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Welcome to the TDCJ Wellness Initiative Now

Wellness Initiative Now is the wellness program for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It was implemented to promote personal well-being, fitness, and nutrition for all TDCJ employees.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Did you know, in 2016 the United States Center of Disease Control and Prevention, issued their ADDM autism prevalence report and concluded that autism had risen to 1 in every 68 births.  This increase has put a spotlight on autism and on how American families can be served who are facing a lifetime of support for their children. The Autism Society estimates that the U.S. will incur close to $90 billion in annual costs related to autism.  This estimate includes research, insurance costs and non-covered costs, educational spending, Medicaid waivers, housing, transportation, employment, related therapeutic services and caregiver costs.

What is Autism?

According to, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability. Signs are typically during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. ASD is well-defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and in varying degrees.

Some behaviors associated with autism include:

  • Delay in learning of language
  • Difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation
  • Difficulty in relating to reasoning or planning
  • Poor motor skills
  • Sensory sensitivities

The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on the analysis of all related behaviors and their severity. The characteristic behaviors of ASD may be apparent in infancy (18 to 24 months), but usually become clearer during early childhood (24 months to 6 years). Early identification can change lives.

Although there is no known single cause of autism, researchers are investigating a number of theories that include links among heredity, genetics, and medical problems.

Physical Activity Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new physical activity guidelines for Americans.

Commit for Life

The Human Resources Division receives a "Path for Success" award from the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Balancing Work and Family

Page updated: 04/16/2018