DFPS Legislative Appropriations Request
The Department of Family and Protective Services' (DFPS) mission is “promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” DFPS’ FY 2018-19 estimated base expenditures total $4.2 billion in All Funds ($2.4 billion in general revenue-related funding). The 2018-19 biennial budget assumes a state-funded supplemental appropriation for entitlement programs of $93.6 million for foster care, which includes a $97.0 million increase in foster care and a $3.4 million reduction in adoption subsidies. The agency also anticipates expenditures above appropriated levels for Day Care Services (non-entitlement) of $15.2 million in FY 2018 and $27.0 million in FY 2019. The Texas Workforce Commission provided DFPS $15.2 million in Child Care Development Block Grant funding in FY 2018 to eliminate the shortfall; however, the FY 2019 projected shortfall remains. Similarly, CPS purchased client services (PCS) is forecasted to need additional resources in FY2018-19 to keep up with caseload growth and the demand for services. DFPS is evaluating both day care services and PCS to identify opportunities to curtail expenses without adversely impacting services to vulnerable children. The baseline request for FY 2020-21 totals $4.2 billion in All Funds ($2.4 billion in state funds). This request represents a net increase of $53.8 million in All Funds ($17.7 million in state funds), or 1.3 percent increase compared to projected 2018-19 expenditures. Demand for general revenue (GR) decreased by $14.5 million in the FY 2020-21 biennium across several strategies based on a more favorable Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) rate.