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Relating to the regulation of residential treatment centers.
According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.
The Department of Family and Protective Services and the Health and Human Services Commission are required to implement the provisions of the bill only if the legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the legislature does not appropriate money specifically for that purpose, the agencies may, but is not required to, implement a provision of this Act using other appropriations available for that purpose.
SB 781 would require the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to establish a strategy to develop trauma-informed protocols to reduce the number of children who run away from residential treatment centers (RTCs) and comply with federal and state requirements related to normalcy. DFPS would monitor and coordinate with general residential operations (GROs) to provide treatment services and maintain and improve quality residential child-care services purchased by DFPS.
Since this is not a matter that involves liberty principles, Texas Action has a neutral stance towards SB 781. We recognize that this bill is seeking to comply with the Family First Prevention Services Act signed into law in February 2018.