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Judge Jack Issues Order Following Hearing on Expert Panel Report and Monitors' Third Report

On January 11, 2022, Hon. Janis Jack of the Southern District Court of Texas issued an order following a hearing on an expert panel report and the court monitors' third report in M.D. v. Abbott. Both reports are in this Recent News section of the Texas Lawyers for Children home page. Jack's order to Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, based on the reports and hearing, is as follows: 1) DFPS and HHSC ordered to form an interagency committee; 2) HHSC and DFPS to develop a plan within 90 days to expand mental health care services to children; 3) DFPS to develop a plan within 90 days to bring back children who have been placed out-of-state; 4) DFPS to inform the court monitors within 30 days if resources are available for a community liaison; 5) within 90 days, DFPS and HHSC to provide cost analysis of placements for high needs children; 6) by noon on January 14, DFPS to provide a list to the court monitors of every child who refused COVID vaccine, their ages, and their placements; 7) DFPS to provide answer to the court monitors within two weeks as to when standard training will be completed by single-source continuum contractors; 8) DFPS to provide the court monitors by noon January 12 a list of 12 overdue residential child care investigations; and, 9) HHSC to provide to court monitors by noon January 12 its staff turnover rates.


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