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For Texas Impact, Human Services includes aging, adoption and foster care, domestic violence, housing, and workforce. In Texas there are five state agencies compose the health and human services system. These agencies are:

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has oversight responsibilities for Health and Human Services, and administers certain health and human services programs including the Texas Medicaid Program, Children’s Health Insurance Program (...

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For Texas Impact, Human Services includes aging, adoption and foster care, domestic violence, housing, and workforce. In Texas there are five state agencies compose the health and human services system. These agencies are:

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has oversight responsibilities for Health and Human Services, and administers certain health and human services programs including the Texas Medicaid Program, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse investigations. To learn more about HHSC's programs, click here.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) provides programs and services that help children and adults with disabilities, children and adults with mental retardation, and older adults. DADS is made up of the mental retardation services and state school programs of the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the community care, nursing facility, and long-term care regulatory services of the Department of Human Services, and aging services and programs of the Department on Aging. To learn more about DADS's programs, click here.

The Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) provides services to Texans who are disabled and to families with children who have developmental delays. DARS is made up of all the programs from the Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC), the Texas Commission for the Blind (TCB), the Texas Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDHCC), and the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). To learn more about DARS's programs, click here.

The Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) was previously called the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. The Department is still charged with protecting children, adults who are elderly or have disabilities living at home or in state facilities, and licensing group day-care homes, day-care centers, and registered family houses. The agency also manages community-based programs that prevent delinquency, abuse, neglect and exploitation of Texas children, elderly and disabled adults. To learn more about DFPS's programs, click here.

Department of State Health Services (DSHS) brings together the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Texas Department of Health, the mental health services of the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and the Texas Health Care Information Council. To learn more about DSHS's programs, click here.


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Event Date: 
Friday, May 27, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

UPDATE: Lela Wallis of Care Portal Will Speak about Adoption!

Lela Wallis, Field Manager for Care Portal, will give a presentation on this month's webinar. Care Portal connects case workers and the needs of families with congregations via email. Their tag line is "every church doing a little".

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 7:00pm

On Tuesday, March 29, Texas Impact traveled to Houston for a Better Neighbors presentation and discussion about human trafficking in our state. The gathering at John Wesley United Methodist Church, complete with fellowship and an abundance of homemade treats, included powerful and thought provoking stories from human trafficking victims in Texas as well as an encouraging dialogue about opportunities for faith communities to address human trafficking in their communities.

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Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Update: Thanks to everyone who came to the event in Houston! Read Katie Floyd's wrapup here.

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Event Date: 
Friday, March 25, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Update 2: Thanks to Ms. Melton for joining us on this month's call. If you would like more resources about addressing human trafficking, or would like to schedule a training in your community, please contact her by email.

Ms. Melton discussed human trafficking "red flags" during the call; here is the full infographic from the Attorney General's office:

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Event Date: 
Friday, January 29, 2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Friday January 29 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.
 
Texas Impact staff will discuss how communities of faith can connect low-income residents with tax assistance in your local communities. The call will also include short presentations by Texas Impact's Andrea Earl, Project Director for the Community Partner Recruitment Initiative, about the Community Partner Program.
 
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Event Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Friday December 18 at 11:00, Texas Impact will host the monthly Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) Faith-based call.

This Friday, Texas Impact staff welcome Leigh Ann Fry, Executive Director of the Noah Project, to address how communities of faith can support victims of domestic violence in your local communities. The call will also include short presentations by Texas Impact's own AmeriCorps VISTAs speaking about the Community Partner Program and the Welcoming Communities Initiative.

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