DSHS: Legislative Appropriations Request FY2020-2021
The mission of the Department of State Health Services is to improve the health, safety and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources by efficiently and effectively carrying out core public health functions. The Legislature, through Senate Bill 200, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, restructured DSHS into a highly-focused public health agency and maintained DSHS as a separate agency within the Health and Human Services (HHS) System, while streamlining programs and services. As a separate agency within the HHS System, DSHS impacts the health of all Texans by promoting and improving public and population health outcomes. The LAR includes nine (9) prioritized exceptional items that span program and infrastructure needs and ensure a stable foundation for state public health services. These exceptional items represent DSHS' refocused mission on public health and seek to provide the Department with the capacity to continue meeting the needs of Texans.