Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
Texas qualified physicians may prescribe low-THC cannabis for the treatment of approved medical conditions, under conditions established in Texas laws and regulations. In 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 339, known as the Texas Compassionate-Use Act, authorizing low-THC cannabis to be prescribed to treat patients with intractable epilepsy. Since then, the Texas Legislature has expanded the list of approved conditions for medical treatment. To learn about the legislation and rules, incurable neurodegenerative diseases, and how to report, visit the low-THC cannabis medical use webpage.
Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 1003.054 requires written consent before an eligible patient receives a voluntary investigational stem cell treatment. Effective January 15, 2021, the Department of State Health Services informed consent form (English) (Spanish) must be signed and maintained in the patient's medical record.
The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention (HPCDP) Section is part of the Community Health Improvement Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The Section serves Texans by creating, promoting, and guiding public health programs across the lifespan to promote healthy lifestyles and educate, prevent, and manage chronic diseases.
Dedicated to the health of every Texan throughout their lifespan.
All Texans live, work, play, and learn in communities that support health and an optimal quality of life at every age.
To serve all Texans by improving and supporting systems, policies and environments that promote health and improve quality of life.
To coordinate efforts between communities, coalitions, and stakeholders to support and sustain an environment that makes possible a whole and healthy Texan.