Help Texas Improve Care for People With Disabilities


Texas health officials are working to improve services for Texans with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, and they’re looking for your help.

As part of its “Blueprint for a Healthy Texas,” released last month, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) aims to make it easier for people, families, and health care professionals to navigate HHSC’s system for disability services.

“This plan will drive initiatives for the next several years to improve services for people with disabilities with the supports necessary to thrive in the setting of their choice,” HHSC said on its website.

As part of that goal, agency staff are hosting several free listening sessions around the state “to gain insight from client and provider experiences and challenges navigating HHSC, as well as opportunities to improve.”

Three sessions are scheduled for December:

The inaugural "Blueprint for a Healthy Texas" identifies 12 health care target areas most important to the state and lays out plans for addressing them in 2020.

The 12 areas singled out in the report are women and children; behavioral health; disabilities; regulatory health and safety; Medicaid managed care; services and supports; advocacy for people in long-term care; supplemental and directed payment programs; HHSC workplace culture and recruitment; procurement and contracting; quality control; and technology and innovation.

Last Updated On

November 27, 2019

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