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    Mission: To improve health and well-being in Texas
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    Office Notices
    • Dr. John Hellerstedt Named New DSHS Commissioner

      Dr. John Hellerstedt will join DSHS as its new commissioner on January 1, 2016. He currently is the chief medical officer for the Seton Family of Hospitals and returns to the Health and Human Services system, having previously served as medical director for the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Division. After leaving HHSC, Dr. Hellerstedt served as vice president of medical affairs for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. He has also been in private practice as a pediatrician at the Austin Regional Clinic.

      Dr. Hellerstedt is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh medical school. He completed his residency at the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center.

      News Release

    • HHS Transformation Stakeholder Public Hearing, Dec. 2

      The process for transforming the Texas Health and Human Services System has started. A major component driving the transformation is public comment. Get details about a Dec. 2 public hearing in Austin and an online questionnaire you can use to provide comment on the transformation plans and process by visiting the HHS Transformation website.

    • Know the Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

      Synthetic marijuana – more commonly known as Spice or K2 – is a mix of plant materials that have been sprayed with chemicals that are supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It is often sold in harmless-looking packaging, but it is dangerously unpredictable and can have extreme side effects. Learn more about the dangers and warning signs on the Drug-Free Texas website.

    • Oyster Harvesting Closed Along Portions of Texas Coast

      The Texas Department of State Health Services has announced that commercial and recreational oyster harvesting in most areas of Texas coastal waters will be closed on Nov. 1 due to excessive rainfall or red tide, depending on the area.

      News Release

    • Learn the Warning Signs of Mental Illness and Substance Use

      A new school year brings many new challenges. If you know a young person who is possibly experiencing a mental health issue or a drug or alcohol problem, you can help. Learn the warning signs and find other resources on the Speak Your Mind Texas website.

    • Medicaid Provider Re-enrollment Update

      Texas Medicaid providers enrolled prior to Jan. 1, 2013 who have not yet re-enrolled in the Medicaid program must do so before March 24, 2016. Get more information.

    • Hurricane Season is Here

      Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. Now is the time to make your emergency plans and get your disaster supply kits in order. Visit www.texasprepares.org today to learn more. Don’t wait until it’s too late because disasters will happen whether you’re Ready… or not?

    • Savings Ideas Open for Public Voting

      A list of money-saving ideas from health and human services employees is available for public vote. Our agencies are looking at the suggestions to see which ones are the most feasible. Tell us your favorites.

    • Ready or Not?

      Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Floods. Wildfires. These and other disasters frequently occur in Texas. It’s too late to plan for these emergencies once a storm approaches. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your family for any emergency. Follow the easy suggestions at TexasPrepares.org or TexasPrepara.org (Spanish) today.

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    You can report suspected waste, fraud or abuse in health and human services programs to the HHSC Office of Inspector General online or by calling 800-436-6184. You may also make a report to the Texas State Auditor’s Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT.
  Last updated November 09, 2015