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Council on Children and Families

Background

The Council on Children and Families was established by S.B. 1646 during the 2009 legislative session, and later amended during the 2011 legislative session by SB717, and again through the 2013 legislative session by SB44, 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
Mike Griffiths, Executive Director
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Austin, Texas 
Linda Brooke, Chief of Staff
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, Assistant Director
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, Interim 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, Parent Representative
Round Rock, TX 
Kathy Lee, Parent Representative
Gatesville, TX 
Youth Representatives
Jonathon Taylor, Youth Representative
Round Rock, TX 
Vacant

HHSC Project Staff

Alice Antilley
P.O. Box 13247, MC:  1214 
Austin, TX 78711

alice.antilley@hhsc.state.tx.us

Council Meeting Schedule

January 21, 2014 9 a.m.- noon
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room 1420

April 24, 2014 9 a.m. - noon
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room 1420

July 24, 2014 9 a.m. noon
Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room 1420  

Meeting Minutes

Updated: December 20, 2013