Department of Family and Protective Services Fiscal Size-Up

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Overview The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is directed to protect Texas children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Of the state health and human service agencies, DFPS’ budget is between that of the more than $70 billion appropriated to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), and the $1.5 billion to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). DFPS is allocated a total of $4 billion in all funds, though $3.5 billion (or 87%) is dedicated to Child Protective Services (CPS). Total agency appropriated funds in 2018-19 increased 10.4% or $384 million over what was expended and budgeted in 2016-17. There are five major program areas operated by DFPS including CPS, administrative and information technology, regulatory and enforcement, prevention services and statewide intake services. As stated above, agency funding primarily goes to CPS, which investigates suspected abuse or neglect of children and

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