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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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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Employment opportunities at DSHS are listed in the Texas Health and Human Services Jobs Center. You can also use this site to search all current openings within other HHS agencies.
If you find a job posting that interests you, you can apply for the position by creating a profile and completing an online State of Texas application. By creating a profile, the application will remain on file for your future use so you can update your profile or application information, or you can apply to other jobs. The Job Center also allows you to view and track the status of your submitted applications online.
For assistance with the application process or to report issues, please call the HHS Jobs Service Center at 1-888-894-4747.
For veteran’s assistance, please contact the HHS Veteran Liaison or visit the HHSC Veterans Resources and Hiring page.
In accordance with the Tuition Reimbursement Policy of the Texas Health and Human Services System, employees may receive reimbursement for courses completed while attending vocational schools, colleges, or universities.
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