As a result of the Foster Care Litigation (FCL) Remedial Order 4, DFPS must obtain and maintain a list of all residential child care caregivers. Additionally, DPFS needs to track the completion of required training courses for all individuals who have direct contact with or provide care to children in foster care or other forms of the state conservatorship (state care).
This is where the Provider Portal and Caregiver Training Hub come in:
- The Provider Portal allows for real time updating of caregiver information to provide timely data analysis and reporting. It is where providers identify their caregivers and can see their caregivers’ training completions.
Note: DFPS will send a link to the Provider Portal directly to providers via email communication.
- The Caregiver Training Hub is where caregivers take their training.
Read more about the FCL remedial orders.
Timeline for Providers and Caregivers
December 31, 2021
|DFPS launches the Caregiver Training Hub.|
January 1, 2022
All providers are required to register all their caregivers that are actively providing care in the Provider Portal, starting January 1. This will enable caregivers to log in to the Caregiver Training Hub to take their required training, which is due by January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Providers need to inform caregivers of the training requirement.
January 31, 2022
All caregivers must complete the required training, Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Abuse, Including Child-On-Child Sexual Abuse in the new Caregiver Training Hub by January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
|June 23, 2022||
Caregiver training updates:
Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Abuse is replaced by Preventing and Recognizing Youth Sexual Abuse. This training is to be completed by new caregivers within 30 days and by existing caregivers at annual renewal.
Two additional courses are added:
As a contracted CPS provider or DFPS worker who is a caregiver, what does this mean for me?
Starting January 1, 2022, providers are required to register their caregivers in the Provider Portal and inform them of the training requirement that is due no later than 30 days from registration.
Step 1: Register all caregivers that are actively providing care. All case workers and caregivers need to be entered into the Provider Portal with basic demographics, including legal first and last name and Social Security number. Please see the Portal Provider Job Aid for additional guidance.
Once registered, caregivers must complete the required training: Preventing and Recognizing Sexual Abuse and Victimization of Youth in Foster Care. Individuals must complete this training in the Caregiver Training Hub to be recognized as a caregiver and to provide direct care to a child or youth in state care.
Step 2: Please inform appropriate staff and/or caregivers about this upcoming change, and that they need to be prepared to meet the training requirement no later than 30 days from Provider Portal registration.
Ways to be proactive:
- Identify each staff member who will be the administrator and responsible for ensuring that your agency’s caregivers and staff who are caregivers are registered in the Provider Portal and have completed the required training in the Caregiver Training Hub.
- Create communications for caregivers so they are aware of the need to take or retake the training on the new Caregiver Training Hub.
Note: Individuals who have previously taken Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Abuse, Including Child-On-Child Sexual Abuse in the Caregiver Training Hub will receive an annual renewal reminder to take the new course, Preventing and Recognizing Sexual Abuse and Victimization of Youth in Foster Care, at that time.
As a caregiver, what does this mean for me?
- You will need to take Preventing and Recognizing Sexual Abuse and Victimization of Youth in Foster Care on the Caregiver Training Hub no later than 30 days from your Provider Portal registration.
- Please see the Caregiver Training Hub Job Aid for guidance.
- If you have trouble registering, contact your agency case manager to ensure that you are registered into the Provider Portal.
- If you continue to have technical issues, contact the DFPS Help Desk directly by calling 877-642-4777. First, select the asterisk (*) to bypass the required Employee ID input, and then select 6-Other to reach a Help Desk representative.
- For best performance, copy the link and paste it into one of the following browsers: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended.
- If a person is registered in another Salesforce App, such as Awake Check, please call the DFPS Help Desk at 877-642-4777. You cannot use the same email for both applications, and you will receive an error message. We can fix this on our end for you.
- When contacting the DFPS Help Desk, please be thorough when describing your problem or question. We can help you faster when you provider the following information:
- Indicate which application you are working in (Provider Portal or Caregiver Training Hub)
- What type of profile you are struggling with (Primary Admin, Secondary Admin, Caregiver)
- Your role
- Screen shots of any error messages, as these are are extremely helpful as well
- The Provider Portal has been updated to reflect the below.
Unique Provider Identifier Type. Choose one of the following types:
- Contract ID: GRO and CPA Providers choose Contract ID (also known as contract number).
- CLASS Operation ID: Providers with an SSCC contract and no DFPS contract choose CLASS Operation ID.
Enter the Unique Provider Identifier Number:
- Contract ID max length is 16 characters, which can be letters and numbers. Do not include dashes or any other special characters. Example: HHS123456789123
- CLASS Operation ID max length is 16 characters, which can be letters and numbers. Do not include dashes or any other special characters. Example: 1234567890
- If you have multiple branches/departments within your organization, you cannot put the same person over them all, and you cannot add different accounts. Your organization has one account in the provider portal. Then, you may assign a Secondary Admin over the different branches/departments. This means you need to know who is responsible for each branch/department. Please see provider portal diagram.
- You cannot take the training in the Caregiver Training Hub until you receive an email from your Provider stating they have registered you as a Caregiver in the Provider Portal. Once you receive that email, then you may access the Caregiver Training Hub.
- If you are attempting to register with the Caregiver Training Hub and receive the following error message “You are seeing this page because something went wrong during your registration or enrollment”, please check with your Provider to ensure you are correctly entered as a caregiver in the Provider Portal. This includes your first and last name (hyphen included or not).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The following FAQs are helpful for both providers and caregivers:
Unfortunately, the old system does not identify or track who completed the training. The new Provider Portal will capture and track this required information. Therefore, each caregiver must complete or retake the training in the Training Hub no later than January 31, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.
In November 2020, Court Monitors advised DFPS they could not confirm compliance without a list of all caregivers who are required to take the training prior to completing the course. Currently, DFPS relies on who completed the course to identify caregivers. DFPS has never had a comprehensive list of caregivers required to take the training and, thus, we have not been able to demonstrate compliance. For this reason, we developed the Training Hub for providers to identify each caregiver before they take of the training. During the development, we also identified a need for real time updating of caregiver information to provide timely data analysis and reporting in advance of the May 2022 hearing when compliance on Remedial Order 4 will be reported to the court by the monitors.
The Caregiver Training Hub does not allow for existing certificates or training completions to be uploaded or added into the system. All staff and caregivers must retake the training.
Yes, anyone who will provide direct care for more than 72 hours must take the training.
If a foster parent’s training renewal is due in January 2022, then the foster parent may take the training in the new Caregiver Training Hub by the renewal date if the provider registers the foster parent in the Provider Portal by the renewal date. The foster parent would not need to take the training again until January 2023.
Yes, it is the same training.
LMS stands for Learning Management System. The Caregiver Training Hub is part of DFPS’s Learning Management System (LMS), which tracks required training programs.
- Preventing and Recognizing Sexual Abuse and Victimization of Youth in Forster Care – 1.5 hours
- Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care: An Introductory Training – 2.0 hours
- Psychotropic Medication for Children in Texas Foster Care: A Training for Caregivers – 2.0 hours
Yes, caregivers will receive a certificate inside the Caregiver Training Hub. Once they complete the course there is a certificate for them to generate, save, and print. Providers will be able to see their completion dates in the Course Completion Statuses section of the Provider Portal.
A caregiver's training data will follow their social security number (SSN). So if the new provider admin creates the caregiver's profile using the same SSN, they will enter the date the caregiver started with their agency, and then they will be able to see the training completion date. The caregiver will not need to retake the training, except at the annual review time.
Example: If a caregiver is entered as a caregiver for three agencies, and she took the training one time, then the Provider Portal will show she completed the training in all three agencies’ records.
The following FAQs only apply to providers:
Yes, anyone who would be providing direct care must take this training.
Each provider is responsible for identifying its current caregivers in the Provider Portal. Each caregiver must be identified in the Provider Portal before taking the caregiver training, or they will not receive credit for taking the course.
Each provider must maintain the current status of each caregiver through the Provider Portal in real time, which includes immediately reporting when a caregiver ceases to serve in that capacity.
Yes, all newly licensed foster parents and anyone who falls within the court’s definition of a caregiver must be identified by providers in the Provider Portal before they take mandatory caregiver training.
The most recent training will be uploaded. The next version of the training with new content will not be ready until March, which is too late for the May 2022 hearing where compliance with Remedial Order 4 will be reported.
Yes, your agency would register them as part of the licensing process.
Unfortunately, we cannot send you the Provider Portal link. This was sent to all Providers, and you must obtain the link through your agency. If you did not receive the Provider Portal link, and you are the Provider Administrator, then please call the DFPS Help Desk at 877-642-4777.
No. Providers can only enter caregivers into the Provider Portal.
The link was sent to whomever is on the distribution list for the residential contracts. Please reach out to your chain of command for access to the link. If no one in your agency reports to have received the link, please call the DFPS Help Desk at 877-642-4777 for assistance.
Call the DFPS Help Desk at 877-642-4777, and we will help you.
Primary or Secondary Admins can "deactivate" a caregiver by entering a Separation Date, but they cannot delete a caregiver. This is a safeguard in case there is course data associated with the user, such as registering for training and passing the course exam. Sometimes people will get entered by mistake. The easiest solution during this busy time is for Primary or Secondary Admins to deactivate the caregiver. We will work on a cleanup at a future time.
This IT issue was resolved on January 4, 2022. If you continue to have an issue editing an account, then please call the DFPS Help Desk at 877-642-4777.
Use one contract ID as a main account, and list all Caregivers at all branches under that main account.
Each operation only needs to register their operation once and register caregivers under that operation account. An operation should choose one of their contract numbers, and use that as their unique ID. If you have an RCC legacy contract and multiple CSCs, please use the RCC legacy contract number. If you only have CSC contracts, you can choose any one of the CSC contract numbers as their unique ID.
While the goal is to enter all caregivers who are providing care and will provide care, the urgency right now is to enter caregivers who are currently providing care. However, if a foster parent is inactive, they need to be registered and take the training before they can accept placement. We recommend they do it now, so the home is in compliance when placement is made.
Please refer to "Date Started as Caregiver" in the Portal Provider Job Aid.
Please reference page 22 in Section 3.4 of the Portal Provider Job Aid.
If you have a different email address, then this can be done. If not, then a different person needs be assigned.
Links to Important Information
Please use the following job aids to assist you with entry and training compliance:
What if I have questions or need help?
DFPS Help Desk
If you have questions or need help, you may contact the DFPS Help Desk directly by calling 877-642-4777. First, select the asterisk (*) to bypass the required employee ID input, and then select 6-Other to reach a Help Desk representative.
Make sure you've reviewed the job aids for the provider portal and caregiver training hub. Also be sure to check this page for any new and additional information.
Note: Previous caregiver training email boxes are no longer monitored. All emails will be returned with an autoreply directing users to contact the DFPS Help Desk.