Texas Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) licenses, certifies and surveys home and community support services agencies (HCSSAs) for compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Through these regulatory activities, HHS protects Texas citizens receiving home health, hospice and personal assistance services. Licensing Standards for Home and Community Support Services Agencies Handbook.
Texas Administrative Code
Texas Family Code
Texas Health and Safety Code
Texas Human Resources Code
Texas Occupations Code
Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
DFPS has a central place to report abuse, neglect and exploitation. Per licensing standards for HCSSA rule 97.249, If an agency has cause to believe that a client served by the agency has been abused, neglected, or exploited by an agency employee, the agency must report the information immediately (within 24 hours) to DFPS AND DADS at (800) 458-9858.
- Provider Self-Reporting. Licensed or certified DADS providers must notify the agency if someone in their care has been or may be physically or mentally abused, neglected or exploited.
- Employee Misconduct Registry. The purpose of the Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) is to ensure that unlicensed personnel who commit acts of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation, or misconduct against residents and consumers are denied employment in DADS-regulated facilities and agencies. All DADS regulated agencies must search the EMR prior to the first face to face contact of the unlicensed personnel with the client.
- Community Attendant Services (CAS)
- Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
- Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
- Family Care (FC)
- Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
- Medically Dependent Children's Program (MDCP)
- Primary Home Care (PHC)
- STAR Kids
- Community First Choice (CFC) HHS