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House Committee on Human Services - 81st R.S. (2009)

Committee Members
Patrick Rose, Chair
Abel Herrero, Vice Chair
Drew Darby
Gary Elkins
Ana Hernandez
Bryan Hughes
Ken Legler
Elliott Naishtat
Armando Walle
Charges
• Monitor the implementation of the Department of Justice settlement agreement, SB 643, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, and other reforms to services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• Monitor the implementation of provisions in SB 2080, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the creation of a permanency assistance program. Evaluate and make recommendations about the foster care licensing process for relatives, the payment structure for a relative who becomes a child's permanent managing conservator, and any factors that should be considered in evaluating program performance and sustainability in the future.
• Determine the feasibility of instituting a comprehensive, single point of entry system to simplify and expedite the process of accessing long-term care services for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities.
• Monitor the Health and Human Services Commission's progress toward improving the timeliness of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility determinations. Evaluate the impact of corrective measures already taken by the commission.
• Analyze the practice of using informal or voluntary caregivers ("parental child safety placements") during a Child Protective Services investigation. Study and make recommendations regarding:
a) efforts to track data related to parental child safety placements;
b) incorporation of the power of attorney process authorized by SB 1598, 81st Legislature, Regular Session;
c) appropriateness of voluntary placement;
d) review of caregiver qualifications; and
e) potential improvements to the voluntary placement process.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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