PEI contracts with community-based programs and agencies to provide a variety of services that help prevent abuse, neglect, delinquency, and truancy of Texas children. Not all services are available in all Texas communities. Services are free of charge and participation is voluntary. PEI does not provide housing, transportation, or any services outside of the scope contracted by local providers.
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PEI contracts with community-based organizations to develop juvenile-delinquency prevention programs in ZIP codes that have high juvenile crime rates and other high community level risk factors impacting youth. Communities tailor services to their needs. Some of the approaches include mentoring, jobs programs, career preparation, and recreational activities.
Fatherhood EFFECT programs provide parent education and resources to fathers. Beginning in FY20, Fatherhood EFFECT’s scope expanded to include community coalition and community level change efforts along with local organization improvements, increasing quality direct services targeted specifically at fathers and explicit inclusion and support of fathers across multiple programs.
Project HOPES is a community-based program started in FY14 providing child abuse and neglect prevention services that target families with children between zero to five years of age.
Helping through Intervention and Prevention (HIP) is a free, voluntary program that provides targeted families with an extensive family assessment, home visitation that includes parent education, and basic needs support.
Through parenting, education, counseling, and support services, this program:
- Prevents child abuse and neglect in military communities;
- Helps military and veteran parents have more positive parental involvement in their children’s lives;
- Improves the ability of these parents to give their children emotional, physical, and financial support; and
- Builds community coalitions focused on preventing child abuse and neglect.
The STAR program addresses family conflict and everyday struggles while promoting strong families and youth resilience. Every STAR provider offers one-on-one coaching or counseling with a trained professional and group-based learning for youth and parents. STAR programs also operate a 24-hour hotline for families having urgent needs.
The SYSN program creates a statewide network of youth programs aimed at juvenile delinquency prevention and positive youth development for youth ages 6 to 17. PEI funds allow state-level grantees to identify areas of high need and vulnerability, and target specific support to local communities. Therefore, the level and extent of services by county varies. Services include school and community-based mentoring programs, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and Texas Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs.
Texas Home Visiting (THV) is a free, voluntary program through which early childhood and health professionals regularly visit the homes of at-risk pregnant women or families with children under age six.
Texas Nurse Family Partnership (TNFP) is a free, voluntary program through which nurses regularly visit the homes of at-risk pregnant women or families with children under age two. Families start services with TNFP by their 28th week of pregnancy and can receive services until the child reaches two years of age.
Special Initiatives include child abuse and neglect prevention campaigns, an annual child abuse prevention calendar, and the annual Partners in Prevention Training Conference.