1987 - The Texas Legislature enacted S.B. 298, 70th Legislature, Regular Session, 1987, requiring eight public agencies to work together to assist children and youth with complex needs whose needs could not be met by a single agency.
1988 - The CRCG model established interagency service planning at the local county level. This model was piloted in Henderson, Tarrant, Travis, and Val Verde counties in 1988 and 1989.
1990 – The State CRCG Team was established to develop the CRCG process and oversee implementation of the MOU.
1991 – Local CRCG training materials were developed and disseminated by the State CRCG team. An outside consultant assisted the State CRCG Team and local Texas counties to establish CRCGs to assist youth and children with complex needs.
1993 – The State CRCG Office was established as a permanent office under HHSC to provide ongoing technical assistance and training for CRCGs.
1995 – Local and state agencies requested assistance from the State CRCG Office to adapt the CRCG model to include adults with complex needs.
1996 – Total statewide coverage for CRCGs serving children and youth was accomplished. A local CRCG to serve children and youth was available to all 254 counties in Texas.
1996 - The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 118, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, 1996 requiring that a local CRCG be notified when children and youth with developmental disabilities were being placed in a nursing facility. The purpose of this requirement is to promote enhanced permanency planning, provide assistance transitioning back into family life, as well as create long-term housing options.
1998 – Due to interest from local and state agencies, a study was commissioned to examine the possible addition of CRCGs for adults to the existing model. Results showed strong support for a new model that included adults. In addition, support was shown to acquire a specific State CRCGA Coordinator and a Local CRCG Oversight Board to help prevent overburdening of services.
1999 – The University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work conducted an evaluation of CRCGs for children and youth. The evaluation determined CRCGs were meeting the objectives of the MOU and the intent of CRCG legislation.
2000 – The MOU for adult serving CRCGs was executed in May. Following an evaluation study commissioned by the State CRCGA Team, a pilot program was concluded in November 2000 and a statewide CRCGA development initiative was implemented.
2001 - The Texas Legislature enacted S.B. 1468, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, codified in Texas Government Code §531.055, requiring the development of an MOU for CRCGs that serve adults.
2001 - The Texas Legislature enacted S.B. 368, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, requiring a local CRCG be notified of children and youth with developmental disabilities being placed in an institution in order to promote enhanced permanency planning and create long-term housing options.
2002 - The State CRCG Team and State CRCGA Team developed the MOU for statewide, county-based, interagency CRCG groups. These CRCGs coordinate groups and services for persons of all ages with complex needs.
2003 - The Texas Legislature enacted H.B. 2292, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003, containing Section 2.166 that required child-serving CRCGs to evaluate systems of care for children with severe emotional disturbances who have multi-agency needs. The evaluation was conducted and then provided to the Texas Integrated Funding Initiative (TIFI) Consortium to create a summary of the evaluation, due no later than 2005.
2003 - The TIFI and CRCG State Offices were joined under the HHSC Office of Long-term Care Services and Supports.
2004 - The State CRCG Office created an internal data collection system to gather and analyze information submitted by CRCGs serving all age groups.
2004 - The State CRCG and TIFI Offices were merged with additional programs at HHSC under the Office of Program Coordination for Children and Youth.
2005 - TIFI submits recommendations in its Report to the Governor and 79th Legislature: Systems of Care for Children with Severe Emotional Disturbances and Their Families, based upon the evaluations submitted by local CRCGs, per H.B. 2292, Section 2.166, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003. They offered 18 specific recommendations that provided direct impacts on mental health services to children and youth.
2006 - As a result of H.B. 2292, updates were made to the MOU to reflect changes in agency names and needs as well as to reflect the abolishment of the State CRCG Team and State CRCGA Team. The State CRCG Office continued to operate.
2011 - Due to budget reductions from the 82nd Legislative Session, state level CRCG support activities were reduced and transferred from the Office of Program Coordination for Children and Youth to the Office of Family and Community Services within HHSC.
2014 - Health and Human Services hired a CRCG Statewide Coordinator who guided the office in providing statewide support in the areas of communication, training and technical assistance, and data and research.
2015 - The 84th Texas Legislature updated the Texas Government Code §531.055, that formalized the CRCG program, requiring a joint MOU between health and human services agencies, related state agencies, and state-level partners to reflect recent changes in agency names.
2016 - There are approximately 140 distinct CRCG groups covering 236 Texas counties.
2017 - The 85th Texas Legislature updated the Texas Government Code §531.055 to include the Texas Education Agency as a member agency in the joint memorandum of understanding. Additional updates to the Texas Government Code §531.055 require the State CRCG Workgroup to provide information and guidance to local CRCGs about the availability of programs and resources in the community, and about best practices for addressing the needs of persons with multiagency service needs in the least restrictive setting appropriate. The State CRCG Office is transferred to the Office of Mental Health Coordination (OMHC) within HHSC because the State CRCG Office's mission aligns with OMHC's.
Additionally, the 85th Texas Legislature established a mechanism to allow the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to refer children under 12 years old to CRCGs for service coordination as an alternative to adjudication. For children and youth who have experience in the foster care system or with adoption, the 85th Texas Legislature established a provision for Department of Family and Protective Services staff to inform their local CRCGs about the tuition and fee waiver program for which these children and youth are eligible.