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Stay up-to-date on current legislative priorities and news from the Texas CASA Public Policy team. Below you will find all of the latest Public Policy articles – to browse other categories, return to the Inside CASA home page or use the navigation list in the right column.

Texas House Human Services Committee Holds First Interim Hearing

The Texas House Human Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, on the following: The Committee will review the processes and policies established by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for receiving, investigating and adjudicating reports of child abuse, neglect and exploitation and oversight of those processes to ensure the highest… Read more »

Senate Interim Charges Announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, the Lieutenant Governor as presiding officer of the Texas State Senate announced the 2019 Interim Legislative Charges that will be examined over the next several months. These charges are assigned to each Senate committee for review and consideration of legislative policy changes in the next legislative session. In relation to… Read more »

Texas CASA Releases Guide to Community Based-Care

Texas CASA is proud to release Transforming Together: A Guide to Community-Based Care in Texas, Edition 1. Community-Based Care (CBC) is a sweeping systems change and a new way of providing foster care and case management services in Texas. The change shifts key functions of the child welfare system from the state to private, nonprofit… Read more »

Texas CASA & CASA Programs Participate in FFPSA Stakeholder Meetings

As required by legislation passed during the 86th Legislative Session, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has begun to meet with a variety of stakeholders, including local CASA Executive Directors and the Child Protection Roundtable, about how it should implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in Texas. Texas CASA invited… Read more »

Legislative Advocacy Team Feedback & Moving Forward

In August 2019, the Texas CASA Public Policy team sent out a survey to Legislative Advocacy Team (LAT) chairs to solicit input about how they operate and what Texas CASA can do to best support them. The results were extremely informative and have great insight into how we can improve legislative advocacy in the network…. Read more »

New DFPS Commissioner Announced

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Jaime Masters of Kansas City, Missouri as the newly appointed Commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). She is currently the acting Chief of Health Services and Acting Chief of Operations for Jackson County, Missouri, and has served as Deputy Secretary of Family Services… Read more »

Foster Care Federal Lawsuit Update – October 2019

Last week, Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi criticized the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for being slow to implement the terms of the court ruling regarding improvements to the child welfare system in Texas. You may recall that in December 2015, Judge Jack issued a broad ruling with a number of measures… Read more »

Texas CASA Community-Based Care Guide Now Available, Webinar Today!

Texas CASA is proud to release our Guide to Community-Based Care in Texas. This guide provides basic information about the move to the new model of service delivery based on regional nonprofit contractors who will assume many of the powers and duties performed by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and Child Protective… Read more »

Conversations with CASA – Knox Kimberly

On Sept. 1, legislation from the 86th Legislative Session took effect. Texas CASA CEO Vicki Spriggs and guest Knox Kimberly go into key changes to the child welfare system that you need to know. Kimberly serves as the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Stakeholder Relations at Upbring. In this role, he leads the organization’s advocacy… Read more »

Report Shows 2017-2018 Suspension Trends for Pre-K Through 2nd Grade

Texans Care for Children has released a report on Texas school districts’ issued suspensions to pre-k through second grade students for the 2017-2018 school year. The study provides context for how House Bill 674 (which largely prohibits out-of-school suspensions in this age range) has worked in its first year since being passed. Read the report… Read more »