Category Archives: Human Services

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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DFPS seeks funds to expand prevention and early intervention programs

As the Texas Legislature has examined state efforts to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation, proposals have emerged to expand prevention and early intervention programs to help address problems before they escalate to the point where a child may … Continue reading

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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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