CPI and CPS Referral Information Page
This page is intended for CPI and CPS caseworkers whose cases fall within the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. We look forward to collaborating with you to make our community a safer place. Below is information about resources available to CPS-involved clients and the impact that they can have on their life and their child’s/children’s lives. If you have any questions or need a consultation prior to making a referral, contact Sarah Lehman at SLehman@dcfof.org or 940-387-5131 x258.
TIPS BEFORE YOU MAKE A REFERRAL
- If you have immediate safety concerns for your client, contact Sarah Lehman at SLehman@dcfof.org or 940-387-5131 x258. If she does not answer call the DCFOF Crisis Line at 940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031
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- Please note, when providing DCFOF with a “safe number” that means that you have spoken with this client, verified that it is a safe number, verified that it is safe to leave a voicemail, and verified that it is safe for a DCFOF employee to identify
- Tell the client that DCFOF will call them from a blocked/unknown number and ask them to empty their voicemail box
- Anyone referred to ADVANCE should have a partner referred to BIPP
- Talk with them about creating a domestic violence safety plan
- Hold the abusive partner accountable with your wording
ADVANCE | Acknowledging Domestic Violence and Navigating Child-Protection Effectively
ADVANCE is a great referral for clients that you believe could be a victim of domestic violence but maybe aren’t ready to face that reality for themselves. It is a 7-week psycho-educational group, in addition to an orientation, created for CPS-involved clients to address issues faced by domestic violence victims and the impact of domestic violence on children. This group is appropriate for clients whom CPS believes have been or are currently the victim of domestic violence, even if the client is not currently identifying as a victim. A client does not have to complete an intake appointment or access other services at DCFOF to participate in ADVANCE.
BIPP | Battering Intervention and Prevention Program
The purpose of the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is to help people who are abusive or become violent in intimate relationships learn to make better choices, end their abusive behaviors, and become accountable for their choices. We have two class options available depending on if you are referring a client with or without a 2054.
DCFOF has a contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide a customized program through form 2054! This allows clients with limited financial means to access the great benefits that a battering intervention program can provide. Unlike our Traditional BIPP Services, this program is at no cost to the client. Referral to the 2054 BIPP begins with an initial Domestic Violence Assessment (1 unit – 86K) and is followed by enrollment into a 18-week BIPP Group (36 units – 86L) covering the topics of: Responsible Parenting, Fatherhood, Nonthreating/Nonviolence, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Partnership, Sexual Respect, Impact of DV on Children, and Lisa 911 discussion. The group facilitator will forward a Monthly Treatment Report (MTR) to CPS noting the participant’s progress in the program.
If you would like to refer a client to our 2054 DV Assessment and BIPP services, complete the BIPP referral below and upload the 2054 with your submission! (DCFOF-BIPP is a TDCJ-CJAD Accredited provider and is the only State-funded program in Denton County.)