The passage of House Bill 2292 is forcing the state Department of Health and Human Services to reorganize. On Tuesday, about 50 Lubbock residents attended a public hearing to voice their opinion on how the department should do so.
Health and Human Services must now merge 12 state agencies, into five. Agencies under this merger include the Department of Health, Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Texas Commission of the Blind, just to name a few.
"The goal is to again make it easier for Texans to get the services they need, number one," said Kristie Zamrazil, a spokesperson with the Health and Human Services Commission. "Number two, to make sure we're spending tax dollars effectively."
The reorganization plan is expected to take three to five years to complete.