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 multiple steps. First, the agency completed a self-evaluation report. Sunset Commission staff then evaluated DARS and issued a report recommending solutions to issues found. These reports have been released and can be found here. On June 24 and 25, the Sunset Commission met to hear public testimony on the agency and the recommendations of the Sunset staff. The next step is for the Sunset Commission to meet again on August 13, 2014 and adopt recommendations for management implementation and the full Legislature to consider when it convenes in January 2015. An agenda specifying the meeting date, time, location and the order of agencies scheduled for testimony has been posted to the Sunset website.
DARS will continually update this page as the Sunset process evolves.
Links to other HHS agency Sunset sites: