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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 2ALTERNATIVE RESPONSE
RULE §700.555Can a case initially assigned for an alternative response be conducted as an investigation?

Yes. DFPS in its sole discretion may at any time route a case that is assigned for and otherwise appears to meet the criteria for alternative response to be conducted as a thorough investigation. A non-exhaustive list of the factors DFPS may consider in deciding to change a case from an alternative response to an investigation includes:

  (1) inability of DFPS staff to assess the safety of the child who is the subject of the report;

  (2) inability to locate or reach the family;

  (3) increased risk of abuse or neglect; or

  (4) a change in household composition.


Source Note: The provisions of this §700.555 adopted to be effective March 1, 2014, 39 TexReg 1174

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