The Health and Human Services Commission is in the process of reorganizing of the commission and its agencies. Agencies affected in Texas will be: The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and of course, Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The goal of this reorganization is “to produce a more efficient, effective, and responsive system.” The first operational phase took place in September of 2016, and the second will take place in September, 2017.

Timeline: to view a full transition plan, click here. The operational phases and corresponding changes to the agencies mentioned above are as follows:

September 1, 2016:
  • Client services programs transferred to HHSC from DADS, DARS and DSHS
  • Consolidated the majority of administrative services programs (information technology, financial services, legal services, etc.) at HHSC
  • DARS closed and its vocational rehabilitation-related programs moved to the Texas Workforce Commission
  • Prevention and early intervention services transferred to DFPS from HHSC and DSHS
September 1, 2017:
  • State hospitals, state supported living centers, and regulatory services programs from DADS, DSHS, and DFPS will transfer to HHSC
  • DADS closes
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program will transfer to HHSC from DSHS
  • Child Care Licensing will transfer to HHSC from DFPS
  • Most remaining administrative services will consolidate at HHSC
September 1, 2018:
  • HHSC submits recommendations to the legislature regarding full integration of DFPS and DSHS into HHSC

HHS Advisory Committees: a more consistent oversight process is being established within the HHS system, with the intent of ensuring that each advisory committee:

  • Consistently meets its prescribed purpose
  • Receives and elevates relevant stakeholder feedback
  • Membership is reviewed and updated every two years

To learn more about the HHS Advisory Committees, click here.

Sunset Process: The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission is composed of legislators and public members, and it periodically evaluates state agencies to determine relevance or necessity of those agencies and explore methods to ensure that the agency’s funds are well-spent. The Texas Legislature decides whether or not an agency will continue to operate based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission. During 2014-2015, Texas health and human services agencies went through the Sunset review process. For links to some key documents and reports produced during that process, click here.

Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee: The Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee helps direct the HHS transformation.