Texas Department of Human Services

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Texas Department of Human Services (Provides assistance with, long-term care, disabilities, chil): Has information regarding Medicaid expenditures for long-term care programs and services.

Description

The Texas Department of Human Services is located at 701 West 51st Street, Austin, Texas 78751, (512)438-3114. The Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) is one of the several Medicaid operating agencies that function under the guidance HHSC's Medicaid Office to administer the State's Medicaid Program. In this capacity, DHS has information regarding Medicaid expenditures for long-term care programs and services. The DHS also provides assistance to other Medicaid operating agencies. The Department of Human Services was originally created as the Department of Public Welfare in 1939. The agencies mission is to provide quality services that have a positive impact on the lives of eligible Texans, including long-term care for the aged and people with disabilities; financial assistance, medical benefits, and food programs for income eligible families; employment preparation and other services that help clients become self-sufficient; child care for low-income families and children in danger of abuse or neglect; and services to victims of family violence. The agencies goals stress building a continuum of long-term care services that is based individual needs; providing client services that incur to independence from public assistance; and protecting adults and their children from family violence. Most people served by the department have incomes considerably lower than the federal poverty guideline. Services for low-income clients include financial assistance, food stamps, family support and long-term care. The department determines eligibility for these services as well as for Medicaid and Medicare services provided by the Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, and the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services. Programs unrelated to a clients income include family violence services, disaster assistance and the regulation of long-term care facilities. (Fiscal Size-Up 1996-1997 Biennium Texas State Services, LBB)

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