Through the enactment of House Bill 2292, 78th Legislature, R.S. (2003), the Governor and the legislature have directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to consolidate the organizational structures and functions of the health and human services agencies, eliminate duplicative administrative systems, and streamline processes and procedures that guide the delivery of health and human services to Texans. House Bill 2292 abolished certain agencies and created new ones. As part of the consolidation, the administrative rules of the legacy agencies will transfer either to a new agency or to HHSC.
House Bill 2292 abolished the Texas Department of Health (TDH) and transferred certain of its powers, duties, functions, programs, and activities to the new Department of State Health Services (DSHS). The TDH rules associated with those duties and activities will continue to reside in Title 25, Part 1 of the Texas Administrative Code. The chapter and section numbers of rules remaining in Title 25, Part 1 will not change; however, the name of the part will change to "Department of State Health Services."
The transfer is effective September 1, 2004.