To volunteer or become an intern at a HHS office, state supported living center or state hospital you must complete the HHS volunteer application. Once HHS program employees have reviewed the completed application, you will be contacted to discuss the available opportunities.
The minimum age to volunteer with HHS is 14; however, an SSLC or state hospital may specify a minimum age over 14 for specific assignments.
SSLC and state hospital volunteers must undergo a criminal background check. Convictions of criminal offenses that bar being accepted as a volunteer can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 1 , Chapter 4, Subchapter K, Rule §4.505.
All HHS volunteers and interns are required to take the following computer-based training courses. The material is designed to help you learn about HHS and better understand the people we serve. It should take about 20 minutes or less to complete each CBT.
There is a short test at the end of most of the CBTs that reviews the course materials. But don't worry — you can refer to the material in the CBT if you need to do so when answering the questions.
- Introduction and Overview
- Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
- Emergency Response Training
- Infection Control
- Rights of Individuals
At the end "Rights of Individuals," you will be given instructions to create a certificate of completion as proof you completed orientation. A copy must be provided to the volunteer supervisor.
Once you have been assigned a volunteer or intern project you will be given on-the-job orientation and training related to the work you will be doing. Depending on your assignment, you also may need to take the following course through Systems Training Solutions:
Note: Volunteers may get access to System Training Solutions through a non-employee ID. To get this ID, the manager emails the following information to HHS Training:
- Volunteer’s name
- Building address of volunteer/contractor
- Requestor (whether the manager or a designee)
- Name of the manager of the volunteer/contractor
- Hire date
- End/termination date