ERIC Number: ED251209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Project to Study Fair-Hearings Practices in Child Protective Services. Final Report: Innovations in Protective Services, September 1, 1982 through August 31, 1984.
Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin. Office of Programs.
This project was implemented in 1982 as a result of legal action taken against the Texas Department of Human Resources (DHR) by clients of child protective services (CPS) who alleged that they were not given notice of all services available or of their right to a fair hearing. The goal of the project was to determine whether special fair-hearing policies and practices should be offered to clients, and, if so, how and when. This final report presents a process evaluation of the two-year project's progress toward meeting this goal, describes the methodology used, and concludes that fair hearings should be offered. Major issues addressed by the project, resolutions of these issues, and recommendations about implementing a fair-hearings procedure (Informal Panel Review--IPR) are outlined. The IPR's distinctive features, structure, and function are also outlined. Information about the IPR was distributed to CPS clients in two regions of the state. Structured observations of five IPRs, structured interviews of clients and panel members, questionnaires completed by caseworkers and their supervisors, and a 20 percent random sample of CPS clients were included in an evaluation of a pilot test of the IPR model. The report concludes with recommendations regarding statewide implementation of fair-hearings policy and procedures. A summary of a study of current fair hearing practices in all fifty states and the proposed evaluation of the IPR model are appended. (Author/CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Human Resources, Austin. Office of Programs.
Identifiers - Location: Texas; United States