|(a) Records of an alternative response are confidential
case records as provided by Texas Family Code §261.201, and §700.202(1)
of this title (relating to Definitions).
(b) DFPS may withhold or release confidential alternative
response case records in the same manner as other records that are
gathered or maintained in response to a report of abuse or neglect
of a child, as authorized by state and federal law, including §700.203
of this title (relating to Access to Confidential Information Maintained
by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)).
(c) DFPS maintains alternative response case records
in accordance with its published records retention schedule. DFPS
may utilize information from an alternative response if alternative
response case records are available and DFPS receives a subsequent
report of abuse or neglect involving a person who participated in
an alternative response case.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter,
DFPS does not release alternative response case records in response
to a request for information received pursuant to Texas Family Code §261.308(e).