Child Abuse Reporting Requirements for Contractors/Providers

DSHS Rider 14
[previously Rider 19, 23, 33, 11, 18, 14 and 27]

September 1, 2001;
Revised Effective September 1, 2015

The following funded programs should implement reporting requirements unless the contract provides otherwise:

Title V Maternal and Child Health including Case Management

Family Planning

Primary Health Care


Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

When a report to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is indicated and the situation is not an emergency, contractors/providers are encouraged to use the DFPS Statewide Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation Reporting System found on the DFPS web site at:

NOTE to Contractors/Providers: Please consult your own attorney for any legal advice on what constitutes abuse and what your reporting obligations are under the Family Code, Chapter 261. Under Rider 14, DSHS enforces only a "good faith effort" to report child abuse; however the Family Code requires that you not knowingly fail to report any case where a child may be adversely affected by abuse. In particular, there has been some misunderstanding of the criminal laws relating to offenses against children. Sexual abuse, including sexual assault and indecency with a child, can occur even when there is no force, duress, or coercion; in other words when the minor and his or her partner are both willing sexual partners. Your own attorney can explain these criminal laws to you so that you can then report when required by law.

Contact Information:

Title V Maternal and Child Health
Email Maternal and Child Health 

Family Planning
Email Family Planning

Primary Health Care
Email Primary Health Care

HIV/STD Contractor Contact
HIV/STD Services Program

Mental Health Services Contractor Contact
Community Mental Health Lead Program Services Unit
Email Mental Health Services

Substance Abuse Services Contractor Contact
DSHS/MHSA Community MH and SA Services 
Email Substance Abuse Services

Quality Management Branch
WIC Program 
Email QMB

Last updated June 20, 2019