COMMITTEE: Juvenile Justice & Family Issues
TIME: 10:30 AM or upon final adjourn./recess or bill referral if permission granted
Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
CHAIR: Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr
BILLS CASA CONSIDERS HIGH PRIORITY:
HB 4606 | Relating to youth diversion programs for children accused of certain fine-only offenses and related criminal justice matters; authorizing and imposing fees.
Author: Rep. White | Bill Summary
Companion: SB 2242
Creates youth diversion programs for children who allegedly engaged in conduct that constitutes a Class C misdemeanor. Requires a youth diversion plan for the child that describes the types of diversion strategies that will be imposed.
BILLS CASA SUPPORTS:
HB 1916 | Relating to requiring evidence-based trauma training for certain attorneys.
Author: Rep. Miller | Bill Summary
Requires attorneys that are appointed to children in child protection cases to complete training regarding trauma-informed care and the effect of trauma on children in the conservatorship of DFPS.
HB 2229 | Relating to a report of information concerning juvenile offenders committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department who have been in foster care.
Author: Rep. Jarvis Johnson | Bill Summary
Requires each member of the legislature to receive a copy of the report provided to the governor biennially that contains data concerning the number and percentage of children in the custody of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. This bill would also make this report available to the public on the Department’s website.
HB 2688 | Relating to the creation of a specialty treatment court for certain individuals residing with a child who is the subject of a juvenile court case.
Author: Rep. Metcalf | Bill Summary
Companion: SB 997
Grants counties the authority to establish a juvenile family drug court program. This program would be for youth experiencing substance use disorder and would integrate a treatment program to case proceedings.