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RULE §601.19Texas Juvenile Justice Department Response to Ombudsman Reports

(a) Purpose. The purpose of this section is to establish procedures for providing the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) with an opportunity to review and comment on reports issued by the Independent Ombudsman (IO) concerning TJJD.

(b) The IO shall accept, both before and after publication of the following IO reports, comments from TJJD concerning those reports:

  (1) quarterly reports issued under Human Resources Code §261.055;

  (2) reports concerning serious or flagrant circumstances issued under Human Resources Code §261.055(b); and

  (3) any other formal reports containing findings and making recommendations concerning systemic issues that affect TJJD.

(c) The IO shall ensure that reports described in subsection (b) of this section are in a format to which TJJD can easily respond.

(d) Pursuant to Human Resources Code §261.060(b), TJJD may not submit comments after the 30th day after the date the report on which TJJD is commenting is published.

(e) After receipt of comments from TJJD regarding a report issued by the IO, whether the comments are received before or after publication of the report, the ombudsman is not obligated to change the report.

Source Note: The provisions of this §601.19 adopted to be effective April 22, 2012, 37 TexReg 2685

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