Resources for the PEI Community May 26

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Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: Prevention and Early Intervention

COVID-19 Resources for PEI Stakeholders and Providers

The COVID-19 event continues to affect families worldwide. Strengthening families and communities has never been more important than it is right now. PEI is here to help.

Our program specialists have been compiling family and caregiver resources alongside public health information for you. We will be sending this message out weekly to our PEI Community of providers, stakeholders and advocates until the COVID-19 event lessens. To review previously released resources visit our website.

COVID-19 and Texas

Feel free to share these links with coworkers, on social media and in communications to your staff, stakeholders and community members. 

Downloadable Health and Safety Posters for Offices 

As part the process of reopening under the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas, the Health and Human Services Commission is offering free to download signs for workplaces and businesses on best health practices to avoid COVID-19 and how to wash your hands. For more information, including complete guidance and checklists on opening businesses and workplaces, visit

Find a COVID-19 Testing Site Near You

The State of Texas has a new interactive map of all the locations in Texas where you can get a COVID-19 test. It even allows you to use geo-location to hone in on your community and to search for testing sites by zip code. 

The map provides contact and other basic information for each testing site, including the type of testing offered Search in your area now.

Mental Health Support Line

The coronavirus epidemic has added stress and anxiety to everyone’s lives. Asking for help or just finding someone to talk to can make all the difference for you and your family. The new Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll-free at 833-986-1919.

DFPS Seeks Public Comment on Draft Strategic Plan

The Department of Family and Protective Services is seeking public comment on a draft of the agency’s five-year strategic plan. The proposed plan will help DFPS leaders and employees in accomplishing the agency’s mission to promote safe and healthy families and protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Review the draft strategic plan and submit written comments to by 5:00 p.m. on May 27.

Real Talk - send us your questions

The PEI "Real Talk" section is LIVE on our parenting help site! We are always on the lookout for new questions to cover for Real Talk; send your suggestions to We appreciate your assistance in supporting parents and caregivers with real answers!

PEI Community Resources

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health America is now offering a comprehensive resource page around mental health and COVID-19. Topics range from addressing anxiety to how to find financial support. Visit them online at

Resources for Families

How to Keep Children's Stress from Turning into Trauma

Children may be processing the disruptions in their lives right now in ways the adults around them do not expect: acting out, regressing, retreating or even seeming surprisingly content. Parents need to know that all of this is normal, experts say, and there are some things we can do to help. Read more at the New York Times website (registration may be required).

May is National Water Safety Month 

How's your knowledge of water safety? Colin's Hope invites everyone to take the Water Safety Quiz on their website and print an official Colin’s Hope Water Guardian Certificate.

Resources for Kids at Home

COVID Explainer Video for Kids

This whiteboard-style video is a comprehensive introduction to the coronavirus for youth. Viewers will learn what coronavirus is, the risk to children, how it is spread and how to avoid infection. 

Helping Kids to Cope with Stress

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of California and a parent of young children, spoke with PBS online about strategies to help your kids to manage the stress of current events in ways that help them build resilience. 

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PEI Communications would like your help to make our messaging and information the best it can be for your needs. Please take a moment to provide feedback on our electronic communications with this survey. Your responses will help guide our communications efforts for providers, stakeholders and the PEI community. 

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We invite all our stakeholders to follow DFPS Social Media accounts at the links below, and check in and promote Help and Hope on our website and Facebook pages as we continue to update information and resources. If you have resources to share, send them to