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Relating to the diversion of certain foster care youth from the juvenile justice system, including through emergency behavior intervention by certain persons providing foster care services.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2821 would require a child in foster care who engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for community supervision to be referred to community juvenile services rather than be prosecuted in juvenile court. Behavior intervention programs at foster care facilities would have to include crisis response training with a goal of limiting law enforcement involvement. If enacted, juvenile boards would have to track certain information related to foster care youth diverted from prosecution.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 2821.