• State Government


    Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)


    HHSC administers programs such as Medicaid, CHIP, TANF, food stamps, family violence services, refugee services, and disaster relief. HHSC oversees the Texas health and human services system, which is composed of five agencies:

    • Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
    • Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
    • Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
    • Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
    • Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
    Employment First Task Force
    This task force, authorized by Senate Bill 1226 (83rd Legislature), was established by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to
    • Promote competitive employment of people with disabilities and
    • the expectation that individuals with disabilities are able to meet the same employment standards, responsibilities and expectations as any other working-age adult.
    Read a summary of the Employment First policy and the responsibilities of the task force in PDF.

    Texas Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS)


    The DFPS is charged with protecting children, adults who are elderly or have disabilities living at home or in state facilities, and licensing group day-care homes, day-care centers, and registered family homes. The agency is also charged with managing community-based programs that prevent delinquency, abuse, neglect and exploitation of Texas children, elderly and disabled adults.

    Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)


    The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is responsible for vehicle registration and titling, including issuance of license plates and placards for drivers that are handicapped or are permanently disabled.

    Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)


    This mission of DSHS is to improve the health and well-being in Texas. Information available online includes health services, disease prevention, mental health and substance abuse, birth, death, marriage, and divorce records, and state health licensing.

    Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


    The TxDOT website provides resources and information for drivers and travelers in Texas including driving license registration, vehicle registration, travel safety, and other travel information such as maps, traffic cameras, airport directories and public transit information.

    Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)


    DADS administers long-term services and supports for people who are aging as well as for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. DADS also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the state's Guardianship program. The website is a portal to a comprehensive array of aging and disability services, supports and opportunities that are easily accessed in local communities.

    Texas HHSC Quick Resource Guide


    The HHSC Quick Resource Guide is intended to help promotoras (community-based health workers) make appropriate referrals to health and human service agencies and partners of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Border Affairs. The Quick Resource Guide is not, however, designed for use in determining program eligibility. Categories listed in this book do not constitute all criteria used in the certification process, and eligibility is determined by each individual agency or organization.

    The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities


    The Committee's mission is to further opportunities for persons with disabilities to enjoy full and equal access to lives of independence, productivity, and self-determination. The Committee serves as a central source of information and education on the abilities, rights, problems, and needs of persons with disabilities.

    Resource Guide on Higher Education for People with Disabilities


    From the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, this guide links to a variety of websites to help students prepare for higher education. Available online and in PDF format.

    TEA Special Education Graduation Guidance


    The Texas Education Agency provides guidance on graduation for students receiving special education services including special education graduation options, participation in graduation ceremonies, and other related topics.

    TEA Special Education Rules and Regulations


    Links to federal and state laws, rules and regulations for providing special education and related services.

    TEA Special Education Secondary Transition Guidance


    General information about transition planning in Texas including state and national resources for technical assistance and training.

    Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities


    The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to ensuring that all Texans with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be independent, productive and valued members of their communities. Using a variety of methods, the Council works to improve people's understanding of disability issues and to ensure that the service delivery system provides comprehensive services and supports that meet people's needs, are easy to access and are cost effective.

    Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)


    DARS works in partnership with Texans with disabilities and families with children who have developmental delays to improve the quality of their lives and to enable their full participation in society.

    Texas Education Agency (TEA)


    The Texas Education Agency is the state agency that oversees primary and secondary public education. It is headed by the commissioner of education. The mission of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.

    Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)

    THECB provides leadership and coordination for the Texas higher education system. The THECB website provides information, data, and other resources on universities, colleges, and trade and technical education in Texas.

    Texas Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI)


    LMCI, a department of the Texas Workforce Commission, provides useful and reliable information about careers, educational training options and jobs. Downloadable resources as well as resources for purchase are available.

    Texas Online


    This is an online portal to access services in Texas and information about Texas.

    Texas Project First


    Created by parents, for parents, this web site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities.

    Texas State Library


    The Texas State Library Talking Books program provides free library service to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities-whether permanent or temporary. Books are available on digital cartridge, Braille, large print, and cassette. Playback equipment to be used with TBP materials is available for loan and materials can also be downloaded from the Web via BARD by registered readers.

    Texas Workforce Commission


    The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state government agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. The website provides resources for job seekers and employees, businesses and employers, and community and workforce partners.