This revision of the Child Protective Services Handbook was published on November 3, 2014. Summaries of new or revised items are provided below.
Third-Party Resources and For Medical Services (PATS 7447)
The items below are being revised to update the description of how staff use Third Party Resources for medical claims. See:
1579 Third Party Resources for Medical Care Services
1579.1 Third Party Payors
1579.2 Reporting Third Party Payors
Investigating the Death of a Child (PATS 6917)
The following items are revised to reflect improvements made to the process for investigating and reviewing the death of a child when the death is caused by abuse or neglect. The intent is to ensure that investigations and reviews are consistent, supportive, and transparent.
The changes are the result of a review that the DFPS Internal Audit Division conducted in August 2013.
CPS staff were informed of this policy with the issuance of PSA 14-059 on March 3, 2014.
The changes include:
• revising Form 2701 Notification of Child Death;
• merging the meetings of the Quick Response Team and the Regional Quick Response Team and adjusting the timeframes for the meetings;
• publishing a protocol guidebook; and
• providing further guidance on and timeframes for the process followed by the Disposition Review Team
2710 When a Child Dies
2711 Sending Notifications When a Child Dies
2711.1 Notifying the Medical Examiner or Justice of the Peace When a Child Dies
2712 Releasing Information About an Investigation Into the Death of a Child
2712.1 Information Required to be Released Before the Investigation Is Complete
2712.2 Time Frame for Releasing Information If the Death Resulted From Abuse or Neglect
2712.3 Information Released If the Death Resulted From Abuse or Neglect
2712.4 Legal Review of Information to be Released
6511 Notifying DFPS Staff When a Child Dies While in Substitute Care
References to 2712.31 Allegation Task and 2712.32 Maintain Person Task are deleted in:
2812.2 When a Person Has Died
2813 Completing the Maintain Allegation Task in IMPACT