Today I received an e-mail from Representative Rick Miller asking me to join him and others to provide testimony for the integration of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) into Texas Child Protective Services trauma-bases instruction. Unfortunately, because of work commitments, I will not be able to attend.
As a TBRI Practitioner and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, TBRI has been a vital part of my practice in providing training and ultimately recovery to families broken by addictions and parental separations caused by long periods of incarcerations. I use TBRI in couples therapy, helping parents understand how they can not only help their children through their trauma, but also bring mindfulness to the couples understanding early trauma that may have contributed to their addictive and abusive/neglectful behavior.
It is my opinion that if we do not work with caregivers who have unresolved trauma issues, the cycle of abuse and neglect will continue. It is unfortunate that the only relief has been drugs and alcohol which our society and our children are paying a terrible price for a lack of proven interventions such as TBRI. Perhaps this will all change after this House Bill passes. Here is the text of the Bill which proposes key changes to informed trauma-based training.
Bill Text: TX HB2335 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | IntroducedTexas House Bill 2335
TX State Legislature page for HB2335
Bill Title: Relating to requiring training in trauma-based care for certain child-care workers and child protective services caseworkers.
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: (Introduced) 2017-03-27 – Scheduled for public hearing on . . . [HB2335 Detail]
By: Miller H.B. No. 2335
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to requiring training in trauma-based care for certain child-care workers and child protective services caseworkers.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Subchapter B, Chapter 40, Human Resources Code, is amended by adding Section 40.036 to read as follows:
Sec. 40.036. TRAUMA-BASED CARE TRAINING REQUIREMENT FOR
CASEWORKERS. The department shall ensure that each child protective services caseworker who interacts with children on a daily basis receives training in trauma-based care.
SECTION 2. Section 42.0421, Human Resources Code, is amended by adding Subsection (e-1) to read as follows:
(e-1) In addition to other training required by this
section, the executive commissioner by rule shall require an owner, operator, or employee of a day-care center, group day-care home, registered family home, general residential operation, foster group home, or agency foster group home to receive training in trauma-based care.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.