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The overarching goal of the T3C System is to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children, youth, and young adults in foster care through the establishment of a universal assessment process, a comprehensive network of quality services, and a dedicated continuous quality improvement structure that is responsive to changing needs.

The Texas Legislature has made a significant, multi-million-dollar investment in the success of the T3C System through adoption of a fully funded rate structure, and resources to support transition and implementation.  SSCCs, Residential Child Care providers, and other key child welfare stakeholders have partnered with DFPS and HHSC and contributed their time and resources to the development of each Service Package, Add-On Service, and the universal assessment process. 

All this work is anticipated to support an improved experience for all children, youth, and young adults in foster care by:

  • Increasing the percentage of children, youth, and young adults who remain safe in care.
  • Placing children, youth, and young adults closer to their community of origin.
  • Supporting healthy sibling, parental, familial and Kinship Caregiver connections.
  • Improving services and processes to better match child, youth, or young adult with Caregiver, further reducing the average number of placement changes needed to obtain appropriate care.
  • Supporting improved service and care planning between child welfare and STAR Health providers.
  • Identifying and expediting the provision of appropriate treatment services to support healing, and improved well-being and permanency outcomes.
  • Reducing the percentage of out of state, child-specific, and exceptional care services necessary to meet the child’s treatment needs.