The TxSSC is a non-profit organization funded in part through a direct appropriation from the Texas Legislature within Texas State University's budget. Additional funding is secured via grants and contracts from other funding sources to include the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division.
The TxSSC was created in 1999 by former Governor George W. Bush and authorized by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001. Legislative funding received by the TxSSC supports universal and regional services provided to students, educators, administrators, campus-based law enforcement, community organizations, state agencies, and colleges/universities in an effort to increase safety and security in Texas schools. These services are provided through research, training, and technical assistance.
The mission of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Tobacco Prevention and Control is to reduce the health effects and economic toll tobacco has placed on the citizens of Texas. DSHS funds tobacco initiatives of the TxSSC through prevention, training, and enforcement activities. Programs supported by DSHS funding include:
- Tobacco Youth Prevention Program
- Annual Synar Tobacco Inspection Survey
- Food and Drug Administration Compliance Check Inspection Program
- State Tobacco Enforcement Program
The Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division (CJD) promotes strategies that improve and support criminal justice efforts across Texas by directing funding to first responders and service providers through the administration of grants from a variety of state and federal sources. CJD funds the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS), a program that provides school-based law enforcement training throughout Texas.