Hansen's Disease Program Description
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) provides treatment for individuals with Hansen’s disease (HD) in the state. These services are federally funded through the National Hansen’s Disease Program (NHDP), an activity in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Bureau of Primary Health Care. It is authorized by Public Law 99-117, Section 2. (a), Section 320 and is guided by DHHS regulations. The NHDP is charged with the responsibility of providing HD treatment for individuals with this disease through the NHDP, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and through its Ambulatory Care Program.
Eligibility: any individual living in the United States may receive outpatient medical care for the diagnosis and treatment of HD and its complications. Contacts of these patients are also eligible for services to rule out or confirm the diagnosis of HD.
The primary goal of the program is to prevent deformity and disability from HD through early diagnosis and treatment.