The state budget for the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) includes funding decisions that define the scope and pace of the rollout of Community-Based Care (CBC) for the next two-year budget period beginning in September 2019. Key decisions include:
- The CBC model will not be expanded into new geographic areas of the state beyond the five catchment areas already under contract or in the procurement process.
- The scope of CBC will be expanded into Stage II in three regions of the state currently under contract during the next biennium. Under Stage II of CBC, contractors (SSCCs) will assume responsibility for all case management duties and roles previously performed by DFPS, and state workers will be replaced by staff of the contractors.
Community-Based Care is the new service delivery model for foster care and a range of child protection system services, which utilizes nonprofit contractors in defined geographic areas of the state known as catchment areas. There are currently 17 catchment areas in Texas and SSCCs are operating in three areas: OCOK in Region 3B (Tarrant and adjoining counties), 2INgage in Region 2 (30-county area in north central Texas including Wichita Falls and Abilene), and Family Tapestry in Region 8A (Bexar County/San Antonio). In addition Texas is in the midst of procuring an SSCC for Region 8B (27 counties surrounding Bexar County).
What’s more, on Friday, June 14, DFPS announced that it has taken the next step in expanding Community-Based Care (CBC) by awarding a contract for 41 Texas counties in Region 1 to Saint Francis Ministries. Saint Francis Ministries is a Kansas-based child and family services ministry serving more than 31,000 people through locations in seven states and in El Salvador and Honduras. Saint Francis’ work encompasses foster care, therapeutic foster care, adoption, family preservation, residential care and community outreach services.
“Saint Francis Ministries is excited to team with DFPS and its stakeholders to expand our partnerships and work in Texas,” said The Very Rev. Robert N. Smith, CEO, president and dean of Saint Francis Ministries. “We especially are excited to partner on the transition to community-based care, which fits well with our history of providing innovative care and strategies that are individualized to the communities we serve.” Read more about Community-Based Care.
Texas CASA will be developing resources to assist local CASA programs to understand and prepare for CBC.