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The Indiana Department of Child Services contracts with numerous service providers throughout Indiana to deliver the services described under prevention, preservation, placement and permanency. Service providers who enter into contracts with DCS all commit to providing quality service based on established standards and agree to provide data relating to identified outcome measures. This DCS-Provider partnership enables all children and families to receive services necessary to alleviate identified needs.
The Department of Child Services (DCS), in compliance with the Indiana Department of Administration’s regulations, plan to implement a new contracting process on or about October 31, 2016. This process will affect all current providers who are currently under contract with DCS and all future contracts with a start date after October 31, 2016.
For the purposes of making a smooth transition, DCS has created a list of frequently asked questions and links regarding this new process below.
Quarterly Provider Meeting (June 25, 2012):
Quarterly Provider Meeting Materials (March 12, 2012):
Information from Quarterly Provider Meeting (May 4, 2011)
Child Welfare Services Coordinators
Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC)
Service Standards 2011-2015.
In order to accomplish the mission of protecting our children, families, and future, the DCS needs partners at both the state and local levels. Some state partners are, but are not limited to, the Department of Education, Department of Mental Health and Addictions, the Department of Family Resources, the Department of Workforce Development, the Department of Correction, and the Indiana State Department of Health. Some local partners are, but are not limited to, the local offices of the state agencies, the DCS provider network, schools, social services agencies, health care providers, public health, hospitals, child care providers, community mental health agencies, child abuse prevention agencies like Healthy Families and local Prevent Child Abuse Councils, Youth Services Bureaus, Child Advocacy Centers, the faith-based community, Twelve Step Programs, city and county government, law enforcement agencies, and food pantries.
Licensed Child Placing Agency
Independent Living Service Provider Portal