Mark your calendar! Going on now! Sept. 21 – Oct. 5, 2016

Come see the Artistic Visions Art Show at the Winters Building in Austin.  The art work of 6 residents from AuSSLC will be on display at the art show! Featuring works of art created by older Texans and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The exhibit is open to the public.
Sept. 21 – Oct. 5, 2016
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
John H. Winters Human Services Complex
701 W. 51st St., Austin, Texas

Hearing Notice

The Health and Human Services Commission is holding three hearings in June to obtain input from stakeholders and the public as part of a study required by Senate Bill 200, 84thLegislature, Regular Session, 2015. The input will be considered in the statutorily mandated study to determine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of transferring operations of the Austin State Hospital to a new location. Per legislative request, the Austin State Supported Living Center will also be included in the study. A report of the findings is to be submitted to the legislature by September 1, 2016.

Public hearings will be held 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • Wednesday, June 15, 2016 ̶ Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Brown-Heatly Building, 4900 N. Lamar Boulevard, Public Hearing Room 1410-1430, Austin (webcasting available)
  • Monday, June 20, 2016 ̶ San Marcos Public Library, 625 E. Hopkins Street, San Marcos
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 ̶ Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, 1009 North Georgetown Street, Round Rock

There will be a three-minute time limit per speaker on public comments.

eventsThe Art in the Park at the Mexican American Cultural Center is just around the corner on Friday, April 15th. One of the performers is our very own Bruce Wayne Davis who will be performing with his band the Bruce Davis Band.

Everyone is welcome to attend! The doors open at 9:30 am and the Bruce Davis Band performs at 10:30 am. They are expecting over 1,000 attendees to this event, so please get there early enough to get a parking spot.

The physical address of the Mexican American Cultural Center is: 600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701

Click here for directions

The Appropriations Article II Subcommittee is having a hearing on April 7th for two of its charges, one of which is related to long-term services and supports (detailed below). The subcommittee is seeking input. This is a good chance to tell our story!

COMMITTEE: Appropriations – S/C on Article II
TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Thursday, April 07, 2016
PLACE: E1.030 CHAIR: Rep. Four Price

Charge 10: Review the Texas Medicaid programs providing long-term services and support to adults or children with medical, physical, or intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Study reimbursement methodologies, the historical appropriated slot allocation compared to the actual fill rate, the procedure of releasing slots to providers, and the impact and timeline of carving services into Medicaid managed care. Identify potential obstacles for the delivery of community long-term services and support, including the availability of community care workers. Make any needed recommendations to improve community long-term services and supports.

Health and Human Services Agencies Seek Input on Transformation

Health and Human Services (HHS) transformation presents an opportunity to restructure the Texas HHS system to make it more functional, efficient, effective and responsive. As this two-year transformation process unfolds, HHS agencies will be asking for input from stakeholders: the people who use health and human services, benefits and programs; people and organizations that provide services, and people and organizations that support those who use services and benefits.

HHS agencies, working together, have created staff workgroups based on core functions called for in the legislation that created the opportunity for the HHS transformation. The core functions are:

  • Medical and social services
  • Regulatory services
  • Public health
  • Protective services
  • State-operated facilities

The workgroups will use internal program data, staff expertise and stakeholder input to develop recommendations on how a transformed HHS system should be restructured within those core functions. Phase one of this process focuses on the structure of the HHS system, while future efforts will include a more in-depth focus on program operations within the transformed structure.

The first opportunity for stakeholder comment on the structural phase of the transformation will be at a public forum:

Wednesday, December 2, 1:30 p.m.
Brown-Heatly Building Public Hearing Room

Other public hearings are scheduled for:

Tuesday, December 8, 1:30 p.m.
South First Training Center
4601 South First St., Rooms K101 – K103
Abilene, TX 79605

Thursday, December 10, 1:30 p.m.
Trinity Fellowship Ministries
5000 Hollywood Road
Amarillo, TX 79118

Other public forums will be held in Dallas/Ft. Worth, El Paso, Harlingen, Houston, and Tyler. Dates, times and locations for the other public forums will be posted as they are finalized. The Dec. 2 public forum in Austin will be webcast and can be viewed on the HHSC webcast page. The public hearing presentation is available on this website.

To learn more about the groundwork that has been laid for the transformation process, please review information on the HHS Transformation website

 Public Comment
You can provide public comment on the HHS transformation in any of the following ways:

  • Speak at one of public hearings being scheduled around the state
  • Complete an online survey.
  • Submit written comments before, during or after the public hearings through January 22, 2016. Submit comments by:

Fax: 512-487-3455

U.S. mail:
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Attention:  Penny Larkin, Transformation Specialist
Mail Code 1045
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030