Honorable Charles Schwertner, Chair, Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB11 by Schwertner (Relating to the administration of services provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services, including foster care, child protective, and prevention and early intervention services.), As Introduced
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The bill would amend the Family Code, Government Code, and Human Resources Code relating to the administration of services provided by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), including foster care, child protective, and prevention and early intervention services.
The bill would require DFPS to collect and monitor data regarding repeated reports of abuse or neglect.
The bill would require the agency to contract with managed care organizations (MCOs) to create medical and behavioral health assessments for children removed from their home.
The bill would require DFPS to create a foster care capacity plan, to establish a pilot program related to the implementation of integrated case management, and to implement the single child plan of service model in the foster care legacy system of the state.
The bill would require DFPS to develop and implement a formal readiness review process for Foster Care Redesign (FCR) vendors, to transfer fully case management services to existing and future Single-Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs), and to establish a pilot program to contract Family Based Safety Services case management.
The bill would require the agency to complete certain risk assessments, to contract for efficacy reviews in certain Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs, and to add certain reporting requirements to the agency's PEI strategic plan.
The bill would require all Child Care Licensing abuse and neglect investigations to remain at DFPS instead of transferring to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
The bill would require managed care organizations (MCOs) under STAR Health and contracted child-placing agencies (CPAs) to ensure that at least 90 percent of children receive a complete early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment (EPSDT) checkup within 30 days. HHSC would be required to include provisions in contracts with MCOs and CPAs specifying monetary penalties if the benchmark is not attained.
The bill would require DFPS to regularly review record retention policies and to create a division within the agency to oversee FCR quality and assurance.
The bill would allow DFPS or HHSC to assess financial penalties for residential child-care providers' failure to meet certain performance outcomes.
The bill would require the agency to contract and collaborate with certain entities to develop performance quality metrics for service provider contracts.
Except as otherwise specified, this bill would take effect September 1, 2017.
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