Bill Text: TX HB4259 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the regulation of listed family homes.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-09 - Left pending in committee [HB4259 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4259-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Bonnen of Galveston H.B. No. 4259
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the regulation of listed family homes.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 42.042, Human Resources Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (d-1) and amending Subsection (g) to read as
  follows:
         (d-1)  The executive commissioner by rule shall adopt
  minimum standards for listed family homes. The minimum standards
  must:
               (1)  promote the health, safety, and welfare of
  children attending a listed family home;
               (2)  promote safe, comfortable, and healthy listed
  family homes for children;
               (3)  ensure adequate supervision of children by
  capable, qualified, and healthy personnel; and
               (4)  ensure medication is administered in accordance
  with Section 42.065.
         (g)  In promulgating minimum standards the executive
  commissioner may recognize and treat differently the types of
  services provided by the following:
               (1)  listed family homes;
               
               (2)  registered family homes;
               (3) [(2)]  child-care facilities, including general
  residential operations, cottage home operations, specialized
  child-care homes, group day-care homes, and day-care centers;
               (4) [(3)]  child-placing agencies;
               (5) [(4)]  agency foster homes;
               (6) [(5)]  continuum-of-care residential operations;
               (7) [(6)]  before-school or after-school programs; and
               (8) [(7)]  school-age programs.
         SECTION 2.  Section 42.044, Human Resources Code, is amended
  by amending Subsections (a) and (c) and adding Subsection (b-4) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  An authorized representative of the commission
  [department] may visit a facility regulated under this chapter or a
  registered or listed family home during operating hours to
  investigate, inspect, and evaluate.
         (b-4)  The commission shall inspect a listed family home at
  least once every three years. The inspection must be unannounced.
         (c)  The commission [department] must investigate a facility
  regulated under this chapter or a registered or listed family home
  when a complaint is received. The representative of the commission
  [department] must notify the operator of a registered or listed
  family home or the director or authorized representative of a
  regulated facility when a complaint is being investigated and
  report in writing the results of the investigation to the family
  home's operator or to the regulated facility's director or the
  director's authorized representative.
         SECTION 3.  Section 42.0442(a), Human Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The commission [department] shall coordinate monitoring
  inspections of licensed day-care centers, licensed group day-care
  homes, and registered and listed family homes performed by another
  state agency to eliminate redundant inspections.
         SECTION 4.  Section 42.04425, Human Resources Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (d) to read as follows:
         (d)  The commission shall provide with the inspection data
  described by Subsection (c) a minimum of five years of inspection
  data for listed family homes regulated under this chapter to
  enhance consumer choice with respect to those homes.
         SECTION 5.  Section 42.0446, Human Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 42.0446.  REMOVAL OF CERTAIN INVESTIGATION INFORMATION
  FROM INTERNET WEBSITE. The executive commissioner shall adopt
  rules providing a procedure by which the commission [department]
  removes from the commission's [department's] Internet website
  information on [with respect to] a child-care facility or
  registered or listed family home that relates to an anonymous
  complaint alleging [that] the facility or family home failed to
  comply with the commission's [department's] minimum standards if,
  at the conclusion of an investigation, the commission [department]
  determines [that] the complaint is false or lacks factual
  foundation.
         SECTION 6.  Section 42.0447(a), Human Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person commits an offense if the person knowingly or
  intentionally files a complaint alleging that a child-care facility
  or registered or listed family home failed to comply with the
  commission's [department's] minimum standards and the person knows
  the allegation is false or lacks factual foundation.
         SECTION 7.  Section 42.046, Human Resources Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (f)  An applicant for a listing to operate a family home
  shall submit with the application proof of the applicant's
  successful completion of safe sleep training in accordance with
  commission rules.
         SECTION 8.  Subchapter C, Chapter 42, Human Resources Code,
  is amended by adding Section 42.0495 to read as follows:
         Sec. 42.0495.  LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR LISTED
  FAMILY HOMES. (a) A listed family home shall maintain liability
  insurance coverage in the amount of $300,000 for each occurrence of
  negligence. An insurance policy or contract required under this
  section must cover injury to a child that occurs while the child is
  on the premises of or in the care of the listed family home.
         (b)  A listed family home shall annually file with the
  commission a certificate or other evidence of coverage from an
  insurance company demonstrating that the listed family home has an
  unexpired and uncanceled insurance policy or contract that meets
  the requirements of this section.
         (c)  If a listed family home is unable to secure a policy or
  contract required under this section for financial reasons or for
  lack of availability of an underwriter willing to issue a policy or
  contract or the home's policy or contract limits are exhausted, the
  home shall timely provide written notice to the parent or guardian
  of each child attending the home that the liability coverage is not
  provided.
         (d)  A listed family home described by Subsection (c) shall
  timely provide written notice to the commission that the home is
  unable to secure liability insurance and the reason the insurance
  could not be secured.
         (e)  If a listed family home complies with the notice
  requirements under this section, the commission may not assess an
  administrative penalty or suspend or revoke the family home's
  listing for violating Subsection (a). This subsection may not be
  construed to indemnify a family home for damages due to negligence.
         SECTION 9.  Sections 42.052(f) and (i), Human Resources
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (f)  To remain listed or registered with the commission
  [department], a family home must comply with the commission's
  [department's] rules and standards[, if applicable,] and any
  provision of this chapter that applies to a listed or registered
  family home.
         (i)  The commission [department] shall provide to a listed
  family home a copy of the listing. A listing must contain a
  provision that states: "THIS HOME IS A LISTED FAMILY HOME.  IT IS
  NOT LICENSED OR REGISTERED WITH THE HEALTH AND HUMAN [DEPARTMENT OF
  FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE] SERVICES COMMISSION. A LISTED FAMILY HOME
  HAS LIMITED MINIMUM STANDARDS AND IS NOT INSPECTED EVERY YEAR  [IT
  HAS NOT BEEN INSPECTED AND WILL NOT BE INSPECTED]."  The operator of
  a listed family home is not required to display the listing in a
  prominent place at the home but shall make the listing available for
  examination.  [The executive commissioner by rule shall provide for
  a sufficient period to allow operators of family homes to comply
  with the listing requirement of this section.]
         SECTION 10.  Section 42.0522(b), Human Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A family home may not place a public advertisement that
  uses the title "listed family home" or any variation of that phrase
  unless the home is listed as provided by this chapter.  Any public
  advertisement for a listed family home that uses the title "listed
  family home" must contain a provision in bold type stating: "THIS
  HOME IS A LISTED FAMILY HOME.  IT IS NOT LICENSED OR REGISTERED WITH
  THE HEALTH AND HUMAN [DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE] SERVICES
  COMMISSION. A LISTED FAMILY HOME HAS LIMITED MINIMUM STANDARDS AND
  IS NOT INSPECTED EVERY YEAR  [IT HAS NOT BEEN INSPECTED AND WILL NOT
  BE INSPECTED]."
         SECTION 11.  Section 42.0523, Human Resources Code, is
  amended by adding Subsections (e), (f), and (g) to read as follows:
         (e)  The following requirements do not apply to a family home
  listed under this section:
               (1)  the minimum standards adopted under Section
  42.042;
               (2)  the inspection requirement under Section 42.044;
  and
               (3)  the liability insurance requirement under Section
  42.0495.
         (f)  A family home listed under this section shall undergo
  initial and subsequent background and criminal history checks
  required under Section 42.056. If the operator of the home fails to
  submit the information required by Section 42.056 for a subsequent
  background and criminal history check, the commission shall
  automatically:
               (1)  suspend the home's listing until the required
  information is submitted; and
               (2)  revoke the home's listing if the required
  information is not submitted before six months after the date the
  automatic suspension begins under Subdivision (1).
         (g)  A suspension or revocation under Subsection (f) is not a
  suspension or revocation under Section 42.072.
         SECTION 12.  The following provisions of the Human Resources
  Code are repealed:
               (1)  Sections 42.044(c-1) and (c-2); and
               (2)  Sections 42.052(j) and (j-1).
         SECTION 13.  As soon as practicable after the effective date
  of this Act, the executive commissioner of the Health and Human
  Services Commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement
  Chapter 42, Human Resources Code, as amended by this Act.
         SECTION 14.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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