|(a) The Temporary Emergency Placement Program is designed
to provide highly-structured quality residential care and services
when DFPS encounters high needs children for whom the Department is
working to identify a safe and suitable longer-term placement to meet
their unique needs.
(b) Caregivers who participate in the Temporary Emergency
Treatment Program have specialized training in providing services
to children with mental health, socio-behavioral needs and medical
needs, including 24-hour supervision to ensure the child's safety
and sense of security, which includes frequent one-to-one monitoring
with the ability to provide immediate on site response and any other
training requirement specified in contract.
(c) Contractors providing services through the Temporary
Emergency Placement Program must:
(1) have experience providing residential-child care
services to high needs children;
(2) reserve placement slots for the exclusive use of
properly referred children determined eligible for the TEP program
(3) be prepared to admit children who might require
TEP services at any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year;
(4) accept all properly referred children up to a predetermined
number of placements as outlined in the contract with DFPS; and
(5) comply with all required terms and conditions set
forth in the contract with DFPS.