Since September 1, 2013, the Procurement and Contracting Services (HHSC-PCS) division of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) became responsible for the procurement of administrative and client services and goods on behalf of DFPS.
DFPS, with assistance from HHSC-PCS, buys goods and services from contracting entities when Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), or Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) identify the need for goods or services.
Examples of CPS services that DFPS contracts for include:
- Residential services
- Home study and report services
- Parent and caregiver training
- Evaluation and Treatment
- Preparation for Adult Living services
- Adoption and post-adoption services
Examples of APS services that DFPS contracts for include:
- Personal Assistance Care
- Home Repair
- Assisted Living
- Heavy Cleaning
Examples of PEI services that DFPS contracts for include:
- Community-based child abuse and neglect prevention services
- Community-based juvenile delinquency prevention services
Specific DFPS employees handle client services duties such as planning for services, development of the statement of work, developing performance measures, contracting, contract management, contract monitoring, and resolving contracting
DFPS divisions responsible for contracting include:
- Prevention and Early Intervention
- Regional CPS Contracts
- Regional APS Contracts
- Residential Child Care Contracts
- Contract Performance
- Community-Based Care
- IMPACT Modernization
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) also obtains services that may support DFPS programs. For more information, visit the HHSC Business and Contracting Opportunities home page.
DFPS partners with and supports other organizations that seek competitive grant opportunities when those grants are consistent with the mission and programs of DFPS. In these cases, DFPS may provide either a Letter of Support or a Letter of Commitment when requested. To learn more and request a letter, visit the Partnering with DFPS page.
DFPS works with the Procurement and Contracting Services (PCS) Division of Health and Human Services (HHSC) to buy goods and services from contracting entities and the Texas Procurement and Support Services Office to buy goods and services not directly related to clients. These include hotel rentals, training, office supplies, and janitorial services. Purchases of more than $25,000 are listed on the Texas Procurement and Support Services Office's Electronic State Business Daily.
If you're an Information Technology (IT) vendor that wants to do business with DFPS, register for the state's Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) on the Comptroller's website. Then, watch the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) and the Department of Information Resources (DIR) list of current contracting initiatives for business opportunities.