Texas’ Judge John J. Specia, Jr. Appointed Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Industry Bulletin | November 21, 2012

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Senior district judge John J. Specia, Jr., a founding member and jurist in residence for the Supreme Court Children’s Commission, has been named the next commissioner of the Department of Family and Protective Services. Specia has extensive experience in policy issues involving children and families. He established the Bexar County Children’s Court with specialized services for children and the Family Drug Treatment Court, which has become a model for the state. Specia was vice-chair of the Supreme Court’s Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and chair of the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care.

Contact information: Stephanie Goodman, Media Contact, Texas Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 13247, MC H-700 Austin, TX 78711-3247; 512-424-6951; E-mail: stephanie.goodman@hhsc.state.tx.us; Web Site: http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/news/release/111312-Specia-Appointed-DFPS-Commissioner.shtml