Health and Human Services Commission Looking for Public Input on Agency Transformation

capitolThe Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent out an email notification this morning that it is holding a number of public forums about the restructuring of the agency and requesting stakeholder input.

We strongly suggest that Medicaid providers take this opportunity to make their view known.

The public meetings will be held in:

Abilene – December 8
1:30 p.m.
South First Training Center
4601 South First St., Rooms K-101 – K-103

Amarillo – December 10,
1:30 p.m.
Trinity Fellowship Ministries, Student Ministries Center Auditorium
5000 Hollywood Road

El Paso – January 5,
1:30 p.m.
7400 Diana, Room 71

Fort Worth – January 7,
1:30 p.m.
Bank of America, 2nd Floor Lone Star Conference Room
801 S. State Highway 161

Houston – January 111:30 p.m.
Harris County Annex M
2525 Murworth

Tyler – January 13
1:30 p.m.
302 East Rieck Road, Room 304 A&B

Harlingen – January 19.
1:30 p.m.
601 Sesame Dr., Rockport Conference RoomA meeting in Austin was held December 2.

A meeting in Austin was already held December 2.

Need for stakeholder input

The webpage on the public forums states:

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 public hearing presentation is available for download.

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

Other ways to provide input

Besides the public forums, one can also submit input in the following ways:

  • 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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