Military Families and Veterans Preventive Services
PEI launched new efforts to support military families and veterans in Bell, Bexar, and El Paso counties. These counties are home to Fort Hood, Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Fort Bliss. These initiatives are designed to:
- Prevent child abuse and neglect in military communities.
- Help military and veteran parents have more positive parental involvement in their children's lives.
- Improve the ability of these parents to give their children emotional, physical, and financial support.
- Build community coalitions focused on preventing child abuse and neglect.
The services helped 119 families in FY 2016. Contractors have agreed to serve 904 families in FY 2017.
Merger with Texas Home Visiting
The Texas Home Visiting program, including the Texas Nurse-Family Partnership program, merged with PEI in May 2016. This was one of the first consolidations of HHS Transformation, which is making Texas Health and Human Services into a more integrated system. This change put all child abuse prevention programs in the HHS System in one group. As a result of the merger, PEI's staff has nearly doubled, program decisions are more integrated, and DFPS's positive impact on Texas children, youth and families will be greater.