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

Committee Members


  • Monitor the implementation of the Department of Justice settlement agreement, SB 643 81st R.S., and other reforms to services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Monitor the implementation of provisions in SB 2080 81st R.S., 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 R.S.;
    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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