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 (Stage II)


  • September 2020: DFPS announces the Region 8b would be the next catchment area for Community Based Care
  • September 1, 2020: DFPS releases Request for Application (RFA) for Community Based Care in Region 8b
  • April 1, 2021: DFPS awards a Community Based Care Contract in Region 8b to Belong, a division of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children-Texas Region, Inc. dba SJRC Texas. You may view the executed contract on the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) contract database website by searching for contract number HHS000901800001:
    Steps to view contract number 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.

  • October 27, 2021: Stage I
  • April 1, 2022: Start-up Stage II
  • October 1, 2022: Stage II
    Visual of timeline


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 
1515 Region 8b Adoption Checklist