State Agencies

Department of Aging & Disability Services (DADS)

Provides a comprehensive array of aging and disability services, supports, and opportunities that are easily accessed in local communities.


Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services (DARS)


Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Contact for coordinating disaster behavioral health preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for Texas during and after a state or federally declared emergency. Provides guidance, technical assistance, and collaboration with decision makers at all levels of government.

888.963.7111 or
800.735.2989 (TTD)

Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC)

Contact for Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and long-term care.

211 or 1.877.541.7905

Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD)

Contact for grants given to organizations that help people with developmental disabilities.

800.262.0334 or 512.437.5432

2-1-1 The Texas Information and Referral Network

Contact for around-the-clock statewide information, mainly on health and human services. Includes access to medical care; requests for food; requests for prescription assistance; and other topics such as housing, child care and crisis counseling.

2-1-1 or 877.541.7905