The Office of General Counsel (Legal Section) provides legal services to DSHS and consists of two units.
- The Government Law Unit provides legal services to the non-regulatory programs of DSHS including prevention and preparedness, family and community health, state-operated facilities and support for administrative functions including personnel and contracts. The unit also includes the Public Information Coordinator.
- The Enforcement Unit provides legal services to the DSHS regulatory programs. This unit represents the programs in enforcement hearings and provides hearing officers for certain due-process hearings. This unit includes the staff that coordinate rules and Texas Register filings. The Bureau of Vital Statistics is also represented by staff in this unit.
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