Health and Human Services Agencies Seek Input on Transformation

Health and Human Services (HHS) transformation presents an opportunity to restructure the Texas HHS system to make it more functional, efficient, effective and responsive. As this two-year transformation process unfolds, HHS agencies will be asking for input from stakeholders: the people who use health and human services, benefits and programs; people and organizations that provide services, and people and organizations that support those who use services and benefits.

HHS agencies, working together, have created staff workgroups based on core functions called for in the legislation that created the opportunity for the HHS transformation. The core functions are:

  • Medical and social services
  • Regulatory services
  • Public health
  • Protective services
  • State-operated facilities

The workgroups will use internal program data, staff expertise and stakeholder input to develop recommendations on how a transformed HHS system should be restructured within those core functions. Phase one of this process focuses on the structure of the HHS system, while future efforts will include a more in-depth focus on program operations within the transformed structure.

The first opportunity for stakeholder comment on the structural phase of the transformation will be at a public forum:

Wednesday, December 2
1:30 p.m.
Brown-Heatly Building Public Hearing Room

A second public hearing is scheduled for:

Thursday, December 10
1:30 p.m.
Trinity Fellowship Ministries
5000 Hollywood Road

Other public forums will be held in Abilene, Dallas/Ft. Worth, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler. Dates, times and locations for the other public forums will be posted as they are finalized. The Dec. 2 public forum in Austin will be webcast and can be viewed on the HHSC webcast page. The public hearing presentation is available on this website.

To learn more about the groundwork that has been laid for the transformation process, please review information on the HHS Transformation website

Public Comment

You can provide public comment on the HHS transformation in any of the following ways:

  • Speak at one of public hearings being scheduled around the state
  • Complete an online survey.
  • Submit written comments before, during or after the public hearings through January 22, 2016. Submit comments by:

Fax: 512-487-3455
U.S. mail:
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Attention:  Penny Larkin, Transformation Specialist
Mail Code 1045
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030


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