maternal mortality - texas

Ben Hudson filed this request with the Texas Department of State Health Services of Texas.
Due Aug. 16, 2017
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Ben Hudson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any communication, electronic or otherwise, internal studies, memos, or directives relating to the increase in maternal mortality rates as described here (, here ( and other various media outlets.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Ben Hudson

From: Castillo,Mary (Open Records) (DSHS)

Mr. Hudson,

Thank you for your request. At this time we are seeking clarification. Are you seeking any and all documents including confidential or do you agree to the redacting of information that we find to fall within an exception of the Public Information Act without seeking an Attorney General (AG) ruling? If you choose the any and all option we may seek an AG ruling.

We are also seeking clarification regarding the extent of your request. One of the news articles referenced in your request mentions the state task force, can you confirm that you are intending to direct this request only to the Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Task Force? Also, is there a specific date range you are seeking?
While we require clarification of your request in order to proceed we did perform a preliminary search to be able to provide you with an idea of how voluminous the request is. A search was performed for emails from 1/1/2012 forward containing the term "maternal mortality and morbidity" alone resulted in 31,666 items. There is also an estimated 95,568 pages of case record information and task force forms for the year 2012 alone.

The Public Information Act allows the Department to charge for the labor and overhead needed to comply with your request. Before we send you a cost estimate, in addition to the items we specifically requested clarification on would you like to provide any additional clarification that would narrow the scope of your request?

Please note if you do not respond by 61 days from today, your request for public information will be considered withdrawn by operation of law.

Thank you,
Mary Castillo
Public Information Coordinator
DSHS|Office of General Counsel
(512) 776-3835

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From: Ben Hudson


I am willing to agree to redaction to avoid an AG ruling, yes.

As an initial request, I am directing this to the Task Force, though I may follow up with a broader request at a later date. I would like the time frame limited to the years 2010-2012.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson


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