Legislative Update
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Legislative Update

We are so close to the end of the Texas Legislative Session! Next week any remaining bills will hopefully be voted out of the Legislature and sent to the Governor. This week was an exciting week where all Committees had their final committee hearings and final decisions for the state budget were released. Next week the...

Legislative Update
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Legislative Update

This week was a big week for The Texas Legislature. Friday was the last day House Bills must pass out of the House and over to the Senate. If a House bill did not passed before the House adjourned, it has no chance of passing this session. This week the House also “killed” HJR 3...

Legislative Update
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Legislative Update

Budget Update We are closing in on the budget process. While the state budget will most likely not be finalized for another month or so, this week the Senate voted out its version of the budget. Now we await to see who will be on conference committees to discuss and finalize the budget for the...

HHSC Awards $2M in Grants for High-Needs Children in Foster Care
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HHSC Awards $2M in Grants for High-Needs Children in Foster Care

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $2 million in grant funds to four nonprofit organizations and one Local Mental Health Authority in Texas. Funding will go to increase access to targeted case management and psychiatric rehabilitative services for high-needs children in the foster care system. The 85th Legislature authorized funding...

DFPS Foster Care Needs Assessment
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DFPS Foster Care Needs Assessment

This report, which DFPS produces annually, gives the agency and its stakeholder’s vital information to more strategically build capacity in each community. Texas is among many states seeking solutions to secure and maintain placement resources for children. This assessment charts a strategic pathway for communities to develop the new capacity that meets children’s needs and...

Important Information for Judges and Attorneys Handling CPS Cases
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Important Information for Judges and Attorneys Handling CPS Cases

The Relative and Other Designated Caregiver Program Effective September 1, 2017, the Department of Family and Protective Services enhanced its Relative and Other Designated Caregiver Program (RODC), which previously provided eligible kinship caregivers with a small amount of funds to help care for children placed in their care by DFPS. House Bill 4, passed by the...

DFPS “3 in 30” Program Information and Implementation Schedule
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DFPS “3 in 30” Program Information and Implementation Schedule

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children and youth in foster care have significant medical needs. For example, Up to 80% of children enter foster care with at least one medical problem. 30% of children come into foster care with a chronic medical condition. Up to 80% of children and adolescents enter foster care with a...

Community Based Care Contract in Region 2
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Community Based Care Contract in Region 2

Today, DFPS is pleased to announce that we have made a contract award in Region 2 in our continued implementation of Community Based Care. DFPS is awarding a contract to 2INgage, a new partnership between Texas Family Initiative LLC and New Horizons Ranch and Center Inc., to serve as the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC)...

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