The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services offers a range of social and physical care solutions for children, women and senior citizens. The department s division of regulation and licensure ensures the quality of services offered by child care facilities, hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and home health and hospice providers. It works with policymakers and agencies for supporting Missouri's public health system. The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services also assists in identifying and addressing various pandemic diseases. In addition, the department coordinates in formulating regional and state planning procedures for public health emergencies, including biological, chemical and nuclear terrorism. The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services is operated by the state of Missouri.