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 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.


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

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)

Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas.

TWC Programs

TWC Vocational Rehabilitation

Helps people with disabilities prepare for, find or maintain employment, or prepare for educational opportunities, as well as helping employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities.


TWC Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center

Provides an innovative, residential vocational rehabilitation training facility to serves adults who are legally blind by training them in skills to prepare for, find or retain employment.


TWC Independent Living Service for Older Individuals

Independent Living Service for Older Individuals who are blind. Helps people 55 and older with significant visual impairments live independently in the home and community.