Monthly Archives: March 2020

State moves to expand hospital resources in coronavirus pandemic

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas has increased, Gov. Abbott has issued multiple executive orders intended to expand hospital bed capacity and make personal protective equipment more available for health care workers. Under authority of the Texas Disaster … Continue reading

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Governor, agencies waive some state licensing rules in response to COVID-19

On March 13, Gov. Abbott issued a proclamation declaring a state of disaster for all Texas counties due to the imminent threat of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Anticipating the need for essential licensed workers to provide critical services, the governor … Continue reading

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Texas education agencies offer information on coronavirus response

Texas public and higher education agencies are using their websites to relay information about campus closings, online learning, and other updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Abbott on March 19 ordered schools to temporarily close, acting under the broad … Continue reading

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Texas prepares for Family First Prevention Services Act

Texas is preparing to implement a recent federal law that provides funds for services to prevent children from entering foster care. The law also defines which group home settings qualify for federal funding. Texas has delayed implementing certain provisions of … Continue reading

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