By Michelle Guffey

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – Bell County commissioners Monday approved the appointment of the initial standing members of an Adult Protective Services Special Task Unit to monitor adult protective services that arise in the county in compliance with Senate Bill 6 passed by the 79th Texas Legislature last summer.

SB 6 deals with a number of aspects of protective services within the county, including services dealing with children and adults.

Across the state, the bill notoriously is known for the new provisions of Child Protective Services in the state that placed approximately a $1.2 million unfunded mandate on counties to provide representation for every parent in every custody case, not just in cases where the parent's rights are terminated.

But Section 48.1521 of the same bill deals with Adult Protective Services.

"This portion of the statutes requires the approval of a standing committee of interested individuals to serve ... and to review complex cases," County Judge Jon Burrows said.

The committee consists of nine county residents in various professions, including mental health, law enforcement, legal, guardianship, domestic violence and faith.

The committee's function is to review and provide professional opinions on some cases of adult protective services in which their expertise may be needed.

Commissioners also approved:

n the appointment of Jay Walker of Union State Bank of Killeen to the boards of the Bell County Housing Finance Corporation and the Central Texas Housing Finance Corporation to succeed John Agan, who resigned due to his election as the mayor of Belton.

n authorizing the county judge to sign a contract offering to purchase the property located at 200 W. Avenue G in Temple generally described as Temple Original, block 57, lot 3 and 4 St. Adj. and half of Alley and Temple Original, block 58, lot 1, 2, 3, and 4 and Alley Adj. Par. No. 5, and to sign any and all closing documents and consider approval of budget amendment to fund the purchase upon closing.

n addendum to data processing agreement with Indigent Health Care Solutions adding Integrated Document Imaging into the Indigent Health Care Application Software.

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