Handbook Revision, August 1, 2017

This revision of the Statewide Intake Policy and Procedures Handbook was published on August 1, 2017. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.

Neglect in ALFs, Nursing Homes, Hospice, and Hospitals (PATS 10173)

These edits explain when it is appropriate to assess an APS In-Home intake when I client is in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF), Nursing Home, Hospice, or Hospital. See:

6520 Hospitals, Assisted Living Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Hospice Facilities Situations Involving Facilities Regulated by Texas State Agencies Other Than DFPS

6521 Discharge Issues from a Hospital, Nursing Home, or Hospice

6522 Self-Neglect APS In-Home Investigations in Assisted Living Facilities

6523 Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation by an Employee

6524 Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation by Someone Other than an Employee

Assessing Family Violence Related Calls at Intake (PATS 10187)

This is new SWI policy created to comply with SB 434, 82nd regular session. The policy is rooted in the new Texas Administrative Code (TAC) and Texas Family Code (TFC) definitions to provide SWI staff with clear parameters for assessing abuse and neglect related to exposure to family violence. The policy also provides guidance on assigning roles once the criteria for abuse or neglect have been met. See:

4437 Reports Involving Family Violence

4437.1 Assessing for NSUP As a Result of Exposure to Family Violence

4437.2 Assessing for PHAB As a Result of Exposure to Family Violence

4437.3 Assessing for EMAB As a Result of Exposure to Family Violence

4437.4 Assigning Roles for Family Violence Related-Intakes