The Texas Department of State Health Services, also known as DSHS, focuses on improving the well-being of the general public. The department is operated by the government of the state of Texas. It operates a range of mental health care and substance abuse prevention programs. The department operates through regulatory services, regional and local health services, and family and community health services divisions. The Texas Department of State Health Services is responsible for granting licenses to abortion facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and clinical laboratories. The department offers online information on various health-related issues. The Texas Department of State Health Services operates Abstinence Education and Alzheimer's disease programs.