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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.

We Need Your Input on Our Legislative Priorities for the Upcoming Session!

The 87th Legislative Session is coming up in January 2021. We want to share the latest version of our legislative priorities with you and hear about any other issues you think may require legislative action. Below you’ll find an introductory letter from our Public Policy team and our draft priorities. REVIEW OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES Your… Read more »

DFPS Releases Community-Based Care Update & Implementation Reports

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released the Rider 15 and Rider 29 reports on March 31, 2020. These two reports provide updates on Community-Based Care (CBC), including implementation and performance measures for the CBC contractors. The Rider 29 report reveals that a contract announcement for Region 8B can be expected in the… Read more »

DFPS Releases Annual Child Fatalities & Near Fatalities Report

On March 1, 2020, the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) released their Child Maltreatment Fatalities and Near Fatalities Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019. The report found that there were 772 child abuse and neglect fatality investigations statewide. Of those, 235 were confirmed child abuse and neglect-related fatalities (an 11-percent increase from FY 2018)…. Read more »

Public Policy Team Trains CASA Network on Changes Coming to the Child Welfare System

Texas CASA’s Public Policy team is halfway through their 2020 Regional Trainings! At these daylong trainings, the team updates CASA staff and volunteers on the latest with Community-Based Care (CBC), the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and legislation affecting CASA and the child welfare system. The most recent training took place in Athens on… Read more »

Texas Agrees to New Workload Guidelines for Foster Care Workers

The State of Texas has agreed to new workload guidelines for three different types of state employees working within the foster care system. While these guidelines are not hard caps, they represent the first step towards addressing the state’s high caseload issues. The guidelines are a result of rulings from the federal lawsuit against the… Read more »

Updated Community-Based Care Implementation Plan Released Dec. 30, 2019

Just in time for the new year, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released the latest Community-Based Care (CBC) Implementation Plan. The biggest news in the report is the realignment of the catchment areas in Region 3, which includes the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The region had been divided in to three areas, but… Read more »

Public Policy Regional Trainings Scheduled for January-April 2020

The next regional public policy training will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Dallas. At these trainings, Texas CASA’s Public Policy team covers issues such as Community-Based Care, the federal Family First Prevention Services Act and legislative updates. During the Jan. 14 training, we will also be honoring Senator Kelly Hancock with a… Read more »

DFPS Announces More Children Are Leaving Foster Care than Entering

New state data released by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) on Dec. 4, 2019, shows that, for the first time, more children are exiting than entering foster care.  In FY 2019, the number of children leaving foster care exceeded the number entering care by more than 1,700 children! In 2019, more than… Read more »

Texas House Speaker Releases House Interim Charges

The Office of Speaker Dennis Bonnen has released a list of interim charges for respective House committees to examine over the interim and leading into the 2021 Legislative Session. Committees are assigned these charges and also may review other issues within their jurisdiction. View the interim charges report The House Committee on Human Services is… Read more »