“With greater demand for services from increasing numbers of individuals and families, the HHS agencies have developed a new framework to guide how we do business and how we support our customers while remaining accountable to taxpayers and the public at large. The planning process began with the development of a new vision and set of strategic priorities,” states the HHSC Strategic plan.


The document contains strategic plans for the Health and Human Services (HHS) System and its five agencies.

● Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC),

● Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS),

● Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS),

● Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), and

● Department of State Health Services (DSHS).


The internal and external analyses conducted for the 2011-2015 strategic planning cycle revealed several common challenges that all HHS agencies are facing:


● Addressing Growth in the Need for Services;

● Increasing Focus on Regulatory Effectiveness;

● Maintaining and Developing the Workforce;

● Addressing Infrastructure Needs;

● Improving Data Quality and Use; And

● Evaluating Impact of Federal Health Care Reform Requirements on Current Health and Human Services System. (It is estimated that the cost of the reform will cost an estimated $27 billion)


To view the entire plan, please visit: http://www.hhs.state.tx.us/StrategicPlans/SP11-15/SP11_15draft.pdf