The Texas Health Steps Medical Checkup Periodicity Schedule for infants, children, and adolescents (birth through 20 years of age) has been revised to reflect policy updates effective December 1, 2011. This PDF document is available for download in both color and black & white. Please choose the appropriate link below.
Color [PDF 327KB] Black & White [PDF 311KB]
Nationwide Shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigens - On April 12, 2013 the CDC distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network an official announcement regarding a nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin test antigens. The health alert indicated that the shortage of Tubersol®, produced by Sanofi Pasteur, is expected to last at least until the end of May 2013. For more information on the current tuberculin antigen shortages as well as recommendations for approaches for addressing the shortage of antigen visit the CDC’s Health Alert Network website at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00345.asp
For additional information on the Tubersol® shortage including information on ordering Tubersol® directly from Sanofi Pasteur, visit the FDA’s Vaccines, Blood and Biologics website at: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/Shortages/default.htm
Health Concerns about Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control
DSHS Issues Pertussis Advisory
DSHS Urges Precautions to Reduce West Nile Exposure
DSHS News Releases
Adolescent Health-A Guide for Providers [PDF 867KB]
Anticipatory Guidance Resource List [PDF 157KB]
Contact Information-THSteps Provider Relations Staff [PDF 3.32MB] Updated May 9, 2013
Developmental Calendar - "A Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy Children"
Developmental Screening Forms
DFPS Medical Services Initiative
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families brochures are made possible by a grant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation from the MetLife Foundation. To print or order copies of these free brochures, or similar brochures for providers, teachers and principals, please visit the CDC Healthy Youth! website or call 1-888-231-6405.
IMPROVE (Interactive Medicaid Provider Voice) is a web-based, provider-focused initiative designed to foster better relations and understanding between medical providers and Medicaid. IMPROVE allows providers who pinpoint systemic issues within the Medicaid program the opportunity to suggest resolutions.
Influenza Information for Health Care Professionals
Your Texas Benefits Medicaid Card and Provider Website - Information on the new plastic Medicaid ID card and the new, secure Medicaid eligibility verification website.
Medical Transporation Program (Link to tutorial found online at txhealthsteps.com)
Parent Health Care Guide - A booklet, available for download, designed for families to help in determining the appropriate level of health care needed for different illnesses and or injuries. Families can reference the guide to help determine when best to call their primary care provider, when to go to the Emergency Room, or when to call 911. The guide is written in both English and Spanish.
THSteps and How It Works
CDC's 2013 Immunization Schedule
DSHS Immunization Branch
THSteps Medical Checkup Laboratory Requirements [PDF 82KB] Revised May 2013
DSHS Laboratory Checklist for THSteps Medical Providers [PDF 250KB]
Texas Health Steps Risk Based Guidance Tool [PDF 264KB] Color [PDF 265KB] B&W
Information Regarding Blood Spot Card Storage and Use
Clinical Chemistry Remote Data Services
DSHS Laboratory Home Page
Lab Supply Order Information - Includes the G-THSTEPS Specimen Submission Form (Scroll to bottom of that page to find information on how to obtain the G-THSTEPS form via email or phone)
Serum Specimen Criteria
Specimen Collection and Handling
Effective August 31, 2012-Women's Health Lab in San Antonio is closed
Texas Health Steps Adopts New CDC Blood Lead Levels
Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (TXCLPPP)
Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual (TMPPM)-The TMPPM will be updated monthly with policy and procedure changes that were implemented at the beginning of the previous month. The updated chapters will be published around the 15th of each month. The manual is available on the TMHP website on the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual Website Page and can be accessed by clicking the Reference Material button on any web page in the Texas Medicaid provider section.
TMHP Texas Health Steps Page (The THSteps Quick Reference Guide and other helpful information can be found on this TMHP internet page)
Best Practices in Delivering Medicaid Services
Medicaid Children's Loan Repayment Program
Medicaid and CHIP Statistics
Periodicity Schedule (Located at to top of this page)
Online Provider Education (OPE)-Continuing Education (CE) Hours - Texas Health Steps' award-winning online program offers FREE CE Courses to enhance your ability to provide preventive health, mental health, oral health and case management services to Medicaid eligible children in Texas. First time users will need to register.
TMHP Provider Education Home Page - This is the homepage for all of the provider education opportunities offered by TMHP. Providers can run computer-based training (CBT) modules, register for workshops and webinars, listen to or read transcripts of past webinars or Radio TMHP offerings, and access written workshop materials. To view a CBT, you must be registered on the Learning Management System (LMS) server.
Vendor Drug Program-Pharmacy Continuing Education
Ages & Stages Questionnaires®
Case Management for Children & Pregnant Women
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
Oral Health Program
Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP)
Texas Medicaid Vendor Drug Program
Vision and Hearing Screening