In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature (Regular Session) instructed TJJD to develop and adopt a regionalization plan, in consultation with local juvenile probation departments, for keeping children closer to home in lieu of commitment to the secure facilities operated by the agency. The Regionalization Task Force, made up of representatives from probation associations, provider associations, advocates, and staff was tasked with developing the plan.
- Special Commitment Findings -- Overview and Implementation Recommendation
For offenses occurring on or after September 1, 2017, in a court order committing a juvenile to TJJD, Section 54.04013 of the Family Code requires the juvenile court to enter a special commitment finding that asserts that "the child has behavioral health or other special needs that cannot be met with the resources available in the community."
- Regionalization Task Force
The Regionalization Task Force includes representation from the seven regions, small, medium, large, and urban departments, advocates, providers, and TJJD staff.
- Map of Regions
The Regionalization Task Forces uses 7 established regions to coordinate services, supports, and resources to serve youth closer to their homes and families.
- Meetings of the Regionalization Task Force
- Regionalization Forms
Are you interested in reviewing more information related to Regionalization? Click below to access additional reports that are informing the work of the Regionalization Task Force.
Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (2014)
The Council of State Governments Justice Center prepared this paper with support from, and in partnership with, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice under grant number 2012-CZ-BX-K071. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice is also a sponsor of and provided guidance on the content of the paper.
Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms (January 2015)
This report was prepared by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, and with the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Public Safety Performance Project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and by Grant No. 2012-CZ-BX-K071 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking.
Improving Youth Outcomes in the Texas Juvenile Justice System: Building on Prior Reforms. An Analysis of Statewide Implementation of Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Youth Outcomes. (March 2015)
This report was prepared by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) and a workgroup of local partners at juvenile probation departments throughout the state. Through this collaborative effort, the group brought together juvenile justice practitioners from small, medium and large counties who possess a wealth of practical experience. The consensus achieved and the work done was the result of frequent meetings held over the course of several months during the fall of 2014 and early 2015. The workgroup participated in the development of Part I of this report which provides information, analyses and recommendations regarding county-operated programs and services.