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Overview

Community-Based Care (CBC) is a better way to provide services than traditional foster care because it gives local communities the flexibility to draw on local strengths and resources and find innovative ways to meet the unique and individual needs of children and their families. CBC includes many of the services that Child Protective Services (CPS) normally provides. This includes foster care, case management, kinship, and reunification services.

A single contractor in each designated geographic area creates a network of services, foster homes, and other living arrangements and, when ready, provides case management for each child as well. CPS works with each contractor (Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC) to carefully manage the transition from traditional foster care to community care so that children are not affected negatively.

Progress Report

Today, Community-Based Care serves about six percent of all children in foster care and two percent of all forms of substitute care. Community-Based Care is currently active, in various stages, in the following designated service areas:

  • Region 1 - Texas Panhandle (Lubbock/Amarillo)
  • Region 2 - 30 counties in North Texas (Abilene/Wichita Falls)
  • Region 3b - Seven counties around Fort Worth
  • Region 8a - San Antonio and Bexar County

The geographic boundaries of these designated service areas are called catchment areas.

Implementation Process

DFPS is rolling out Community-Based Care (CBC) in stages by expanding to a few designated service areas at a time. Within each of these catchment areas, DFPS implements Community-Based Care in two stages.

  • In Stage I, the SSCC develops a network of services and provides foster care placement services. The focus in Stage I is improving the overall well-being of children in foster care and keeping them closer to home and connected to their communities and families.
  • In Stage II, the SSCC provides case management, kinship, and reunification services. Stage II expands the continuum of services to include services for families and to increase permanency outcomes for children.

In both stages, the SSCC will start by taking responsibility for new cases, while DFPS gradually transitions children with cases that are in progress to the SSCC. The timeline below shows the approximate time frame that each area will need to transition from the request for applications to full implementation.

 theapproximate time frame that each area will need to transition from the request for applications to full implementation.

View the latest Implementation Plan for additional details.

Current Status of Catchment Areas

Area SSCC Current Status Next Step
3b OCOK Stage II Ongoing monitoring
2 2Ingage Stage II Ongoing monitoring
8a Family Tapestry Stage I Transition to Stage II in FY 2020
1 Saint Francis Stage I Transition to Stage II based on legislative appropriations
8b   Request for applications Negotiate a contract

What's New?

September 2020

DFPS Announces Release of Request for Application for Region 8b

DFPS has released a Request for Application (RFA) for Community-Based Care in Region 8b, which includes all counties in DFPS Region 8, excluding Bexar County. The RFA is posted on the Health and Human Services website, and the deadline to submit a response is December 1, 2020.

There will be a virtual conference for respondents at 10:00 am on September 18, 2020. To access the meeting, click the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/799183741 or dial +1 (224) 501-3412 and enter access code 799-183-741.

All requests, questions, or other communication about this solicitation must be made in writing to the point of contact listed below:

Name: Ross Hoffpauir
Title: Grants Specialist
Address: 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756
Phone: (512) 406-2479
Email: Ross.Hoffpauir01@hhsc.state.tx.us

Any other communications between respondents and HHSC or DFPS staff members concerning the solicitation are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may disqualify the respondent's solicitation response.

Upcoming Meetings

DFPS hold quarterly Public Private Partnership (PPP) meetings. You can get information about upcoming meetings or updates on past meetings on the DFPS Public Private Partnership meetings page.

News Archive

June 2020

2INgage - a partnership between Texas Family Initiative LLC and New Horizons Ranch and Center Inc. - became the second single source continuum contractor to provide foster care case management, kinship, and family reunification services to youth and families. 2INgage entered Stage II of Community-Based Care on June 1, 2020. 2INgage has been providing foster care placement services under Stage I implementation since December 2018 in Region 2. Read the news release.

March 2020

Texas took a major step toward expanding Community-Based Care (CBC) for children in foster care by entering a groundbreaking new phase for the initiative. On March 2, 2020, Our Community Our Kids (OCOK) – a division of ACH Child and Family Services – began providing foster care case management, kinship, and family reunification services to youth and families in Region 3b, which includes Tarrant, Palo Pinto, Parker, Johnson, Hood, Somervell, and Erath counties. This is the first area in the state to implement stage 2 of Community-Based Care.

December 2019

DFPS releases Updated Implementation Plan for Community-Based Care

Texas Family Code, chapter 264.153 requires DFPS to develop and maintain an implementation plan for Community-Based Care that accomplishes the following:

  1. Describes the department’s expectations, goals, and approach to implementing Community-Based Care.
  2. Includes a timeline for statewide implementation, addresses limitations, and provides progressive intervention and contingency plans to provide continuity of services in the case that an SSCC contract ends prematurely.
  3. Delineates and defines case management roles and responsibilities of the department and the SSCC, as well as the duties, employees, and related funding that will be transferred to the SSCC from DFPS.
  4. Identifies training needs and ongoing training plans.
  5. Describes a plan for evaluation of the initial and ongoing procurement costs and tasks.
  6. Describes the contract monitoring approach and plan for evaluation of the performance of each SSCC and the community-based care system as a whole, including an independent evaluation of each SSCC’s processes and fiscal and qualitative outcomes.
  7. Includes transition issues resulting from implementation of Community-Based Care.

The plan also provides a high-level outline of the structures put in place and processes that must occur to implement and oversee Community-Based Care. The plan addresses accomplishments to date and tasks to be accomplished in the coming biennium and beyond.

This plan serves as the FY 2020 annual update to the implementation plan. DFPS anticipates releasing the next update to this plan in December 2020.

The plan includes a detailed timeline by stage of implementation and catchment area demonstrating the anticipated statewide roll-out schedule.

Additionally this plan includes a change in the catchment area structure, as informed by the May 2019 Request for Information (RFI), consolidating 3a, 3b, and 3c into two catchment areas. The new structure will align with the DFPS regional structure of 3 east (3E) and 3 west (3W) and will be incorporated as a part of future procurements for SSCC contracts in those catchment areas.

December 2019

DFPS is pleased to announce that it’s taken the next step toward expanding Community-Based Care (CBC) by executing a contract amendment to enter CBC Stage II in Region 2.  Region 2 includes 30 Texas counties. 2INgage, a partnership between Texas Family Initiative LLC and New Horizons Ranch and Center Inc., has been providing a continuum of services in this area since December 2018. 

In Stage II, 2INgage will begin providing case management services. DFPS will spend the next few months working with 2INgage as they conduct readiness activities for the transition. Based on 2INgage and DFPS readiness, 2INgage will assume responsibility for Stage II services in June 2020

October 2019

DFPS is pleased to announce that it’s taken the next step toward expanding Community-Based Care (CBC) by executing a contract amendment to enter CBC Stage II in Region 3b. Region 3b includes Tarrant, Palo Pinto, Parker, Johnson, Hood, Somervell, and Erath counties.

Our Community Our Kids (OCOK), a division of ACH Child and Family Services, has been providing a continuum of services in this area since 2014. In Stage II, OCOK will begin providing case management services. DFPS will spend the next few months working with OCOK as they conduct readiness activities for the transition. Based on OCOK and DFPS readiness, OCOK will assume responsibility for Stage II services in March 2020.

August 2019

DFPS releases Implementation Plan for Community-Based Care

Texas Family Code, chapter 264.153 requires DFPS to develop and maintain an implementation plan for Community-Based Care that accomplishes the following:

  1. Describes the department’s expectations, goals, and approach to implementing Community-Based Care.
  2. Includes a timeline for statewide implementation, addresses limitations, and provides progressive intervention and contingency plans to provide continuity of services in the case that an SSCC contract ends prematurely.
  3. Delineates and defines case management roles and responsibilities of the department and the SSCC, as well as the duties, employees, and related funding that will be transferred to the SSCC from DFPS.
  4. Identifies training needs and ongoing training plans.
  5. Describes a plan for evaluation of the initial and ongoing procurement costs and tasks.
  6. Describes the contract monitoring approach and plan for evaluation of the performance of each SSCC and the community-based care system as a whole, including an independent evaluation of each SSCC’s processes and fiscal and qualitative outcomes.
  7. Includes transition issues resulting from implementation of Community-Based Care.

The plan also provides a high-level outline of the structures put in place and processes that must occur to implement and oversee Community-Based Care. The plan addresses accomplishments to date and tasks to be accomplished in the coming biennium and beyond.

This plan serves as the FY 2019 annual update to the implementation plan. DFPS anticipates releasing the next update to this plan in December 2019, which will include any changes to the catchment area boundaries, and/or implementation strategy informed by the May 2019 Request for Information, and the results of the initial phase of the Texas Tech Process Evaluation of start-up activities in Catchment Areas 2, 8a and Stage II in 3b. Additionally, the December 2019 plan will include a detailed timeline by stage of implementation and catchment area demonstrating the anticipated statewide roll-out schedule.

June 2019

DFPS Awards Contract for Region 1

On June 13, 2019, DFPS awarded a Community-Based Care contract in Region 1 to Saint Francis Ministries.

Saint Francis Ministries is a child and family services ministry serving more than 31,000 people in Texas and other states, as well as El Salvador and Honduras. Saint Francis’ work encompasses foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, residential care, and community outreach services.

May 2019

DFPS Releases Request for Information (RFI) for Community-Based Care Geographic Catchment Areas

Today, DFPS released a Request for Information (RFI) for Community-Based Care.  The purpose of the RFI is to obtain information to further inform implementation of Community-Based Care, specifically related to the existing catchment area boundaries.

The RFI is posted on the Electronic State Business Daily website and the deadline to submit a response is June 30, 2019. All interested parties are encouraged to respond to the RFI.

All requests, questions, or other communication about this RFI must be made in writing to the point of contact listed below.

Name: Lori Ashworth
Title: Procurement Officer
Address: 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756
Phone: (512) 406-2462
Email: lori.ashworth@hhsc.state.tx.us

All communications relating to this RFI must be directed to the HHSC contact person named above.

DFPS Announces Release of Request for Application for Region 8b

Today, DFPS is announcing the release of a Request for Application (RFA) for Community-Based Care in Region 8b, which includes all counties in DFPS Region 8, excluding Bexar County.

The RFA is posted on the Electronic State Business Daily and eGrants websites and the deadline to submit a response is August 2, 2019. There will be an in-person conference for respondents at 1:00 PM on May 14, 2019 at 701 West 51st Street, Austin, TX 78751, room 500H.

All requests, questions, or other communication about this solicitation must be made in writing to the point of contact listed below.

Name: Lori Ashworth
Title: Procurement Officer
Address: 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756
Phone: (512) 406-2462
Email: lori.ashworth@hhsc.state.tx.us

All communications between respondents and HHSC or DFPS staff members concerning the solicitation are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may disqualify the respondent's solicitation response.

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Background

A Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services.  DFPS began expanding the community's role to meet the challenges of serving children in foster care under Foster Care Redesign. Originally, a SSCC was responsible for:

  • Developing foster care capacity.
  • Building a network of providers.
  • Engaging the community to help.
  • Foster care placement services.
  • Coordinating and delivering services to children in foster care and their families.

In 2017, the Texas Legislature directed DFPS to expand the model to include both foster care and relative or "kinship" placements and give the SSCC sole responsibility for case management – rather than sharing that responsibility with DFPS.

As Community-Based Care expands statewide, CPS will shift its focus to providing high-quality oversight of foster care and services for children and families. The SSCC will be responsible for case management and services that move children from foster care or kinship care into a permanent home.

Community-Based Care allows a SSCC and the community more flexibility to innovate. This increased flexibility comes with greater responsibility and accountability for outcomes such as safety, permanency, and well-being. 

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Guiding Principles

The guiding principles of Community-Based Care:

  • Above all, children and youth are safe from abuse and neglect.
  • Children and youth are placed in their home communities.
  • Children and youth are appropriately served in the least restrictive environment.
  • Children and youth have stability in their placements.
  • Connections to family and others important to the child are maintained.
  • Children and youth are placed with their siblings.
  • Services respect the child's culture.
  • Children and youth are provided opportunities, experiences, and activities similar to those enjoyed by their peers who are not in foster care.
  • Youth are fully prepared for successful adulthood.
  • Youth have opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
  • Children and youth are reunified with their biological parents when possible.
  • Children and youth are placed with relative or kinship caregivers if reunification is not possible.

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Plans and Reports

Legislative Reports

In accordance with requirements set forth in the General Appropriations Acts of the 83rd, 84th and 85th Texas Legislatures, DFPS is required to submit a report of performance measures, as identified by the Legislative Budget Board, to analyze the difference between the legacy foster care and redesigned foster care systems. This report is currently due on February 1 and August 1 of each year.

Implementation Plans and Reports

External Reports

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Single Source Continuum Contractor Performance

The performance of a Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) is tracked quarterly and reported annually using performance dashboards. These dashboards include metrics for baselines, targets and actual performance.  The SSCC is contractually obligated to meet or exceed the established performance targets for most of the metrics in the dashboards.

Beginning in Stage III of implementation, the permanency metrics will be used to assess financial incentives or remedies for an SSCC.  Until then, DFPS will monitor permanency metrics to assess trends. The dashboard will include a metric to help ensure any improvements to permanency rates are not offset by corresponding increases in children re-entering  care.

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