July-August 2016

With Rogers, help for kids in foster care is a call away

An 11-year veteran of DFPS, Clarice Rogers is HHSC's first foster care ombudsman, a position Texas lawmakers created last year. Working in the Office of the Ombudsman, she will be a neutral party to help kids in foster care with their questions and complaints.

HHSC seeking grant applications to help veterans and their families

Texas is reaching out to community non-profits and local governments, announcing the availability of up to $10 million to help veterans and their families find the mental health services they need.

Healthy Texas Women launched July 1

More women will be able to get their reproductive health services through the state of Texas starting this month. On July 1, HHSC launched the new Healthy Texas Women program.

Health and Human Services system transformation update

It's been anything but a slow summer for staff preparing for the first major phase of Health and Human Services transformation slated to happen Sept. 1. On that day close to 150 programs and some 4000-plus HHS employees will transfer to HHSC and begin the process of integrating those programs and staff into the restructured HHS system.

The vision for Medical and Social Services

Gary Jessee will lead the newly created Medical and Social Services division of the Health and Human Services system Sept. 1 and is seeking to inspire health and human services ambassadors around the state.

New HHS executive leadership

Heather Griffith Peterson and Kara Crawford have joined the HHS executive leadership team. They both began June 1.

Free summer meals available for kids

The HHSC 2-1-1 Texas Information and Referral Network and HHSC Community Partner Program are working with the Texas Department of Agriculture to provide information on how children can get free meals during the summer months.

IG works to partner with providers on Integrity Initiative

HHSC's Inspector General is enlisting the help of managed care organizations and health care providers to fight Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse in a cooperative effort.