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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2016
Contact: Melissa Duncan
512-463-0112
FINANCE COMMITTEE DISCUSSES CRISIS AT CPS

Austin - The Senate Finance Committee is meeting today to discuss the ongoing crisis at Child Protective Services.

"We have a duty to protect these children," Senator Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said. "There has been funding increase after funding increase for Child Protective Services, even in lean budget years, yet the agency remains in a constant state of crisis. I recognize that additional investments may be needed, but we need to make sure we are putting our resources where they will do the most good."

Today's hearing includes an overview of recent funding decisions from the Legislative Budget Board, along with testimony from the Sunset Advisory Commission, which reviewed the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) during the last Sunset cycle, and The Stephen Group, a private firm that conducted a separate review of the agency's practices. DFPS is testifying on their plan to ensure timely contact with children.

The Sunset report may be viewed at:
https://www.sunset.texas.gov/public/uploads/files/reports/DFPS%20Final%20Results.pdf

The Stephen Group report is available at:
https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Reports_and_Presentations/CPS/documents/2015/2015-12-03_Stephen_Group_High_Needs_Assessment.pdf

During the hearing, the Committee will also receive an update on supplemental needs in the 2016-2017 budget.

Attached is an overview of recent funding decisions made by the Legislature.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, co-chair of the Transition Legislative Oversight Committee, and the highest-ranking Republican in the Texas Senate.
 (PDF)   ATTACHMENT:   CPS Historical Funding Chart

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