Resource Letter:
For Judges Handling Child Protective Services Cases
January 28, 2021
Below please find announcements from the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Texas Juvenile Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Bench Book
The Judicial Commission on Mental Health (JCMH) recently released the first edition of its Juvenile Bench Book. This edition follows the Sequential Intercept Model and covers Intercepts 0 (Community Services) through 3 (Courts). A limited number of print copies are now available. To request a print copy of the Juvenile Bench Book, please send an email to The Juvenile Bench Book is also available in digital form.
NCJFCJ’s “Break from the Bench: A Lunch & Learn Series”
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has created a training entitled “Break from the Bench: A Lunch and Learn Series.” Each installment in the series features a 45-minute panel discussion on a wide range of topics focused on what judges need to know about domestic violence, including information for judges and courts on strategies for improving responses to intimate partner violence.

To view the 2021 Series Schedule and register, please visit Break from the Bench Series.
NCJFCJ Seeking Applications for Board of Directors
NCJFCJ is seeking applications from judges for the judicial Board of Directors. Please find the announcement below.
NCJFCJ Board of Director Application Recruitment 
Dear Fellow NCJFCJ Committee Members,

We hope this message finds you all safe and healthy. We want to thank you for your dedication and support of the NCJFCJ. Your commitment to improving the lives of children and families involved in the justice system, especially during these unusual times, is remarkable and we are each honored to serve alongside each of you.

The application period for judicial Board of Director applications is now open, and we are seeking your help in spreading that news to your judicial colleagues who may be interested in serving. The application period closes at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, a copy of their current resume or curriculum vitae, a signed acknowledgement of the Director Roles and Responsibilities, and an application questionnaire. Additional information regarding the Board of Director application and process can be found online, or by contacting Lauren Morris, Board and Committee Coordinator, at

Whether you are considering applying yourself, or encouraging interested colleagues, please do not let the fact travel may not be advisable or possible this summer be a deterrence. The NCJFCJ Nominating Committee has already anticipated these circumstances and will offer virtual interviews. 

We hope you will take a few minutes to consider applying or encouraging a colleague to apply. Thank you again for your continued work and support. We wish you all the very best.

Judge Kathleen Quigley, Chair, Governance Committee
Judge Michael Newell, Vice Chair, Governance Committee
Judge Marshall Murray, Chair, Nominating Committee
Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, NCJFCJ President-elect and Chair, Diversity Committee
Judge Barbara Mack, NCJFCJ Secretary and Chair, Membership Committee
Board and Committee Coordinator
P.O. Box 8970 · Reno, NV · 89507
direct: 775-507-4813 · main: 775-507-4777
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For a complete list of Resource Letters, please visit the Children's Commission web page. Information provided by the Children’s Commission should not be read as a commentary by the Supreme Court of Texas or any other court. The Children’s Commission website is not equipped to facilitate dialogue or conversation about matters related to the information in this communique. For more information about the Children’s Commission, please visit our website.