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DSHS Advisory Committees and Councils | Governor-Appointed Councils, Committees, and Task Forces | Independent Boards

DSHS Advisory Committees and Councils

Committee Name Description Contact Website
DSHS Advisory Committees and Councils
Arthritis Advisory Committee Advises DSHS on planning, implementation, and monitoring of statewide arthritis activities and on increasing health education, public awareness, and community outreach activities related to arthritis. Susan Ristine
512-776-2458
Susan.Ristine@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/arthritis
/members.shtm
Bleeding Disorders Advisory Council Conducts studies and advises DSHS, Health and Human Services Commission, and Department of Insurance on public use data, outcome data, and other information submitted to or collected by DSHS related to hemophilia or other bleeding or clotting disorders; DSHS’ disclosure and dissemination of that information; and other issues that affect the health and wellness of persons living with hemophilia or other bleeding or clotting disorders. Carol Labaj
512-776-3104
Carol.Labaj@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/tbdac/
Code Enforcement Officers’ Advisory Committee Provides technical and professional advice to the code enforcement officer registration program, including advice regarding rules and standards of conduct, and serves as a forum for stakeholder input. David Olvera
512-834-6768
David.Olvera@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/code
/ceo_meetings.shtm
Council on Planning & Advising (CAP) For the Prevention & Treatment of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders (formerly Mental Health Planning & Advisory Council) Monitor, review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding the allocation and adequacy of mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, recovery and resilience support services in Texas. Mary Sowder
512-467-5531
Mary.Sowder@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/cap/
Drug Demand Reduction Advisory Committee Provides information for the Governor, Legislature and public about issues relating to reducing drug demand. Charged with creating and coordinating implementation of a drug demand reduction strategy. Mimi Martinez McKay
512-419-2293
Mimi.Mckay@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/sa/ddrac/
Dyslexia Licensing Advisory Committee Provides technical and professional advice to the dyslexia therapist and practitioner licensing program, including advice regarding rules and standards of conduct, and serves as a forum for stakeholder input. Crystal Beard
512-834-6628, ext. 2772
Crystal.Beard@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/dyslexia
/dyx_meetings.shtm
Health Care Associated Infections (HAI) & Preventable Adverse Events (PAE) Advisory Panel Makes recommendations to guide implementation, development, maintenance, and evaluation of HAI and PAE reporting system. Shawn Tupy MT, MBA
512-776-6355
Shawn.Tupy@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health
/infection_control/HAI/Committee
/Panel10.pdf
HIV Medication Advisory Committee Advises in the development of procedures and guidelines for the Texas HIV Medication Program. Reviews program's goals and aims, evaluates ongoing efforts, and recommends short-range and long-range goals and objectives. Dwayne Haught
512-533-3002
dwayne.haught@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/hivstd
/meds/advise.shtm
Interagency Obesity Council Monitors and evaluates obesity prevention efforts in the state for both children and adults. Maribel Valls
512-776-3434
maribel.valls@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/obesity
/NPAOPcouncil.shtm
Local Authority Network Advisory Committee Advises on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities, evaluation and coordination of initiatives, and development of flexible and responsive contracts. Reviews rules related to local mental health authority operations. Tamara Allen
512-467-5424
tamara.allen@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/
LANAC/
MEDCARES Advisory Committee Advises DSHS and the HHSC Executive Commissioner in establishing rules and priorities for the use of grant funds to improve the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and assists in the review of the report to the Governor. Kim Wilson
512-776-2021
kim.wilson@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/
medcares.shtm/
Medical Radiologic Technologist Advisory Committee Provides technical and professional advice to the medical radiologic technologist certification program, including advice regarding rules and standards of conduct, and serves as a forum for stakeholder input. Ann Hammer
512-834-6634
ann.hammer@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mrt/
mrt_members.shtm
Newborn Screening Advisory Committee Advises DSHS regarding strategic planning, policy, rules, and services related to newborn screening. David Martinez
512-776-2216
davidr.martinez@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/newborn/
advisory.aspx
Preparedness Coordinating Council Advises DSHS on preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities pertaining to public health and medical emergency support function 8 (ESF-8). Priscilla Boston
512-776-6695
priscilla.boston@dshs.state.tx.us
 
Promotor(a) Community Health Worker Training & Certification Advisory Committee Advises DSHS on rules concerning training and regulation of promotores/community health workers. Beatrice Smith
512-776-2208
beatrice.smith@dshs.state.tx.us
Anna Garcia
512-776-3860
anna.garcia@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/chw.shtm
Public Health Funding and Policy Committee Defines core public health services a local health entity should provide in a county or municipality; evaluates public health in the state and identifies initiatives for areas that need improvement; identifies funding sources available to local health entities; establishes public health policy priorities; and makes recommendations to DSHS annually. Glenna Laughlin
512-834-4555
glenna.laughlin@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/phfpcommittee/
Registered Sanitarians Advisory Committee Provides technical and professional advice to the sanitarian registration program, including advice regarding rules and standards of conduct, and serves as a forum for stakeholder input. David Olvera
512-834-6768
david.olvera@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/sanitarian
/rs_meetings.shtm
Respiratory Care Practitioners Advisory Committee Provides technical and professional advice to the respiratory care practitioner certification program, including advice regarding rules and standards of conduct, and serves as a forum for stakeholder input. Ann Hammer
512-834-6634
ann.hammer@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/respiratory
/rc_members.shtm
State Preventive Health Advisory Committee Works with DSHS in development and implementation of state plan for the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. Amy Pearson
512-776-2028
amy.Pearson@dshs.state.tx.us
 
Texas Oyster Council Advises DSHS on criteria used to designate growing areas as open or closed areas. Advises on development of rules, standards, and procedures relating to licensing of molluscan shellfish processors. Kirk Wiles
512-834-6660, ext. 2500
kirk.wiles@dshs.state.tx.us
 
Texas School Health Advisory Committee Provides assistance to the DSHS Council in supporting and delivering coordinated school health programs. Ellen Smith
512-776-2140
ellen.smith@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth
/shadvise.shtm
Texas State Perfusionist Advisory Committee Provides technical and professional advice to the perfusionist licensing program, including advice regarding rules and standards of conduct, and serves as a forum for stakeholder input. Michael DeLaCruz
512-834-2705
michael.delacruz@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/perfusionist
/pf_new.shtm
Tobacco Settlement Permanent Trust Account Administration Advisory Committee Advises DSHS on program rules and reviews results of any audit conducted or any dispute filed concerning Tobacco Settlement Proceeds. Elaine McHard
512-776-6646
elaine.mchard@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/
tobaccosettlement/advcom.shtm
Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee Protects and promotes the health and environment of Texas through the prevention and control of adverse health and environmental effects related to toxic substances and harmful agents. John F. Villanacci
512-776-7269
john.villanacci@dshs.state.tx.us
www.tscc.state.tx.us/
Worksite Wellness Advisory Council Advises on funding and resource development for worksite wellness programs; identifying food service vendors that successfully market healthy foods; best practices for worksite wellness used by the private sector; and worksite wellness features and architecture for new state buildings. Brett Spencer
512-776-6161
brett.spencer@dshs.state.tx.us
www.wellness.state.tx.us/
advisory_board.htm
Youth Camp Advisory Committee Provides advice on the development of standards, procedures, and rules to implement the Youth Camp Act. Michael Minoia
512-834-6788, ext. 2305
michael.minoia@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/youthcamp
/AdvCom.shtm
Youth Camp Training Advisory Committee Advise DSHS and HHSC in the development of criteria and guidelines for the training and examination program on sexual abuse and child molestation. Michael Minoia
512-834-6788, ext. 2305
michael.minoia@dshs.state.tx.us
 

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Governor-Appointed Councils, Committees, and Task Forces

Governor-Appointed Councils, Committees, and Task Forces
Council Name Description Contact Website
Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force Coordinates implementation of the state’s cost-effective plan for prevention, early screening, diagnosis, and management of chronic kidney disease; educates health care professionals on the use of clinical practice guidelines for screening, detecting, diagnosing, treating, and managing chronic kidney disease, its comorbidities, and complications. Roger Faske
512-776-3549
roger.Faske@dshs.state.tx.us
www.savekidneys.com
Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council Provides professional advice to the EMS regulatory and EMS/Trauma systems programs. Serves as a forum for stakeholder input. Reviews and recommends changes to rules, assesses the need for EMS in the rural areas of the state, and develops a strategic plan for refining the educational requirements for certification and maintaining certification as EMS personnel. Jane Guerrero
512-834-6745
jane.guerrero@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/
emstraumasystems/governor.shtm
Sickle Cell Advisory Committee Conducts a needs assessment and advises DSHS regarding legislative action, rules, and program administration. David Martinez
512-776-2216
davidr.martinez@dshs.state.tx.us
 
State Health Services Council Assists the DSHS Commissioner and the HHSC Executive Commissioner in developing rules and policies for DSHS. Provides a forum for public input into rules, policies, and budget priorities. Carolyn Bivens
512-776-2370
carolyn.bivens@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/council/default.shtm
Statewide Health Coordinating Council Ensures that health care services and facilities are available to all citizens in an orderly and economical manner. Based on these planning activities, makes recommendations to the Governor and Legislature through the Texas State Health Plan. Bobby Schmidt
512-776-3548
bobby.schmidt@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/shcc/default.shtm
Stroke Committee (Subcommittee of the Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council) Assists Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council in the development of a statewide stroke emergency transport plan and stroke facility criteria. Jane Guerrero
512-834-6745
jane.guerrero@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems
/StrokeCommittee.shtm
Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Advises and recommends needed actions for the benefit of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorder and their caregivers; disseminates information on services and related activities; coordinates services and activities of state agencies, associations and other service providers; and encourages statewide coordinated research. Susan Ristine
512-776-2458
susan.ristine@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/alzheimers/council.shtm
Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease & Stroke Develops a plan to reduce the morbidity, mortality, economic burden of cardiovascular disease and stroke in Texas. Conducts health education, public awareness, and community outreach. Coordinates activities among agencies to improve access to treatment. Develops a database of recommendations for treatment and care. Collects and analyzes information related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. Rick Schwertfeger
512-776-2209
rick.schwertfeger@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/wellness/cnclhome.shtm
Texas Diabetes Council Addresses issues affecting people with diabetes. Advises the Legislature on legislation that is needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services for all people with diabetes and health care professionals who offer diabetes treatment and education. Roger Faske
512-776-3549
roger.faske@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/diabetes/default.shtm
Texas Radiation Advisory Board Provides technical guidance and advice on radiation programs to DSHS, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Railroad Commission of Texas, and Texas Board of Medical Examiners. Richard Ratliff
512-834-6679
richard.ratliff@dshs.state.tx.us
www.trab.state.tx.us/

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Independent Boards

Independent Boards
Board Name Description Contact Website
Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers Licenses and regulates the profession of athletic training in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Stewart Myrick
512-834-4565
stewart.myrick@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/at/default.shtm
Council on Sex Offender Treatment Licenses and regulates the profession of sex offender treatment providers in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Oversees the sex offender de-registration process. Cindy Bourland
512-834-4525
cindy.bourland@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/csot/default.shtm
State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Licenses and regulates the professions of speech-language pathology, audiology, and assistants in speech-language pathology and audiology in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Joyce Parsons
512-834-6780
joyce.parsons@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/default.shtm
State Committee of Examiners in the Fitting & Dispensing of Hearing Instruments Licenses and regulates the profession of fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Joyce Parsons
512-834-6780
joyce.parsons@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/fitters/default.shtm
Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists Licenses and regulates the profession of medical physics in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Ann Hammer
512-834-6634
ann.hammer@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mp/default.shtm
Texas Board of Orthotists & Prosthetists Licenses and regulates the professions of orthotics and prosthetics in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. David Olvera
512-834-6768
david.olvera@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/op/default.shtm
Texas Midwifery Board Licenses and regulates the profession of direct-entry midwifery in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Yvonne Feinleib
512-834-4521
yvonne.feinleib@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/midwife/default.shtm
Texas State Board of Examiners of Dietitians Licenses and regulates the profession of dietetics in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Bobbe Alexander
512-834-6791
bobbe.alexander@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/dietitian/default.shtm
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists Licenses and regulates the profession of marriage and family therapy in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Crystal Beard
512-834-6628, ext. 2772
crystal.beard@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mft/default.shtm
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors Licenses and regulates the profession of counseling in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Bobbe Alexander
512-834-6791
bobbe.alexander@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/default.shtm
Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners Licenses and regulates the profession of social work in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization, to include the adoption of rules and standards of practice, the review of complaints, and the imposition of enforcement actions. Carol Miller
512-834-2715
carol.miller@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork/default.shtm
Last updated February 10, 2014