|(a) Allegation disposition. At the end of the investigation,
staff must assign a disposition to each allegation identified for
the investigation in order to:
(1) Specify their conclusions about the occurrence
of abuse or neglect;
(2) Derive the overall disposition for the investigation;
(3) Derive the overall role for each person with respect
to the abuse
or neglect that was investigated.
(b) Meaning of allegation disposition. The meaning
of allegation dispositions are:
(1) Reason-to-believe. Based on a preponderance of
the evidence, staff conclude that abuse or neglect has occurred.
(2) Ruled-out. Staff determine, based on available
information that it is reasonable to conclude that the abuse or neglect
has not occurred.
(3) Unable to complete. Staff could not draw a conclusion
whether alleged abuse or neglect occurred, because the family:
(A) Could not be located to begin the investigation
or moved and could not be located to finish the investigation; or
(B) Was unwilling to cooperate with the investigation.
(4) Unable-to-determine. Staff conclude that none of
the dispositions specified in paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection
(5) Administrative closure. Information received after
a case was assigned for investigation reveals that continued Child
Protective Services intervention is unwarranted as outlined in §700.507
of this title (relating to Response to Allegations of Abuse or Neglect).
(c) Overall disposition. The overall investigation
disposition is the summary finding about the abuse or neglect that
was investigated. The overall disposition is derived from the individual
allegation dispositions in the following manner:
(1) Reason-to-believe. If any allegation disposition
is "reason-to-believe," the overall case disposition is "reason-to-believe."
(2) Ruled out. If all allegation dispositions are "ruled
out" or are a mixture of "ruled out" and "administrative closure,"
the overall case disposition is "ruled out."
(3) Unable to complete. If any allegation disposition
is "unable to complete" and no allegation disposition is "reason-to-believe"
or "unable to determine," the overall investigation disposition is
"unable to complete."
(4) Unable to determine. If any allegation disposition
is "unable to determine" and no allegation disposition is "reason
to believe," the overall case disposition is "unable to determine."
(5) Administrative closure. Decisions with regard to
administrative closure are made at the case level as specified in
§700.507 of this title. Therefore, all allegations must be disposed
of by indicating that administrative closure has been selected. If
any one allegation meets criteria for allegation dispositions as specified
in paragraphs (1) - (4) of this subsection, a case is not eligible
for administrative closure.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §700.511 adopted to be effective March 15, 1989, 14 TexReg 994; amended to be effective September 1, 1990, 15 TexReg 4446; amended to be effective December 1, 1990, 15 TexReg 6318; amended to be effective September 1, 1992, 17 TexReg 5364; transferred effective September 1, 1992, as published in the Texas Register September 11, 1992, 17 TexReg 6279; amended to be effective August 1, 1996, 21 TexReg 3213; amended to be effective April 1, 1999, 24 TexReg 417; amended to be effective October 1, 2004, 29 TexReg 9205; amended to be effective April15, 2016, 41 TexReg 1715