National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts
Review of State CPS Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
This report is available on the Internet at:
- Administrative Structures and Responsibilities
- Screening and Intake
- Abuse and Neglect Definitions
- Disposition Categories and Definitions
- Purpose of Investigation
- Joint Investigations
- Priority Standards for Beginning an Investigation
- Requirements Regarding Who is Investigated
- Contacts and Timeframe Requirements
- Results of the Investigation
- Notification Requirements
- Central Registry and Due Process
- Service Provision During Investigation
- Alternative Response
- List of State Policy Manuals
- Blank State CPS Policy Review Form (in PDF format only, 12 pages)
List of Figures and Tables
- Figure 2-1 Administrative Structure of Child Protective Services.
- Figure 4-1 Required to Provide Short-Term Services During Investigation if Needed.
- Figure 4-2 Investigation Worker Required to Plan for Ongoing Services.
- Table 2-1 CPS Administrative Structures and Responsibilities
- Table 2-A Agency or Office with Responsibility for Major CPS Functions
- Table 3-1 Summary of Mandated Reporter Categories
- Table 3-2 Summary of Screening and Intake Policies
- Table 3-A Mandated Reporters.
- Table 3-B Criteria for Screening In: Inclusions.
- Table 3-C Criteria for Screening In: Exclusions
- Table 3-D 24-Hour Availability and Required Forms for Referrals.
- Table 3-E Required Timeframes for Accepting a Referral and Forwarding for Investigation.
- Table 3-F Results of Screening.
- Table 3-G Who Decides to Forward the Case?
- Table 3-H Who Must be Notified When Calls are Screened In?
- Table 4-1 Summary of Investigation Policies
- Table 4-A Definitions of Maltreatment
- Table 4-B Disposition Category Features .
- Table 4-C Purpose of Investigation
- Table 4-D Joint Investigation Authority as Explicitly Defined in Statute, Policy and Protocol Features
- Table 4-E Priority Standards for Beginning an Investigation
- Table 4-F Priority Standards and Requirements for Investigation
- Table 4-G Risk Assessments.
- Table 4-H Safety Assessments
- Table 4-I Other Standardized Assessment Requirements
- Table 4-J Investigation Contact Requirements
- Table 4-K Timeframe for Completing Investigation.
- Table 4-L Results of Investigation
- Table 4-M Responsibility for Disposition Decision..
- Table 4-N Who Must be Notified of Disposition Decision
- Table 4-O Central Registry Features.
- Table 4-P Purposes of Short-Term Services During Investigation
- Table 5-1 Summary of Alternative Response Policies.
- Table 5-A Alternative Response Features
- Table 5-B Scope of Implementation..
- Table 5-C Alternative Response Goals.
- Table 5-D Purpose of Alternative Response.
- Table 5-E Role of Other Agencies and Contacts
- Table 5-F Alternative Response-Results
- Table 5-G Alternative Response-Who Decides to Forward the Case?
Last updated: 04/06/10