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Texas Laws | Human Resource Code
HUMAN RESOURCES CODE
TITLE 11. AGING, COMMUNITY-BASED, AND LONG-TERM CARE SERVICES

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 95 (H.B. 703), Sec. 1, eff. May 23, 2009. (12997)

Redesignated from Human Resources Code, Section 161.152 by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 91 (S.B. 1303), Sec. 27.001(39), eff. September 1, 2011. (12998)

Sec. 161.353. FALL PREVENTION POLICY. (12999)(Text)

The department may develop recommendations to: (13000)

(1) raise public awareness about fall prevention; (13001)

(2) educate older adults and individuals who provide care to older adults about best practices to reduce the incidence and risk of falls among older adults; (13002)

(3) encourage state and local governments and the private sector to promote policies and programs that help reduce the incidence and risk of falls among older adults; (13003)

(4) encourage area agencies on aging to include fall prevention education in their services; (13004)

(5) develop a system for reporting falls to improve available information on falls; and (13005)

(6) incorporate fall prevention guidelines into state and local planning documents that affect housing, transportation, parks, recreational facilities, and other public facilities. (13006)

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 95 (H.B. 703), Sec. 1, eff. May 23, 2009. (13007)

Redesignated from Human Resources Code, Section 161.153 by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 91 (S.B. 1303), Sec. 27.001(39), eff. September 1, 2011. (13008)

TITLE 12. JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES AND FACILITIES (13009)(Text)

SUBTITLE A. TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD AND TEXAS JUVENILE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT (13010)(Text)

CHAPTER 201. GENERAL PROVISIONS (13011)(Text)
Sec. 201.001. DEFINITIONS. (13012)(Text)

(a) In this title: (13013)

(1) "Board" means the Texas Juvenile Justice Board. (13014)

(2) "Child" means an individual: (13015)

(A) 10 years of age or older and younger than 18 years of age who is under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court; or (13016)

(B) 10 years of age or older and younger than 19 years of age who is committed to the department under Title 3, Family Code. (13017)

(3) "Court" means a juvenile court. (13018)

(4) "Department" means the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. (13019)

(5) "Executive director" means the executive director of the department. (13020)

(6) "Juvenile board" means a body established by law to provide juvenile probation services to a county. (13021)

(7) "State aid" means funds allocated by the department to a juvenile board to financially assist the juvenile board in achieving the purposes of this title and in conforming to the department's standards and policies. (13022)

(a-1) Expired. (13023)

(a-2) Expired. (13024)

(b) Effective December 1, 2011, a reference in other law to: (13025)

(1) the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission means the department; or (13026)

(2) the Texas Youth Commission means the department. (13027)

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13028)

Sec. 201.002. PURPOSES AND INTERPRETATION. (13029)(Text)

This title shall be construed to have the following public purposes: (13030)

(1) creating a unified state juvenile justice agency that works in partnership with local county governments, the courts, and communities to promote public safety by providing a full continuum of effective supports and services to youth from initial contact through termination of supervision; and (13031)

(2) creating a juvenile justice system that produces positive outcomes for youth, families, and communities by: (13032)

(A) assuring accountability, quality, consistency, and transparency through effective monitoring and the use of systemwide performance measures; (13033)

(B) promoting the use of program and service designs and interventions proven to be most effective in rehabilitating youth; (13034)

(C) prioritizing the use of community-based or family-based programs and services for youth over the placement or commitment of youth to a secure facility; (13035)

(D) operating the state facilities to effectively house and rehabilitate the youthful offenders that cannot be safely served in another setting; and (13036)

(E) protecting and enhancing the cooperative agreements between state and local county governments. (13037)

Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13038)

Sec. 201.003. GOALS. (13039)(Text)

The goals of the department and all programs, facilities, and services that are operated, regulated, or funded by the department are to: (13040)

(1) support the development of a consistent county-based continuum of effective interventions, supports, and services for youth and families that reduce the need for out-of-home placement; (13041)

(2) increase reliance on alternatives to placement and commitment to secure state facilities, consistent with adequately addressing a youthful offender's treatment needs and protection of the public; (13042)

(3) locate the facilities as geographically close as possible to necessary workforce and other services while supporting the youths' connection to their families; (13043)

(4) encourage regional cooperation that enhances county collaboration; (13044)

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