HUMAN RESOURCES CODE


TITLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS


For expiration of this chapter, see Section 2.008.


CHAPTER 2. INTERAGENCY COUNCIL FOR ADDRESSING DISPROPORTIONALITY


Sec. 2.001. INTERAGENCY COUNCIL FOR ADDRESSING DISPROPORTIONALITY. The Interagency Council for Addressing Disproportionality is established to:

(1) examine the level of disproportionate involvement of children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group at each stage in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health systems, including:

(A) the points of entry;

(B) each point at which a treatment decision is made; and

(C) the outcomes for the children exiting the systems;

(2) examine issues relating to the disproportionate delivery of various educational services to children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group in the education system;

(3) make recommendations to:

(A) reduce the involvement of children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health systems; and

(B) improve the children's success in the education system; and

(4) assist the Health and Human Services Commission in

eliminating health and health access disparities in Texas among racial, multicultural, disadvantaged, ethnic, and regional populations.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.002. COMPOSITION OF COUNCIL; MEETINGS. (a) The council consists of:

(1) one representative from each of the following agencies appointed by the executive director, director, or commissioner of each agency:

(A) the Texas Education Agency;

(B) the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities within the Health and Human Services Commission;

(C) the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services;

(D) the Department of Aging and Disability Services;

(E) the Department of State Health Services;

(F) the Department of Family and Protective Services;

(G) the Texas Youth Commission;

(H) the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission;

(I) the Health and Human Services Commission; and

(J) the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System;

(2) one representative of the office of the attorney general appointed by the attorney general;

(3) one representative of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families appointed by the chair of the commission;

(4) one representative of a community-based organization that works with child welfare, juvenile justice, education, or children's mental health issues appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission;

(5) one representative of a faith-based community organization appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission;

(6) one representative of the criminal justice division of the governor's office appointed by the governor;

(7) one person who is a former foster care youth appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission; and

(8) two representatives of the medical community appointed by the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission.

(b) A representative of an agency appointed to the council must have an overall understanding of the agency's mission and purpose and substantial experience and expertise relating to the administration of the agency's policies, programs, and activities.

(c) The representative from the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities within the Health and Human Services Commission serves as the presiding officer of the council.

(d) A person who is appointed to the council must complete a cultural competency training program approved by the presiding officer of the council.

(e) The council shall meet at least quarterly.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.003. COUNCIL DUTIES IN PREPARATION OF REPORT. The council's duties include:

(1) reviewing the delivery of public and private child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health services to evaluate the disproportionate rates of use of the services by children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group;

(2) reviewing the delivery of public education services to determine which of those services are delivered disproportionately to children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group;

(3) reviewing federal, state, and local funds appropriated to address the disproportionate use of children's services by children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group;

(4) reviewing current best practice standards addressing the disproportionate use of children's services by children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group;

(5) examining the qualifications and training of children's service providers and making recommendations for training curriculum and other necessary changes;

(6) recommending methods to improve use of available public and private funds to address the disproportionate use of children's services by children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group;

(7) providing information concerning identified unmet children's service needs and providing recommendations concerning the development of resources to meet the identified needs;

(8) examining outcomes for children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group who have exited or will exit the public and private child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, and education systems;

(9) recommending administrative and legislative actions related to appropriate programs and services to reduce and eliminate disparities in the systems and improve the long-term outcomes for children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group who are served by the systems; and

(10) preparing a report consisting of the council's findings and recommendations and the presentation of an implementation plan to address disproportionate representation of children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group in the use of children's services.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.004. ADDITIONAL COUNCIL DUTIES. (a) The council shall:

(1) investigate and report on issues related to health and health access disparities among racial, multicultural, disadvantaged, ethnic, and regional populations;

(2) develop short-term and long-term strategies to eliminate health and health access disparities among racial, multicultural, disadvantaged, ethnic, and regional populations;

(3) monitor the progress of each health and human services agency in eliminating health and health access disparities; and

(4) advise each health and human services agency on the implementation of any targeted programs or funding authorized by the legislature to address health and health access disparities.

(b) In performing the duties described by Subsection (a), the council shall consult with each health and human services agency, the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, and any other relevant division of the Health and Human Services Commission.

(c) If the council develops information in the course of performing its duties under this section, the council shall attach that information to the report required by Section 2.005.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.005. COUNCIL REPORT. Not later than December 1, 2012, the council shall prepare and submit to the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the legislature a report containing the council's findings and recommendations for addressing the disproportionate representation of children who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group in the use of children's services and the council's recommendation as to whether to continue the council.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.006. REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES. A council member is not entitled to compensation but may be entitled to reimbursement for the member's travel expenses as provided by Chapter 660, Government Code, and the General Appropriations Act.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.007. APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAW. Chapter 2110, Government Code, does not apply to the council.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.

Sec. 2.008. EXPIRATION OF CHAPTER. This chapter expires December 1, 2013.

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 121 (S.B. 501), Sec. 1, eff. May 21, 2011.