HHSC to Repost STAR+PLUS RFP July 23

The Health and Human Services Commission will repost the cancelled Request for Proposal for the STAR+PLUS program July 23 and it will be posted for 30 days. The original RFP was cancelled on July 5.

A rendering of the planned nine-story North Austin Complex scheduled to open in 2020. It will house the new HHS headquarters, located near 45th St., 51st St. and North Lamar Blvd.

The nine-story building, scheduled to be completed in 2020, will allow HHS to give up most of its leased space in Austin, consolidating operations at a central location.

People who have mental illnesses or substance use disorders need help recovering. These conditions can harm a person’s ability to make good decisions, and getting support from someone who has been in recovery themselves can be invaluable.

The Health and Human Services Commission is working to quickly fill about 20 contract specialist and purchasing positions at all levels. The agency is encouraging qualified candidates to apply now.

Vendors across the country have been getting fake requests for quotations purporting to be from state agencies, including at least one from the Texas Health and Human Services system.

In the U.S., antipsychotics are the primary strategy used to calm elderly nursing home residents with dementia who are acting out of frustration or fear. It’s a situation HHS is dedicated to changing.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the Santa Fe High School shooting, learn about available mental health resources.

Cecile Young will take over as the Texas Health and Human Services acting executive commissioner June 1.

May Highlights Mental Health in Texas

Mental health is as important as physical health. Both are inextricably intertwined, a fact Texas is recognizing with an increased commitment to improving mental health across the state.

The Health and Human Services system will conduct a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. April 30 to discuss its strategic plans for 2019-2023. The meeting will be at the Brown-Heatly Building, 4900 N. Lamar in Austin.