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The Legislative Reference Library produces a weekly list of current journal articles for members of the legislative community. Each week, librarians select and abstract articles of interest to the legislature from the latest issues of over 300 journals, newsletters, state documents, and trade publications. Electronic copies of the Current Articles list are distributed to legislative offices each Friday.

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"The community responder model: How cities can send the right responder to every 911 call." By Amos Irwin and Betsy Pearl. Center for American Progress, October 2020, pp. 1-33 (Note Length)
Proposes cities establish a new branch of civilian first responders, known as "Community Responders," to improve outcomes for the community and reduce the need for police response. Estimates that between 33 and 68 percent of police calls for service could be handled without sending an armed officer to the scene. Mentions call diversion programs in Abilene and Houston.
See: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/content/uploads/2 ...
"State-level data for understanding child welfare in the United States." By Sarah Catherine Williams. Child Trends, October 28, 2020, pp. 1-13
Presents a comprehensive child welfare resource of state and national data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption from foster care. Includes a companion guide to the data and a Texas fact sheet for each topic.
See: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/state-lev ...
Report at: https://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/202 ...
"Flight plan." By Evan Hoopfer. Dallas Business Journal, October 30, 2020, pp. 11-15
Explains how Southwest Airlines' business model has positioned the company to weather the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic better than most carriers.
"Texas confirms pilot plan for qualified residential treatment program." By John Kelly. Imprint, October 21, 2020, pp. 1-2
Reports that Texas has not yet developed a full plan to implement $50 million in federal funds for foster care under the Family First Prevention Services Act, but has developed a pilot project for qualified residential treatment programs (QRTP).
See: https://imprintnews.org/child-welfare-2/texas-qual ...
Related information at: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house ...
"Trends in the use of telehealth during the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic — United States, January–March 2020." By Lisa M. Koonin, et al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), October 30, 2020, pp. 1595-1599
Finds a 154 percent increase in telehealth visits during the last week of March 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Notes telehealth policy changes might continue to support increased care access during and after the pandemic.
See: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/pdfs/mm6943 ...
"The COVID-19 hazard continues, but the hazard pay does not: Why America’s essential workers need a raise." By Molly Kinder, Laura Stateler, and Julia Du. Report (Brookings), October 29, 2020, pp. 1-16
Argues low-wage frontline workers deserve hazard pay during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides public and private sector recommendations. Mentions state-level programs that provide frontline essential workers with pay increases.
See: https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-covid-19-ha ...
"Maternal telehealth has expanded dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic." By Ian Hill and Emmy Burroughs. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, October 28, 2020, pp. 1-10
Explores promising maternal care telehealth practices that have emerged during the pandemic, what access and equity concerns surrounding maternal health have arisen in light of increased reliance on telehealth, and what lessons can be applied to a post-pandemic future.
See: https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publicat ...
"End-of-life challenge takes a new turn." By Joey Berlin. Texas Medicine, November 2020, pp. 43-44, 46-47
Highlights recent developments in Cook Children's Medical Center v. T.L., which was recently before the Second Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court. Discusses issues the case raises related to advance directives and the Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA).
Related information at: http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=02-20- ...
Related information at: http://www.search.txcourts.gov/Case.aspx?cn=20-064 ...
See: https://cdn.coverstand.com/55178/676420/fed547ec7b ...
Related information at: https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS. ...
"Anatomy of a pandemic: Assessing housing market damage and recovery." By Joshua Roberson. Tierra Grande, October 2020, pp. 2-6
Examines how the Texas housing market has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses homeowner confidence, potential buyers, urban flight, housing affordability, and the outlook for recovery.
See: https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/articles/tierra-gran ...
"Blue matters matter." By Mitch Adams and Bobby Mims. Voice for the Defense, November 2020, pp. 16-18
Examines statutes and case law that govern police disciplinary records in Texas, particularly in municipalities that adopt Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 143 ("143 Municipalities"). Suggests legislative actions that could lead to better police oversight.
See: https://www.voiceforthedefenseonline.com/newslette ...