Law:Title 2. Department Of Human Services And Department Of Protective And Regulatory Services (Texas)

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Subtitle A. General Provisions

Contents

Chapter 11. General Provisions

Section  11.001.  Definitions.

Except as provided by Section 40.001, in this title:

(1)  "Board" means the Texas Board of Human Services.

(2)  "Department" means the Texas Department of Human Services.

(3)  "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Human Services.

(4)  "Assistance" means all forms of assistance and services for needy persons authorized by Subtitle C.

(5)  "Financial assistance" means money payments for needy persons authorized by Chapter 31.

(6)  "Medical assistance" means assistance for needy persons authorized by Chapter 32.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 264, Sec. 5, eff. Aug. 26, 1985; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 8.012, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 920, Sec. 6, eff. Sept. 1, 1995; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 980, Sec. 50, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 1505, Sec. 2.01, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.


Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 592, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 198, Sec. 1.28(3), eff. Sept. 1, 2003.



Section  11.002.  Purpose Of Title; Construction.

(a) The purpose of this title is to establish a program of social security to provide necessary and prompt assistance to the citizens of this state who are entitled to avail themselves of its provisions.

(b)  This title shall be liberally construed in order that its purposes may be accomplished as equitably, economically, and expeditiously as possible.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.



Section  11.003.  Responsibility Of Counties And Municipalities Not Affected.

No provision of this title is intended to release the counties and municipalities in this state from the specific responsibilities they have with regard to the support of public welfare, child welfare, and relief services. Funds which the counties and municipalities may appropriate for the support of those programs may be administered through the department's local or regional offices, and if administered in that manner must be devoted exclusively to the programs in the county or municipality making the appropriation.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2335, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.



Section  11.004.  Powers And Functions Not Affected.

The provisions of this title are not intended to interfere with the powers and functions of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, the Texas Commission for the Blind, the division of maternal and child health of the Texas Department of Health, or county juvenile boards.

Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 2336, ch. 842, art. 1, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1979. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 793, Sec. 19, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.


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