B. The Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and DFPS have been addressing disproportionality at the statewide level since 2005. In 2010, HHSC created the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities to partner with health and human services agencies, external stakeholders, other systems, and communities to identify and eliminate disproportionality and disparities affecting children, families, and disparately impacted individuals. In 2017, the official name was changed to the Office of Minority Health Statistics and Engagement (OMHSE), which was charged with identifying the systemic factors and practice improvements needed to address the disproportionate representation and disparate outcomes for children, families, and disparately impacted individuals in the state's health and human services programs. The Texas Legislature defunded the OMHSE effective September 1, 2018.