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Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) division responsibilities include:

  • Working with Texas communities to develop services to prevent child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, runaway youth, and truancy.
  • Planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive, unified approach to delivering prevention services.
  • Making prevention and early intervention services more accountable by demonstrating effectiveness or public benefits.
  • Using the services of Office of Child Safety to conduct in-depth case reviews to help support prevention and intervention programs as well as provide policy and best practices recommendations across DFPS.

What is Prevention and Early Intervention?

PEI is a division of DFPS that focuses on stopping abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency before it happens.

PEI does this by:

  • Managing community-based programs that prevent child abuse and juvenile delinquency.
  • Helping communities identify their prevention needs and enhance local services.
  • Helping communities create new programs and improve existing ones that improve outcomes for children, youth, and their families. 

PEI contracts for a number of prevention services statewide that are available to the public free or a low cost.  Some of these services are available statewide and others are only available in some areas. Learn more about  Prevention and Early programs in your community.

Office of Child Safety

Office of Child Safety's goal is to help carry out prevention and intervention programs which address and reduce fatal and serious child abuse.

The Office of Child Safety completes critical case reviews, examines data and trends, and works with other agencies to provide a safety network across Texas.

By developing program recommendations, Prevention and Early Intervention's Office of Child Safety brings together local agencies, private sector, non-profits, and government programs to reduce child abuse and neglect fatalities.

Read more about Office of Child Safety

Texas Prevention Network

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) program in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) along with the Texas Home Visiting Program, is creating a Texas Prevention Network (TPN) that brings together experts and partners from various sectors, who will guide state efforts to strengthen families and communities. Members share information and coordinate prevention efforts to support a quality system in Texas. The network is organizing Think Tanks to partner with PEI to define a vision for the future and a path to achieve it based on targeted outcomes.

If you missed the TPN webinar on June 30, 2015 listen to the webinar here. After listening to the webinar, please take this survey by July 10, 2015 to tell us about your interest in joining one of the Think Tanks as a member or the chair. The PowerPoint presentation used during the webinar can be found here.

This is an exciting time where we have an opportunity to transform the health, safety, and well-being of Texas families by creating collaborative, sustainable, and innovative efforts to support parents and promote services. Thank you for all that you have done to help prevent child abuse and neglect in your community and the state of Texas. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at dfpstpn@dfps.state.tx.us.

Announcement - Military Families and Veterans Prevention Project

The Prevention and Early Intervention Division of the Texas Department of Families and Protective Services through HHSC's Procurement and Contracting Services Division, intended to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) in late July or early August for prevention services directed towards military and veteran families in the following targeted service areas: Bell, Bexar and El Paso Counties.

Regrettably, publication of this RFP has been delayed. The new publication date for this RFP is tentatively scheduled for September 4, 2016. At that time, HHSC will post all official communication regarding this RFP to the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD). To access the website, go to the ESBD search page and enter a search for this procurement.

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