CEO, Public Policy Solutions
Jim Hine spent over 35 years in Texas State Government, culminating his career by serving as Commissioner and CEO for three major state agencies in Texas: The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, the Texas Department of Human Services, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) was one of four consolidated agencies to remain in the Health and Human Services Enterprise after Texas consolidated eleven independent state agencies into four consolidated agencies to create a more efficient delivery system for the Health and Human Services programs administered in Texas. DADS consolidation combined the community care and nursing home services programs of the Department of Human Services, and aging services programs from the Department on Aging with mental retardation and state school programs from the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, to promote better coordination across programs in the aging and disabled delivery system. Mr. Hine served as Commissioner during the transition and led DADS through its first legislative session following consolidation.
Mr. Hine is the recipient of the Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families Commissioner’s Award for his outstanding contributions toward the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. He has been recognized by Texas Lutheran University with their Distinguished Alumni award and has received the Texas Public Employees Association Agency Administrator of the year award. He was also a finalist in the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Visionary use of Information Technology in the Field of Government and Non-profit Organizations.
He has served as Chair on a number of non-profit Boards, including the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature Foundation; the Center for Public Policy Priorities (now Every Texan) and the United Ways of Texas. He also served as a member of the University of Texas Law School’s Advisory Council on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is currently serving on the Texas Medical Foundation – Quality Health Institute Advisory Board.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas Lutheran College, is a Certified Public Accountant, and is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.
He retired from state government on January 31, 2006 and opened a consulting and lobby practice in March 2006. He remained self-employed and owner of Public Policy Solutions, where he promoted innovative changes in legislation and state agency public policy in the areas of Health and Human Services and Child Protective Services until his retirement on June 30, 2019.