Statewide Intake Policy and Procedures
This revision of the Statewide Intake Policy and Procedures Handbook was published on November 1, 2011. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.
The current PN closure codes were created by CPS as reasons to close an intake. SWI uses these same codes as reasons to enter a PN intake. A CPS-SWI workgroup has researched this issue and has developed P-N entry protocol which will clarify guidelines for PN assessment and entry. A future SIR to change the wording of the codes on the Intake Action page is also in discussion. See:
3142.7 Closure Code
3143.3 Reports Involving Members of Law Enforcement
3500 Processing PNs
4300 CPS Assessment of Priority
Government Code §531.165 mandated DADS to conduct searches for the parent or guardian of a child in a long-term care facility whose parent or guardian has not been located despite previous attempts. This statute also applies to individuals who were placed in long-term care facilities as children, but who now are adults. DADS must make attempts to locate the parent or guardian for a full year.
If the search is not successful, DADS must make a report to DFPS. DFPS, including Statewide Intake (SWI), Diligent Search Unit (DSU), Child Protective Services (CPS), and Adult Protective Services (APS) divisions, have worked together with DADS to develop consistent policy for how referrals are received, assessed, and processed.
4493 DADS Unable to Locate Parent or Guardian of a Child in an ICF-MR or Nursing Facility
6810 Types of CRSR Reports for APS In-Home Cases
This revision clarifies procedures for handling allegations of abuse or neglect when an incident is said to have occurred when a child was in day care, involves a child who is living with a family under the sponsorship of a foreign exchange program or organization, or involves both the parent and child care provider as possible perpetrators.
4450 Reports Involving an Unrelated Caregiver
4451 Day Care Provided Outside of a Child’s Home
4452 Day Care Provided In the Child's Home
4453 Foreign Exchange/Sponsorship Program
4460 Parents and Caregiver Child Care Provider Both Possible Perpetrators
The following items have been deleted:
4461 Caregiver Subject to CCL Regulation
4462 Caregiver Not Subject to CCL Regulation