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 1598

Requires local mental health authority groups in rural communities to develop a mental health services development plan. The aim of this plan is to increase access to needed mental health services in rural communities.

Status: Sent to the Governor

SB 664 | Relating to behavior improvement plans and behavioral intervention plans for certain public school students and notification requirements regarding certain behavior management techniques.

Author: Sen. Menéndez | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 873

Requires annual assessment of behavioral improvement and intervention plans (BIP) to address any changes in the student’s circumstances and requires notice to parents when a child with a BIP is disciplined.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

SB 705 | Relating to certain investigation and evaluation information regarding certain child-care facilities, homes, and programs.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 2866

Details procedural rules for the Department once an investigation reveals that abuse or neglect resulted in a child’s death or a child’s near fatality at a child-care facility. This bill would require the Department to report including whether the facility was licensed, a summary of previous abuse or neglect reports, a summary of previous licensing violations, and records of any training completed by the facility. Also requires the inspection information database for child-care facilities to include information on any violation of the child-care center that relates to sexual abuse. Furthermore, this bill would require the child-care facility to provide written notice of a sexual abuse violation to each parent or legal guardian of a child at the facility.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

SB 821 | Relating to children’s advocacy centers.

Author: Sen. Nelson | Bill Summary

Requires children’s advocacy centers to adopt a multidisciplinary team working protocol that outlines the center’s mission statement, the roles of participating agencies, and the agency’s commitment to the center.

Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 856 | Relating to the establishment of the student mental health division within the Texas Education Agency.

Author: Sen. Lucio | Bill Summary

Establishes a student mental health division within the Texas Education Agency to develop and administer a plan to promote the academic success of students with mental health needs. Additionally, the goal of this division is to strengthen local and statewide school-community partnerships with community-based mental health service providers and relevant state agencies.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

SB 997 | Relating to the creation of a specialty treatment court for certain individuals residing with a child who is the subject of a juvenile court case.

Author: Sen. Creighton | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 2688

Grants counties the authority to establish a juvenile family drug court program. This program would be for youth experiencing substance use disorder and would integrate a treatment program into case proceedings.

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee

SB 1001 | Relating to the suspension of a student who is homeless from public school.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 692

Prohibits public schools from sending homeless youth to out-of-school suspension.

Status: Senate committee report printed and distributed

SB 1095 | Relating to access to certain health records and information by certain individuals regarding a child placed in foster care.

Author: Sen. Perry | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 3746

Ensures that foster parents have medical history records for children with complex medical needs.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1101 | Relating to the consolidation of ombudsman programs administered by the Health and Human Services Commission.

Author: Sen. Kolkhorst | Bill Summary

Strengthens ombudsman programs for the health and human services office, children and youth in foster care, managed care assistance and behavioral health access.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

SB 1130 | Relating to the establishment of a task force on father engagement in this state.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Establishes a task force on father engagement to evaluate services available to fathers, study the impact of father engagement on children, and develop a plan to expand services and supports available to strengthen father engagement.

Status: Placed on House General State Calendar

SB 1155 | Relating to a public school student’s transition from an alternative education program to a regular classroom.

Author: Sen. Huffman | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 2184

Creates requirements for alternative education programs and public schools to follow when a child is released from an alternative education program. The measures are to ensure a smooth and successful transition for children coming back to school.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

SB 1231| RELATING TO PROVIDING CERTAIN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WITH INFORMATION REGARDING CERTAIN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT INVESTIGATIONS AND ALLEGATIONS.

Author: Sen Bettencourt | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 2740

Requires DFPS to notify the director of a private or charter school if the Department determines that an abuse or neglect investigation involves an employee of the school.

Status: Sent to the Governor

SB 1279 | Relating to prevention and early intervention programs and practices.

Author: Sen. West | Bill Summary

Requires parents that have DFPS or court-ordered parenting skills training to attend evidence based prevention and early intervention programs.

Status: Committee report sent to House Calendars Committee

SB 1288 | Relating to the Department of Family and Protective Services reporting certain information regarding youth in the managing conservatorship of the department who are pregnant or who are parents.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Improves the reporting requirements for pregnant and parenting foster youth. Requires the Department of Family and Protective Services to report information concerning the number of pregnant children, the number of children who have given birth and whether the child and parents are placed together.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1289 | Relating to a Department of Family and Protective Services plan to address the substitute care capacity needs in certain department regions.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Adds placements for pregnant and parenting youth to the required capacity needs assessment.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1290 | Relating to information for foster children who are pregnant or minor parents.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Requires DFPS to provide parenting information to parenting and pregnant foster youth.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1291 | Relating to training for certain individuals who provide care for or services to children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services.

Author: Sen. Watson | Bill Summary

Requires the Department, in collaboration relevant stakeholders, to develop a training program for foster parents, adoptive parents and kinship caregivers on the best methods for communicating with children in DFPS conservatorship about issues regarding sexual health and well-being. Another training will be developed for guardians ad litem, attorneys ad litem and judges on this topic. Also requires CPS caseworkers to receive training on age-appropriate and trauma-informed methods of communicating with children about reproductive health and healthy relationships.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1353 | Relating to addressing adverse childhood experiences and developing a strategic plan to address those experiences.

Author: Sen. Powell | Bill Summary

Establishes a commission to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and develop a strategic plan to reduce exposure to ACEs.

Companion: HB 822

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1543 | Relating to providing notice of the right to record Department of Family and Protective Services investigative interviews.

Author: Sen. Menéndez | Bill Summary

Requires DFPS investigators that are conducting interviews during a Department investigation to give the interviewee notice of their right to record the interview with an audio recording device.

Status: Bill language amended onto HB 2764, which was reported enrolled

SB 1893 | Relating to a trauma-informed care policy for school districts and open-enrollment charter schools.

Author: Sen. Taylor | Bill Summary

Requires schools to adopt and implement a trauma-informed care policy and requires the integration of trauma-informed practices in the school environment.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

SB 1911 | Relating to the information included in a foster child’s health passport.

Author: Rep. Johnson | Bill Summary

Adds information requirements to a child’s health passport, including their medical history, medical progress notes and medication lists.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1920 | Relating to required reporting of human trafficking cases by peace officers and prosecutors.

Author: Sen. Alvarado | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 3800

Requires peace officers who investigate human trafficking offenses to prepare and submit a written report that includes the offense being investigated, description of the alleged prohibited conduct, and identifying data of each person suspected of the crime and each potential victim of the offense.

Status: Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee

SB 1948 | Relating to caseworker visitation standards for certain child protective services caseworkers.

Author: Sen Watson | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 3614

Requires caseworkers to conduct monthly visitations with children in the conservatorship of the Department. Also requires caseworkers to complete an assessment during the visit that reports the child’s safety, the forms of discipline used in the placement, and a review of the child’s mental, medical, dental and educational progress.

Status: Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee

SB 2391 | Relating to use of compensatory education allotment funding to provide assistance to students at risk of dropping out of school who are pregnant or who are parents and to reporting through the Public Education Information Management System.

Author: Sen Powell | Bill Summary

Companion: HB 314

Allocates funds for young students for child care. Also adds pregnancy as a reason why a student decides to withdraw from public school on the Public Education Information Management System.

Status: Referred to Senate Education Committee

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