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Welcome to the home page of the DSHS program that regulates EMS and trauma systems in Texas. This website contains information about EMS certification and licensure, trauma designation, how to contact us and more.

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Attention EMS Personnel, EMS Providers and EMS Educators:

The DPS crime records service and DSHS has changed from the FAST fingerprint form to a new Texas Fingerprint Service Code Form for criminal background checks. 

DSHS has noticed an increase in personnel completing fingerprints for their criminal background check before they have filed an application with DSHS. EMS personnel must submit an application for EMS Certification/licensure, Criminal History Pre-Screen Petition, or an Administrator of Record (AOR) form before completing the fingerprint process.  Completing fingerprints without submitting an application and/or AOR form to DSHS will cause a delay in processing your application.


The Office of EMS/Trauma System Coordination and EMS & Trauma Registries are providing the following information to our stakeholders:
The National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) was published at [http://www.nemsis.org/supportV3/stateProgressReports/texas.html] today. A webinar will be held next Wednesday, June 14th at 1 pm CST, to describe the onboarding process for web services file submission. 
According to the standards published on November, 16 2016, [http://www.dshs.texas.gov/injury/registry/EMS/] all entities need to implement the Texas Custom Schematron when sending NEMSIS data to the state. EMS Allotment Fund is dependent on the amount of money available in the following accounts: Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care System Account (911 fund), the Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Facilities, and Trauma Care System Fund (1131 fund) and the Designated Trauma Facility and Emergency Medical Services Fund (3588 fund). The calculation of the funding formula includes a trauma service area's geographic size, its population, and the number of eligible emergency healthcare runs (trauma and medical) submitted to the DSHS Texas EMS & Trauma Registries. Per normal department methodology, runs reported for the 2017 calendar year will be used to calculate funding allocation amounts for disbursement in 2019. Affidavits attesting good faith efforts to submit 2017 calendar data to the DSHS Texas EMS & Trauma Registries will be accepted for the FY 2019 EMS Allotment Fund calculations.
(June 7, 2017)

A draft of the Maternal Designation rules is available for viewing; Maternal Designation Draft Rules
 (May 17, 2017)

The adopted EMS Rules were posted in the February 3, 2017 Issue of the Texas Register. The rules will become effective February 12, 2017. 
(February 6, 2017)

Submission of Patient Care Records (PCRs) to the Texas Trauma Registry
(May 9, 2017)

2016 Report on Emergency Medical Services Complaints and Investigation (PDF 440KB)
(December 19, 2016)

FY17 Uncompensated Trauma Care Funding Application
(October 3, 2016) 

FY 2015 Uncompensated Trauma Care Fund Distribution- August 2016
(September 21, 2016)

Guidance for EMS Providers Seeking Patient Health Outcome or Emergency Department Data from Hospitals
(December 1, 2015)

EMS/Trauma System Organization
(January 7, 2015)

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Last updated June 7, 2017