By providing a broad range of services to keep Texans healthy, HHS employees are not only ensuring direct services are provided to those who qualify, but helping to improve the overall health of all Texans.

Clinics, Health Organizations and Resource Centers

HHS works with federally qualified health clinics, medical associations, community partners and local governments to help clients find the health care they need.

Food and Fitness

How well we take care of ourselves before we need medical services can make for a higher quality of independence and wellness. We offer programs that provide tips on exercise, cooking healthy meals on a budget, nutrition, and weight management.

  • Eat Healthy has tips for fixing nutritious meals and saving money.
  • Texercise provides a fun, practical way to start looking and feeling your best through exercise.

Foster Care

Children in foster care rely on many services and programs to help as they transition to adulthood:

  • Former Foster Care Children can qualify for health care services through Medicaid until they are 26.
  • Psychotropic Medications – A Guide to Medical Services at CPS offers best practices to ensure the proper use of psychotropic medications for children in foster care.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program help you cover medical expenses for children and people with disabilities who meet income requirements.

  • Medicaid Buy-In for Children can help pay medical bills for children with disabilities. This program helps families who need health insurance, but make too much money to get traditional Medicaid.
  • The Medicaid Buy-In program offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports - to individuals with disabilities who work.
  • Children without health insurance might be able to get low-cost or free health coverage from the Children's Health Insurance Program or
  • Children's Medicaid covers services needed to keep kids healthy. It is for people 18 and younger healthy who come from families with little or no money.
  • If you're an adult caring for a child, you might qualify for Medicaid.
  • Adults can qualify for Medicaid if they have disabilities, care for children, are 65 or older or take part in the Medicaid Buy-In.
  • Most Medicaid services (plans) in Texas and all CHIP services are delivered through providers called managed care organizations. 
  • My Children's Medicaid has helpful tips to keep your little ones healthy and explains the benefits of the program.
  • The Texas Pregnancy Care Network can help mothers find counseling, child care, transportation, life skills classes and more.


Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Mental health is as important as physical health. HHS works with local mental health authorities to coordinate a network of statewide, regional and local providers for mental health and substance abuse services. HHS has substance abuse treatment and prevention programs and works with community partners to offer even more services to people struggling with addition.

  • provides information, resources and direction to Texans who might have mental health-related needs or who want to support someone who does
  • The Office of Mental Health Coordination provides oversight for public mental health policy in Texas and is responsible for coordinating the policy and delivery of mental health services throughout the state.
  • Speak Your Mind Texas offers resources to Texans who have mental illness and their family and friends who want to support them.
  • DSHS can help you find help with substance abuse problems for yourself or a loved one.
  • Yes! I'm Ready to Quit has tips and resources that can help you give up tobacco once and for all.

Palliative Care

A life-changing or serious illness can alter your quality of life. When you have a serious illness, the support of your medical team, family and friends makes a difference. This is where palliative care comes into play.


The easiest way to treat a disease is stop it before it starts. Understanding how to avoid a possible chronic condition is essential. Prevention is an effective path to improving Texans' lives.

  • Immunization Branch provide information for families and medical providers about the benefits of immunizations and which ones are recommended at different life stages.
  • Long Live Texans provides the information people need to help prevent chronic disease.
  • Medicaid Wellness Program has nurses who can answer questions day or night. The nurses also can help participants find a doctor, manage their health and understand how to take their medications.

Women and Children

HHS provides services to Texas women such as preventing unintended pregnancies, nurturing healthier pregnancies, fighting domestic violence, and taking care of children. Texans also can apply for insurance for their children through Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.

  • Healthy Texas Women offers women’s health and family planning services at no cost to eligible, low-income women such as woman’s health exams, health screenings, and birth control. They also provide breast and cervical cancer screening to qualified women.
  • Alternatives to Abortion program provides low-income pregnancy women with pregnancy and parenting information and supports.
  • Texas Nurse-Family Partnership pairs registered nurses with low-income, first-time mothers to improve prenatal care and provide one-on-one education and counseling, focusing on child development.
  • Texas Pregnancy Care Network providers can offer support, referrals to community resources, counseling and mentoring.
  • Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) is a health and nutrition program that help improve the diets of infants and children as well as pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women.