Texas State Agencies


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Advance Directives – Texas Law

Texas Health and Human Services has compiled the Texas forms for advance directives. These are legal documents that allow you to convey your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time.   Advance directive provide a way to communicate your wishes to family, friends and health care professionals, and to avoid confusion later on.

Visit the Texas Health and Human Services website to learn more about the Advance Directives law. 


Help for Texans (TDHCA)

An online search engine provided by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. This page will take you through a process to provide you with contact information for those providers for your area. Visit the page, then select the type of help you need then enter your city or county. 

Learn more: https://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/texans.htm


Long-Term Care (Nursing Home) Ombudsmen

Long-Term care (LTC) ombudsmen are advocates for resident rights. They help protect the quality of life and quality of care of anybody who lives in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.

Ombudsmen can be volunteers or paid employees of agencies that are independent of any long-Term care facility. Services are free, confidential and available statewide.

Learn more: https://apps.hhs.texas.gov/news_info/ombudsman/

Long-term Care Regulatory

Licensing, credentialing, and regulation information for long-term care providers. 

Learn more: https://hhs.texas.gov/doing-business-hhs/licensing-credentialing-regulation


Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by states and the federal government.

Visit Medicaid's Frequently Asked Questions page to learn how to apply for benefits and more! 

Learn more: https://www.medicaid.gov/