Juvenile Case Managers


New and Time-Sensitive! Truancy Prevention and Intervention Funding Opportunity to Fund JCM Programs

The Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Governor wishes to remind all truancy prevention stakeholders of the available funding for costs associated with juvenile case managers. A request for applications for the Truancy Prevention and Intervention (TPI) Program is currently active and seeks to award up to $6 million for projects beginning as early as May 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted and certified in the eGrants system (http://eGrants.gov.texas.gov) by February 20, 2017 to be considered for funding.

TPI Program grants may be used to hire juvenile case managers to provide truancy prevention and intervention services. Priority for grant awards shall be given to justice, municipal, and constitutional county courts that are authorized under Sec. 65.004, Texas Family Code, to exercise jurisdiction over cases involving allegations of truant conduct (civil truancy courts), that are requesting funds to establish a new juvenile case manager in a jurisdiction that does not already have a juvenile case manager.

Juvenile case managers providing truancy prevention and intervention services under Sec. 25.0915, Texas Education Code (those employed or co-employed by independent school districts), are also eligible, and are encouraged to submit applications. Although these grantees are a lower statutory priority for awards, the current low volume of applications indicates that substantial funding may be available for these applications.

Specifically, funds may only be used to:

  1. Pay salaries and benefits to juvenile case managers;
  2. Training for juvenile case managers; and
  3. Purchase supplies used by juvenile case managers in the execution of their duties pertaining to truancy prevention and intervention services.

Funds may not be used to:

  1. Purchase or provide services used as part of an intervention program (counseling for children, etc.); or
  2. Support juvenile case managers in the supervision of a juvenile criminal docket (juvenile case managers may address juvenile crime issues, but it must be as part of a truancy prevention and intervention caseload/docket).

More information can be found on the Office of the Governor’s eGrants grant application and management website. The full funding announcement can be found at https://egrants.gov.texas.gov/FileDirectory/TP-Truancy_Prevention_Announce-com_PY18.pdf.

Questions regarding this grant program should be directed to Andrew Friedrichs at 512-463-8232 or Andrew.Friedrichs@gov.texas.gov.

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Under state law, local governments are tasked with adopting minimum training and educational standards for juvenile case managers. S.B. 61 passed during the 82nd Regular Legislature (2011) mandated the establishment minimum training and educational standards for juvenile case managers. Prior to this enactment, Texas law established no minimum standard of training or education for juvenile case managers. See also, Meeting the S.B. 61 Mandate.

2017 Juvenile Case Managers Seminar

TMCEC is excited to again offer training for juvenile case managers on June 11-13, 2017 in Austin at the Omni Southpark Hotel. Conference topics will include an 84th Legislative Update Review,  The Role of the Juvenile Case Manager, Adolescent Mental Health, Case Planning, Lessons from Ferguson: What Every Court Should Know, Services to At-Risk Youth, Local Programs and Services for Juveniles: Round-Table Discussion by Region, Detecting and Preventing Abuse, Exploitation, and Neglect of Children, and more. The purpose of this conference is to create consistency across court systems and enable juvenile case managers to be more effective in their multifaceted jobs and to optimize their utility as part of the courtroom workgroup.