Texas Child Welfare Redesign
In Texas, state officials are working with private sector stakeholders to “redesign” the foster care system. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is concerned about the relationship between the supply of out-of-home placement services and the demand for placement. When placement is needed but the supply of beds in a given area is limited, it often results in the placement of children far from home. The financial or payment system in Texas is also under review. In Texas, as is the case in many if not most other states, private sector providers of placement are reimbursed on fee-for-service basis, a payment method that has certain disincentives.
Chapin Hall’s research in Texas involves helping stakeholders understand placement patterns and the supply/demand imbalance. Chapin Hall is also developing alternative fiscal models that better align how the system is financed with the outcomes used to how well providers meet the needs of children.
Chapin Hall is joined in this project by the Center for Child Protection Research at American Humane Association.