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:
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.