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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.

Children’s Commission Releases Report on Normalcy

On Jan. 18, 2019, the Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission hosted a Normalcy Roundtable featuring over 50 participants, including representatives from the CASA network and Texas CASA. The purpose of the roundtable was to discuss the importance of normalcy, barriers to normalcy, and opportunities that exist in the Texas child welfare system to ensure that… Read more »

86th Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Now that the 86th Texas Legislative Session has adjourned, our Public Policy team will be working hard during the interim to continue to improve the system for young people in care, and to prepare for next session. Catch up on all things CASA and child welfare that happened this session: 86th Session #CASADeepDive CASA and… Read more »

DFPS Releases Request for Information (RFI) for Community-Based Care

DFPS released a Request for Information (RFI) for Community-Based Care on May 31, 2019. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information to further inform how Texas implements Community-Based Care, specifically related to the existing catchment boundaries. The RFI is posted on the Electronic State Business Daily website, and the deadline to submit a… Read more »

DFPS Commissioner Hank Whitman Steps Down

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Hank Whitman recently announced he will step down from the position on June 30. Whitman took on the role in 2016, at a time of crisis for the agency. He is perhaps best known for helping reduce turnover at CPS by fighting for and securing funding… Read more »

Update on Texas CASA Champion Bills

As the 86th Legislative Session comes to a close, the Public Policy team would like to share an update on the Texas CASA Champion Bills filed this Session. With the leadership of some great legislators, their hardworking staff and engaged stakeholders, CASA has been able to pass six different bills from their respective chambers! These… Read more »

DFPS Releases Request for Application for Region 8B

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announced Monday, May 6, the release of the Request for Application (RFA) for the next Community Based Care catchment area – Region 8B. The RFA is the first step in vetting potential interested contractors to oversee foster and kinship placement, case management and reunification services in DFPS… Read more »

Texas CASA Champion Bills on the Move!

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team has been hard at work to ensure the success of the bills we are championing this session. Several of our champion bills have passed out of their chamber of origin and are headed to committees on the other side. The Senate has not been hearing many CPS bills this session,… Read more »

The Latest on CASA Funding

The Appropriations Bill, House Bill 1, is entering the final stages of negotiation. The House and Senate have each passed their proposed budgets. Conference committee members were also appointed, and they have begun the hard work of reconciling the two budget proposals. The conferees include: Senate: Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman Joan Huffman, R-Houston Lois… Read more »

LATs Make CASA’s Voice Heard During 86th Session

The work days at the Texas Capitol are getting longer and bills are moving more quickly. CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) are making their voices heard in the legislative process by emailing and meeting with their legislators, and testifying before committees that are hearing bills that relate to CASA. If, as they say, all politics… Read more »