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Bari Greenwood, who adopted her daughter after she was removed from her biological parents by Child Protective Services, stands at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care in Plano, Texas, May 4, 2016. Greenwood and her family received services at the center.
Bari Greenwood, who adopted her daughter after she was removed from her biological parents by Child Protective Services, stands at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care in Plano, Texas, May 4, 2016. Greenwood and her family received services at the center.

For Foster Kids, a Push to Make Medical Care Treat Psychological Pain

State officials hope a new network of clinics will better connect foster children with trauma-informed behavioral health care.

Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.
Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.

Budget Cuts Hit Early Childhood Intervention Program

Nonprofit providers of pediatric therapy services say sweeping budget cuts ordered by state lawmakers will jeopardize the Early Childhood Intervention program in particular.

Texas Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Chris Traylor at the "Future Of State Health Policy" panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.
Texas Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Chris Traylor at the "Future Of State Health Policy" panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.

Chris Traylor Bids Farewell to Health Commission

Chris Traylor, the head of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, has confirmed he will retire from the agency at the end of next month, ending a 26-year career in public service.

Texas Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Chris Traylor at the "Future Of State Health Policy" panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.
Texas Health and Human Services deputy commissioner Chris Traylor at the "Future Of State Health Policy" panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.

Texas Health Commissioner Reportedly Retiring

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor plans to retire at the end of May after 11 months on the job, according to sources briefed on the decision.

 

A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.
A group gathered at Wooldridge Park in Austin on Nov. 22, 2015, to protest Gov. Greg Abbott's decision not to accept refugees from Syria.

Abbott Holding the Line on Syrian Refugees

After unsuccessfully demanding that private resettlement groups stop helping Syrian refugees move to Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott's administration is now insisting that the federal government turn over background information on them. 

Jasmine Johnson, with 10-month-old daughter Rain, lost her Medicaid coverage and was told she could not re-enroll, even though federal law allows former foster children like Johnson to stay in the health insurance program until they turn 26.
Jasmine Johnson, with 10-month-old daughter Rain, lost her Medicaid coverage and was told she could not re-enroll, even though federal law allows former foster children like Johnson to stay in the health insurance program until they turn 26.

Is Texas Denying Health Coverage to Foster Youth?

Advocates say Texas officials are routinely denying health care coverage to former foster children after they turn 21, even though federal law says the coverage should continue until they turn 26.