Policy Council for Children and Families (PCCF) Agenda

August 31, 2021 - 9:00 am

United States

Meeting Site:
Microsoft Teams Live

Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only.  There is not a physical location for this meeting. Join the meeting here.

There is not a physical location for this meeting.

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Attendees who wish to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Consideration of February 10, 2021 and April 12, 2021 meeting minutes
  3. Follow-up from 87th Texas Legislative Session
  4. Presentation: Texas Architectural Barrier (free) Law
  5. Autism Spectrum Disorder therapy services provided by Allied Health Professionals
  6. Workgroup reports: Autism Spectrum Disorder
  7. 2021 planning
    1. Brainstorming session
    2. Timeline
  8. Public comment
  9. Action items for staff and member follow-up
  10. Adjourn

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to the Policy Council for Children and Families. Members of the public who wish to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment form here.

Members of the public who would like to provide written public comment to HHSC may email written public comment to viral.khakkar02@hhs.texas.gov no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021. Please include your name and the organization you are representing, or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be forwarded to State staff and Council members for their consideration. Comments should not include confidential information or protected health information.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021.  Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section during the meeting to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in comments.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Each speaker must state their name, and either the organization they are representing or that they are speaking as a private citizen. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible PDF format. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in handouts. Staff will not read handouts aloud during the meeting, but handouts will be provided to Council members and State staff. It is not permissible for public speakers to interject or ask questions to Council members during the rest of the meeting.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Viral Khakkar, Program Specialist, Office of Value-Based Initiative, Health and Human Services Commission, 512-380-4369,  viral.khakkar02@hhs.texas.gov.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

People who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Khakkar at 512-380-4369 or viral.khakkar02@hhs.texas.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.