H. Assessments

Although there are certain assessments required for children removed under particular circumstances (Texas Health Steps and Required Medical Exams detailed in the Healthcare for Texas Children chapter) all children must receive a developmentally appropriate comprehensive assessment not later than the 45th day after the date a child enters the conservatorship of DFPS. Tex. Fam. Code § 266.012(a).

The assessment must include:

•   A screening for trauma; and

•   Interviews with individuals who have knowledge of the child's needs. Tex. Fam. Code § 266.012(a).

For more information, please see the Bench Book Chapter entitled Health Care for Texas Children.