Texas Department of State Health Services’ mission is to “To improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.” Their major function is disease prevention through effective strategies to educate and inform the public, and their ultimate goal is a “healthy Texas.”
As of 2016 (see: Administrator’s Statement), DSHS focuses on realizing these objectives:

  • Protecting, promoting and improving the health and wellness of communities and various populations by encouraging healthy behaviors and addressing chronic diseases.
    Detecting, monitoring, preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Analyzing and reporting disease trends and the health status of Texans. • Promoting injury prevention.
  • Identifying, treating, managing, preventing and reducing health problems related to food, drugs and medical devices, radiation, and environmental hazards.
  • Conducting emergency preparedness activities and response to natural, man-made, infectious disease and bioterrorism threats.
  • In addition to education and information regarding mental health, disease outbreaks and prevention, substance abuse, etc., Texas DSHS keeps updated information on active legislation detailing their appropriations requests for a given fiscal year. You can view appropriations requests for 2018-19 by following this link.

    Review the chart below for a full list of DSHS Commissioners and their functions.

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