S.B. No. 355
  relating to developing a strategic plan regarding implementation of
  prevention and early intervention services and community-based
  care and conducting a study regarding the resources provided to
  foster parents.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 40, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 40.079 to read as follows:
  department shall develop a strategic plan for the coordinated
  implementation of:
               (1)  community-based care as defined by Section
  264.152, Family Code; and
               (2)  foster care prevention services that meet the
  requirements of Title VII, Div. E, Pub. L. No. 115-123.
         (b)  The strategic plan required under this section must:
               (1)  identify a network of services providers to
  provide mental health, substance use, and in-home parenting support
  services for:
                     (A)  children at risk of entering foster care;
                     (B)  the parents and caregivers of children
  identified under Paragraph (A); and
                     (C)  pregnant or parenting youth in foster care;
               (2)  identify methods for the statewide implementation
  of foster care prevention services, including implementation in
  department regions that are transitioning to community-based care;
               (3)  identify resources necessary for the department to
  implement community-based care and to coordinate that
  implementation with the implementation of foster care prevention
  services, including:
                     (A)  enhanced training related to procurement,
  contract monitoring and enforcement services, information
  technology services, and financial and legal services;
                     (B)  a financial methodology for funding the
  implementation of community-based care and foster care prevention
  services; and
                     (C)  resources to address the placement of
  children in settings eligible for federal financial participation
  under the requirements of Title VII, Div. E, Pub. L. No. 115-123;
               (4)  identify methods to:
                     (A)  maximize resources from the federal
  government under Title VII, Div. E, Pub. L. No. 115-123;
                     (B)  apply for other available federal and private
                     (C)  streamline and reduce duplication of effort
  by each state agency involved in providing services described by
  Subdivision (1);
                     (D)  streamline the procedures for determining
  eligibility for services described by Subdivision (1);
                     (E)  prescribe and terminate services described
  by Subdivision (1); and
                     (F)  reduce recidivism in foster care prevention
               (5)  include a method to:
                     (A)  notify the Senate Health and Human Services
  Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Committee on
  Human Services, the House Committee on Public Health, and the House
  Appropriations Committee of federal and private funding
  opportunities; and
                     (B)  respond to the opportunities described by
  Paragraph (A); and
               (6)  identify opportunities to coordinate with
  independent researchers to assist community programs in evaluating
  and developing trauma-informed services and promising, supported,
  or well-supported services and strategies under Title VII, Div. E,
  Pub. L. No. 115-123.
         (c)  In identifying the network of providers described by
  Subsection (b)(1), the department shall consult with the Health and
  Human Services Commission, the Department of State Health Services,
  and community stakeholders.
         (d)  This section does not supersede or limit the
  department's duty to develop and maintain the plan under Section
  264.153, Family Code.
         (e)  The department shall submit the plan developed under
  this section to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker
  of the house of representatives, and each member of the standing
  committees of the senate and house of representatives having
  primary jurisdiction over child welfare issues not later than
  September 1, 2020.
         (f)  This section expires September 1, 2021.
         SECTION 2.  (a)  The Department of Family and Protective
  Services shall conduct a study to evaluate whether the department
  provides foster parents with adequate resources to ensure that
  foster parents are able to comply with all of the regulations
  relating to providing care for a child in the conservatorship of the
         (b)  Not later than September 1, 2020, the department shall
  prepare and submit to the legislature a written report containing
  the results of the study and any recommendations for legislative or
  other action.
         (c)  This section expires September 1, 2021.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 355 passed the Senate on
  March 20, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0;
  May 23, 2019, Senate refused to concur in House amendments and
  requested appointment of Conference Committee; May 23, 2019, House
  granted request of the Senate; May 25, 2019, Senate adopted
  Conference Committee Report by the following vote:  Yeas 30,
  Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 355 passed the House, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 142,
  Nays 2, two present not voting; May 23, 2019, House granted request
  of the Senate for appointment of Conference Committee;
  May 25, 2019, House adopted Conference Committee Report by the
  following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, one present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House