Tex. Fam. Code Section 264.503
Purpose and Duties of Committee and Specified State Agencies


(a)

The purpose of the committee is to:

(1)

develop an understanding of the causes and incidence of child deaths in this state;

(2)

identify procedures within the agencies represented on the committee to reduce the number of preventable child deaths; and

(3)

promote public awareness and make recommendations to the governor and the legislature for changes in law, policy, and practice to reduce the number of preventable child deaths.

(b)

To ensure that the committee achieves its purpose, the department and the Department of State Health Services shall perform the duties specified by this section.

(c)

The department shall work cooperatively with:

(1)

the Department of State Health Services;

(2)

the committee; and

(3)

individual child fatality review teams.

(d)

The Department of State Health Services shall:

(1)

recognize the creation and participation of review teams;

(2)

promote and coordinate training to assist the review teams in carrying out their duties;

(3)

assist the committee in developing model protocols for:

(A)

the reporting and investigating of child fatalities for law enforcement agencies, child protective services, justices of the peace and medical examiners, and other professionals involved in the investigations of child deaths;

(B)

the collection of data regarding child deaths; and

(C)

the operation of the review teams;

(4)

develop and implement procedures necessary for the operation of the committee;

(5)

develop and make available training for justices of the peace and medical examiners regarding inquests in child death cases; and

(6)

promote education of the public regarding the incidence and causes of child deaths, the public role in preventing child deaths, and specific steps the public can undertake to prevent child deaths.

(d-1)

The committee shall enlist the support and assistance of civic, philanthropic, and public service organizations in the performance of the duties imposed under Subsection (d).

(e)

In addition to the duties under Subsection (d), the Department of State Health Services shall:

(1)

collect data under this subchapter and coordinate the collection of data under this subchapter with other data collection activities;

(2)

perform annual statistical studies of the incidence and causes of child fatalities using the data collected under this subchapter; and

(3)

evaluate the available child fatality data and use the data to create public health strategies for the prevention of child fatalities.

(f)

Not later than April 1 of each even-numbered year, the committee shall publish a report that contains aggregate child fatality data collected by local child fatality review teams, recommendations to prevent child fatalities and injuries, and recommendations to the department on child protective services operations based on input from the child safety review subcommittee. The committee shall submit a copy of the report to the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, Department of State Health Services, and department and make the report available to the public. Not later than October 1 of each even-numbered year, the department shall submit a written response to the committee’s recommendations to the committee, governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and Department of State Health Services describing which of the committee’s recommendations regarding the operation of the child protective services system the department will implement and the methods of implementation.

(g)

The committee shall perform the functions and duties required of a citizen review panel under 42 U.S.C. Section 5106a(c)(4)(A).

(h)

Each member of the committee must be a member of the child fatality review team in the county where the committee member resides unless the committee member is an appointed representative of a state agency.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 255, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 878, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 957, Sec. 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 268 (S.B. 6), Sec. 1.57, eff. September 1, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 396 (S.B. 802), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2007.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1145 (S.B. 66), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 822 (H.B. 1549), Sec. 6, eff. September 1, 2017.

Source: Section 264.503 — Purpose and Duties of Committee and Specified State Agencies, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/FA/htm/FA.­264.­htm#264.­503 (accessed Feb. 22, 2024).

264.001
Definitions
264.002
Specific Appropriation Required
264.004
Allocation of State Funds
264.005
County Child Welfare Boards
264.006
County Funds
264.008
Child Welfare Service Fund
264.009
Legal Representation of Department
264.010
Child Abuse Plan
264.0011
Reference to Executive Commissioner or Commission
264.011
Local Accounts
264.013
Exchange of Information with Other States
264.015
Training
264.017
Required Reporting
264.018
Required Notifications
264.019
Collection and Reporting of Alcohol and Controlled Substance Statistics
264.0091
Use of Teleconferencing and Videoconferencing Technology
264.101
Foster Care Payments
264.102
County Contracts
264.103
Direct Payments
264.104
Parent or Guardian Liability
264.107
Placement of Children
264.109
Assignment of Support Rights in Substitute Care Cases
264.110
Prospective Foster or Adoptive Parent Statement
264.0111
Money Earned by Child
264.112
Report on Children in Substitute Care
264.113
Foster Parent Recruitment
264.114
Immunity from Liability
264.115
Returning Child to School
264.116
Texas Foster Grandparent Mentors
264.118
Annual Survey
264.120
Discharge Notice
264.121
Transitional Living Services Program
264.0121
Notice to Legislators of Foster Child’s Death
264.122
Court Approval Required for Travel Outside United States by Child in Foster Care
264.123
Reports Concerning Children Who Are Missing or Victims of Sex Trafficking
264.124
Day Care for Foster Child
264.125
Age-appropriate Normalcy Activities
264.128
Single Child Plan of Service Initiative
264.130
Pregnancy and Parenting Information
264.0145
Release of Case Record
264.151
Legislative Intent
264.152
Definitions
264.153
Community-based Care Implementation Plan
264.154
Qualifications of Single Source Continuum Contractor
264.155
Required Contract Provisions
264.156
Readiness Review Process for Community-based Care Contractor
264.157
Expansion of Community-based Care
264.158
Transfer of Case Management Services to Single Source Continuum Contractor
264.159
Data Access and Standards Governance Council
264.160
Liability Insurance Requirements
264.161
Statutory Duties Assumed by Contractor
264.162
Review of Contractor Performance
264.163
Continuing Duties of Department
264.164
Confidentiality
264.165
Notice Required for Early Termination of Contract
264.166
Contingency Plan in Event of Early Contract Termination
264.167
Attorney-client Privilege
264.168
Review of Contractor Recommendations by Department
264.170
Limited Liability for Single Source Continuum Contractor and Related Personnel
264.171
Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Community-based Care Transition
264.172
Office of Community-based Care Transition
264.201
Services by Department
264.202
Standards and Effectiveness
264.203
Required Participation
264.204
Community-based Family Services
264.205
Swift Adoption Teams
264.207
Home Study Required Before Adoption
264.401
Definition
264.402
Establishment of Children’s Advocacy Center
264.403
Interagency Memorandum of Understanding
264.404
Board Representation
264.405
Center Duties
264.406
Multidisciplinary Team
264.407
Liability
264.408
Use of Information and Records
264.409
Administrative Contracts
264.410
Contracts with Children’s Advocacy Centers
264.411
Eligibility for Contracts
264.501
Definitions
264.502
Committee
264.503
Purpose and Duties of Committee and Specified State Agencies
264.504
Meetings of Committee
264.505
Establishment of Review Team
264.506
Purpose and Duties of Review Team
264.507
Duties of Presiding Officer
264.508
Review Procedure
264.509
Access to Information
264.510
Meeting of Review Team
264.511
Use of Information and Records
264.512
Governmental Units
264.513
Report of Death of Child
264.514
Procedure in the Event of Reportable Death
264.515
Investigation
264.601
Definitions
264.602
Contracts with Advocate Programs
264.603
Administrative Contracts
264.604
Eligibility for Contracts
264.605
Contract Form
264.606
Criteria for Award of Contracts
264.607
Contract Requirements
264.608
Report to the Legislature
264.609
Rule-making Authority
264.610
Confidentiality
264.611
Consultations
264.612
Funding
264.613
Use of Information and Records
264.614
Internet Application for Case Tracking and Information Management System
264.751
Definitions
264.752
Relative and Other Designated Caregiver Placement Program
264.753
Expedited Placement
264.754
Assessment of Proposed Placement
264.755
Caregiver Assistance Agreement
264.756
Assistance with Permanent Placement
264.757
Coordination with Other Agencies
264.758
Funds
264.760
Eligibility for Foster Care Payments and Permanency Care Assistance
264.762
Annual Report
264.851
Definitions
264.852
Permanency Care Assistance Agreements
264.853
Rules
264.854
Maximum Payment Amount
264.856
Appropriation Required
264.901
Definitions
264.902
Parental Child Safety Placement Agreement
264.903
Caregiver Evaluation
264.904
Department Procedures for Closing Case
264.905
Removal of Child by Department
264.906
Placement Preference During Conservatorship
264.907
Inclusions in Reports of Parental Child Safety Placements
264.1015
Liability of Child’s Estate for Foster Care
264.1061
Foster Parent Performance
264.1071
Office Stays Prohibited
264.1072
Educational Stability
264.1073
Treatment Foster Care
264.1075
Assessing Needs of Child
264.1076
Medical Examination Required
264.1078
Luggage for Foster Children
264.1085
Foster Care Placement in Compliance with Federal Law Required
264.1211
Career Development and Education Program
264.1212
Facilitation of Transition to Institution of Higher Education
264.1213
Records and Documents for Children Aging out of Foster Care
264.1214
Housing for Homeless Youth Aging out of Foster Care
264.1215
Pilot Program for Financial Transitional Living Services
264.1261
Foster Care Capacity Needs Plan
264.2011
Enhanced In-home Support Program
264.2015
Family Group Conferencing
264.2031
Selection of Service Provider
264.2032
Report on Court-ordered Participation in Services
264.2041
Cultural Awareness
264.2042
Nonprofit Organizations Providing Child and Family Services
264.2043
Prohibition on Abuse or Neglect Investigation Based Solely on Request for Information
264.2044
Grants for Faith-based Community Collaborative Programs
264.4031
Multidisciplinary Team Working Protocol
264.4061
Multidisciplinary Team Response Required
264.5031
Collection of near Fatality Data
264.5032
Report on Child Fatality and near Fatality Data
264.7541
Caregiver Visit with Child
264.7551
Fraudulent Agreement
264.8521
Notice to Applicants

Accessed:
Feb. 22, 2024

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