The Texas Senate confirmed Charles Smith's appointment on April 19 as the Health Human Services executive commissioner for a two-year term at the head of the state's largest agency.

The Music & Memory program, which uses individualized music playlists on digital music players to unlock memories lost to dementia, is used at 250 nursing facilities in Texas. An expansion of the program will soon add 165 more. Pictured is a volunteer with a resident participating in the program at a San Antonio nursing home.

Music & Memory, a program that helps spark the memories and language of long-term care facility residents, will soon expand to include 165 more nursing homes.

Prenatal alcohol exposure affects 2 to 5 percent of all children. Yet, despite it being the leading cause of intellectual disabilities, it remains an issue often misunderstood by the public.

Ricky Broussard spent 29 years living in an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability. Today, because of person-centered planning, he lives in his own apartment and gets 60 hours of care a week from one full-time and one part-time staff member.

After living 29 years in an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability, learn how person-centered planning helped Ricky Broussard increase his independence.

Several reports of a possible telephone scam have been made involving people identifying themselves as being from Texas Health and Human Services.

HHS is looking for people to serve on the Behavioral Health Advisory Committee Self-Directed Care Advisory Subcommittee. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2017.

Texas Health and Human Services and the nonprofit Texas System of Care invite students to create artwork showing why mental health matters.

Do you support clients with intellectual or developmental disabilities? A free, online training series, focusing on mental health, helps people who care for, support or advocate for people with IDD.

Consider being a volunteer with one of Texas Health and Human Services' programs to improve the lives of aging Texans and those with disabilities.

IT Project Manager Jason Dresner, Protective Services Intake Specialist Mimi Smith and SWI Associate Commissioner Ric Zimmerman display the Statewide Intake “Top Work Place” awards for 2015 and 2016. Statewide Intake was selected as one of the Top Workplaces for 2016 by the Austin American-Statesman. SWI staff responded to a questionnaire from the newspaper. Based on those responses, the division qualified as a top workplace in the “mid-sized companies” category.

DFPS's Statewide Intake division was named one of the best places in Austin to work for the past two years.