DFPS is promoting its “3 in 30” campaign, which is intended to raise awareness of the heightened efforts to assess children coming into state care with three statutorily required medical and behavioral health assessments. These include the new 3-Day medical exam, the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment and the Texas Health Steps medical exam. Taken together, these three tools should identify medical, behavioral and developmental strengths and needs of children and youth entering DFPS custody.
CANS and the Texas Health Steps medical exam are required within 30 days of a child entering state care. The new 3-Day medical exam is required to take place within three business days of a child entering state custody, and the rollout of this exam has just begun.
The schedule below shows the timeline for starting the 3-Day medical exam across the state:
- April 1, 2018 – Regions 1, 7, 9 and 10
- June 1, 2018 – Regions 2, 3E (Dallas area) and 3W (Fort Worth area)
- Aug. 1, 2018 – Regions 4, 5, 6A (Harris County) and 6B (surrounding Harris County)
- Oct. 1, 2018 – Regions 8 and 11
For more detailed information on “3 in 30,” see the guide on the DFPS website.