Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Davies Public Health Award

TX dept of state health svcsThe vision for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is “Texans have access to effectively delivered public health, medical care, mental health and substance abuse services and all Texans live and work in safe, healthy communities.” The target population is indigent persons located in homes, schools, jails, on the streets, in foster care – virtually in all walks of life, who are at high risk for, or already abuse or are dependent on alcohol or drugs.

The Behavioral Health Integrated Provider System (BHIPS) is a clinical tool consisting of an automated clinical client record, as well as an information system, used to manage financial and quality improvement activities for the Texas behavioral health care system.

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DSHS was created by the merger of the public health, mental health and substance abuse . The electronic health record that is the focus of this application was created by the substance abuse agency, formerly the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (TCADA). The goal of the transformed enterprise is to improve client services, use every public dollar efficiently, and focus on real results and accountability. The new organization continuously strives to improve services and manage costs by listening to business partners and the people served and by putting innovation and new technology into practice.