News Releases

July 25, 2016

New Healthy Texas Women Program Offers Expanded Healthcare Coverage and Services

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today to announce an extensive outreach campaign to focus awareness on the state’s new Healthy Texas Women program which will deliver more care to more Texas women statewide. Read the news release | Read the news release in Spanish

July 22, 2016

HHSC Announces Senior Staff Appointments for New Medical and Social Services Division

HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith today introduced the team that will guide the new Medical and Social Services division.

July 15, 2016

HHSC Announces New Senior Staff Appointments

Executive Commissioner Charles Smith today announced key additions to the Health and Human Services leadership team who will help guide the Health and Human Services Commission through its transformation into a more efficient and responsive agency.

June 27, 2016

HHSC Seeking Grant Applications to Help Veterans and Their Families

Texas is reaching out to community non-profits and local governments, announcing the availability of up to $10 million to help veterans and their families find the mental health services they need.

June 17, 2016

HIPAA Notification: Vendor Loses Clients' Personal Information

The Health and Human Services Commission is notifying people about the accidental loss of protected health information. The breach may affect a little more than 600 people who applied for benefits.

June 17, 2016

HHSC Submits 2017 State Plan to Ensure Refugees are Fully Vetted

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith sent a letter today to the U.S. Department of State concerning refugee resettlement in Texas.

June 13, 2016

HHSC Announces Key Hire For New Post

Gary Jessee will lead the newly created Medical and Social Services division of the Health and Human Services system, HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced today.

May 25, 2016

HHSC Announces Grant Awards to Provide Mental Health Services to Veterans

Texas is reaching out to its veterans and their families to help ease the psychological wounds of war.

Read the news release in Spanish

May 17, 2016

HHSC Announces Two Additions to Executive Leadership

Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced Heather Griffith Peterson and Kara Crawford are joining the Health and Human Services’ executive leadership team.

May 17, 2016

HHSC Announces Disaster Food Assistance
Relief for Newton County

Residents of Newton County are now eligible to receive SNAP Disaster Assistance in the wake of the severe flooding that hit East Texas in March.

May 12, 2016

Disaster Food Assistance Relief for Deweyville and Bon Wier

Residents of Deweyville and Bon Wier are now eligible to get SNAP Disaster Assistance in the wake of the severe flooding that hit East Texas in March.

May 2, 2016

Big Win for Texas, HHSC Receives Extension for 1115 Waiver

The Health and Human Services Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have agreed to extend a state and federal partnership that finds innovative ways to deliver healthcare. Read the news release in Spanish

April 29, 2016

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month

The Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) system is working to raise awareness of mental health and the effect mental health has on the lives of all Texans. Read the news release in Spanish

April 11, 2016

HHS Executive Commissioner Announces New Leadership for Department of Family and Protective Services

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor announced he has selected a former Texas Ranger to lead the Department of Family and Protective Services. Read the news release in Spanish

March 4, 2016

DFPS Commissioner Specia Stepping Down from Top Job

Judge John Specia Jr. today announced his intention to retire as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) effective May 31, 2016. Read the news release in Spanish

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