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How our legislative & public policy leadership is inspiring positive change in the child welfare system. Below you will find all of the latest Capitol Beat stories – to browse other categories, return to The CASA Voice home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Be sure to keep informed of the latest state and national child welfare news coverage on the News Clips of Interest page!

Registration for 2019 Capitol Day & Primer Opening Dec. 3

Registration for both the 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol and the Texas CASA Child Welfare Primer will open on Dec. 3, 2018! Stay tuned for an email announcing registration is open. The 2019 CASA Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. This is the day that CASA advocates from across Texas join together… Read more »

Texas CASA Attends Meadows Mental Health Conference

On Oct. 23-25, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute held their annual Engage and Excel Conference in Houston, Texas. Texas CASA attended the conference to hear from a wide range of panelists and speakers discussing how to enhance our behavioral health system in Texas. Part of the dialogue included supporting children’s mental health and well-being… Read more »

First Day of Judicial Summit on Mental Health

Texas CASA attended The Judicial Summit on Mental Health in Houston presented by the Texas Children’s Commission and Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health. The Summit drew attendees from all across the state including judges, state agency staff, policymakers and several advocacy groups. Speakers presented opportunities for systemic change and how communities can collaborate to… Read more »

House Human Services Committee Hearing Oct. 23

The House Human Services Committee met on Tuesday, Oct. 23, to monitor the activities of HHSC and DFPS and receive updates on certain legislation passed during the 85th Legislative Session. Texas CASA submitted written testimony to the committee. The committee first heard from HHSC, led by new Executive Commissioner Dr. Courtney Phillips. The agency reported on… Read more »

5th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Federal CPS Lawsuit

On Oct. 18, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released an opinion in the state’s appeal of the federal court ruling that found the Texas child welfare system violates the right of children in foster care to “personal security and reasonable safe living conditions.”  The Court of Appeals upheld many but not all of the remedies ordered… Read more »

Leading the Way for a Trauma-informed Child Welfare System

Though mental health receives special attention every year on Oct. 10, World Mental Health Day, Texas CASA works year-round to improve mental health and substance abuse services for families involved in the child welfare system. We’d like to share with you some of those initiatives. Utilizing data from the final report Understanding Trauma-Informed Care in… Read more »

Texas CASA Welcomes Legislative Advocacy Coordinator

Texas CASA is pleased to welcome Ann Strauser Palmer to our Public Policy team as our Legislative Advocacy Coordinator. Ann will be working with the CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) as they advocate for positive change in the Texas child welfare system. After receiving her law degree from the University of Houston, Ann went to work… Read more »

DFPS Releases 2018 Disproportionality Analysis

Maybe you’ve heard that disproportionality is an issue for the children and families in the child welfare system. But have you ever wondered what it looks like in your area? The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) recently released their FY 2018 Disproportionality Analysis, which among other things states that African American children are… Read more »

Recordings Available: Public Policy Webinars on Legislative Priorities, Transitioning Youth

The Texas CASA Public Policy team recently hosted a three-part series of webinars about our legislative priorities for the 86th Legislative Session. 2019 Legislative Priorities #1 In the first of two webinars on its legislative priorities, the Texas CASA Public Policy team discusses the following items: Funding: Collaborative Family Engagement Community-Based Care Placement Proximity and Stability Policy:… Read more »

Texas CASA Testifies in Support of DFPS, HHSC LARs for 2020-2021 Biennium

HHSC and DFPS have released their two-year Legislative Appropriations Requests (LARs) for the 2020-2021 biennium and recently presented them before representatives of the Governor’s office and the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). Agency LARs are written in accordance with instructions from the Governor and the LBB, and they consist of a base budget that largely maintains… Read more »