Under Chapter 104 of the Health and Safety Code, the Statewide Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) works ‘to ensure that health care services and facilities are available to all citizens in an orderly and economical manner’. As part of its efforts in doing so, the SHCC directs the development of and approves for the delivery of the Texas State Health Plan to the Governor. This plan is written every six years and revised every two years in between. The 2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan is due to the Governor no later than November 1, 2016.

In developing the 2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan, the SHCC is seeking the input of the Texas health care community – patients and their families, health care providers and their employers, educational institutions, advocacy groups, and many others – in two major ways.

  1. The SHCC’s stakeholder engagement survey – This brief survey of open-ended questions allows respondents to share their diverse viewpoints on three main topics: the educational system for health care providers, Texans’ access to care, and the mental health system in Texas. Additionally, the SHCC is interested in hearing what other topics its stakeholders would like to see addressed in the 2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan. To participate, please respond to the SHCC’s stakeholder engagement survey. If you have trouble accessing the survey, please contact SHCC@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-776-6541.
  2. The 10/22/2015 SHCC Meeting – The SHCC will be publicly accepting comment on the development of and discussing plans for the 2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan at its council meeting on October 22, 2015 in Austin, TX. The meeting agenda, including specific location information, will be posted on the SHCC’s 2015 meeting page roughly two weeks prior to the meeting date.

Any questions or comments can be directed to SHCC@dshs.state.tx.us or 512-776-6541.

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