Community Resource Coordination Groups

What Are Community Resource Coordination Groups?

Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCGs) are local interagency groups composed of representatives from public and private agencies that develop service plans for children and adolescents whose needs can be met only through interagency coordination and cooperation.

CRCGs originated when the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 298 into law in 1987. This bill directed the state agencies serving children to develop a community-based approach to provide better coordination of services for children and youth who have multi-agency needs and require interagency coordination.

Who Serves on CRCGs?

CRCGs are organized or established on a county-by-county basis. CRCG members are from public and private sector child-serving agencies who provide services within a designated county(ies). Many CRCGs also include a parent representative of child(ren) with disabilities as a regular CRCG member. CRCG members include the following state agencies:


CRCGs are a collaborative process serving Texans in partnership with:


Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
(DARS)

Department of State Health Services
(DSHS)

Department of Aging and Disability Services
(DADS)

Department of Family and Protective Services
(DFPS)


Texas Correctional Office on Offenders with Medical or Mental Impairments
(TCOOMMI)

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
(TDCJ)

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs
(TDHCA)

Texas Education Agency
(TEA)


Texas Juvenile Probation Commission
(TJPC)

Texas Youth Commission
(TYC)

Texas Workforce Commission
(TWC)


Families, Consumers and Caregivers

Local representatives from private sector service providers

What do CRCGs do?

CRCG members meet in partnership with the family to plan for needed services. For example, a child receiving special services through his or her school district may also be receiving important supplemental services from another agency. The family has experienced numerous road blocks to replace this service and the child’s progress is threatened. The family, perhaps with the assistance of an agency, could make a referral to the area CRCG. The CRCG could then develop a plan to address the service needs of the child.

How do CRCGs help their communities?

CRCGs make it more likely for children and their families to get the help they need within their community before the situation becomes a crisis. In many communities, CRCGs can recognize the gaps in services to children and youth in which exist in their area and can plan for appropriate programs to meet those needs. As a result, more children and youth get the services they need.

How do I find out about the CRCG in my Community?

For the CRCG contact in your county, click here. Or you may contact the State CRCG Office at 512.424.6963.

By building trusting relationships and working in partnership, CRCGs are doing together what no one agency could do alone: Making a Difference in the lives of Texas children and youth and their families—One at a time.

Legislation

The 77th Legislature enacted legislation that strengthens and supports the work of the Community Resource Coordination Groups of Texas. Senate Bill 1468, codified in Texas Government Code §531.055, calls for a joint Memorandum of Understanding between health and human services agencies, related state agencies and state-level partners to promote a statewide system of local-level interagency staffing groups (CRCGs) to coordinate services for persons of any age in need of multiagency services. In general, the legislation:

  • Updates the previous authorizing CRCG legislation for children and youth,
  • Adds the requirement to implement a system for CRCG for adults,
  • Includes the requirement to have as a standing representative on each local CRCG, a parent or family member on each CRCG for Children and Youth and/or a consumer or caregiver member on each CRCG serving adults, and
  • Requires a legislative report every two years to the Governor of Texas and to participating agency CEOs to report the benefits and barriers of CRCG activities.

The joint Memorandum of Understanding has been developed and is being signed by the participating agencies.

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