Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Providers Home Page


Welcome to the home page of the DSHS licensing program for personal emergency response system (PERS) providers. PERS (also known as emergency alarms or fall alarms) are electronic devices which allow the user to send an instant call for help in case of an emergency to monitoring centers which can dispatch appropriate assistance. PERS providers and their employees were formerly licensed along with fire and burglar alarm systems by the Texas Commission on Private Security. House Bill 28 (Third Called Session, 2003) transferred all PERS licensing and regulation responsibilities to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). This transfer became effective on February 1, 2004. Please explore all links on this page and refer back to them, as many have been updated.  

Draft Rule Language for Public Comment

The Department of State Health Services is requesting feedback on the draft rule language that is available via the following link. The draft language will implement Senate Bill 162 and House Bill 2254 of the 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, regarding the licensing of active military members, military spouses, and military veterans.  The Personal Emergency Response System Providers section is available starting on page 3.  Comments on the draft may be submitted via email to Crystal Beard, Program Director, at When emailing comments, please indicate “Comments on Personal Emergency Response Providers Draft Rules” in the subject line. 

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Last updated April 17, 2014
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    Board of Examiners for Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) Providers