Texas: Health & Disability Programs

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Services for adults and children with medical or physical disabilities include adult foster care, community attendant services, community based alternatives, community living assistance and support services, consumer managed personal attendant services, day activity and health services, deaf-blind services (home and community-based services for people who have legal blindness, a chronic and severe hearing impairment, or a condition that leads to deaf-blindness and a third disability that results in impairment to independent functioning), emergency response services, family care services, home delivered meals, hospice services, in-home and family support program, medically dependent children program, primary home care, program of all-inclusive care for the elderly, residential care, and special services to people with disabilities/24-hour shared attendant care.  Services for older adults (60+) and caregivers include access and assistance services, caregiver support services, in-home support services, and nutrition services. Services for adults and children with developmental disabilities include home and community-based services, intermediate care facilities for people with developmental disabilities, in-home and family support program, state supported living centers, and Texas Home Living Program. Additional services include relocation assistance and Texas Health Steps (available through the Texas Department of State Health Services, this program provides periodic preventive medical checkups, diagnosis, and treatment, including the activities that promote and support preventive health care, for Medicaid enrolled children through age 20).

701 West 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 438-3011

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Aging Texas Well

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services provides services such as analysis by a medical professional as well as routine monitoring of blood pressure, vision, diabetes, and other conditions;  medications and/or equipment; additional services including dental treatment, health education, and home health services; and a statewide intergenerational fitness campaign called Texercise, designed to educate and involve older Texans and their families in physical activity and proper nutrition throughout their lifespan.

701 West 51st Street
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 438-3011

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/agingtexaswell/physical_health/community_programs.html

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired includes a Vocational Rehabilitation Program, which provides services to adults whose visual condition limits their ability to begin or continue work, as well as individuals who are deafblind; Business Enterprises of Texas program, a federally sponsored state-administered program providing food management opportunities for Texans who are blind; The Independent Living Rehabilitation Program, which assists adults who are blind or visually impaired learn adaptive skills to continue to live independently with vision loss; The Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program, which assists children who are blind and visually impaired to develop their individual potential by restoring vision, reducing dependency, and preparing for vocational success; the Transition Program, the part of Vocational Rehabilitation services which provides educational and career guidance for adolescents and young adults; The Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment Program, which strives to prevent blindness by assisting uninsured adult Texas residents with payment for urgently needed eye-medical treatment; and the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC), a residential program offering intensive vocational and independent living training to Texans who are blind.

4800 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78756

Toll-free (800) 628-5115

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dbs/index.shtml

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ Services for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Hearing Loss Resource Specialists provide services to people with hearing loss, including those recently deafened, and strive to improve the quality of life for these people by providing essential training and information; training may include information on cochlear implants and hearing aids, communication strategies, assistive technology, and hearing loss awareness. 

4800 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78756

Toll-free (800) 628-5115

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/

 

Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services’ Services for Persons with Physical and Mental Disabilities

Services include the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services program, which helps people with spinal cord and brain injuries receive intensive therapies to increase independence; the DRS Rehabilitation Technology Resource Center, which helps keep track of new equipment and engineering services designed to help people with disabilities be more independent; the Independent Living Services and Centers, which concentrates on self-sufficiency and quality of life and promotes self-sufficiency; supported employment, which serves consumers of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program who need on-going support to maintain competitive employment; Transition Planning, which provides consultative and technical assistance to public school personnel; and the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program, which helps people with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs.

4800 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78756

(800) 628-5115

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/index.shtml

Texas Department of State Health Services’ Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program

The CSHCN Services Program helps financially eligible children under age 21 with special health-care needs and people of any age with cystic fibrosis with their medical, dental and mental health care; drugs; special therapies, case management, family support services; travel to health care visits; insurance premiums; and transportation of deceased clients.

1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756

(512) 458-7355

Toll-free CSHCN Inquiry Line 1-800-252-8023
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/cshcn/

 

Texas Department of State Health Services’ Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, Arthritis Program
The Texas Arthritis Program Health Education and Outreach implements the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Physical Activity. The Arthritis Pain Reliever” campaign, which promotes physical activity as a method of arthritis self-management. The campaign is targeted at lower-income African American and Caucasian males and females, ages 45-64 with arthritis, and makes people aware that there are things they can do to help manage their arthritis, such as being physically active.

1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 458-7200

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/arthritis/educate.shtm

Texas Department of State Health Services’ Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, Asthma Control Program (TACP)

Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TACP provides data, educational materials, and other resources for health care professionals, community-based organizations, schools, and the general public on asthma control. TACP utilizes contactors to provide an Asthma 101 module and Tools for Schools, to train community health workers, and to utilize healthy home initiatives.

1100 West 49th, T-402.9, MC1945

Austin, TX  78756

(512) 458-7111

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/asthma/default.shtm

 

Texas Department of State Health Services’ Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, Texas Diabetes Program/Council, “Walk Texas!”
“Walk Texas!” is a community-based program designed to promote the health of Texans by increasing awareness and opportunities for individuals to engage in regular physical activity, including walking. The primary target population for this program includes adults (50 and older) who are diagnosed or at risk for Type 2 diabetes.  “Walk Texas!” uses a community-based approach aimed at reducing exercise-related risk factors associated with Type 2 diabetes by changing behaviors, policies, and environments. “Walk Texas!” issues a challenge for all Texans to walk regularly, while keeping track of their progress and accumulating miles.

1100 West 49th Street
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 458-7490

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/diabetes/walktx.shtm

Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS) Community Mental Health Services

DSHS contracts with community mental health centers and NorthSTAR (Medicaid managed care plan) to deliver mental health services to adults in communities across Texas; adult mental health services include ACT, a self-contained program providing psychiatric, substance abuse, employment, and housing services within one mobile service delivery system; supported employment, which provides individualized services to assist people in choosing, obtaining, and maintaining employment; supported housing, which provides help accessing transportation, meal preparation, and budgeting; services for people with co-occurring substance use and mental illness disorders, which .include engaging, assessing, and treatment; and assistance for people who experience mental illness and are without housing or shelter. Children’s mental health services include a 24-hour Crisis hotline, screening and assessment; case/service coordination; treatment planning; skills training; respite services; medication-related services; intensive crisis residential services; inpatient services; wraparound planning; counseling; family skills training; school-based services; rehabilitative day treatment; acute day treatment for children; flexible community supports; in-home crisis intervention; and therapeutic foster care.

1100 West 49th Street

Austin, TX 78756

(512) 458-7111

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mentalhealth.shtm

 

Texas Department of State Health Services’ (DSHS)  Substance Abuse Services

Substance abuse services provided include treatment, which consists of outreach, screening and referral; prevention; substance abuse offender education program; and information provided on problem gambling.

1100 West 49th Street

Austin, TX 78756

(512) 458-7111

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/

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