|(a) Child Protective Services (CPS) assigns priorities
for reports of abuse and neglect based on the assessment of the immediacy
of the risk and the severity of the possible harm to the child.
(1) Priority I reports concern children who appear
to face an immediate risk of abuse or neglect that could result in
death or serious harm.
(2) Priority II reports are all other reports of abuse
or neglect that are not assigned a Priority I.
(b) Subject to the availability of funds, CPS must:
(1) Immediately respond to a report of abuse or neglect
that is assigned a Priority I and involves circumstances in which
the death of the child or substantial bodily harm to the child will
imminently result unless the Department of Family and Protective
Services (DFPS) immediately intervenes;
(2) Within 24 hours respond to a report of abuse or
neglect that is assigned a Priority I, other than a report described
in paragraph (1) of this subsection, by initiating an investigation;
(3) Within 72 hours respond to a report of abuse or
neglect that is assigned a Priority II by initiating an investigation
or, pursuant to Texas Family Code §261.3015, by forwarding the
report to specialized screening staff.