Texas Health and Human Services System to Transform Its Service Offerings
On September 1, 2016, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will begin an overhaul that will convert its five agencies providing health and human services into three. The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services will have its supported employment and vocational rehabilitation programs transferred to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), a non-DHHS agency, with most of its other services transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), after which it will cease to exist. The Department of Aging and Disability Services will have most programs and regulatory activities transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) which will then too cease to exist.
All client services provided by the Texas DHHS will be provided by the Medical and Social Services Division, a division within the Health and Human Services Commission. Texas’ DHHS has stated that this change will centralize service provision so that behavioral, medical, preventative care, and disability services are all connected in order to “better meet the needs of the whole person.”
By 2017, the new DHHS will consist of the HHSC and the new Medical and Social Services Division. These changes reconfigure disability service provision in the state of Texas. Vocational rehabilitation and supported employment case managers might change, given the elimination of some agencies and the transfer of other agency functions. Medicaid and CHIP services will now be provided by DHHS’ Medical and Social Services Division.
For more information on these changes, read the resources available on the Texas DHHS’ website portal on Transformation.