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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 19DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
CHAPTER 700CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER EINTAKE, INVESTIGATION, AND ASSESSMENT
DIVISION 1INVESTIGATIONS
RULE §700.505Priorities for Reports of Abuse and Neglect

(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; and

  (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.


Source Note: The provisions of this §700.505 adopted to be effective September 1, 2007, 32 TexReg 5388

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