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. In November, 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.
Information about the Sunset process, Sunset Commission meetings, and how to receive
Sunset Commission email updates is available at: www.sunset.texas.gov.
HHSC Reports and Documents
In October 2014, HHSC submitted its formal response to the Sunset Staff Report on the Health and Human Services Commission and System Issues.
In September 2013, HHSC submitted its Self-Evaluation Report to the Sunset Commission.
In March 2015, HHSC submitted preliminary plans for indigent behavioral health services for:
- North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (Dallas, Ellis, Navarro, Rockwall, Hunt, and Kaufman counties) (PDF)
- Collin County (PDF)
Sunset Review of Other Health and Human Services Agencies
The state’s other health and human services agencies also are under Sunset review. Reports on these agencies:
- 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.