Computers for CASA
Passed during the 85th Legislative Session, Senate Bill 78 by Senator Jane Nelson gives CASA programs access to Texas’ state agency surplus computers to distribute to children and youth served by CASA. Below you will find resources, forms and links to required trainings to help your program get started with Computers for CASA.
You should also check out the Computers for CASA 101 fact sheet for more details on the program.
At least one staff person at each local CASA program must complete both of the above trainings in order to receive reimbursements for any of the items listed below. Both trainings are available on the CASA College Learning Management System (LMS). Don’t have an account? Learn how to sign up.
Accessing the Computers
CASA programs must complete both forms when requesting each computer. Forms are available on the TDCJ website.
Forms & Resources
Basic Considerations (Glossary of Terminology) | An overview of terminology and the computer software necessary to get your computer up and running.
Best Practices for Internet Safety | An important fact sheet for both the advocate and caregiver to review before giving the child or youth access to their new computer.
Release of Liability Form | CASA programs must have both the child/youth and their caregiver sign the Release of Liability Form and should retain this form for every computer distributed to a youth through the Computers for CASA program. This is covered in the Computers for CASA 101 training.
Texas CASA has secured a grant from the Reissa Foundation to enable local programs to be reimbursed for contracted IT work and software purchase for this program.
Local programs will be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $400/computer for the following*:
- Purchase of Microsoft Office Suite
- Purchase of the Norton anti-virus program
- Contracted IT support related to this project.
Programs cannot request reimbursements for any of items if they were not used specifically for computers and equipment ordered from a Texas Department of Criminal Justice Program for distribution to a current foster child or youth. For additional reimbursement information, please review the grant project guidelines.
Requests for reimbursements can be submitted through the Texas CASA Online Data Manager ODM along with all other RFRs, and must be submitted by the 15th of each month.
*At least one staff person at each local CASA program must complete both of the above trainings in order to receive reimbursements for any of these items. For additional reimbursement information, please review the grant project guidelines.
If you have any additional questions, please contact the Texas CASA Public Policy team email@example.com.