Contracting with DFPS
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. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Enterprise Contract and Procurement Services (ECPS) division buys goods and services for DFPS that are not directly related to our clients.
DFPS buys goods and services for Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), and Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) clients from vendors under contract with the agency.
DFPS solicits bids, applications, or proposals from vendors when CPS, APS, or PEI identifies a need for goods or services. DFPS posts notices on the Texas Procurement and Support Services Office's Electronic State Business Daily of all purchases above $25,000.
Here are examples of CPS services that DFPS contracts for that you may find on the Electronic State Business Daily:
- Residential services
- Home screenings and assessments services
- Parent and caregiver training
- Evaluation and treatment preparation for Adult Living services
- Adoption and post-adoption services
Below are examples of APS services that you may find posted on the Electronic State Business Daily:
- Personal Assistance Care
- Home Repair
- Assisted Living
- Heavy Cleaning
Here are examples of PEI services that you may find on the Electronic State Business Daily:
- 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, procurement, developing performance measures, contracting, contract management, contract monitoring, and resolving contracting issues.
DFPS divisions responsible for contracting include:
- Prevention and Early Intervention
- Regional CPS Contracts
- Regional APS Contracts
- Residential Contracts
- Contract Performance, Research, and Evaluation (CPRE)
- Foster Care Redesign through Single Source Continuum Contracts
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) also obtains services that may support DFPS programs. For more information, visit the HHSC Procurement Opportunities home page.
DFPS works with HHSC Enterprise Contract and Procurement Services (ECPS) 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.