Beachgoers and shellfish eaters have more to worry about than sunburns and hard-to-shuck shells. The risk, although uncommon, of contracting harmful and potentially fatal bacteria is elevated until November.

Learn how human traffickers find and control people, red flags to watch out for and how to report suspicious activity in this Office of the Attorney General training video highlighting cases prosecuted in Texas.

It’s crucial for HHS to understand how vendors can help carry out its mission and for vendors to understand the needs of the state.

Public Comment Open on Social Services Block Grant Report

Do you have feedback on the Intended Use Report for federal Title XX funds, also known as the Social Services Block Grant? Submit your comments by Aug. 29.

HHS Looks to Fill 28 Positions at Hiring Event

Texas Health and Human Services will host an express hiring event to fill 28 jobs in the Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services division.

Steve Buche

Steve Buche has been named deputy executive commissioner for information technology and chief information officer for Texas Health and Human Services.

Kara Crawford

Following a successful two years of helping lead the Texas Health and Human Services system, Kara Crawford, chief of staff, is stepping down from her position on Aug. 3.

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.