The TxSSC is a non-profit organization funded in part through a direct appropriation from the Texas Legislature within Texas State University's budget. Additional funding is secured via grants and contracts from other funding sources to include the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The TxSSC was created in 1999 by former Governor George W. Bush and authorized by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001. Legislative funding received by the TxSSC supports universal and regional services provided to students, educators, administrators, campus-based law enforcement, community organizations, state agencies, and colleges/universities in an effort to increase safety and security in Texas schools. These services are provided through research, training, and technical assistance.
By providing a broad range of services to keep Texans healthy, HHSC ensures services are provided to improve the overall health of Texans. Toward this goal, HHSC funds substance abuse prevention and treatment programs across the state, and administers the federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration Block Grant. TxSSC project supported by HHSC funding:
- Annual Synar Tobacco Inspection Survey
- Tobacco Enforcement Program
- Community Prevention Program
The mission of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Tobacco Prevention and Control is to reduce the health effects and economic toll tobacco has placed on the citizens of Texas. DSHS funds tobacco initiatives of the TxSSC through prevention, training, and enforcement activities. Programs supported by DSHS funding include:
- Tobacco Youth Prevention Program
The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products oversees the implementation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Some of the Agency’s responsibilities under the law include setting performance standards, reviewing premarket applications for new and modified risk tobacco products, requiring new warning labels, and establishing and enforcing advertising and promotion restrictions.
- Food and Drug Administration Compliance Check Inspection Program