Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR)
The STAR program is available in all 254 Texas counties. PEI contracts with community agencies to offer crisis-counseling for families, individual and family counseling, emergency short-term respite care, and youth and parent skills classes. STAR serves families with youth through 18 years old who are dealing with conflict at home, school attendance issues, delinquency, or have a youth who has run away from home. In FY 2016, the STAR program served 24,974 youth and 19,498 parents or other primary caregivers. STAR contractors also provide child-abuse prevention services, outreach material, and educational presentations that serve everyone in the community.
Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN)
These contracts make community and evidence-based juvenile delinquency prevention programs available to youth ages 6-17 in each DFPS region. This includes school and community-based mentoring programs, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs. This program served 4,015 clients in FY 2016.