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

Committee Name Description Contact Website
DSHS Advisory Committees and Councils
Council on Advising & Planning(CAP) For the Prevention & Treatment of Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders Reviews and makes recommendations for plans and policies provided by DSHS. Monitors, reviews, and evaluates the allocation and adequacy of mental health services. Serves as an advocate for adults and children with serious mental illness. Mary Sowder
512-206-5247
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
512-776-6355
Shawn.Tupy@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/IDCU/health/
infection_control/hai/Advisory-Panel/
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. Rachel Sanor
512-533-3002
rachel.sanor@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. Brett Spencer
512-776-6161
brett.spencer@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
512-206-5007
tamara.allen@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/
LANAC/
Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Studies and reviews cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity; determines feasibility of task force study of several maternal morbidity; makes recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas. Julie Stagg
512-776-6917
Julie.stagg@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/
maternal_mortality_and_morbidity.shtm
Medical Advisory Board Assists the Department of Public Safety in determining whether an applicant for a driver’s license or a license holder is capable of safely operating a vehicle, or an applicant of holder of a private security commission or a license to carry a concealed handgun is capable of exercising sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun. Anthony Luna
512-834-6671
Anthony.luna@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/
emstraumasystems/mabhome.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 activities regarding preparedness, training, planning, communications, and emergency response to public health and medical emergencies. Don Sheahan
512-776-6257
donald.sheahan@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. Beverly MacCarty
512-776-6663
Beverly.maccarty@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. Crystal Beard
512-834-6628, ext. 2772
crystal.beard@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/sanitarian
/rs_meetings.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 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_members.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. Anne Stokey
512-776-2591
anne.stokey@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. Carrie Bradford
512-776-3004
carrie.bradford@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/
default.shtm

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Governor-Appointed Councils, Committees, and Task Forces

Governor-Appointed Councils, Committees, and Task Forces
Council Name Description Contact Website
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
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. Matt Turner
512-776-6541
matt.turner@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 Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (Advisory Committee to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council) Under the governance of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, serves as a resource for data and research on the nursing workforce in Texas. Collects and analyzes data on nurses in Texas in regards to educational and employment trends, supply and demand trends, nursing workforce demographics, and migration of nurses. Pamela Lauer
512-776-6723
Pamela.lauer@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/chs/cnws/AbCNWSAC.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. Lynda Taylor
512-776-6618
lynda.taylor@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. Katie Wiechnick
512-776-2209
katie.wiechnick@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. Richard Kropp
512-776- 3580
Richard.kropp@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.dshs.state.tx.us/trab/

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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 regulate sex offender education treatment providers in Texas pursuant to specific statutory authorization. Celeste Lunceford
512-834-4551
Celeste.lunceford@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. Yvonne Feinleib
512-834-4521
yvonne.feinleib@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/op/default.shtm
Texas Medical Disclosure Panel Determines which risks and hazards related to medical care and surgical procedures must be disclosed by health care providers or physicians to their patients or persons authorized to consent for their patients, and to establish the general form and substance of such disclosure. Pamela Adams
512-834-6650, ext. 2607
Pamela.adams@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/tmdp.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. Stewart Myrick
512-834-4565
stewart.myrick@dshs.state.tx.us
www.dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork/default.shtm
Last updated November 25, 2014