B. The Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC

A Single Source Continuum Contractor or SSCC generally will be a non-profit with focus on child welfare and by law must be formed as a charitable organization. A local governmental entity can also serve as an SSCC and an example of a local governmental entity in a position to do so is Harris County Child Protective Services. Part of the readiness process, explained below, requires DFPS to consider whether an SSCC has demonstrated experience in providing services to children and families in the catchment area. As part of an application to secure a contract for CBC, each SSCC must develop a Community Engagement Plan that includes details about how the SSCC will involve faith-based entities, the judiciary, CASA, CAC, service providers, foster families, biological parents, foster youth and former foster youth, relatives, child welfare boards, attorneys for both children and parents, and any other stakeholder the SSCC wants to include. Each SSCC implementation plan must include a description of how it will avoid conflicts of interest, although Senate Bill 11 does not define or elaborate further on this point. DFPS must approve of the SSCC’s plan for dealing with conflicts of interest before it can execute a contract with an SSCC for CBC. Formation as a charitable organization provides limited protection to the SSCC under Chapter 84 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code (CPRC). The CPRC protections are limited to acts or omissions that occur while the entity or person is acting within the course and scope of the entity’s contract with the Department and the person’s duties for the entity and only if insurance coverage in the minimum amounts required by Chapter 84 are in force and effect at the time of the cause of action for personal injury, death, or property damage accrues.