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.

ASH Nurse Susan Ledbetter Named One of Austin’s Top Nurses

Suzanne Ledbetter, a charge nurse with the Austin State Hospital, is one of the top five finalists being honored by the Austin American-Statesman for its Recognizing Nurses campaign.

The Austin American-Statesman chose Suzanne Ledbetter, a charge nurse with the Austin State Hospital, as one of its Fab5 finalists for its Recognizing Nurses campaign.

Be the One in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. To combat this widespread epidemic in Texas, Health and Human Services stands alongside the Office of the Attorney General in the fight against human trafficking.

DSHS Keeps Tabs on Asbestosis and Silicosis

Heidi Bojes, director, Environmental Epidemiology and Disease Registries Section; Dr. Ketki Patel, epidemiologist, Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch; Kindle Pierce, epidemiologist, Environmental Surveillance and Toxicology Branch; and Emily Hall, manager, Health Assessment and Toxicology Program.

The Occupational Safety and Health Surveillance program educates people about the dangers of asbestos and silica and tracks the incidence of these lung diseases across the state.

HHS Works to Prevent Brain Injuries, Helps Texans Get Treatment

The Office of Disability Prevention for Children, the Office of Acquired Brain Injury and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services work together to prevent brain injuries and help Texans who have them.

Mental Health Awareness Art Contest Open, Deadline is March 15

Texas children and adults are joining forces to shine the light on mental health conditions that affect millions of people. 

The Texas Health and Human Services Policy Office added two veterans of state health policy to oversee the system’s plans to measure and assess its performance and continued transformation.

North Texas State Hospital-Vernon

North Texas State Hospital-Vernon unveiled a $7.45 million renovation Jan. 9 to relocate and operate its in-patient psychiatric care program for adolescents admitted through courts and mental health authorities.