Lawmakers mull changes as report reveals CPS ‘mistakes’

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  As a new report details “mistakes” in the case of Colton Turner, lawmakers are considering changes and the next budget for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

“Being from Cedar Park, where we’ve had quite a few of these incidents in the last year, it’s real tough on the community because we’re a community of families, young families,” said State Rep. Tony Dale, R – Cedar Park.

Rep. Dale spoke to KXAN News earlier this week. He points out the Sunset Commission was already looking into the Department of Family and Protective Services, as part of its reviews. He says you can expect lawmakers to consider changes related to the department.

At the same time, CPS is trying to get more money through the legislature, requesting a roughly eight percent increase in funding compared to previous two last two fiscal years. The DFPS request includes the increase for CPS of $209 million.

The request details the increased budget is needed to maintain staffing and costs, as federal funding goes down, along with other changes. The money would also help keep caseloads at this year’s levels. It would also help to automate real-time updates of criminal background checks, among other changes.

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