Transition Legislative Oversight Committee: Health and Human Services
Since 2015, the Health and Human Services (HHS) system has undergone extensive changes to its organizational structure in accordance with statutory changes made during the 84th and 85th legislative sessions, and based on management recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission issued in 2015. Collectively, these directives required the consolidation of five health and human services agencies into two, organized along functional lines, and made the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) a stand-alone agency which is supported administratively by HHSC through an interagency contract. The HHS system is now comprised of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The process of making these structural changes involved the transfer of over 24,000 staff positions and 100 programs. The time and resources necessary to facilitate these transfers, and the impact on staff and their ability to carry out daily tasks, cannot be underestimated...