The Texas Health and Human Services Commision (HHSC) was created to provide a comprehensive array of aging and disability services, supports and opportunities that are easily accessed in local communities. Their key responsibilities to the citizens of Texas include:
- Working in partnership with consumers, caregivers, service providers and other stakeholders.
- Developing and improving service options that are responsive to individual needs and preferences.
- Ensuring and protecting self-determination, consumer rights and safety.
HHSC provides and contracts for long-term care services and supports to eligible older Texans and to children or adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. HHSC also regulates facilities and agencies and credentials staff working in facilities and agencies.
Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
In the nine county Middle Rio Grande region, HHSC works in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), which is a local social services agency solely dedicated to improving the lives of the elderly in our area. AAA’s main goal is to help those in the region to remain healthy, independent, and actively involved in their communities. Services available through AAA range from nutrition services to personal care and educational information specific to the elderly. Services are targeted to persons 60 years of age or older, including individuals who are Medicare Recipients.
AAA staff are trained and certified to provide information regarding many issues including Medicare/Medicaid, Nursing Home Residents Rights, and much more. Our Access & Assistance staff can assist in obtaining services that may be available through Federal, State, or local programs for either yourself, a family member or a friend. Our staff are available to help you get more information and to learn about our services.
Area Agency on Aging Staff:
Gloria Perez, AAA Director (interim)
Michelle Garcia, Managing Local Ombudsman
Sophia Sifuentes, Quality Control Specialist
San Juanita Galvan – Benefits Counselor II
Linda Pezina, Benefits Counselor I (Eagle Pass Office)
Cecilia Arambula, Nutrition Specialist
Rodolfo Morones, Care Coordinator
Leticia Orosco, Information, Referral & Assistance
For more information call 1 (800) 224-4262