|(a) This memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC), Texas Department of Human Resources (DHS), Texas Department of Health (TDH), and Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) is to implement and coordinate the exchange and distribution of public awareness information among the agencies. This agreement is intended to satisfy the requirements of Senate Bill 298, of the 70th Legislature, 1987. (1) The TRC is the state authority for the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services, Texas Codes Annotated, the Human Resources Code, Title 7, leading to: (A) employment for persons with disabilities; (B) the determination of social security disability benefits; (C) licensing of occupational therapists; (D) promoting employer acceptance of workers with disabilities; and (E) developing programs to serve
persons with developmental disabilities. (2) DHS provides services to two major groups of needy people: families and children, and aged and disabled adults. (A) Eligible families and children receive cash grants from the aid to families with dependent children program, health care, family self-support services, and food stamps. (B) Services to aged and disabled individuals who are poor include health care, institutional care, community care, and food stamps. (C) Services available to all Texans regardless of financial need, include protective services for children, protective services for aged and disabled persons, disaster assistance, and childcare licensing. (3) TDH is an agency of the state of Texas created by Texas Civil Statutes, Article 4414b, to better protect and promote the health of the people of Texas. (4) TDMHMR is the state agency that provides a system of
services for the conservation and restoration of mental health among Texas citizens and to provide, coordinate, develop, and improve services for the mentally retarded citizens of this state so that they will be afforded the opportunity to develop their respective mental capacities to the fullest practicable extent and to live as useful and productive lives as possible. To accomplish this, the department provides a network of eight state hospitals for the mentally ill, 13 state schools for the mentally retarded, seven special centers, and 34 community centers. (b) Each state agency designs, writes, publishes, and distributes information to the public about the programs and services available from that agency. For the purpose of this MOU, each agency agrees to: (1) provide a current list of publications designed for public awareness to the other agencies; and (2) provide a copy of each publication designed for public awareness
to the other agencies. As publications are updated they will be distributed to the other agencies. (c) Each agency adopts this memorandum of understanding and agrees to review and update the memorandum no later than the last month of each state fiscal year. Each agency by rule shall adopt the memorandum of understanding and all revisions to the memorandum.