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Regulatory Information

TACFS follows all state and federal regulatory information on behalf of child and family service agencies. This section will give you valuable and timely information and offers analysis on how they affect you and your agency.


HHSC and DFPS agency reorganization

In 2017, the 85th Texas Legislature passed legislation that made significant changes to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), including making DFPS a stand alone agency that reports directly to the Governor.  DFPS was previously an umbrella agency under the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). 

Key provisions

  • DFPS becomes an independent agency
  • DFPS continues to work with HHSC for certain functions including Medicaid and STAR Health
  • Child Care Licensing regulatory functions were transferred to HHSC on September 1, 2017
  • A new consolidated Investigations division was created at DFPS that is now responsible for Special Investigations, and Child Protective Services and Child Care Licensing investigations
More about DFPS agency reorganization



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