Joint Statement of Project End
In 2017, the Texas Legislature, through Senate Bill 11 (85R), required that DFPS enter into a contract for the direct delivery, coordination and case management of family-based safety services through a single service contractor in a catchment area of the state. DFPS signed a contract with Pathways Youth and Family Services in January 2018 to serve families in DFPS Region 10, covering El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Presidio, and Brewster counties. After two years of partnership in the region, the pilot will come to an end on August 31, 2020.
As with all pilot programs, there were challenges, successes, and lessons learned. The insight gained will inform both the public and private sector as the state moves toward the privatization of full case management in its community-based care rollout. DFPS and Pathways will work together to ensure a seamless transition and no disruption of services for families.
Pathways has over 25 years of experience serving the children, youth and families of Texas, and is always at the forefront of innovation. DFPS is grateful to Pathways for partnering with the agency in this pilot program, testing a new way of delivering child welfare services.