Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
This HHS agency is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. It oversees numerous programs and administers TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the state-federal welfare program. The ACF has four major bureaus:
Administration on Ageing (AoA)
Part of HHS, the AoA develops policies, plans, and programs that promote the well-being of older individuals. It also supports a nationwide ageing network that provides services for older individuals and their families.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
This HHS agency conducts scientific research that provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes, access, quality and cost, and use.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the CMS administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and health insurance portability standards.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The mission of HRSA is to improve health outcomes and address health disparities in people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce, and innovative, high-value programs. Key programs include HIV/AIDS sevices, maternal and child health, and rural health policy.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The agency within HHS that focuses on improving the quality and availability of treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and the cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illness.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)
The ASPE is the principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS on policy development in health, disability, human services, data, and science; and provides advice and analysis on economic policy. The ASPE is organized into five principal offices:
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
This federal department oversees and supports community development, access to affordable housing programs, homelessness programs, etc. Useful links include those to homelessness, information by state, and the library.
Social Security Online
This is the official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. From a policy perspective, the links to the history of the social security program and in particular, its legislative history, are informative.
Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)
Established in February 2004 as the first new agency in a major reorganization of the state's health and human services system, this department undertakes five major tasks: adult protective services, child protective services, child care licensing, prevention and early intervention, and statewide intake. See also Reports, Plans, Statistics, and Presentations.
Texas Education Agency (TEA)
TEA oversees public primary and secondary education in the state, involving over 1,000 individual school districts and charter schools; however, it does not have jurisdiction over private or parochial schools (whether or not accredited) nor over home schools. See the Reports & Data tab.
Health and Human Services (HHS)
As of September 2017 Texas Health and Human Services now consists of two agencies: the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). From a policy perspective, useful links include Laws & Regulations, Records and Statistics and in particular, Data & Statistics.
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA)
TDHCA is the state's lead agency responsible for homeownership, affordable rental housing, community and energy assistance programs, and colonia activities serving primarily low income Texans.