Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Programs
PEI works contracts with community-based programs and agencies to provide a variety of services that help prevent abuse, neglect, delinquency, and truancy of Texas children. Not all services are available in all Texas communities. You can search to find out which programs are available in your county.
PEI recently hosted community meetings in several areas throughout the state to discuss a potential expansion of the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES) Program as well as a new Military Families Initiative.
The CBCAP program informs parents of prevention services in their communities and encourages them to use them. It also strengthens community and parental involvement in child abuse prevention efforts. CBCAP funds a variety of contracts with community-based organizations to provide child abuse and neglect prevention services. Services offered through CBCAP contracts include respite, parent education, fatherhood services, parent leadership, home visitation, and various special initiatives. These include the Help for Parents, Hope for Kids campaign, which reaches out to parents with advertising and inspirational testimonials, and gives them a website (HelpandHope.org) for prevention and support services statewide.
This program serves families investigated by CPS who were designated low priority, were considered low-risk cases, or who did not have confirmed allegations of abuse or neglect. Services provided include home visitation, case management, parent education and additional services proven to increase the likelihood of a safe and stable home environment.
The CYD program contracts with community-based organizations to develop juvenile-delinquency prevention programs in ZIP codes with high juvenile crime rates for youth ages 6 to 17 (with a focus on youth ages 10 through 17). Approaches communities use to prevent delinquency have included mentoring, youth-employment programs, career preparation, and alternative recreational activities. Communities prioritize and fund specific prevention services according to local needs. CYD services are available in 15 targeted Texas ZIP codes. In addition, each contractor must create or participate in an existing community-based collaborative committee or group to help integrate CYD into the community. Youth Leadership Development must also be provided through each contractor focusing on helping youth develop leadership skills.
The STAR program contracts with community agencies to offer family crisis intervention counseling, short-term emergency respite care, and individual and family counseling. Youth up to age 17 and their families are eligible if they are dealing with conflict at home, truancy or delinquency, or have a youth who runs away from home. STAR services are available in all Texas counties. Each STAR contractor also provides universal child abuse prevention services, ranging from local media campaigns to informational brochures and parenting classes.
These youth-services contracts make community and evidence-based juvenile delinquency prevention programs available to youth ages 6-17 in each DFPS region.
TFTS funds community-based programs that have been shown to relieve stress and promote better parenting skills and behaviors to help families become self-sufficient and successfully nurture their children. The goals of TFTS are to:
- Make family support services more available.
- Make community-based family support services more efficient and effective.
- Enable children to remain in their own homes.
- Help local programs, government agencies, and families work together.
The toll-freeTexas Youth and Runaway Hotline (1-800-989-6884) offers crisis counseling and referrals for troubled youth and families. A volunteer workforce of about 60 people answers the phones. Many callers face a variety of problems including family conflict, delinquency, truancy, and abuse and neglect. The program increases public awareness through television, radio, billboards and other media efforts. Hotline telephone counselors respond to about 40,000 calls annually.
Special Initiatives include child abuse and neglect prevention campaigns, an annual child abuse prevention calendar, and the annual Partners in Prevention Training Conference.
- Help for Parents, Hope for Kids: Child abuse prevention campaign
- Room to Breathe: Safe sleeping practices for infants.
- Watch Kids Around Water: Water safety for children at home and outdoors
- Annual Partners in Prevention Training Conference
Project HOPES is a new effort that will contract with community-based organizations to provide child abuse and neglect prevention services that target families with children between 0-5 years of age. Contracts will be awarded in targeted counties and will include a home-visiting program component as well as other services that will meet the needs of the target county and should include collaborations between child welfare, early childhood education, and other child and family services. Services will begin in fiscal year 2014.
For more information, please email HOPES@dfps.state.tx.us.
Project HIP is a new effort that provides voluntary services to families that will increase protective factors and prevent child abuse. The program provides an extensive family assessment, home visiting programs that include parent education and basic needs support to targeted families. Eligible families are those who have previously had their parental rights terminated due to child abuse and neglect in year 2008 or later who currently have a newborn child, families who have previously had a child die with the cause identified as child abuse or neglect in year 2008 or later who have a newborn child, or current foster youth who are pregnant or who have given birth in the last four months.