Doing Business with DADS

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services is dedicated to delivering the best services possible to qualified Texans – but we can't do it alone. By contracting with businesses, critical services are performed including processing payments for providers, providing long-term care, and running community care programs.


Annually, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) spends millions of dollars on contracts for administrative goods and services as well as for services provided to people who are older or who have physical or intellectual disabilities. Each product and service purchased is evaluated in terms of overall quality, service, delivery, value and cost.

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All DADS contracts are handled by Texas Health and Human Services. Please visit that website to learn more.

House Bill 2835, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, 1999, requires agencies publish a quarterly list of administrative and client services contracts worth $100,000 and more.

Older Americans Act Summary

Compilation of the Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended in 2006 (Public Law 109-365

Section. 101

The Congress hereby finds and declares that, in keeping with the traditional American concept of the inherent dignity of the individual in our democratic society, the older people of our Nation are entitled to, and it is the joint and several duty and responsibility of the governments of the United States, of the several States and their political subdivisions, and of Indian tribes to assist our older people to secure equal opportunity to the full and free enjoyment of the following objectives:

  1. An adequate income in retirement in accordance with the American standard of living.
  2. The best possible physical and mental health which science can make available and without regard to economic status.
  3. Obtaining and maintaining suitable housing, independently selected, designed and located with reference to special needs and available at costs which older citizens can afford.
  4. Full restorative services for those who require institutional care, and a comprehensive array of community-based, long-term care services adequate to appropriately sustain older people in their communities and in their homes, including support to family members and other persons providing voluntary care to older individuals needing long-term care services.
  5. Opportunity for employment with no discriminatory personnel practices because of age.
  6. Retirement in health, honor, dignity—after years of contribution to the economy.
  7. Participating in and contributing to meaningful activity within the widest range of civic, cultural, educational and training and recreational opportunities.
  8. Efficient community services, including access to low cost transportation, which provide a choice in supported living arrangements and social assistance in a coordinated manner and which are readily available when needed, with emphasis on maintaining a continuum of care for vulnerable older individuals.
  9. Immediate benefit from proven research knowledge which can sustain and improve health and happiness.
  10. Freedom, independence, and the free exercise of individual initiative in planning and managing their own lives, full participation in the planning and operation of community based services and programs provided for their benefit, and protection against abuse, neglect, and exploitation. (42 U.S.C. 3001)

Rules and Statutes

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The Texas Administrative Code (TAC) is a compilation of all state agency rules in Texas. There are 16 titles in the TAC. Each title represents a category and related agencies are assigned to the appropriate title.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) TAC references are located in Title 40, Part 1.

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Updated: January 6, 2017