SB 44 study of children with a serious emotional disturbance

Please see below for an important message from Dr. Monica Faulkner of the Child and Family Research Institute of the University of Texas at Austin.

“Based on your agency’s work with children and families, I am writing to ask you to help direct parents, caregivers and professionals to our study regarding the needs of children with serious emotional disturbances. The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have partnered with the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work to conduct a study mandated by the Texas Legislature to examine the needs of families who have a child with a serious emotional disturbance.

As part of our study, we are seeking parents and other stakeholders to participate in an online survey and/or participate in interviews about their experiences. Input from parents will be used to identify existing service gaps and the needs of families. Specific details about our project can be found on our website.

If you have questions about this research, I am more than happy to address any questions or concerns. Please contact me at or (512) 471-7191.

For more information about this project, please visit:



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