Texas Family Code - Section 261.3015. Flexible Response System
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Section: 261.110 261.111 261.201 261.202 261.301 261.3011 261.3012 261.3015 261.3016 261.302 261.3021 261.3022 261.3023 261.3024 261.303
§ 261.3015. FLEXIBLE RESPONSE SYSTEM. (a) In assigning
priorities and prescribing investigative procedures based on the
severity and immediacy of the alleged harm to a child under Section
261.301(d), the department shall establish a flexible response
system to allow the department to make the most effective use of
resources by investigating serious cases of abuse and neglect and
by screening out less serious cases of abuse and neglect if the
department determines, after contacting a professional or other
credible source, that the child's safety can be assured without
further investigation. The department may administratively close
the less serious cases without providing services or making a
referral to another entity for assistance.
(a-1) For purposes of Subsection (a), a case is considered
to be a less serious case of abuse or neglect if the circumstances
of the case do not indicate an immediate risk of abuse or neglect
that could result in the death of or serious harm to the child who is
the subject of the case.
(b) The classification under the flexible response system
of a case may be changed as warranted by the circumstances.
(c) The department may implement the flexible response
system by establishing a pilot program in a single department
service region. The department shall study the results of the
system in the region in determining the method by which to implement
the system statewide.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1022, § 71, eff. Sept. 1,
1997. Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 268, § 1.19(a), eff.
Sept. 1, 2005.
Last modified: August 11, 2007