Handbook Revision, February 1, 2018

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on February 1, 2018.

CPS wants to ensure that the general public understands what critical actions caseworkers are required to perform and why. To further this understanding, CPS has set up a policy email box for the general public: CPSPolicyQuestions@dfps.state.tx.us. Please feel free to contact us, via this email address, with any general questions related to policy.

For questions or concerns regarding specific cases, please contact the caseworker or supervisor, or the Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-720-7777.

Transferring an Investigations or Alternative Response to FBSS (PATS 10407)

This revision clarifies responsibilities of Investigations, Alternative Response, and FBSS staff during the transfer process. See:

2400 Transferring a Case from Investigation to Family Based Safety Services (FBSS)

Child Day Care Services Policy (PATS 10482)

The items below have been revised to remove procedures that are now performed by IMPACT. Mention of programs that no longer exist have been removed.

See:

8235 Child Day Care Services

8235.1 For All Child Day Care Cases

8235.11 Definitions

8235.12 Contracting for Child Day Care

8235.13 Identifying Available Services

8235.14 Availability of Funding for Child Day Care Services

8235.1 Funding Availability for Child Day Care Services

8235.2 8235.15 Authorizing, Adding, Extending, Reauthorizing, Terminating, or Changing Services

8235.21 8235.16 Caseworker Worker Responsibilities

8235.22 8235.17 When a Child Care Provider’s Licensing Status Changes

8235.3 8235.2 General Protective Child Day Care

8235.31 8235.21 Determining Eligibility

8235.32 8235.22 Types of Centers That May Be Used

8235.33 8235.23 Resolving Issues of Space

8235.34 8235.24 Authorizing, Reauthorizing, and Terminating Services

8235.4 8235.3 Foster Child Day Care

8235.41 8235.31 Determining Eligibility

8235.42 8235.32 Types of Day Care Centers That May Be Used

8235.43 8235.33 Resolving Issues of Space

8235.44 8235.34 Authorizing, Reauthorizing, and Terminating Services

8235.4 Special Needs Foster Child Day Care

8235.41 Determining Eligibility

8235.42 Types of Centers That May Be Used

8235.43 Authorizing, Reauthorizing, and Terminating Services

8235.5 Kinship Child Day Care

8235.51 Determining Eligibility

8235.52 Types of Centers That May Be Used

8235.53 Resolving Space Issues of Space

8235.54 Initiating, Authorizing, Reauthorizing, and Terminating Services

8235.6 Former CPS Child Day Care – Provided by the Texas Workforce Commission

8235.61 Determining Eligibility

8235.62 Types of Centers That May Be Used

8235.63 Ensuring Continued Care

8235.64 Authorizing Services

8235.6 8235.7 Regional Day Care Coordinator Responsibilities

8235.61 8235.71 Handling Program-Related Duties

8235.72 Handling Fiscal Responsibilities

8235.73 Coordinating With Local Child-Care Management Services (CCMS) Agencies

Appeal Process for a Denied Home Assessment (PATS 10492)

The items below are revised and added pursuant to Senate Bill 879, 85th Regular Legislative Session, describing the policy for conducting an appeal when a potential kinship caregiver is denied a home assessment because of a low-risk criminal offense. See:

6624 Obtaining CPS Approval of the Home Assessment and Placement of a Child in a Kinship Home

6624.1 Appeal Process for Denied Home Assessment

6624. 11 Notifying the Kinship Caregiver of the Appeal Process

6624.12 Conducting the Appeal

6624. 13 Notifying the Kinship Caregiver of the Appeal Determination

6624. 14 Case Documentation

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Appendix 4525: Offenses From the Texas Penal Code

Forensic Assessment Center Network (PATS 10517)

This revision adds policy that:

  •   Explains the function of the Forensic Assessment Center Network (FACN).

  •   Provides policy for when and how to make a referral to the FACN.

  •   Provides policy on documenting results from FACN consultation.

  •   Provides policy on requesting an extension while waiting for a response from the FACN.

See:

2137 Making a Referral to the Forensic Assessment Center Network

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2291 Submitting an Investigation for Approval