Child Protective Services

Handbook Revision, November 1, 2015

This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on November 1, 2015.

CPS wants to ensure that the general public understands what critical actions caseworkers are required to perform and why. To further this understanding, CPS has set up a policy e-mail box for the general public: CPSPolicyQuestions@dfps.state.tx.us. Please feel free to contact us, via this email address, with any general questions related to policy.

For questions or concerns regarding specific cases, please contact the caseworker or supervisor, or the Office of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-720-7777.

Changes to PAL Information (PATS 8652)

Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP) (PATS 8667)

Changes to PAL Information (PATS 8667)

Minor formatting change to text in section 10241 Qualifications for PAL Transitional Living Allowance.

Removing sections 10260 Administration of PAL Services and 10261 Regional Pal Staff. Renumbering remaining sections. See:

Revisions to:

10241 Qualifications for PAL Transitional Living Allowance

Deleted:

10260 Administration of PAL Services

10261 Regional PAL Staff

Re-numbered due to the deletions above:

10260 10262 PAL Data Entry

10261 10263 PAL Responsibilities When Youth or Young Adults Are Placed Cross-Regionally

10261.1 10263.1 PAL Services When Youth or Young Adults Are Placed Cross-Regionally

10261.2 10263.2 PAL Payments When Youth Are Placed Cross-Regionally

1026210264 National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)

10262.1 10264.1 Key NYTD Terms

10263 10265 National Youth in Transition (NYTD) Independent Living Services

10264 10266 National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Survey

10264.1 10266.1 Baseline and Follow-Up Populations

10264.2 10266.2 Outcome Reporting Status

10264.3 10266.3 Designating a National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Primary Contact

10264.4 10266.4 IMPACT Data and Information Alerts

10264.5 10266.5 Use of Diligent Search to Locate Youth in the Survey Population

10265 10267 Special Populations

10265.1 10267.1 Reporting NYTD Services on Youth From a Different State (ICPC)

10265.2 10267.2 Reporting on Youth in Placement With the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)

Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP) (PATS 8652)

This revision reflects refinements to the Parental Child Safety Placement policy. See:

3210 Parental Child Safety Placement (PCSP)

3211 Evaluating the Child’s Safety Before Placement

3212 Program Director Approval

3213 Agreement for Documenting a PCSP Placement

3214 Option to Enter Into Authorization Agreement for Nonparent Relative

3215 Required Contacts

3216 Extending a PCSP

3217 Closing a PCSP

3218 Closing a Case or Stage When the Child Remains in a PCSP with a Caregiver Who Does Not Have Legal Custody