What to watch in the final days of the legislative session.
Testimony to the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee.
The limited coordination and data sharing between the juvenile justice and child welfare systems results in costly, and sometimes counterproductive, duplication of services and worse outcomes for youth. To improve effectiveness and efficiency, Texas must improve information sharing between the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
These bills will steer more children to settings where they are likely to have worse outcomes.
Ongoing screenings for young children also help identify possible social, behavioral, and developmental delays that can be addressed with early intervention services.
Are you a provider who works with youth in foster care? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the regional and state resources needed to improve health outcomes for youth in care.
Are you a youth currently in foster care, or a young adult formerly in foster care? If so, you're invited to take part in a discussion on reproductive health outcomes for youth in foster care.
Let your State Rep and Senator know what you think about these bills.
HB 122 would hold 17-year-olds accountable in the juvenile justice system rather than the adult system.
A new report offers detailed data analysis in support of raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction so 17-year-old Texans are no longer automatically sent to the adult justice system.