The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is the agency overseeing the administration of health and human services in Texas. The phone numbers, addresses, email addresses and other contact information for the HHSC divisions are available online at hhsc.state.tx.us.
The Texas Legislature passed HB 2292 in 2003, which consolidated 12 existing state health agencies into five, according to the Texas Tribune. This created HHSC as the overseer of services statewide. The other four state agencies that comprise the Health and Human Services System in Texas are the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of State Health Services, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, and the Department of Family and Protective Services. HHSC has an Office of the Ombudsman to assist clients with complaints and services in relation to the administration of health and human services that cannot be solved through the normal complaint process.
In 2014, the state's health care system became embroiled in controversy when it was reported that the HHSC awarded a multi-million dollar contract that appeared to have close ties to senior HHSC officials. The executive commissioner of HHSC at the time, whose position has rulemaking authority for the whole of the Texas health and human services system, resigned in 2015 following these reports.