79th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 2579, Chapter 1131 Page: 1 of 11
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CHAPTERl131 H.B. No. 2579
relating to procedures to ensure the involvement of parents or
guardians of children placed in certain institutions.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter D-1, Chapter 531, Government Code, is
amended by adding Sections 531.1521, 531.1532, 531.1591, and
531.164-531.167 to read as follows:
Sec. 531.1521. PREADMISSION INFORMATION. (a) The
executive commissioner by rule shall develop and implement a system
by which the Department of Aging and Disability Services ensures
that, for each child with respect to whom the department or a local
mental retardation authority is notified of a request for placement
in an institution, the child's parent or guardian is fully informed
before the child is placed in the institution of all
community-based services and any other service and support options
for which the child may be eligible. The system must be designed to
ensure that the department provides the information through:
(1) a local mental retardation authority;
(2) any private entity that has knowledge and
expertise regarding the needs of and full spectrum of care options
available to children with disabilities as well as the philosophy
and purpose of permanency planning; or
(3) a department employee.
(b) An institution in which a child's parent or guardian is
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. 79th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 2579, Chapter 1131, legislative document, June 18, 2005; [Austin, Texas]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth156839/m1/1/: accessed March 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.