Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO) - Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) Program

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Purpose of the FQHC Program

The Texas Primary Care Office (TPCO) collaborates across and within various levels of government, to affectively improve access to healthcare and reduce disparities in Texas communities.

The TPCO provides technical assistance to communities and organizations interested in expanding access to care for the underserved and assists in the development of potential health centers and those seeking expansion of existing health centers in Texas. By working in collaborations with various entities, strong partnerships are built and maintained which is imperative to the growth and support of health centers and encourages that quality care is provided. 

The program goals include:

  • Expansion of existing FQHCs eligible to submit a competitive Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) federal, expanded medical capacity or services expansion application(s) in the grant year;
  • Certification of comprehensive primary care health care clinics by HRSA, BPHC as a FQHC Look Alike; and,
  • The submittal of a competitive HRSA/BPHC application.
  • Organizational compliance with HRSA/BPHC Program Information Notice 98-23 (PIN 98-23) 

Technical Assistance Resources: Developing Organizations 

Bureau of Primary Health Care Program Requirements

Bureau of Primary Care Website

Uniform Data System (UDS) State and National Data

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Data Warehouse


Behavioral Health Resources (Integration)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Integrated Care

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health


Additional Support Resources

FQHC Membership Associations

Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC)

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)


External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites also may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. 

Contact us at  texaspco@dshs.texas.gov

Last updated August 14, 2018