Texans Urged to Use 2-1-1 Texas for COVID-19 Information and Referrals

March 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans who need to submit benefit applications and other paperwork are encouraged to submit online at YourTexasBenefits.com.

Texas HHS Temporarily Suspends Non-Essential Visits to State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers

March 17, 2020

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Texas Health and Human Services has temporarily suspended visitation and on-campus events at state hospitals and state supported living centers across Texas.

HHS Encourages Texans to Apply Online for Benefits

March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans who need to submit benefit applications and other paperwork are encouraged to submit online at YourTexasBenefits.com.

HHS Provides Expanded Guidance to Hospitals to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Texas

March 16, 2020

To protect vulnerable hospital patients from COVID-19, Texas HHS has issued guidance to hospitals that now includes granting access only to essential visitors such as authorized caregivers acting specifically on a patient’s behalf.

HHS Monitors COVID-19, Provides New Guidance to Child Care Facilities

March 16, 2020

Texas HHS is providing updated guidance to the almost 17,000 regulated child care operations throughout the state – including new screening requirements for staff and visitors – as the agency continues to closely monitor the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

San Antonio State Hospital to Postpone Groundbreaking

March 16, 2020

To protect against the spread of COVID-19, the San Antonio State Hospital is postponing its groundbreaking ceremony.

HHS Provides Expanded Guidance to Nursing Facilities to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Texas

March 15, 2020

To protect older, medically fragile individuals from COVID-19, Texas HHS has issued updated, expanded guidance to nursing homes that now includes restricting facility access to staff, certain medical professionals, and other providers of essential services.

Gov. Abbott Announces Protective Health and Safety Measures for Long-Term Care, Hospitals and Child Care Operations

March 13, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in Texas due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and announced protective health and safety measures.

HHS Monitors Coronavirus, Provides Guidance to Long-Term Care Facilities

March 2, 2020

Texas HHS continues to closely monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak and provide guidance to licensed long-term care facilities to prevent the spread of respiratory infection in the state.

Texas HHS Launches New Pilot Effort in Austin to Help Opioid Overdose Survivors

January 30, 2020

Texas HHS is launching a new pilot program with Austin-Travis County EMS to help opioid overdose survivors quickly get treatment and services to support long-term recovery.