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Council on Children and Families

Background

The Council on Children and Families was established during the 2009 legislative session to help improve the coordination of state services for children.

Vision

We envision a Texas that provides all children, youth and their families a seamless linkage to coordinated, comprehensive and effective services resulting in stronger families, children and youth.

Mission

The Texas Council on Children and Families collaborates and leverages resources in the pursuit of efficient delivery of services to children, youth and their families.

The Texas Council on Children and Families comprised of membership of Directors from state agencies serving children and youth in partnership with family and youth representatives, will achieve its mission by:

  • Promoting healthy, responsible children and strengthening families.
  • Targeting and addressing cross system issues, with an emphasis on disproportionally and disparities, across the health, education, justice, workforce, and human services continuum.
  • Creating and exploring new opportunities to leverage existing resources by eliminating duplication of services and functions, and integrating the efforts of other similarly missioned state councils and task forces.
  • Inviting public input and building relationships with communities on issue identification and solution development to improve access and quality of services.
  • Creating new avenues to better serve the needs of Texans by increasing the opportunities for focused communication and collaboration.

Reports

Members

Agency Representatives
Veronda L. Durden, Commissioner
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Austin, Texas 78751
Kim Wedel, Assistant Commissioner
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services
Austin, Texas
John J. Specia, Commissioner
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Austin, Texas
Debra Emerson, Director of CPS Permanency
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Austin, Texas
David Reilly, Interim Executive Director
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Austin, Texas 
Tracy Levins, Manager of Prevention and Early Intervention Services
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Austin, Texas
Larry Temple, Executive Director
Texas Workforce Commission
Austin, Texas
Reagan Miller, Division Director
Workforce Development
Texas Workforce Commission
Austin, Texas
April Zamora, Director
Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
Austin, Texas 
B.J. Wagner, Deputy Director of Reentry and Integration Division
Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
Austin, Texas 
Michael L. Williams, Commissioner
Texas Education Agency
Austin, Texas
Jan Lindsey, Deputy Director
Federal and State Education Policy
Texas Education Agency
Austin, Texas
Dr. David Lakey, Commissioner
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas
Evelyn Delgado, Assistant Commissioner, Family & Community Health Services
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas
Kyle Janek, M.D., Executive Commissioner
Health and Human Services Commission
Austin, Texas 
Patricia Vojack, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Health Policy and Clinical Services
Health and Human Services Commission
Austin, Texas 
Jon Weizenbaum, Commissioner
Department of Aging and Disability Services
Austin Texas
Penny Larkin, Policy Specialist
Department of Aging and Disability Services
Austin, Texas
Parent Representatives
Angie Jackson Kathy Lee
Youth Representatives
Jonathon Taylor Leroy Berrones-Soto, Jr.

For more information about the Council, contact CCF@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Council Meeting Schedule

August 12, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room 1420

August 12, 2014 (Stakeholder Meeting) – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room 1420

October 21, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room 1420

Updated: June 19, 2014