Texas Health and Human Services

Stories for July 17, 2017

DFPS to Stand Alone

House Bill 5, passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year, makes DFPS a stand-alone agency, removing it from the HHS system. It will still share some administrative support and collaborate with HHS to enforce child care standards.


Summer Enrollment for HHSC Ends July 22

HHSC employees can make benefit changes during summer enrollment until July 22. Find out what changes can be made and about enrollment fairs taking place across the state. 

Awareness Fair Challenges Senses

More than 80 people gathered June 21 for the Deafblind Awareness Fair in Austin, learning about available services, sharing their stories and stepping into the shoes of someone who is deafblind.

New Date for Annual-to-Sick Leave Conversion

If you have more annual leave than you’re allowed to carry, the excess will convert to sick leave Sept. 1 for all HHS agencies, including DFPS.

In Memory Of

Linda Sue Tippens, 63, of Snyder passed away June 10. She was a licensed vocational nurse at Big Spring State Hospital.

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Register Now for the 2017 Geriatric Symposium

If you are a health care professional or care for an older person, make plans to attend the 2017 Geriatric Symposium: Texas Taking the Next Step.

Next Research Rounds is July 26

Learn about public health research and how to put it into practice by participating in DSHS Research Rounds, a new educational series.

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