Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Program
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.
This program contracts with community-based organizations to develop juvenile delinquency prevention programs in ZIP codes with high juvenile crime rates. CYD services are available in 15 targeted Texas ZIP codes and these services target the individual needs of each community. Approaches to prevent delinquency include mentoring, jobs programs for youth, career preparation, youth leadership development, and recreation.
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.
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 CBCAP program makes parents aware 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. These include Respite and Parent Education, Fatherhood and Leadership for Effective Parenting, Multidisciplinary Approach to Prevention Services, Family Support program, as well as various special initiatives. These includes 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) to connect them with prevention and support services statewide.
This program serves families who CPS has investigated but did not confirmed any allegations of abuse or neglect. These services include home visitation, case management, and additional social services that have proven to increase the likelihood of safe and stable home environment.
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.
DFPS and PEI division plans, develops, and administers prevention and early intervention services for children and families in Texas. Prevention programming ranges from public awareness campaigns to targeted prevention services to families at risk.
The 83rd Legislature increased funding for the DFPS budget strategy for "Other At-Risk Prevention Programs" for child abuse and neglect prevention to $22 million for the 2014-2015 biennium. Nearly $16 million is designated for a new effort called “Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support”, or HOPES. PEI is excited to launch project HOPES with services to be implemented in fiscal year 2015. Get more details about project HOPES here...
- Project Hopes-Cameron / Hidalgo County
- Project Hopes-Ector County
- Project Hopes-El Paso County
- Project Hopes-Gregg County
- Project Hopes-Potter County
- Project Hopes-Travis County
- Project Hopes-Webb County
Special Initiatives include child abuse and neglect prevention campaigns, an annual child abuse prevention calendar, and the annual Partners in Prevention Training Conference.