H.B. No. 1217
  relating to certain reporting requirements of the Department of
  Family and Protective Services regarding child protection,
  including reporting information for certain foster children who are
  missing or are victims of sex trafficking.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 264, Family Code, is
  amended by adding Section 264.017 to read as follows:
         Sec. 264.017.  REQUIRED REPORTING. (a)  The department
  shall prepare and disseminate a report of statistics by county
  relating to key performance measures and data elements for child
         (b)  The department shall provide the report required by
  Subsection (a) to the legislature and shall publish the report and
  make the report available electronically to the public not later
  than February 1 of each year. The report must include, with respect
  to the preceding year:
               (1)  information on the number and disposition of
  reports of child abuse and neglect received by the department;
               (2)  information on the number of clients for whom the
  department took protective action, including investigations,
  alternative responses, and court-ordered removals;
               (3)  information on the number of clients for whom the
  department provided services in each program administered by the
  child protective services division, including investigations,
  alternative responses, family-based safety services,
  conservatorship, post-adoption services, and transitional living
               (4)  the number of children in this state who died as a
  result of child abuse or neglect;
               (5)  the number of children described by Subdivision
  (4) for whom the department was the children's managing conservator
  at the time of death;
               (6)  information on the timeliness of the department's
  initial contact in an investigation or alternative response;
               (7)  information on the response time by the department
  in commencing services to families and children for whom an
  allegation of child abuse or neglect has been made;
               (8)  information regarding child protection staffing
  and caseloads by program area;
               (9)  information on the permanency goals in place and
  achieved for children in the managing conservatorship of the
  department, including information on the timeliness of achieving
  the goals, the stability of the children's placement in foster
  care, and the proximity of placements to the children's home
  counties; and
               (10)  the number of children who suffer from a severe
  emotional disturbance and for whom the department is appointed
  managing conservator, including statistics on appointments as
  joint managing conservator, due to an individual voluntarily
  relinquishing custody of a child solely to obtain mental health
  services for the child.
         (c)  Not later than September 1 of each year, the department
  shall seek public input regarding the usefulness of, and any
  proposed modifications to, existing reporting requirements and
  proposed additional reporting requirements. The department shall
  evaluate the public input provided under this subsection and seek
  to facilitate reporting to the maximum extent feasible within
  existing resources and in a manner that is most likely to assist
  public understanding of department functions.
         (d)  In addition to the information required under
  Subsections (a) and (b), the department shall annually publish
  information on the number of children who died during the preceding
  year whom the department determined had been abused or neglected
  but whose death was not the result of the abuse or neglect. The
  department may publish the information described by this subsection
  in the same report required by Subsection (a) or in another annual
  report published by the department.
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Section 264.123, Family Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         SECTION 3.  Section 264.123, Family Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (f) and adding Subsections (g) and (h) to read
  as follows:
         (f)  After a missing child returns to the child's substitute
  care provider, the department shall interview the child to
  determine the reasons why the child was missing, [and] where the
  child stayed during the time the child was missing, and whether,
  while missing, the child was a victim of conduct that constitutes an
  offense under Section 20A.02(a)(7), Penal Code. The department
  shall report to an appropriate law enforcement agency any
  disclosure made by a child that indicates that the child was the
  victim of a crime during the time the child was missing.  The
  department shall make a report under this subsection not later than
  24 hours after the time the disclosure is made.  The department is
  not required to interview a missing child under this subsection if,
  at the time the child returns, the department knows that the child
  was abducted and another agency is investigating the abduction.
         (g)  The department shall collect information on each child
  in the department's managing conservatorship who is missing from
  the child's substitute care provider and on each child who, while in
  the department's managing conservatorship, is a victim of conduct
  that constitutes an offense under Section 20A.02(a)(7), Penal Code.
  The collected information must include information on:
               (1)  whether the managing conservatorship of the
  department is temporary or permanent;
               (2)  the type of substitute care in which the child is
  placed; and
               (3)  the child's sex, age, race, and ethnicity and the
  department region in which the child resides.
         (h)  The department shall prepare an annual report on the
  information collected under Subsection (g) and make the report
  available on the department's Internet website. The report may not
  include any individually identifiable information regarding a
  child who is the subject of information in the report.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 261.004 and 264.111, Family Code, are
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1217 was passed by the House on April
  16, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1217 on May 26, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0,
  2 present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1217 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________