DFPS has a mission to protect some of our state’s most vulnerable residents. This includes children, the elderly, and adults with disabilities who may have special health-care needs. DFPS works to prevent abuse, neglect, and / or exploitation. Exploitation means using a position of trust to misuse a person’s money or property.
DSHS oversees programs, including disease prevention, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), health-care professional licensing, and birth and death certificates. DSHS offers 2 programs specifically for families of children with disabilities or special health-care needs.
HHSC manages programs that help families with food, health care, safety, and disaster services including the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Children’s Medicaid, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance (SNAP) programs.
TEA oversees public education in Texas. While not directly providing special education services, TEA has the responsibility of managing them. TEA departments set state education standards, manage state and federal education funding, and work with school districts and charter schools to check that they are meeting federal and state education standards and using their funding properly.
TJJD works with children and youth who are between the ages of 10 and 17 and have broken the law. TJJD provides prevention, probation, and rehabilitation services available for certain youth and families.