By: Watson S.B. No. 1289
 
 
 
   
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a Department of Family and Protective Services plan to
  address the substitute care capacity needs in certain department
  regions.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 264.1261(b), Family Code, as added by
  Chapter 319 (S.B. 11), Acts of the 85th Legislature, Regular
  Session, 2017, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  Appropriate department management personnel from a
  child protective services region in which community-based care has
  not been implemented, in collaboration with foster care providers,
  faith-based entities, and child advocates in that region, shall use
  data collected by the department on foster care capacity needs and
  availability of each type of foster care and kinship placement in
  the region to create a plan to address the substitute care capacity
  needs in the region. The plan must identify:
               (1)  [both] short-term and long-term goals and
  strategies for addressing those capacity needs; and
               (2)  the capacity and geographic distribution of the
  following foster placements:
                     (A)  licensed residential family-based substance
  use treatment facilities;
                     (B)  qualified residential treatment programs as
  defined in the federal Family First Prevention Services Act (Title
  VII, Div. E, Pub. L. No. 115-123);
                     (C)  settings specializing in providing prenatal,
  post-partum, or parenting supports for youth;
                     (D)  supervised settings in which a child who has
  attained 18 years of age is living independently; and
                     (E)  settings providing high-quality residential
  care to children and youth who have been found to be, or are at risk
  of becoming, sex trafficking victims.
         SECTION 2.  Sections 264.1261(a) and (b), Family Code, as
  added by Chapter 822 (H.B. 1549), Acts of the 85th Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2017, are repealed.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.