Department of Health, Texas

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The Department of State Health Services is an agency in Texas.

The purpose of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is to improve the health and wellbeing of Texans through prevention and preparation for health threats, improving community health, dispersing health information, and protomting the recovery of those with infectious disease and mental illness.[1]

Budget

The Department has an annual budget of about $2.5 billion.[2]

The most recent detailed budget information is from fiscal year 2010.[3] Fiscal Year 2010 Operating Budget

Object Of Expense Exp 2008 Exp 2009 Bud 2010
Salaries and Wages $423,312,337 $456,723,098 $479,511,793
Other Personnel Costs $18,944,188 $18,786,172 $19,217,442
Professional Fees and Services $71,026,119 $93,247,080 104,277,809
Fuels and Lubricants $1,499,265 $1,198,214 $1,365,373
Consumable Supplies $10,528,876 $9,834,103 $10,573,512
Utilities $13,761,502 $13,380,072 $13,821,912
Travel $9,117,717 $9,555,209 $12,756,132
Rent - Building $642,243 $839,921 $1,048,410
Rent - Machine and Other $6,520,486 $7,761,930 $10,538,456
Debt Service $2,811,758 $2,865,797 $2,878,032
Other Operating Expense $290,809,190 $342,992,708 $344,220,136
Client Services $940,719,946 $976,036,491 $1,023,476,038
Food for Persons - Wards of State $6,279,945 $8,173,737 $8,424,575
Grants $850,081,472 $879,080,813 $974,039,376
Capital Expenditures $25,959,122 $50,376,197 $86,663,159
Agency Total $2,672,014,166 $2,870,851,542 $3,092,812,155

Programs

The Department offers programs and services in the areas of family health and planning, disease prevention, and mental health and substance abuse.

DSHS is responsible for administering the state's WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) supplemental nutrition program for low-income individuals.[4] As of February 2011, 1,309,618 persons were eligible for participation in the program. The program's enrollment totaled 970,045, 74% of those eligible, including 496,309 children (51%), 91,804 pregnant women (9%), 95,381 breastfeeding women (10%), 56,323 postpartum women (6%), and 230,228 infants (24%).[5] Funding for the program for 2010 totaled $807,927,452, a $6,615,012 decrease from 2009's total of $814,542,464.[6]

The Texas Medicaid program is administered by the separate Health and Human Services Commission.[7]

Transparency

Department contracts over $100,000 are posted on the DSHS website.[8] Budgets and annual reports are not posted.

Open Records Request policy is available on the Department website.[9]


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