Community Health Improvement Division

Adolescent Health Protects and promotes the health of adolescents.

Audiology Services Includes Program for Amplification for Children of Texas (PACT) and Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (TEHDI).

Breastfeeding Promotion Learn about breastfeeding promotion courses, available patient education and staff training materials, special projects and initiatives intended to increase the breastfeeding rates within Texas.

Case Management Reduce morbidity and mortality among infants, encourage consistent and proficient use of cost-effective medical care, and to assist eligible individuals/families to gain access to needed medical, social, educational, nutritional and vocational programs.

Child Abuse Reporting Plan for Implementing DSHS Rider 23 [previously Rider 11, 18, 14, 33, and 27] Child Abuse Reporting by DSHS Contractors/Providers. Implementation plan for providers.

Children with Special Health Care Needs Systems Development
Works to strengthen community-based services to improve systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
Genetics The Genetics Services Division strives to improve the health of children who have genetic disorders.

Glenda Dawson Donate Life - Texas Registry A statewide education and registry program that will enable individuals to officially indicate their wishes regarding organ and tissue donation.

Maternal & Child Health Health Provides links to information for consumers of maternal and child health services, administrative documents for MCH contractors, and related materials for public health professionals.

Newborn Screening All infants born in Texas are mandated by state law to be screened for 28 disorders (including hearing). Early treatment can prevent serious complications such as growth problems, developmental delays, deafness or blindness, mental retardation, seizures or even early death.

Oral Health Services Program Improves the oral health of school-aged Texans and prevents dental disease through the provision of preventative dental services.

Osteoporosis Educates the public on the causes and risk factors for developing osteoporosis; publicize the value of early detection and prevention; and identify the most cost-effective options available for treatment.

School Vision & Hearing Screening Program Identifies Preschoolers and school children with hearing and vision problems early and link them to appropriate remedial services.

Spinal Screening Program School spinal screening was developed to identify adolescents with small spinal curves and refer them for treatment before these curves become too severe.


Transitioning Programs

Texas Primary Care Office (transferred to the Center for Health Statistics, effective September 1st, 2017.) To improve the health of Texans who live in underserved areas, through timely and accurate assessment, planning, and assistance, to increase access to primary care providers of medical, dental, and mental health services.
The following programs have moved to the Health & Human Services Commission, effective September 1st, 2017.
Children with Special Health Care Needs Promotes comprehensive coordinated, community-based services for Texas' CSHCN and their families.
Community Health Services Contract Management Responsible for the management of client service contracts and the provision of health related services.
Quality Management Responsible for assuring that contractors funded by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) meet standards and requirements of the department.
WIC WIC provides: Nutrition education, Food supplements, Referrals for health and social services for pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children under age five who are at nutritional risk.
 Woman's Right to Know A Woman's Right to Know website, fulfills and meets the requirements mandated by HB 15 about informed consent and abortion.
The following programs have moved to the Health & Human Services Commission, effective September 1st, 2016.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Services For more information visit
Epilepsy Services Provides comprehensive outpatient care (diagnostic, treatment and support services) to eligible persons who have been diagnosed with Epilepsy and/or seizure-like symptoms through contracted service providers in selected service areas in Texas.
Family Planning For more information, please visit or
Hemophilia Assistance Program Provides limited financial assistance to persons (age 21 and older) who have been diagnosed with Hemophilia and meet other program eligibility requirements for blood factor products through approved providers.
Indigent Health Care
The Indigent Health Care And Treatment Act (Chapter 61 of the Health And Safety Code) defines the responsibilities of counties, hospital districts, and public hospitals in providing medical care to residents who are considered indigent.
Kidney Health Care
Information on program benefits, latest newsletter, training information, participating KHC pharmacies, and links to ESRD-related sites.
Primary Health Care The goal of the Primary Health Care (PHC) program is to enable communities to identify, design, and implement comprehensive primary care services for the medically needy people of Texas.
Texas Health Steps-THSteps
Texas Health Steps is a special program for children from birth through age 20 who have Medicaid. Texas Health Steps provides regular medical checkups, dental checkups and treatment for babies, children, teens and young adults.
Last updated February 23, 2018