Category Archives: Human Services

DFPS to expand life skills assessment to younger foster youth

Under a new law enacted by the Texas Legislature this year, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) must conduct independent living skills assessments for a wider age range of youth in foster care. The assessment is used to identify the types … Continue reading

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Texas may consider telemedicine legislation

The growing use of telemedicine by Texas consumers is raising questions for the state about how best to regulate it. Telemedicine has been used in Texas since the 1980s, mostly to treat patients in hard-to-reach locations such as rural areas, … Continue reading

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State may consider revising ‘right to correct’ for nursing homes

State lawmakers this past interim discussed ways to enhance the quality of long-term care facilities in the state, including whether to limit “right-to-correct” laws that allow providers to avoid state penalties by addressing certain violations within a specified time. Legislation that would have restricted providers’ right … Continue reading

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State considers ways to address financial abuse of elderly

As the population ages in Texas and nationwide, state lawmakers are examining ways to curb financial exploitation of the elderly. Proposals could emerge to address the issue in the 85th Texas Legislature’s regular session in 2017. The House Committee on … Continue reading

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Texas examines mental health issues in county jails

In the wake of high-profile jail suicides in Texas in the last year, the Texas House and Senate are studying mental health issues and regulation of county jails this interim. Both chambers have heard proposals that could lead to legislation … Continue reading

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