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).
- 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
residential child care licensing
Child Care Licensing (CCL) regulates all child care operations and child placing agencies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children in care.
Learn more about child care standards and licensing.
*As of September 1, 2017, the regulatory functions of child care licensing were transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission.
DFPS contracts with licensed residential child care providers to provide high quality care for children in DFPS' managing conservatorship.
Learn more about contracting with DFPS to provide residential child care.