H.B. No. 2691
  relating to grants provided to local guardianship programs.
         SECTION 1.  Section 531.125, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 531.125.  GRANTS.  (a)  The commission by rule may
  award grants to:
               (1)  a local guardianship program, subject to the
  requirements of this section; and
               (2)  a local legal guardianship program to enable
  low-income family members and friends to have legal representation
  in court if they are willing and able to be appointed guardians of
  proposed wards who are indigent.
         (b)  To receive a grant under Subsection (a)(1), a local
  guardianship program operating in a county that has a population of
  at least 150,000 must offer or submit a plan acceptable to the
  commission to offer, among the program's services, a money
  management service for appropriate clients, as determined by the
  program. The local guardianship program may provide the money
  management service directly or by referring a client to a money
  management service that satisfies the requirements under
  Subsection (c).
         (c)  A money management service to which a local guardianship
  program may refer a client must:
               (1)  use employees or volunteers to provide bill
  payment or representative payee services;
               (2)  provide the service's employees and volunteers
  with training, technical support, monitoring, and supervision;
               (3)  match employees or volunteers with clients in a
  manner that ensures that the match is agreeable to both the employee
  or volunteer and the client;
               (4)  insure each employee and volunteer, and hold the
  employee or volunteer harmless from liability, for damages
  proximately caused by acts or omissions of the employee or
  volunteer while acting in the course and scope of the employee's or
  volunteer's duties or functions within the organization;
               (5)  have an advisory council that meets regularly and
  is composed of persons who are knowledgeable with respect to issues
  related to guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, and related
  social services programs;
               (6)  be administered by a nonprofit corporation:
                     (A)  formed under the Texas Nonprofit Corporation
  Law, as described by Section 1.008, Business Organizations Code;  
                     (B)  exempt from federal taxation under Section
  501(a), Internal Revenue Code of 1986, by being listed as an exempt
  entity under Section 501(c)(3) of that code; and
               (7)  refer clients who are in need of other services
  from an area agency on aging to the appropriate area agency on
         (d)  A local guardianship program operating in a county that
  has a population of less than 150,000 may, at the program's option,
  offer, either directly or by referral, a money management service
  among the program's services. If the program elects to offer a
  money management service by referral, the service must satisfy the
  requirements under Subsection (c), except as provided by Subsection
         (e)  On request by a local guardianship program, the
  commission may waive a requirement under Subsection (c) if the
  commission determines that the waiver is appropriate to strengthen
  the continuum of local guardianship programs in a geographic area.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a grant awarded by the Health and Human Services Commission to a
  local guardianship program on or after the effective date of this
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2691 was passed by the House on May 9,
  2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 134, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2691 was passed by the Senate on May
  21, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________