Resources and Publications

84th Texas Legislative Session

legislative recap84th Texas Legislative Session Recap: Big Wins for Texas Youth

Our Legislative Session Recap report outlines all you need to know about the results of the 84th Texas Legislative Session and its impact on youth services and programs.


factsheet buttonFact Sheet on Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI) Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

The most cost effective way to serve young people and their families is to prevent problems before they start and escalate to a crisis.  The PEI division at the DFPS contracts with organizations across the state to provide services and interventions that are proven to prevent youth from ending up in the more expensive foster care and juvenile justice systems.

factsheet buttonFact Sheet on Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR)

STAR is a prevention and early intervention program designed to support young people and their families who are in crisis before situations escalate to the point that more expensive and intrusive services are needed.  STAR services are available 24 hours a day in all 254 counties in Texas, to youth under the age of 18 and their families. Services include family conflict resolution, short-term counseling, parenting classes, and emergency shelter for youth who need respite care.

factsheet buttonFact Sheet on Foster Care Redesign

The Foster Care Redesign model designed and implemented in Region 3B by ACH Child & Family Services is called “Our Community, Our Kids (OCOK).”  The model promises better outcomes for children and youth in foster care, but if it is not adequately funded, it will fail.

factsheet buttonFact Sheet on SB1494 by Senator Uresti to promote high school completion among youth are homeless.

Homeless students face extreme challenges in completing their education.  This bill is designed to combat the challenges of homelessness and promote completion among youth who are homeless.

legislative agenda84th Legislative Session: TNOYS Legislative Agenda

Agenda outlines TNOYS goals for the 84th Texas Legislative Session and its 7 key focus areas for the upcoming legislative session.


83rd Texas Legislative Session

factsheet buttonFact Sheet for HB 2400

HB 2400 will equip juvenile courts with the tools to address adolescent behaviors appropriately.



testimonyTNOYS Testimony to the House Human Services for HB 2240

HB 2400 would lay groundwork to address the issue of youth homelessness by establishing a definition of the problem.



testimonyTNOYS Testimony to the Senate Higher Education Committee on SB 1210

TNOYS implored the Senate Higher Education Committee to exclude youth in foster care from this legislation, which would  limit their tuition and fee waiver benefit at public institutions of higher education.


testimonyTNOYS Testimony to the House Corrections Committee for HB 1543

HB 1543 would establish an ombudsman to protect the rights of youth incarcerated within county juvenile justice facilities.



testimonyTNOYS Testimony to the Senate Jurisprudence Committee for SB 717

SB 717 will make it easier for unaccompanied homeless youth to access transitional living services.



testimonyTNOYS Testimony to the House Human Services Committee for HB 445

HB 445 will promote savings opportunities and important life skills for youth who are in foster care.


legislative agenda2013 TNOYS Legislative Agenda

The 2013 TNOYS Legislative Agenda outlines the principles that will guide our advocacy work during the 83rd Texas Legislative Session. These principles include preventing problems before they start, addressing adolescent behaviors appropriately, promoting safe and nurturing living arrangements for youth who cannot remain at home with their parents, supporting youth during their transition to adulthood, and working in partnership with youth.

factsheet buttonServices To At Risk Youth (“STAR”) Briefing Paper

This briefing paper, authored by Jack Nowicki, addresses the history, design, and importance of the STAR program.



factsheet buttonServices to At-Risk Youth (“STAR”) Talking Points

The STAR program fact sheet outlines talking points addressing the STAR program. It is designed to support you in your meetings with policymakers.