Stephen Black was named the associate commissioner for Statewide Intake at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) in October 2020 after serving as interim. Statewide Intake serves as the “front door to the front lines” for DFPS, assessing all reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation for the agency and routing them to the appropriate local offices.

Stephen first joined DFPS in 2007 while completing his master’s degree in Political Science from Texas State University. He has been with Statewide Intake since 2008. During this time, Stephen has served as an intake specialist, an intake supervisor, and a program administrator. In his most recent role before serving as associate commissioner, he oversaw quality assurance and policy development as the Statewide Intake Division Administrator for Program Improvement.