What is Rulemaking?

Rulemaking is the process for developing and issuing rules. The rulemaking process can lead to the issuance of a new rule, an amendment to an existing rule, or the repeal of an existing rule.

Rules describe the procedure/practice of a state agency or other state government entity.  Rules implement or interpret law and/ or prescribe policy. Rules outline policies/practices that impact the public and external stakeholders.

What is the Rulemaking Process for DFPS?Rulemaking Process for DFPS

Step 1: DFPS proposes rules for publication in the Texas Register

Step 2: The proposed rules are open for public comment for at least 30 days.

Step 3: Once the public comment period ends, DFPS prepares the rules for adoption and address comments received from the public.

Step 4: DFPS submits the rules for publication in the Texas Register.

Step 5: The rules are adopted with the effective date.

DFPS Rules

DFPS proposes rules under Human Resources Code §40.027, which requires the DFPS Commissioner to oversee the development of rules relating to matters within DFPS jurisdiction and adopt rules for the operation and provision of services by DFPS. The commissioner publishes DFPS rules in the Texas Register to notify the public and allow the public to review and make comments. The public comment period begins on the date the notice is published in the Texas Register and lasts for at least 30 days. During the time that the proposed rules are published in the Texas Register, DFPS also publishes the rules below on the DFPS website. You can find the current effective rules in the Texas Administrative Code.

Proposed Rules

Rules Project # Subject Section Number(s) Contact Publication Date Comment Period Ends
21R13 Chapter 732. Contracted Services, Subchapter B. Enhanced Contract Monitoring proposes new:
rules@dfps.texas.gov August 6, 2021 September 5, 2021
20R05 Chapter 700. Child Protective Services. Subchapter A. Administration & Chapter 702. General Administration

proposes the repeal of:
700.104, 700.106, 702.205

amendments to:
702.201, 702.213, 702.221, 702.251, 702.255, 702.257

proposes new:
702.203, 702.205, 702.207, 702.209, 702.211

rules@dfps.texas.gov June 18, 2021 July 18, 2021
19R13 Chapter 700. Child Protective Services. Subchapter G. Services for Families

proposes repeal of:
700.702, 700.705

amendments to:
700.701, 700.703, 700.704, 700.706

proposes new:
700.710, 700.712,
700.714, 700.716,
700.718, 700.720,

rules@dfps.texas.gov June 4, 2021 July 4, 2021

Adopted Rules