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.
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.
Child or Youth Age 16 or Older Who Requests Admission
Locating a DFPS Representative to Approve Admission of Child or Youth
11611.5 Designating a Medical Consenter
11611.6 Change of Changing Medical Consenters While a the Child or Youth is Hospitalized
11613 Involuntary Commitment Order for Mental Health Services
11614 Discharge from Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities