State Child Fatality Review Team Committee

The Texas Family Code 264.501 created the State Child Fatality Review Team (SCFRT) Committee. The SCFRT Committee must produce a biennial report that is available to the public. The report includes information about child death incidences and causes and provides recommendations to the Texas governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

SCFRT members must attend meetings and may need to take part in subcommittee activities. Committee meetings take place at least four times annually or at the call of the committee chair. Members must travel to Austin for in-person meetings unless the SCFRT Committee meets virtually or offers a hybrid (in-person and virtual) option. SCFRT members may receive reimbursement for travel to and from in-person meetings if funds are available.


Next Public Meeting

Date: Friday, May 10, 2024

Time: 10 AM (CST)

Location

Department of State Health Services
Morton Building room 100
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person at the address above or virtually. More information will be provided at a later date.

 


Membership Opportunity

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) received SCFRT Committee membership applications for the following positions:

  • A Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Representative
  • A Medical Examiner

Applications closed January 19, 2024. SCFRT Committee permanent members will vote for these open positions at the February SCFRT Committee meeting. The SCFRT Committee permanent members will appoint members to the SCFRT Committee to serve a term of three years. DSHS will notify applicants by February 29, 2024 with the selection results.

DSHS did not receive applications for the following positions:

  • A Child Educator
  • An Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider
  • A Police Chief
  • A Department of Public Safety (DPS) Representative
  • A Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • A Sheriff
  • A Neonatologist
  • A Pediatrician
  • A Child Protective Services (CPS) Specialist
  • A Chief Juvenile Probation Officer

An application for these positions will be posted following the February SCFRT Committee meeting.

The SCFRT Committee tries to select committee members that represent the diversity of all Texans. For that reason, the committee considers applicants' ethnicity, gender, and geographic location.


Past Meetings

Click on the links below to view webcast recordings, agendas, and handouts for past meetings.

ALL RECORDED WEBCASTS

May 10, 2024      
Feb. 9, 2024 Agenda SCFRT 2-9-2024    
Nov. 17, 2023 Agenda SCFRT 11-17-2023   Webcast Recording 
Aug. 11, 2023 Agenda SCFRT 8-11-2023 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
May 12, 2023 Agenda SCFRT 5-12-2023 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
Feb. 10, 2023 Agenda SCFRT 2-10-2023 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 Nov. 18, 2022 Agenda SCFRT 11-18-2022 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 Aug. 12, 2022 Agenda SCFRT 8-12-2022 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 May 20, 2022 Agenda SCFRT 5-20-2022 SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording
 Feb. 18, 2022 Agenda SCFRT 2-18-2022 SCFRT minutes  Webcast Recording 
 Nov. 8, 2021 Agenda SCFRT 11-8-2021  SCFRT minutes Webcast Recording

Learn More About the Committee and Activities

Contact Us

cfrt@dshs.texas.gov
(512) 776-7373

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