Authority/Reference(s) Human Resources Code §40.0505
Revision Date September 7, 2018

POLICY

DFPS Divisions that have contracting responsibilities are outlined below:

Purchased Client Services

Purchased Client Services (PCS) is a division within the Office of the Deputy Commissioner and is responsible for planning the purchasing of contracted services, contract administration, contract management, contract monitoring and accountability. Through these functions, PCS establishes the qualifications, service deliverables, reporting requirements, documentation requirements, payment methodology and performance measures for each client service. Goods and services are procured through a variety of procurement methods, managed through contractual relationships, and have a variety of payment types. PCS serves as a liaison between DFPS field staff and service providers. Staff are responsible for processing invoices for the payment of contracted services. To fulfill these responsibilities, PCS is divided into distinct divisions:

  • CPS Purchased Client Services (Regional Contracts and Residential Contracts)
  • APS Purchased Client Services
  • State Office Contracts

Community-Based Care

Community-Based Care (CBC) provides foster care and case management services through a phased implementation for Child Protective Services (CPS). CBC is a community-based approach that is intended to meet individual and unique needs of children, youth, and families through a single contractor (called the Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC) which provides a full continuum of services to children and families within a designated geographic area.

In 2017, the Texas Legislature directed DFPS to further expand this model to include both foster care and relative or “kinship” placements, and give the SSCC sole responsibility for case management rather than sharing the responsibility with DFPS. The SSCC is also responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services in the defined catchment area that the SSCC serves.

Prevention and Early Intervention

Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) is the division of DFPS that manages and oversees programs that specifically focus on stopping abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency before it happens.  PEI oversees the contracting of prevention services across the state which are free to the public. Some PEI services are available statewide, while others are only available in targeted areas.

Information Resource Management

Information Resource Management (IRM) is a division of DFPS reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. IRM’s mission is to enable DFPS employees to achieve their business goals through the use of innovative, high quality, flexible, secure and cost–effective technology and business solutions. IRM’s vision is to deliver outstanding customer service by effectively tailoring business solutions to meet current and future DFPS customer needs. IT Business Operations (ITBO) is the segment of IRM responsible for fulfillment of IRM administrative resource requirements. Contracts within IRM are administrative in nature, and include large scale complex software development contracts for the benefit of DFPS programs. No direct client service contracts are managed within the IRM division.