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South Central and Hill Country (Region 8b)

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About South Central and Hill Country

The South Central and Hill Country area, previously known as Region 8b, is comprised of 27 counties in and around San Antonio, excluding Bexar county.

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

Joint Operations Manual

DFPS/Belong Joint Operations Manual


  • September 1, 2020: Request for application released
  • April 1, 2021: Contract awarded* to Belong
  • April 1, 2021: Stage I start-up
  • October 27, 2021:¬†Stage I go-live
  • April 1, 2022: Stage II start-up
  • October 1, 2022:¬†Stage II go-live
  • April 1, 2026: Contract renewal
  • April 1, 2031: Community area re-procurementVisual of timeline
    *Steps to view the executed contract for Belong (# HHS000901800001):
    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 “HHS000901800001_contract” contains the executed contract document.


Stay informed by visiting the Belong news page.

October 2022

DFPS and the Office of Community-Based Care Transition (OCBCT) are pleased to announce that they have taken the next step toward expanding Community-Based Care (CBC) by transitioning to CBC Stage II in the south central and hill country areas of Texas (Region 8b). This service area includes 27 Texas counties surrounding Bexar County.

In Stage II, Belong will provide case management, kinship, and reunification services in their community. Stage II expands the continuum of services to include services for families and to increase permanency outcomes for children. Belong is the first SSCC in Texas to move from Stage I to Stage II on the accelerated timeline of 12 months. This expedited transition was actualized through the collaboration and commitment of Belong, DFPS, and OCBCT.


Contact Belong

Title Name / Email
President/CEO Tara Roussett
Chief Operating Officer Rachel Richter
Chief Administrative Officer Carlye Dupart
Director of Quality Assurance and Contracts Yvette Moran
Senior Vice President of Operations   Adrian Quintanilla
Vice President of Operations   Shannon Walker
Vice President of Placement & Support Services Robyn Muennink
Director of Accounting Ashley Fox
Senior Regional Director, North Kane Jaggers
Regional Director, West Kelly Dalton
Regional Director, East Nicole Nguyen
Regional Director, South Wendy Knox


Click here to view all CBC forms

Number Form Title
1514 Region 8b Removal Checklist 

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Expanding Community-Based Care

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