Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care — one of about 56 recommendations it made in a report released Friday.
Report: Funding cuts pushed 10,000 out of therapy programs.
Already facing calls to limit when teenagers are treated as adults in the criminal justice system, Texas lawmakers next year may also see legislation trying to keep preteens from being shunted into the juvenile justice system.
If state leaders insist, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department has identified ways to cut its budget by $16.8 million, or 2.8 percent, for the 2018-2019 biennium. But the agency really wants a $170 million bump so it can comply with state and federal laws, fix up some of its battered facilities and bolster behavioral programs.
Child Protective Services officials fired four high-ranking managers this week, saying the changes are part of a strategy to reform an agency under fire for failing to protect the state’s most vulnerable children from being abused or killed.
In spite of requests from advocacy groups and the public, new DFPS Commissioner Wittman will not reduce child care ratios.
Associated Press - The state launched an overhauled women's health program, Healthy Texas Women.
KUT - A number of health care leaders and advocates want Texas to include mosquito repellent in pharmacy benefits for people on Medicaid and other government health programs.
The Texas Tribune - Texas Education Agency announced that 578 school districts and charter schools will receive grants under the state's new pre-k grant program.
Houston Chronicle - Texas leaders call for 4% cut to state budget over the next two years.