Upbring has enormous respect for all who answer the call of public service. In our endeavors to break the cycle of child abuse and improve long-term outcomes for all Texas children, we have the privilege of working with the Texas Legislature, as well as officials in all three branches of Texas state government and county and municipal officials.
- The 86th Texas Legislative Session (2019)
Upbring believes the 2019 Texas Legislature is committed to continuing to drive transformative change in the Texas child protection system. Among the priority issues in which we are engaged at the Capitol are the following:
- Expanding and fully funding Community-Based Care, now in place in three of seventeen catchment areas, to nine catchment areas by 2021.
- Investing additional resources to expand geographic footprint of Primary Prevention Programs.
- Preparing to implement the Federal Family-First Prevention Services Act in 2021.
- Increasing supports and services for specialized population groups, including:
- Older youth transitioning to adulthood;
- Pregnant and parenting youth; and
- High-acuity children with intense trauma treatment needs.
- Implementing updated cost methodology to better inform rate reimbursement decisions made by the Legislature.
- Advancing system performance measures to more fully encompass child well-being measures across the full range of protective factors.