Comprehensive third party review and of minimum standards, contract requirements, and rules for providers and recommendations for reducing unnecessary oversight. (Senate Companion SB 593, Kevin Sparks)
Requires DFPS to establish guidelines in rule for placement of a child in a residential facility where a preventable death has occurred. Also requires HHSC to deny any application if the applicant operated a facility where a preventable death occurred, and commission terminated a contract with the facility as a result of the death.
Creates expungement review panel, automatic removal from the registry after 18 years, unless subsequent findings or aggravated circumstances; remove minors from the registry if more than two years have passed since RTB. (House Companion HB 4267, Stephanie Klick)
Clarifies that if a parent is voluntarily undergoing substance use or mental health treatment, that shouldn't be held against them. Also adds that a statement made out of court by a mandatory reporter cannot be used as evidence unless the statement can be independently corroborated.
Requires an updated training program for investigators that includes abbreviated investigations, administrative closures, notification of alleged perpetrators righto to record interviews, child placement resources, administrative review timelines, relative placements, dispositions, and risk findings, and much more. (House Companion HB 1289, Elizabeth Campos)
Jamie McCormick, TACFS VP of Public Affairs and Andrea Sparks, Director of Government Relations at Buckner International provided invited testimony in support of HB 1517. Several Alliance members also provided letters to the committee in support of the bill.