P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2014
AUSTIN – The Sunset Advisory Commission, chaired by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today unanimously approved reorganizing Texas' health and human services agencies from five separate agencies into one in order to better coordinate programs and streamline administrative support.
"This reorganization of Texas health and human services agencies will better serve our most vulnerable citizens and will create one front door for Texans who are seeking services," said Senator Nelson. "By creating one agency, we will also be able to eliminate duplicative functions and inefficiencies throughout our health and human services."
The Commission voted to amend Sunset staff recommendations by strengthening oversight of the reorganization process including a better defined structure and role for the legislative committee that will meet quarterly to monitor the transition. The Commission also approved a modification proposed by Senator Nelson to simplify access to Texas' women's health programs.
The Commission also voted to approve Sunset reports for the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities; Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities; Texas Council on Purchasing from People with Disabilities; Texas Health Services Authority; Office of Inspector General; Texas Education Agency; and Self-Directed Semi-Independent Agencies. The Commission also took public testimony on Sunset staff recommendation reports for the Texas Workforce Commission; Texas Workforce Investment Council; State Office of Administrative Hearing; and the Texas Facilities Commission. The Sunset Commission will also accept official public testimony online for those agencies through Monday, December 15, 2014.
The final meeting of the Sunset Advisory Commission meeting is scheduled for January 14, 2015. The Commission's decisions will result in legislation to be filed in the next legislative session. Final decisions on the future of all these agencies ultimately rest with the Legislature.
The reports that were discussed by the Commission during the hearing can be viewed online at www.sunset.texas.gov.