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    PO Box 149347, Mail Code 1922
    Austin, TX 78714-9347

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Maternal & Child Health (MCH) - Medical Child Abuse Resources and Education System (MEDCARES)

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Texas MedCARES Program

Studies have found that child abuse and neglect can lead to greater risk of poor health. In 2010, DSHS launched the MedCARES grant program to help address this problem. Grantees can be hospitals and academic health centers with expertise in pediatric health. The purpose of the grant is to support regional programs to improve the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Also, the program should work to increase access to medical child abuse experts. This helps with timely and accurate child abuse diagnoses.

DSHS administers the MedCARES grant program. The department monitors grant activities and collects program data.

MedCARES providers offer many services, including:

  • patient care;
  • trainings;
  • prevention programs;
  • medical case reviews; and
  • court appearances.

Other activities provided or improved through the grant include:

  • hiring more child abuse medical specialists to serve more patients;
  • training community partners in identifying, assessing, and treating suspected abuse victims; and
  • proving accredited fellowships in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

MedCARES providers can be:

  • general pediatricians;
  • child abuse pediatricians;
  • nurse practitioners;
  • social workers;
  • sexual assault nurse examiners; and
  • others.

MedCARES Contractors

The current MedCARES contractors are listed below. For more information about them, go here.

  • Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s
  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
  • CHRISTUS Health Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
  • Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Dall Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital
  • El Paso Children’s Hospital
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • University of Texas Medical Branch

Medcares Map - 2020 20201005


Reports, Protocols, and Guidelines

MedCARES Grant Report 2018, Revised 09/2019

(404 KB, PDF)  

MedCARES Grant Report 2016
(359 KB, PDF)  

MedCARES Grant Report 2014
(596 KB, PDF)  

MedCARES Grant Report 2012
(480 KB, PDF)  

Health & Safety Code, Chapter 1001, Section 1001.151
(52 KB, DOC)  

Pediatric Centers of Excellence Report
(2,192 KB, PDF)    

For more information on MEDCARES, contact:

Texas Department of State Health Services
1100 W. 49th Street MC1922
Austin, TX 78756

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Last updated May 19, 2021