Sunset Review of HHSC and
Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs
The mission and performance of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act. The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent. Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.
The Sunset review involves three steps. First, Sunset Commission staff will evaluate the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs and issue a report in October 2014 recommending solutions to problems found. A month or so later, the Sunset Commission will meet to hear public testimony on the agencies and the recommendations of the Sunset staff. Based on public input and the Sunset staff reports, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2015. Please refer to the Sunset Commission website or call the office for updated information on specific dates for these meetings.
Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs can be strengthened. If you would like to share your ideas about the Texas Health and Human Services Commission or the Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs, please send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact Sarah Kirkle of the Sunset staff. Suggestions are preferred by December 16, 2013, so they can be fully considered by the Sunset Commission staff.
Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas 78711
Information about the Sunset process, Sunset Commission meetings, and how to receive
Sunset Commission email updates is available at: www.sunset.texas.gov.
HHSC Sunset Self-Evaluation Report
In September 2013, HHSC submitted its Self-Evaluation Report to the Sunset Commission.
Sunset Review of Other Health and Human Services Agencies
The state’s other health and human services agencies also are under Sunset review, with an anticipated report publication date of May 2014. Find additional information about these reviews and how to participate in the Sunset process on the Sunset Commission’s website or on the agency websites:
- Department of Aging and Disability Services
- Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
- Department of Family and Protective Services
- Department of State Health Services
Sunset Advisory Commission
The Sunset Advisory Commission is an independent state agency composed of 12 members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Speaker of the House. To submit comments about the HHSC or Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs, use the Sunset Commission’s online form.