DFPS contracts with about 300 licensed residential child care providers to provide substitute care to children in DFPS’s managing conservatorship. Through these contracts, DFPS establishes the qualifications, standards, services, expectations, and outcomes for 24-hour child-care facilities and child-placing agencies.
DFPS has residential contract managers who assess, monitor, and manage these contracts. Residential contract managers serve as liaisons between DFPS field staff and providers to improve communication, gather input, and resolve conflicts. They also work closely with a third party reviewer, Child Protective Services, and HHS Child Care Licensing to ensure contractors comply with service level requirements, contracts expectations, and licensing standards.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) contracts with a variety of vendors. We contract directly for most services for clients and some goods and services that support the work of our employees. Current procurement opportunities are posted on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD).
Steps to contracting with DFPS:
- Applicant’s Guide to Contracting with DFPS to Provide Residential Child Care
- Applying for a License Through HHS Child Care Licensing-credentialing-regulation.
- Search for open solicitations for Residential Child Care Service on the Electronic State Business Daily.
- Review available solicitations for application instructions and submit application to the name and address listed for DFPS Purchased Client Services Procurement Office. Email questions to DFPS Purchased Client Services Procurement Office
- Ensure that your policies and procedures address the requirements of Residential Child Care Licensing's Minimum Standards, the Residential Contract, and Service Level Indicators. For a comparison of these requirements, see Comparison of Minimum Standards, Residential Contract Requirements, and Service Level Indicators
- Active Residential Child Care Contracts
- Active DFPS Contracts at or Exceeding $100,000
- Performance Management Evaluation Tool (PMET): PMET is used only by client services contractors who are required to self-report contract performance measure data.
- Child Placing Agencies Pre-Service Training, Modules, and Topics: For contracted licensed Child Placing Agencies, each caregiver must receive a maximum of 35 hours of pre-service training prior to providing direct care services to a child, and prior to home verification or approval of a foster home. Pre-service training components are referenced within Minimum Standards. Above is a list of pre-service training curriculum, modules, and topics that are provided to caregivers by contracted licensed Child Placing Agencies. Providers may exceed 35 hours of pre-service training based on the needs of the child being placed and whether the child is receiving services including the treatment of emotional disorders, pervasive development disorder, primary medical needs, intellectual and developmental disabilities, or physical disabilities, and whether the child is a victim of human trafficking.
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