Sec. 122.0057: Advisory Committee

(a) The workforce commission shall establish an advisory committee to assist the workforce commission in establishing:

(1) performance goals for the program administered under this chapter; and

(2) criteria for certifying a community rehabilitation program for participation in the program administered under this chapter.

(b) The advisory committee consists of 13 members appointed by the workforce commission as follows:

(1) four representatives from community rehabilitation programs that participate in the program administered under this chapter;

(2) four representatives from organizations that advocate for persons with disabilities;

(3) the executive commissioner of the health and human services commission or designee; and

(4) four persons with disabilities, of whom two are employed by a community rehabilitation program that participates in the program administered under this chapter.

(c) Members of the advisory committee serve at the will of the workforce commission.

(d) The workforce commission shall appoint a presiding officer from among the advisory committee members.

(e) The members of the advisory committee serve staggered four-year terms, with the terms of either six or seven members expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year. A member may not serve more than two terms.

(f) A vacancy on the committee shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for that position.

(g) The advisory committee shall meet semiannually.

(h) The advisory committee shall:

(1) establish specific objectives for the program administered under this chapter that are appropriate given the program's status as one of several employment-related services this state offers to persons with disabilities;

(2) develop performance measures that may be used by the workforce commission to evaluate whether the program is meeting the objectives established under Subdivision (1); and

(3) recommend criteria for certifying community rehabilitation programs for participation in the program.

(i) In developing the performance measures under Subsection (h), the advisory committee must consider the following factors as applicable to the program administered under this chapter:

(1) the percentage of total sales revenue attributable to the program:

(A) paid in wages to persons with disabilities; and

(B) spent on direct training and professional development services for persons with disabilities;

(2) the average hourly wage earned by a person participating in the program;

(3) the average annual salary earned by a person participating in the program;

(4) the number of persons with disabilities participating in the program paid less than minimum wage;

(5) the average number of hours worked each week by a person with a disability who participates in the program;

(6) the percentage of persons with disabilities who participate in the program and who are placed into competitive positions, including competitive management or administrative positions within community rehabilitation programs; and

(7) the percentage of work performed by persons with disabilities who participate in the program that is purely repackaging labor.

(j) The advisory committee shall meet at the call of the presiding officer at least once each fiscal year to review and, if necessary, recommend changes to program objectives, performance measures, and criteria established under Subsection (h).

(k) The advisory committee shall provide input to the workforce commission in adopting rules applicable to the program administered under this chapter relating to the employment-first policies described by Sections 531.02447 and 531.02448, Government Code.

(l) The workforce commission shall provide administrative support to the advisory committee.

(m) The advisory committee is not subject to Chapter 2110, Government Code.

Comments

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1304, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 4.418, eff. April 2, 2015.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 672 (S.B. 212), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2015.