Current CASA Funding Maintained in House & Senate Budget Bills
With the convening of the 86th Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the biennial budgeting process for the State of Texas has begun. Both the House and the Senate have introduced their respective versions of the budget in HB 1 and SB 1. CASA programs receive substantial financial support, $13.2 million annually, through legislative appropriations under the Health and Human Services Commission budget. Both introduced versions of the budget maintain this current funding level for CASA programs, and Texas CASA is proposing and working to get support for a funding increase of $2.25 million per year. View the explanation of the CASA funding request. Both budget bills also maintain current funding under DFPS of $643,600 for the 2020-2021 fiscal biennium to support the Collaborative Family Engagement initiative.