The Department of Health & Human Services is Fort Bend County's principal agency for protecting the health of county residents and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department includes six subordinate departments and three programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities.
Departments & Programs within the Health & Human Services Agency
- Animal Services - The purpose of the Animal Services Department is to control and ultimately eradicate the spread of rabies among domestic animals and humans.
- Clinical Health Services - Fort Bend County Clinical Health Services Department provides clinical services in the core public health areas of STD treatment; tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment; and provision of childhood and adult immunizations.
- E.M.S. - Fort Bend County Emergency Medical Service provides 24 hour a day emergency medical care to the residents of Fort Bend County.
- Environmental Health - The Environmental Health Department exists to protect the public and consumer health of the residents of Fort Bend County through the inspection and regulation of retail food service establishments and the regulation of on-site sewage disposal systems.
- Indigent Health Care - The County Indigent Health Care Program (CIHCP) is mandated by the Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act of 1985 and is responsible for administering an indigent health care program for indigent residents of all or any portion of the county not served by a hospital district or a public hospital. For specific information regarding the services available and eligibility requirements, please visit the Indigent Health Care site.
- Pinnacle Senior Center - The Pinnacle Senior Center is the County’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building, and is a joint project between the City of Houston and Fort Bend County. The site is located in the portion of the county that is within the Houston city limits. This facility is a symbol of progress, growth and concern among city and county leadership for the areas' aging population.
- Public Health Preparedness - Public Health Preparedness (PHP) program is part of Fort Bend County Health and Human Services and coordinates planning and program development within the County. PHP works with local and state officials, local partners, and private industry to develop workable solutions to protect the public health of Fort Bend County residents from the impact of natural or man-made emergencies. It is PHP's mission to improve county response capabilities through all hazards planning, disease surveillance and epidemiology, public information, and community development.
- Social Services - The Social Services Department is charged with helping County residents in need of basic assistance with food, shelter, medication, utilities, burial, transportation and case management. For specific information regarding the services available and eligibility requirements, please visit the Social Services site.
- Veterans Service Office -The Veterans Service Office (VSO) actively promotes the rights of veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their dependents. The VSO works collaboratively with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other veterans' organizations to ensure that they receive the entitlement they deserve for the sacrifices they endured.
For more information, please visit the Health & Human Service's Public Information website - http://www.fortbendcountyhhs.com.