SDM® Model Helps Texas Protect Children From Abuse and Neglect

August 28, 2015 | by Veronica Zaragovia | Texas Standard

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The Texas Standard reports that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has begun statewide use of NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® (SDM) risk assessment to help answer one of the most important questions in child welfare: Is this family likely to come back to the attention of child protection?

The Texas Standard reports that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has begun statewide use of NCCD’s Structured Decision Making® (SDM) risk assessment to help answer one of the most important questions in child welfare: Is this family likely to come back to the attention of child protection? Jennifer Cotter, associate director of the NCCD Children’s Research Center, explains how the SDM® model helps find an answer to this question and helps agencies determine resources and services accordingly. Read (and listen) to the full coverage.