Public Meeting for Transition Legislative Oversight Committee 3/31/16
Transition Plan Submitted, Public Hearing Scheduled
For those who want to provide input on whether services provided by the DARS Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing could be better provided by Centers for Independent Living, DARS continues to take public comment on this evaluation. Video logs (VLOGS) and written comment may be submitted to: [email protected]
A message from the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services about the March 31, 2016 meeting of the Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee. The video includes an American Sign Language interpreter.
A plan for restructuring the Texas Health and Human Services system has been posted and submitted to the Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee.
Health and Human Services System Transition Plan (PDF)
Health and Human Services System Transition Plan – Spanish (PDF)
The transition plan was developed with input from stakeholders through eight regional stakeholder meetings and an online stakeholder survey, from staff through an online stakeholder survey and from more than 200 staff who participated in workgroups formed to evaluate the various functions of the HHS organization and develop recommendations for revised organizational structures. The core functions within the transformed HHS structure are:
Medical and Social Services
Department of Family and Protective Services
Department of State Health Services
Administrative supports for these core functions include:
System Support Services
Communications, Press Relations, Stakeholder & Government Relations and Ombudsman Functions
Procurement and Contracting Services
The transition plan includes a section related to the eight DARS programs transferring to HHSC, and the four DARS programs transferring to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) September 1, 2016. Learn more about the DARS/TWC transition on the TWC website.
Phase one of the transformation process is focused on the broad structure of the HHS system, while future efforts will include a more in-depth focus on program operations within the transformed structure.
The Health and Human Services Transition Legislative Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing on the HHS System Transition Plan:
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Texas Capitol Extension
E1.036 (Finance Room)
Joint Committee on Health and Human Services Transition Oversight
March 1, 2016 – HHS System Transition Plan submitted
March 4, 2016 – HHS System Transition Plan posted on the Texas Register
March 31, 2016 – Transition Legislative Oversight Committee public hearing on HHS System Transition Plan