(e) The department shall periodically notify the complaint parties of the status of the complaint until final disposition, unless the notice would jeopardize an undercover investigation. If the complaint relates to a claim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation involving a local juvenile probation department, the department shall provide monthly updates on the status of the complaint and immediate updates regarding department decisions to the local juvenile probation department. (13366)
(f) The department shall keep information about each written complaint filed with the department. The information must include: (13367)
(1) the subject matter of the complaint; (13368)
(2) the parties to the complaint; (13369)
(3) a summary of the results of the review or investigation of the complaint; (13370)
(4) the period of time between the date the complaint is received and the date the complaint is closed; and (13371)
(5) the disposition of the complaint. (13372)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13373)
Any data compiled by a local juvenile probation department related to abuse, neglect, or exploitation of youth, or to complaints regarding juvenile probation programs, that is required by this chapter or by any rule to be reported to the department or local juvenile probation board shall be provided to the office of the independent ombudsman. (13375)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13376)
A juvenile probation department that is aggrieved by a decision of the executive director, including a decision relating to standards affecting juvenile probation programs, services, or facilities, may appeal the executive director's decision to the board. The decision of the board is final and cannot be appealed. (13378)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13379)
The department shall prepare annually a complete and detailed written report accounting for all funds received and disbursed by the department during the preceding fiscal year. The annual report must meet the reporting requirements applicable to financial reporting provided in the General Appropriations Act. (13381)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13382)
(a) The department shall regularly conduct internal audits of the department, including audits of: (13384)
(1) facilities operated by and under contract with the department; and (13385)
(2) medical services provided to children in the custody of the department. (13386)
(b) The department shall on a quarterly basis report the results of the audits to: (13387)
(1) the committees of the senate and house of representatives with primary jurisdiction over matters concerning correctional facilities; and (13388)
(2) the state auditor. (13389)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13390)
(a) The department shall establish a permanent, toll-free number for the purpose of receiving any information concerning the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of children in the custody of the department or housed in a local probation facility. (13392)
(b) The department shall ensure that: (13393)
(1) the toll-free number is prominently displayed in each department facility and each local probation facility; (13394)
(2) children in the custody of the department or housed in a local probation facility and employees of the department and the facility have confidential access to telephones for the purpose of calling the toll-free number; and (13395)
(3) the toll-free number is in operation and answered by staff 24 hours a day, every day of the year. (13396)
(c) The department shall share the complaints received on the toll-free number with the office of inspector general and the office of the independent ombudsman. (13397)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13398)
The department shall establish and implement a system to evaluate the effectiveness of county and state programs and services for youth. (13400)
Added by Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 85 (S.B. 653), Sec. 1.002, eff. September 1, 2011. (13401)
Text of section as added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1299 (H.B. 2862), and Ch. 1184 (S.B. 1003). Under Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1184 (S.B. 1003), Sec. 7, this section expires February 1, 2015; Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1299 (H.B. 2862), does not provide for expiration of this section. (13402)
(a) In this section: (13404)
(1) "Disciplinary seclusion" means the separation of a resident from other residents for disciplinary reasons and the placement of the resident alone in an area from which egress is prevented for more than 90 minutes. (13405)
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