The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Executive Council is established by Government Code, Section 531.0051, to receive public input and advise the HHSC Executive Commissioner regarding the operation of the commission. The Executive Council reviews policies related to the operation of the Health and Human Services system and its programs.

Operation of the Executive Council is adopted in Title 1, Texas Administrative Code, Part 15, Chapter 351, Subchapter A, Section 351.4. The Executive Council seeks and receives public comment on:

  • proposed rules;
  • recommendations of advisory committees established under Title 1, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 351, Subchapter B, concerning Advisory Committees;
  • legislative appropriations request or other documents related to the appropriations process;
  • the operation of health and human services programs; and
  • other items the Executive Commissioner determines appropriate.

Archived Meetings


  • Charles Smith, Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner
  • Cecile Young, HHSC Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner
  • Heather Griffith Peterson, HHSC Chief Operating Officer
  • Gary Jesse, HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner, Medical and Social Services Division
  • Jon Weizenbaum, Commissioner, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
  • Henry “Hank” Whitman, Jr., Commissioner, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Barry Anderson, Grand Prairie, TX
  • Carmen Pagan, McAllen, TX
  • Dr. Ben G. Raimer, Galveston, TX

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