Sunset Review

The mission and performance of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent.  Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.

The Sunset review involves three steps.  First, Sunset Commission staff will evaluate the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and issue a report in May 2014 recommending solutions to problems found.  A month or so later, the Sunset Commission will meet to hear public testimony on the agency and the recommendations of the Sunset staff.  Based on public input and the Sunset staff report, the Sunset Commission will adopt recommendations for the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2015.  Please refer to the Sunset Commission website or call the office for updated information on specific dates for these meetings.

On Thursday, October 10, 2013, all HHSC agencies conducted an overview for Sunset staff designed to give preliminary insight into the Health and Human Services enterprise. 

Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services can be strengthened.  If you would like to share your ideas about the Department, please send an email to the address below, use the comment form on the Sunset Commission website, or contact Karen Latta of the Sunset staff.  Suggestions are preferred by December 16, 2013, so that they can be fully considered by the Sunset staff.

Sunset Advisory Commission
P.O. Box 13066
Austin, Texas  78711
(512) 463-1300
Fax: (512) 463-0705

Information about the Sunset process, Sunset Commission meetings, and how to receive
Sunset Commission email updates is available at:

All Health and Human Service (HHS) agencies are scheduled for Sunset Review for the 2014-2015 review cycle.  Each agency must submit their self-evaluation report (SER) to the Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset) in September 2013.  The SER identifies problems, opportunities, and issues that the agency feels should be considered in the Sunset review. 

The agency review will take place in the fall of 2013 and/or spring of 2014.  DARS will continually update this page as the Sunset process evolves.

DARS Sunset Self-Evaluation Report, September 2013

Links to other HHS agency Self-Evaluation Reports: