What Role Does the Texas Department of Human Services Have?


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The Texas Department of Human Services, also known as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is tasked with providing administrative oversight and operational guidance for HHSC programs. The HHSC is comprised of four sub-departments including 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. The HHSC is located in Austin, Texas.

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The HHSC and its sub-departments administer a number of programs designed to maintain and improve the health and livelihood of Texans. These programs include Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, SNAP Food Benefits, Refugee Services and Disaster Assistance.

The HHSC is guided by a governor-selected nine-member council that develops rules and policies for the HHSC. As of 2015, the council is chaired by Ben Raimer, a pediatrician and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The council also includes several executives from health care organizations, a banking executive, health care professionals and a pastor.

In addition, the HHSC operates approximately 25 advisory committees that provide input to improve the HHSC's activities, programs, services and resources. Some of these committees are also forward-looking bodies that aim to improve processes.

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