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Bill Detail: HB22-1056

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Title Emergency Temporary Care For Children
Status Governor Signed (06/07/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Children & Domestic Matters
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Moreno (D)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Health and Human Services
Date Introduced 01/13/2022

The bill permits county departments of human or social services
(county departments) to enter into an agreement with one or more
facilities to provide emergency temporary shelter to children who are
neglected and dependent, who are taken into temporary custody, or who
have had contact with law enforcement and are unable to return home.
Emergency temporary shelter is described in the bill as the temporary

care of a child in a physically unrestricted setting for no more than 5 days,
pending a return to the child's home or placement in an alternate setting.
Receiving temporary care in emergency temporary shelter is voluntary,
and a child may leave emergency temporary shelter at any time.
A county department may contract with any of the following
facilities to provide emergency temporary shelter in the county: Group
care facilities and homes or a foster care home, homeless youth shelter,
residential child care facility, respite child care center, specialized group
facility, or any other licensed or certified 24-hour nonsecure care and
treatment facility away from the child's parent or guardian. A county can
enter into agreements with more than one facility, and 2 or more counties
may jointly enter into an agreement with a facility.
The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate money to the
state department of human services (state department) for emergency
temporary shelter services. The state department allocates the money to
a county after approving the county's emergency temporary shelter plan.

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