Additionally, the Department was associated with the Texas Medical Disclosure Panel, the Texas Radiation Advisory Board, the Council of Sex Offender Treatment, the Toxic Substances Coordinating Committee, and the Health Professions Council.
Folder listing is based on an inventory prepared after receipt of the records in 1965.
In preparing this finding aid, the described materials were not reviewed. Return to the Table of Contents (Identify the item and cite the series), Texas State Department of Health records.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the DSHS website, accessed June 2012; and the enabling legislation (1903, 1909, 1975, 1977, 2003).) Return to the Table of Contents The Texas State Department of Health, renamed the Texas Department of Health Resources in 1975, and then the Texas Department of Health, was the state's primary agency for public health planning, services, and regulation until it was abolished and absorbed into the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2004.
The records consist primarily of correspondence and reports, dating 1853, 1899-1901, 1910, 1921-1955, bulk dating 1943-1949.
In 1975 (House Bill 2164, 64th Legislature, Regular Session), the Texas Health Planning and Development Act added the responsibility of overall planning of all health facilities and services in the state, and the State Department of Health became the Texas Department of Health Resources, governed by the Board of Health Resources.
Their names were changed to the Texas Board of Health and the Texas Department of Health in 1977.
(In addition it assumed the duties of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Texas Health Care Information Council, and the mental health and state hospital operations formerly under the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.) The governing body is the DSHS Council, composed of nine members of the public appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate.
These nine members, representing all geographic areas of the state and reflecting the ethnic diversity of the state, "must have demonstrated an interest in and knowledge of problems and available services related to public health, mental health, or substance abuse." They serve staggered six-year terms.
From 1991, the Department of Health acted under the budgetary oversight of the Health and Human Services Commission, which acted as an umbrella organization to integrate the strategic planning and budget request processes for the state's major health and human services agencies.
By 2002, the agency had over 5500 employees and an annual budget in excess of billion (including federal funds).
Until it was abolished in 2004 and absorbed into the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Department of Health was the latest successor in a line of health-related state agencies: the Texas Quarantine Department (1879-1903), the Texas Department of Public Health and Vital Statistics (1903-1909), the Texas State Department of Health (1909-1975), and the Texas Department of Health Resources (1975-1977).