Texas legislators are considering increasing the Department of Family and Protective Services’ budget, giving extended relatives more money to care for kids and notifying the subjects of child abuse investigations of their rights.
If the final budget does not approve the agency’s request for additional funding, the agency will have to make a difficult choice on how to use the $100 million: to increase rates across the board or to continue with rate enhancements for providers working with higher-needs kids.
“House Bill 1667 will allow families to receive access to these services without the added stress of interaction with CPS,” Jetton said in a statement. “It will also help improve the efficiency of investigations into reports of suspected child abuse and neglect by freeing CPS to prioritize children in danger of harm.”
Source: Texas Tribune BY SNEHA DEY
Photo: A sign for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services building in Austin in 2019. Credit: Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune