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House Committee on Youth Health and Safety, Select - 87th R.S. (2021)

Committee Members
J.M. Lozano, Chair
Ann Johnson, Vice Chair
Steve Allison
Greg Bonnen
David Cook
Drew Darby
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
James Frank
Charlie Geren
Mary González
Tracy O. King
Stephanie Klick
John Kuempel
Brooks Landgraf
Jeff Leach
Eddie Morales
Victoria Neave
Toni Rose
Charges
  • Provide a cross-jurisdictional forum for the examination and consideration of issues that broadly affect the health, safety, and rights of Texas youth.
  • Improve the ability of federal, state, and local governmental entities to address the needs of Texas youth through, among other things, expanded coordination between all programs and systems that serve youth and their families, including child protective services, mental health services, educational institutions, and the juvenile justice system.
  • Study the allocation and use of state resources to preventative and rehabilitative services that address the primary challenges facing Texas youth placed in the juvenile justice system, including the redirection of those resources as necessary to ensure effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Study the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health needs of Texas youth and identification of effective treatment strategies.
  • Study the expansion of prevention efforts and the strengthening of service systems to permit the behavioral health challenges faced by Texas youth to be addressed closer to their homes, including efforts and systems that permit youth to remain in their classrooms and stay out of institutionalized healthcare and juvenile justice systems.
  • Study programs, services, and governmental action focused on the rehabilitation of youthful offenders, including considerations related to developmental factors that impact a youth's entry into the justice system.
  • Study the implementation and impact of SB 11 86th R.S. and any other pertinent laws. Identify additional policies, protocols and strategies that will help create a safer environment in schools and local communities.
  • Examine strategies to prevent acts of mass violence, including measures to enhance firearm safety in Texas.
  • Evaluate the preparedness of and coordination between state and local agencies, nongovernmental entities, and law enforcement for the prevention of and response to mass violence, including the content and efficacy of active shooter response training.
  • Examine the role of online communications in mass violence scenarios and identify technological resources and solutions for detecting, mitigating, and reporting threats.
  • Study the needs of the state related to mental health professionals, educators, school administrators, and related professionals overseeing youth mental health programs and the delivery of those mental health services.

Note:
Appointed by Speaker Dade Phelan 9/16/2021, pursuant to Rule 1, Section 16(b), House Rules.
Proclamation, 9/16/2021
Additional members appointed by Speaker 6/3/2022, pursuant to Rule 1, Section 16(b), House Rules.
House Response to Uvalde Tragedy, Speaker Dade Phelan, 6/3/2022.

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