Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) Integrated Healthcare Clinic, a unique
clinic dedicated to treating the trauma of children in foster care, is now the first
Foster Care Center of Excellence in Harris County.
really are willing to go the extra mile to provide quality services to children
who are in foster care,” said Robert Wells, Superior Health Services
Transformation projects manager.
presented the Center of Excellence designation Tuesday at a special ceremony celebrating
the collaboration between HCPS, UTHealth, the Department of Family and
Protective Services (DFPS) and Superior Health.
are proud to receive this designation,” said Joel Levine, HCPS executive
director. “It is a reflection of the hard work our staff has done to ensure
children with visible and invisible wounds can heal in a safe, inviting
Health gives the Center of Excellence title to clinics that meet a higher
standard of care for children in DFPS custody covered through the Superior
Health Medicaid plan. The HCPS Clinic is now the only clinic to receive the
designation in Harris County and the second in Texas.
developed the clinic into a true comprehensive medical home for children with
CPS involvement by providing competent and compassionate pediatric care for the
whole child,” said Dr. Kevin Lally, UTHealth chairman of the Pediatric
Department and Pediatric Surgery.
provides pediatric services to the clinic through Dr. Kim Cheung, who has
worked there since 1994, and psychiatric services through Dr. Chris Frederick.
Integrated Healthcare Clinic was established in 1972 to provide specialty
services to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma and been
placed in DFPS care. It has been recognized as a one-of-a-kind clinic for
offering medical, dental and mental health services in one location to all
foster children in Harris County.
sets the HCPS clinic apart from others is its wide range of services through a
team of providers who are specially-trained to work with traumatized children
and their caregivers,” said Charlotte Donner, Clinical Services manager. “We
treat the whole child and provide support to their caregivers.”
Family Support Navigator program – added in 2015 as the clinic’s newest
component – provides caregivers of children in state care with a personalized
service utilizing parents who have first-hand experience with the complex
social services system. The navigators become one-on-one coaches to relatives
caring for children in DFPS care, aiming to reduce caregiver stress by
providing community resources, parenting education and emotional support.
Broussard-White, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Region 6A
(Harris County) director, spoke during Tuesday’s event about the many ways HCPS
aids the children in DFPS care, pointing out the difficulty of the work by the
know that it has not been easy, because when you think about the population that
you serve, it can’t be easy,” Broussard-White said. “I know that you see a lot
of things and you hear a lot of different things, but you have not given up.
And because you have not given up, you have been recognized as a Center of
If you or
someone you know cares for children in DFPS care, contact the clinic at 713-295-2570.