Texas Human Resources Code - Section 152.1073. Harris County Children's Protective Services Board
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§ 152.1073. HARRIS COUNTY CHILDREN'S PROTECTIVE SERVICES
BOARD. (a) In this section:
(1) "Board" means the Harris County Children's
Protective Services Board.
(2) "Director" means the highest administrative
officer who is responsible to the board.
(3) "Institution" means an institution for the care
and protection of children who have been abandoned or abused, or are
for any other reason in need of protective services. The term does
not include a detention facility for delinquent children or
children in need of supervision or a facility primarily for
children with severe psychological or other medical conditions.
(b) The board has the powers and duties of a child welfare
board created under Section 264.005, Family Code.
(c) The board may, with the approval of the commissioners
court, assume jurisdiction, management, and control over a county
owned institution. If the board assumes control and management of
an institution, the board shall perform the functions in relation
to the institutions that the juvenile board and chief probation
officer of Harris County formerly performed.
(d) The board may designate the director or a specially
designated assistant as the director of one or more institutions.
(e) The board may hire and remove institution employees.
The board shall establish a general personnel policy for
institution employees and shall pay the salaries and expenses of
the employees from funds supplied by the commissioners court under
the annual budget or supplemental budget approved by the
commissioners court or from funds supplied by the state or other
(f) The board shall prepare an annual budget for the
institutions and submit the budget to the commissioners court for
final approval as prescribed by law for other county agencies and
departments. The board shall also make an annual report to the
commissioners court on the operations and efficiency of the
(g) In addition to the authority granted to the board by the
commissioners court and the Texas Department of Human Services, the
(1) disburse funds from sources other than the
commissioners court and the Texas Department of Human Services to
benefit children under this section and to provide care,
protection, evaluation, training, treatment, education, and
recreation to those children;
(2) refuse to accept any funds the board considers to
be inappropriate, incompatible, or burdensome to board policies or
the provision of services;
(3) accept a gift or grant of real or personal property
or accept support under or an interest in a trust to benefit
children under this section and hold the gift or grant directly or
(4) use a gift or grant to benefit children under this
section and to provide care, protection, education, or training to
(5) accept and disburse as provided by Subdivision (1)
fees and contributions from parents, guardians, and relatives of
children who are:
(A) in county supported substitute care or
(B) being assisted by casework, day care, or
homemaker services, by medical, psychological, dental, or other
remedial help, or by teaching, training, or other services;
(6) account for and spend funds the board receives as
fees, contributions, payments made by guardians, or payments made
to benefit a child in the board's legal custody;
(7) receive and disburse funds available to support or
benefit a child in the board's legal custody, including social
security benefits, life insurance proceeds, survivors' pension or
annuity benefits, or a beneficial interest in property; and
(8) receive and use funds, grants, and assistance
available to the board from a federal or state department or agency
to carry out the functions and programs of the department or agency
that is designed to aid or extend programs and operations approved
by the board.
(h) The board shall designate the director or an assistant
to apply for letters of guardianship if necessary to receive funds
under Subsection (g)(7). The director or an assistant may:
(1) apply for and disburse the funds to provide
special items of support for children under this section or to pay
general administrative expenses relating to services under this
(2) hold the funds in trust; or
(3) apply the funds for a particular or more
restricted purpose as required by law or the source of the funds.
(i) The board may delegate to the director or an assistant
any function or duty authorized or prescribed by this section. If
the board delegates the duty to prepare the annual budget and
report, the board must approve the budget and report before they are
submitted to the commissioners court. The board may periodically
review any delegation.
Added by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 352, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 165, § 7.50, eff. Sept. 1,
Last modified: August 11, 2007