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."