This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on February 1, 2019.

CPS wants to make sure that the public understands what critical actions caseworkers are required to perform and why. To further this understanding, CPS has set up a policy email box for the 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 about specific cases, please contact the caseworker or supervisor, or the Office of Consumer Relations at 1-800-720-7777.

Working with Children Who are Sexually Aggressive and Victims of Sexual Aggression (PATS 11402)

The item below is updated to clarify the definition of sexually aggressive behavior.

See:

6241.11 Working with Children Who are Sexually Aggressive and Victims of Sexual Aggression

Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization (PATS 11317)

A child’s or youth’s consent is no longer required for admission to an inpatient psychiatric facility. A child or youth in conservatorship can only receive inpatient psychiatric services based on a physician statement or certain other actions.

See:

11611.1 DFPS Request to Admit for Admission a Child or Youth to an Inpatient Psychiatric Facility

11611.2 Child or Youth Age 16 or Older Who Requests Admission

11611.3 Locating a DFPS Representative to Approve Admission of Child or Youth

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11611.5 Designating a Medical Consenter

11611.5 11611.6 Change of Changing Medical Consenters While a the Child or Youth is Hospitalized

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11613 Involuntary Commitment Order for Mental Health Services

11614 Discharge from Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities