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The Commission's Technology Committee is responsible for vetting technology projects that meet CIP and Commission goals and making recommendations to the Commission. The Commission charged the Technology Committee with implementing the Commission's strategic plan goals that relate to data collection and analysis.

Data & Technology Committee 

Vicki Spriggs, Chair, Jason Hassay, Hon. Gilford Jones, Elizabeth Kromrei, Robert Nolen, Hon. Virginia Schnarr, Hon. Carlos Villalon

Staff: Patrick Passmore, Monica Mahoney

Office of Court Administration Advisory Staff: David Slayton, Darrell Childers, Anissa Johnson, Casey Kennedy, Tim Kennedy, Mena Ramon

Created by the Office of Court Administration (OCA) and launched in 2009, Child Protection Case Management System (CPCMS) is a state-of-the-art case management system unique to Child Protection Courts (CPC). OCA provides project management, programming, and testing services for CPCMS.  OCA staffs a CPCMS Advisory Council of CPC judges, OCA staff and Children’s Commission staff to identify and discuss various enhancements and issues. CPCMS is used by 30 CPC courts handling child protection cases in 124 (mostly rural) of the state’s 254 counties. 

 

*Updated January 2018

The Supreme Court Children’s Commission and the Office of Court Administration host a CPS Hearing Notification service that uses non-confidential case data to provide hearing notice by email to and / or text message court participants (attorneys, CPS personnel, CASA, parents, relative caregivers, and adoptive/foster parents) involved in cases heard by our Child Protection Specialty Courts.

Currently, the tool is only available for cases heard by Child Protection Courts in the Child Protection Case Management System (CPCMS) application.

Once registered, the user can search for cases to which they are assigned or interested. The search will display a summary of upcoming hearing dates and a summary of all open cases regardless of whether a hearing has been scheduled. The user has the option to receive notices 1, 3, 7, 14 and /or 30 days in advance of any hearing scheduled.

For more information including instructions on how to register, please visit Reports and Resources, section Notice and Engagement.

*Updated January 2018

The primary purpose of the video conferencing project is to enable children involved in CPS cases to participate in their court hearings without them being physically present in the courtroom.  Appearing in person can be difficult due to placement, transportation barriers and the child’s needs.

Since 2011, the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA) has overseen and managed a collaborative video conferencing project between the courts presiding over child abuse and neglect cases, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) / Child Protection Services (CPS) and the residential placement facilities under contract to the DFPS, to facilitate communication between children placed in these facilities and the judges overseeing their cases. In 2017, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program offices in Texas were added to the list of facilities set up to accommodate private video conferencing between children and others. This allows CASA to conduct a visual meeting in place of an in-person meeting with a child placed outside the child’s home jurisdiction.

OCA hosts and supports the video hardware and software required to facilitate video conferencing, and access is provided at no cost to the participating courts and placement facilities thanks to financial support from the Children’s Commission. Video conferencing calls are conducted over a private secure link which differentiates OCA’s video conferencing network from a public network such as Skype or Facetime.  OCA maintains a log of calls placed and their duration.

For more information on how to participate, please visit Resources and Reports, section Video Conferencing. 

*Updated January 2018