Andrew C. Brown, JD, is the distinguished senior fellow of child and family policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The last several years have seen extensive activity in Texas and at the federal level aimed at improving outcomes for children and families who have contact with the child welfare system. In many ways we are witnessing a sea change in the culture and practice of child welfare as the system moves away from an outdated, punitive approach to one that prioritizes strengthening and preserving families. The success of reform efforts in Texas will require the 87th Legislature to make important decisions regarding compliance with the M.D. v. Abbott lawsuit, the continued rollout of community-based care, and the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. House Bill 2374 provides you with a powerful tool—the efficiency audit—to aid in achieving these goals.

Invited Testimony Submitted to the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee