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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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