Effective September 1, 2013, the Procurement and Contracting Services (HHSC-PCS) division of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is responsible for the procurement of administrative and client services and goods on behalf of all HHS agencies, including DFPS.
DFPS, with assistance from HHSC-PCS, buys goods and services from vendors when Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), or Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) identify the need for goods or services.
HHSC-PCS posts DFPS contracting opportunities on the Texas Procurement and Support Services Office's Electronic State Business Daily for all purchases above $25,000.
Here are examples of CPS services that DFPS contracts for that you may find on the Electronic State Business Daily:
- Residential services
- Home screenings and assessments services
- Parent and caregiver training
- Evaluation and treatment preparation for Adult Living services
- Adoption and post-adoption services
Below are examples of APS services that you may find posted on the Electronic State Business Daily:
- Personal Assistance Care
- Home Repair
- Assisted Living
- Heavy Cleaning
Here are examples of PEI services that you may find on the Electronic State Business Daily:
- Community-based child abuse and neglect prevention services
- Community-based juvenile delinquency prevention services
Specific DFPS employees handle client services duties such as planning for services, development of the statement of work, developing performance measures, contracting, contract management, contract monitoring, and resolving contracting
DFPS divisions responsible for contracting include:
- Prevention and Early Intervention
- Regional CPS Contracts
- Regional APS Contracts
- Residential Contracts
- Contract Performance, Research, and Evaluation (CPRE)
- Foster Care Redesign through Single Source Continuum Contracts
- IMPACT Modernization
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) also obtains services that may support DFPS programs. For more information, visit the HHSC Procurement Opportunities home page.
DFPS works with HHSC Enterprise Contract and Procurement Services (ECPS) and the Texas Procurement and Support Services Office to buy goods and services not directly related to clients. These include hotel rentals, training, office supplies, and janitorial services. Purchases of more than $25,000 are listed on the Texas Procurement and Support Services Office's Electronic State Business Daily.
If you're an Information Technology (IT) vendor that wants to do business with DFPS, register for the state's Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) on the Comptroller's website. Then, watch the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) and the Department of Information Resources (DIR) list of current contracting initiatives for business opportunities.