Bill Text: TX SB687 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to the collection and use of certain information relating to child abuse and neglect and the provision of prevention and early intervention services; creating an offense.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2017-05-20 - 1 hr. notice-for reconsideration [SB687 Detail]

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  85R8111 MM-D
 
  By: Uresti S.B. No. 687
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the collection and use of certain information relating
  to child abuse and neglect and the provision of prevention and early
  intervention services.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 265, Family Code, is
  amended by adding Sections 265.0041, 265.0043, and 265.0044 to read
  as follows:
         Sec. 265.0041.  GEOGRAPHIC RISK MAPPING FOR PREVENTION AND
  EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES. (a)  The department shall use
  existing risk terrain modeling systems, predictive analytic
  systems, or geographic risk assessments or shall develop a system
  or assessment under Subsection (c) to:
               (1)  identify geographic areas that have high risk
  indicators of child maltreatment and child fatalities resulting
  from abuse or neglect; and
               (2)  target the implementation and use of prevention
  and early intervention services to those geographic areas.
         (b)  The department may not use data gathered under this
  section to identify a specific family or individual.
         (c)  The Health and Human Services Commission, on behalf of
  the department, may enter into agreements with institutions of
  higher education to develop or adapt, in coordination with the
  department, a risk terrain modeling system, a predictive analytic
  system, or a geographic risk assessment to be used for purposes of
  this section.
         Sec. 265.0043.  INTERAGENCY SHARING OF DATA FOR RISK TERRAIN
  MODELING.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, state
  agencies, including the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Juvenile
  Justice Department, and the Department of Public Safety, shall
  disclose information related to child abuse or neglect to the
  department for the purpose of developing a risk terrain modeling
  system under Section 265.0041.
         Sec. 265.0044.  ETHICAL GUIDELINES.  (a)  The executive
  commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission, in
  consultation with the prevention advisory committee, shall develop
  guidelines regarding:
               (1)  the type of risk terrain modeling data to be
  collected by the department and the acceptable uses of the data;
               (2)  the types of data that may be shared; and
               (3)  the methods for sharing the data and final
  geographic risk maps.
         (b)  In developing the guidelines required under Subsection
  (a), the executive commissioner shall consider whether the
  department plans to make any data the department collects
  available:
               (1)  for use in research that has been approved by an
  institutional review board; or
               (2)  to researchers who are working in collaboration
  with an institution of higher education. 
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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