Policy

Bills

Bill

Author Rep. Johnson, Jarvis

HB 1315

Mandates for the court to appoint an attorney ad litem or a guardian ad litem to serve the entire duration of time a child spends in permanent managing conservatorship of the state.

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Author Rep. Klick

HB 2058

Requires a court to review the department's (DFPS) efforts to ensure children have opportunities to engage in normal age-appropriate activities while in care.

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Bill

Author Rep. Leman

HB 3379

Increases the standard to report child abuse to situations in which the person has reasonable cause for the occurrence of child abuse.

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Author Sen. Menendez

SB 2054

Waives any fees relating to obtaining a driver's license for any child who was a foster youth until the age of 18 and for homeless children.

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Author Rep. Turner, John

HB 3121

Requires HHS to create a voluntary standards certification process for private psychiatric residential youth treatment facilities to provide for step-down services from behavioral hospitals.

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Author Rep. Johnson, Jarvis

HB 80

For fine-only misdemeanors, a court may allow foster youth or youth in extended care to not have to pay the fine and instead participate in community service.

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Author Sen. Paxton

SB 1059

Automatically enrolls foster youth to receive Medicaid until 26 and streamlines the process for youth transitioning to independent living to recertify their Medicaid eligibility.

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Author Rep. Harris

HB 1387

Allows for firearms in foster homes to be stored without a trigger lock and can be stored with the ammunition. The bill still requires for the firearm and ammunition to be in a locked location.

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Bill

Author Sen. Blanco

SB 437

Mandates HHSC to develop guidelines for the procurement and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment for essential workers​.

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Author Rep. Sanford

HB 2374

Establishes an efficiency audit for DFPS every 4 years to determine efficacy of the department, outcomes for families, and utilization of resources.

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Author Sen. Menendez

SB 263

Expands the category of relative caretakers eligible for a supplemental payment by TANF. ​

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Bill

Author Rep. Parker

HB 2926

Allows for parental rights to be reinstated 2 years after termination if the child has not been adopted. ​

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Author Rep. Klick

HB 2058

Requires judge to review normalcy activities before and after a final order, so that all children in DFPS conservatorship have regular, ongoing opportunities to engage in age-appropriate normalcy activities.

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Bill

Author Sen. West

SB 452

Broadens the requirements for Prevention and Early Intervention programs and practices to be on the evidence-based continuum.

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Author Rep. Johnson, Ann

HB 2633

Establishes the trafficked persons grant program to provide grants for dedicated housing and treatment facilities to human trafficking victims.

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Bill

Author Rep. Krause

HB 2536

Allows for parents to get a second opinion from doctors without being accused of neglect.

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Author Rep. Minjarez

HB 135

Changes investigations procedures by notifying the Alleged Perpetrator of their right to record an interview with the investigation caseworker.

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Bill

Author Sen. Kolkhorst

SB 1896

Omnibus foster care bill addressing numerous issues including Community Based Care, capacity, Treatment Foster Care, and support for behavioral health needs.

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Author Sen. Kolkhorst

SB 1575

Codifies judicial review requirement in federal FFPSA statute for implementation of FFPSA. Requires a study to look at the need for judicial review in other license types.

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Bill

Author Sen. Schwertner

SB 910

Mandates DFPS to create a plan for the implementation of preservation services into CBC while considering the use of Title IV-E services to receive matching federal funds.

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Bill

Author Sen. Blanco

SB 863

Allows residential childcare facilities to temporarily relocate during a declared disaster. ​

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Bill

Author Rep. Frank

HB 3041

Creates a pilot for FFPSA/FBSS family preservation services in 2 different regions within the state; one must be a CBC catchment area.

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Bill

Author Rep. Johnson, Jarvis

HB 700

Allows for children to receive college credit for completing the PAL curriculum while in care, and assists youth in preparation for aging out of care.

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Bill

Author Rep. Frank

HB 567

This bill increases the threshold of the definition of neglect to an action that places a child in immediate danger to health and safety. It also mandates that a removal cannot occur if the parents tested positive for Marijuana unless the department can prove that the use of the substance caused harm to the child.

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Bill

Author Sen. West

SB 642

Adjusts the RTC Diversion Program making it more accessible to families. The bill allows for families to have better access to services to avoid unnecessary removals. ​

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Bill

Author Rep. Price

HB 4

Telehealth bill that makes the temporary provisions established during COVID-19, permanent. ​

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