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.
The PCSP Resource Guide was also updated.
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:
10241 Qualifications for PAL Transitional Living Allowance
10260 Administration of PAL Services 10261 Regional PAL Staff
Re-numbered due to the deletions above:
10262 PAL Data Entry
10263 PAL Responsibilities When Youth or Young Adults Are Placed Cross-Regionally
10263.1 PAL Services When Youth or Young Adults Are Placed Cross-Regionally
10263.2 PAL Payments When Youth Are Placed Cross-Regionally
10264 National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
10264.1 Key NYTD Terms
10265 National Youth in Transition (NYTD) Independent Living Services
10266 National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Survey
10266.1 Baseline and Follow-Up Populations
10266.2 Outcome Reporting Status
10266.3 Designating a National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Primary Contact
10266.4 IMPACT Data and Information Alerts
10266.5 Use of Diligent Search to Locate Youth in the Survey Population
10267 Special Populations
10267.1 Reporting NYTD Services on Youth From a Different State (ICPC)
10267.2 Reporting on Youth in Placement With the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD)
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
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