The purpose of the Campus Program for Minors is to educate employees of such programs by establishing requirements relating to sexual abuse and child molestation training and examination. The proposed rules are necessary to comply with Senate Bill (SB) 1414, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, which amended Texas Education Code, Section 51.976.
A copy of SB 1414 may be found at the Texas Department of State Health Services website.
The rules will impose a requirement for all staff in a position involving contact with campers at a campus program for minors to successfully complete an approved training and examination program on sexual abuse and child molestation; establish criteria for a training and examination program on sexual abuse and child molestation; require a training and examination program on sexual abuse and child molestation to be approved by DSHS; and provide civil penalties for a person violating the Act or a rule or order adopted under the Act.
A draft copy of the proposed rules may be found here.
All campus programs for minors may comply with these new rules by selecting one of the following options:
(1) Choose an already-approved training program for employees.
(2) Develop and get approval of a new training program for employees.
A program operator must submit to the DHRL within 7 business days of the start of the campus program for minors verification that each employee of the campus program for minors has complied with the requirements of the new rules.