Policies in Texas

Texas 3 in 30 (health assessment)

Texas requires that all children entering foster care receive three critical health assessments within 30 days. Known as 3 in 30, this new initiative requires that all children entering foster care receive timely assessments related to their medical, behavioral, and developmental health. Within three days of entering care, children must receive an initial medical exam, to assess for injuries and illness and receive any related treatment. Within 30 days, children must also receive a Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment, a tool that can help professionals determine the level of trauma a child has experienced, the services that may help them, and the strengths they currently have to build upon. Also required within 30 days is a complete check-up with lab work in accordance with the state’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program, known as Texas Health Steps.

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