Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Resources for DADS service providers


The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Regulatory Services Division, Licensing and Credentialing Section and Enforcement Section, manages:

  • Nursing facility administrator (NFA) licensing, investigation, and sanctions;
  • Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP);
  • Nurse aide certification, investigation, and sanctions;
  • Nurse Aide Registry (NAR);
  • Medication aide (MA) permitting, investigation, and sanctions; and
  • Employment Misconduct Registry (EMR) of unlicensed staff of DADS-regulated facilities and agencies found to have committed acts of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation, or misconduct.

The Licensing and Credentialing Section’s Nursing Facility Administrators (NFA) Licensing Branch:

  • Licenses NFAs, certifies nurse aides, and permits medication aides;
  • Manages the nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs (NATCEP); and
  • Maintains the NAR and medication aide database.

The Professional Credentialing Enforcement Unit of the Enforcement Section:

  • Conducts investigations of NFA complaints and referrals and sanctions violation of NFA requirements;
  • Makes findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation against nurse aides and enters on the NAR, and findings of misconduct to the MA database; and
  • Manages the EMR program.

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Updated: July 19, 2013