HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Human Services

TIME & DATE: Upon final adjourn./recess or bill referral if permission granted
Wednesday, October 13, 2021

PLACE: E2.010
CHAIR: Rep. James B. Frank

 

The Committee will meet in a public hearing and hear invited testimony to consider the following:

 

                The Committee will review the efforts of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to remedy the rising numbers of Children Without Placement (CWOP).

                Monitor the impact of children, including unaccompanied minors, crossing the Texas-Mexico border on the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)child protective services programs. Consider ways to encourage consistent, transparent, and timely review of abuse and neglect of these children. Consider strategies to ensure better coordination and collaboration among local agencies, faith-based organizations, the private sector, non-profits, and law enforcement to reduce the incidence of abuse and neglect fatalities and human trafficking of migrating children. Identify any particularized services that these children will need and assess the costs of providing these services.

 

Electronic public comment will be available for:

 

Efforts of DFPS and HHSC to remedy the rising number of CWOP

Impact of children crossing the Texas-Mexico border on DFPS programs

 

For those persons who will be testifying, information for in-person

witness registration can be found here:

https://mytxlegis.capitol.texas.gov/HWRSPublic/About.aspx

 

A live video broadcast of this hearing will be available here:

https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

 

Instructions related to public access to the meeting location and health

and safety protocols for attending this meeting are available here:

https://house.texas.gov/committees/public-access-house-committee-meetings/

 

Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to

agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until

the hearing is adjourned by visiting:

https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c310

 

 

 

 

NOTICE OF ASSISTANCE AT PUBLIC MEETINGS

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact Stacey Nicchio at (512) 463-0850, 24 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.