Admission to TCID

For Patient Referrers:

This page is part of the patient's pre-admission packet. Please print all of the "Patient Resources" portion of the website and provide the packet as a guide to explain admission to TCID to the patient and/or caregiver.


Requests for hospitalization and outpatient services are evaluated individually to determine that the facilities and specialists are available for treatment and that hospitalization is appropriate. Because patients are pre-admitted, patients arriving at the campus are directed to the front entrance of the Center and then to the patient’s room where the intake process will be completed. The persons who are transporting you will be instructed to arrive for admission between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

Pre-Admission Clinical Worksheet

If you are coming to TCID for admission as an inpatient, please bring the following:

  1. The name, address, and phone number of the physician who referred you to TCID.
  2. The name, address, and phone number of other physicians that have treated you.
  3. Medicare card, current Medicaid certificate, and insurance information.
  4. HMO referral authorization forms and/or policy numbers.
  5. Proof of income and residency in the State of Texas and/or resident alien card. (Undocumented patients referred for treatment will be accepted without proof of Texas residency.)
  6. Driver’s license or another form of a photo ID and your Social Security card.
  7. Medical records, including x-rays, lab reports, and any written medical history, should have been sent before your admission. Ask your referring physician or health department if any additional records need to come with you to TCID.
  8. All prescription and over-the-counter medications (including home remedies) in original containers and a list of any allergies to medications or foods.
  9. Several changes of clothes, hats, and shoes for daytime wear.
  10. Pajamas, slippers, robes, and toilet articles for personal use.
  11. The mailing addresses and phone numbers of relatives and friends.
  12. Stationary, stamps, and pens.
  13. Favorite pictures.
  14. Battery-operated radios.
  15. Reading material.
  16. Prepaid telephone card for long-distance calls.

Storage space for personal belongings is limited.  No room is available for the storage of large items or excessive clothing. Make arrangements for the storage of those items before coming to TCID.

Long-term parking for vehicles is available. Space is not available on the campus to maintain your vehicle. Although the campus is patrolled, the State of Texas cannot accept liability for damage or loss to a vehicle left on the campus.

We recommend that you keep only limited cash in your room. The Hospital cashier is available each business day to collect cash or other valuables for safekeeping. A patient account can be maintained for you from which you can draw funds each business day (Monday-Friday, 8-5).

  • When you come to the Texas Center for infectious Disease for an outpatient visit, please make sure to bring the following:
  • The name, address, and phone number of the physician who referred you to TCID
  • The name, address, and phone number of other physicians that have treated you
  • Medicare card, current Medicaid certificate, and insurance information
  • HMO referral authorization forms and/or policy numbers
  • Proof of income and residency in the State of Texas and/or resident alien card
  • Driver's license or another form of a photo ID and your Social Security card
  • Medical records, including x-rays, lab reports, and any written medical history, should have been sent before your admission. Ask your referring physician or health department if any more records need to come with you to TCID.
  • All prescription and over-the-counter medications (including home remedies) in original containers and a list of any allergies to medications or foods. 

Quarantine From Texas

The use of procedures involving court-ordered management of a person with a communicable disease is a cooperative effort between the public health entity charged with the control of these diseases and the city, county, or district attorney whose office represents the entity in legal matters. The Office of General Counsel of the Department of State Health Services works closely with these various attorneys, often providing de-identified copies of pleadings and completed forms for their use.  Procedural steps and four of the most commonly used forms are available on this site for downloading.

Health authorities and the Department of State Health Services, working with city, county, and district attorneys, may initiate these procedures to insure the isolation and detention of non-compliant infectious persons.

Once non-compliance and a resulting threat to public health result in a decision to seek court-ordered management of a person's care, an affidavit of medical evaluation should be prepared by the health authority for use in the proceedings.

Out-of-State Patients

Admission of Out-of-State Patients is subject to the availability of the appropriate space and the needs of eligible patients who are Texas residents. Furthermore, the transferring state is responsible for paying all costs associated with the hospitalization and treatment of patients admitted under the TCID Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

For additional information, please contact John Lopez, Hospital Administrator/Superintendent, at 210-531-4554 or by email at john.lopez@dshs.texas.gov.