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    Austin, TX 78756-3199

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The Texas Medicaid Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program is a Title XIX federally mandated program of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for Medicaid clients from birth through age 20. In Texas, EPSDT is known as the Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Program. For information regarding covered THSteps laboratory testing, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/thsteps/providers.shtm

HIV/STD Program

The HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch encompasses prevention activities supported by the TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis Unit. These include HIV/STD/HCV counseling and testing, disease investigation and public health follow-up, prevention counseling and partner management. Agencies eligible to submit specimens for chlamydia/gonorrhea testing through the HIV/STD program are STD clinics, Infertility Prevention Project Sentinel Sites, and agencies examining a client for STDs at the request of an STD program. Agencies eligible to submit specimens for HIV and/or syphilis testing are STD clinics, agencies examining a client at the request of an STD program, and HIV/STD prevention contractors. Agencies eligible to submit specimens for HCV testing are HCV contractors or other agencies having prior Unit approval to submit HCV tests at the Unit’s expense.

The HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch will pay for the tests listed below:

  • HIV Combo Ag/Ab EIA (antibody test)
  • HIV Western Blot (requires justification)
  • Syphilis RPR
  • HCV (antibody test)
  • HIV Multispot (confirmatory test)
  • Syphilis Screening IgG
  • Syphilis TPPA (confirmatory test)
  • Gonorrhea/Chlamydia Aptima test


The Immunization Branch works with regional DSHS programs and local health departments to ensure prompt reporting, investigating, laboratory testing, and implementation of control measures for vaccine-preventable diseases (measles, mumps, rubella, CRS, pertussis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, perinatal hepatitis B, tetanus, polio, diphtheria, invasive Haemophilus influenza type B, invasive meningococcal disease, invasive pneumococcal disease, and varicella). For more information regarding the Immunizations Branch, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/

Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Surveillance Division (IDEAS)

The IDEAS Division is responsible for assisting local and regional public health officials in investigating outbreaks of acute non-programmatic infectious diseases (e.g. foodborne, respiratory, and blood borne pathogens). The IDEAS program conducts routine surveillance of diseases designated by the Board of Health as reportable. For information regarding reportable conditions, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/investigation/conditions/

TX CLPPP-Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

The Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program manages the childhood lead poisoning surveillance program, which includes a registry of Texas children and their blood lead levels; a program to ensure follow-up of children with elevated blood lead levels; and appropriate investigation, education, and intervention to prevent additional incidents of childhood lead poisoning. For more information regarding the Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lead/child.shtm

Refugee Health Screening Program

The DSHS Refugee Health Screening Program (RHSP) brings newly arrived official refugees and other program-eligible legal immigrants into the public health system for evaluation for conditions of public health importance that would impede a refugee's resettlement process. Health assessment, health education, immunizations, limited treatments, and/or referrals for identified problems are provided. For more information regarding Refugee Health Screening, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/refugee_health/

Title X

Title X (Public Health Services Act 42 U.S.C. '300 et seq) family planning funding is used to develop and maintain infrastructure for contractors. Customers who select this payor will receive a bill for laboratory testing services. The Title X family planning service grantee in Texas is the Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas (WHFPT). Information regarding their network, providers, clinics, and services may be obtained from WHFPT.

Title XX

Title XX (Social Services Block Grant of the Social Security Act) family planning funding is used for individual and community-wide educational activities and for direct medical care for reproductive health. Customers who select this payor will receive a bill for laboratory testing services. For more information on Title XX family planning services in Texas, refer to program website:  https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/famplan/about.shtm


The Tuberculosis Elimination Division assists local and regional health departments in identifying and providing treatment for people in Texas with tuberculosis disease, identifying people with latent tuberculosis infection through contact investigations and targeted tuberculosis screening programs, and providing treatment for people with latent tuberculosis infection. Agencies submit specimens to DSHS laboratories to confirm a diagnosis of tuberculosis disease, screen for resistance for anti-tuberculosis medications, monitor response to treatment, and identify the strain of bacteria for epidemiological surveillance studies. For more information regarding the Tuberculosis program, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/disease/tb/


The Zoonosis Control Division is responsible for controlling and preventing diseases that are transmittable from animals to people (including, among others, rabies, West Nile and other arboviruses, hantavirus, and plague) through arthropod and animal surveillance, human case investigations, education and consultation, outbreak investigation, and implementation of control measures. For more information regarding the Zoonosis program and related topics, refer to the program website:  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/default.asp


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Last updated July 22, 2014