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Texas Panhandle (Region 1)

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About Texas Panhandle

The Texas Panhandle area, previously known as Region 1, is comprised of 41 counties.

The Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for this area is Saint Francis Ministries. Visit the Saint Francis Ministries website to learn about them.

Joint Operations Manual

DFPS/Saint Francis Joint Operations Manual


  • December 7, 2018: Request for application released
  • June 13, 2019: Contract awarded* to Saint Francis Ministries
  • July 1, 2019: Stage I start-up
  • January 1, 2020: Stage I go-live
  • September 1, 2021: Stage II start-up
  • March 2, 2022: Stage II go-live
  • June 1, 2024: Contract renewal
  • June 1, 2029: Community area re-procurementVisual of timeline
    *Steps to view the executed contract for Saint Francis Ministries (# HHS000298100001):
    Contract Database Search icon
    1. Go to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) contract database website and click on “Contract Database Search”.
    2. In the Contract ID field, enter the contract number.
    3. In the Agency dropdown, select “530 - Family & Protective Services”.
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the “Submit Search” button.
    5. When the results appear, click on the “Display Expanded Data Set” button.
    6. Next, click on the "+" icon to view contract information.
    7. To view a document in the Attachments section, click on the magnifying glass icon magnifying glass icon  to the left of the document you wish to review.

    Note: The contract file name typically appears with the contract number followed by the word “Contract”. For this contract, the file “HHS000298100001_Contract_Amendment” contains the executed contract document.


Stay informed by visiting the Saint Francis Ministries news page.


Contact Saint Francis Ministries

Title Name / Email
Vice President Rachel Williams-Ehue
Executive Director of Permanency and Reunification Micah Smith
Executive Director of Support Services and Operations Esmeralda Kennedy
Executive Director of Capacity Building and Provider Relations Melanie MacKenzie
Director of Permanency Support Services, Kinship, and Community Services Nicole Banire
Director of Human Resources Jamie Flores
Director of Placement, Transportation, and Clinical Utilization Rene Esparza
Director of Permanency and Reunification (North) Ethan Woods
Director of Permanency and Reunification (North) Jessica Hoskins
Director of Permanency and Reunification (South) Dominica Castillo
Director of Permanency and Reunification (South) Jennifer Garlett
Regional Attorney Kacee Harvey


Click here to view all CBC forms

Form Number Form Name
1517 Region 1 Initial Coordination Meeting (ICM)
1518 Region 1 Removal

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