Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCGs) help address issues that need coordinated services and provide a way for individuals, families, and service providers to prepare an action plan together to address complex needs before someone slips through the cracks of the system.
What Are Community Resource Coordination Groups?
Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCGs) are local interagency groups comprised of public and private agencies. Together, they develop service plans for individuals and families whose needs can be met only through interagency coordination and cooperation.
CRCGs originated when the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 298 into law in 1987. This bill directed state agencies serving children to develop a community-based approach to better coordinate services for children and youth who have multi-agency needs and require interagency coordination. More recently, communities have begun using this community-based approach to serve adults with complex needs.
Who Serves on CRCGs?
CRCGs are organized and established on a county-by-county basis. CRCG members are from public and private sector agencies and organizations. Many CRCGs also include parents, consumers, or caregivers as members. CRCG members often include the following representatives:
- Texas Commission for the Blind
- Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Texas Department of Health
- Texas Department of Human Services
- Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
- Texas Education Agency (local school district(s) and Educational Service Center)
- Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention
- Texas Juvenile Probation Commission (local Juvenile Probation Department)
- Texas Rehabilitation Commission
- Texas Workforce Commission
- Texas Youth Commission
- Local Law Enforcement
- Local representatives from private sector service providers
- Families, consumers, and caregivers
How Do CRCGs Help Their Communities?
CRCGs make it more likely for individuals and families to get the help they need before the situation becomes unsolvable. In many communities, CRCGs identify service gaps in their area and help plan for appropriate resources to meet their clients’ needs. As a result, more people get the services and support they need. There is a high level of accountability for all agencies and parents/caregivers through the one-month and six-month follow-up requirements. There are CRCGs for children/youth available to all Texas counties.