Texas Health and Human Services launch ‘Blueprint for a Healthy Texas’

AUSTIN (KXAN) — 12 initiatives, 72 goals, 337 deliverables. That’s what’s included in the business plan to improve Texans’ health.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) revealed the “Blueprint for a Healthy Texas” plan at its inaugural launch Wednesday morning.

HHSC mentioned in their press release the blueprint’s key initiatives will “provide greater transparency and accountability while producing measurable improvements for Texans.”

A list of the 12 initiatives.

The initiatives target areas ranging from:

  • Behavioral health
  • Disabilities
  • Health and safety
  • Medicaid managed care
  • Services and supports
  • Strengthening advocacy
  • Supplemental and directed payment programs
  • Women and children
  • Team Texas HHS
  • Purchasing
  • Quality control
  • Technology and innovation

Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS executive commissioner and HHS leadership team members spoke at the conference.

Phillips is just under a year into her job. She moved to Texas last year. But she has kept busy in her first 12 months, and is “excited” to get the plan started.

“It has been a whirlwind. I started a few months before legislative session, so I had the benefit of hearing so many different perspectives at one time early on in my tenure,” Phillips said. “This past summer I got on the road and tried to go out to as many offices for HHS as possible, and just hear from those team members, learn from them, understanding our differences across the state, which was really critical as we were building this plan.”

At the end of the day what it means is improved services for Texans.

— Phillips

Phillips listed examples of some improvements to expect: “more women will have access to prenatal care, increase of LARC, increased utilization for vulnerable children in terms of the Medicaid program…”

Many attended the news conference.

The agency is aiming to achieve its goals by the end of fiscal year 2020. They will conduct monthly progress reviews and report on all initiatives, goals, strategies and deliverables at the end of each year.

“One of the things we wanted to do was be transparent,” Phillips said. “We want to put it out there publicly in terms of where we are today, what are our numbers, what’s our baseline, where do we want to be at the end of the fiscal year, and then how do we think we’re going to get there?”

For an in-depth look at the business plan, you can visit their web page here.

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