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DADS Provider News, Alerts & Bulletins — Home-Delivered Meals (HDM)

FFY15 Rate Setting Workbook and Waiver Release

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 Rate Setting Workbook, Home-Delivered Meals Waiver and instructions are available by clicking on this link: HDM Budget Negotiations.

The FFY15 Rate Setting release includes the following:

  • FFY15 Rate Setting Workbook
  • FFY15 instruction for completing Rate Setting workbook
  • Workbook submission instructions
  • FFY15 Form 2027 - Waiver
  • Form 2027 instructions document
  • Waiver submission instructions

For common providers and non-common providers – The Community Services Contracts contract manager (CSC-CM) will inform each provider of the date the rate setting workbook and HDM Waiver must be submitted for review. For common providers, the waiver and rate setting workbook will be coordinated for review between the AAA and CSC-CM before the final due dates listed below.

Accepted HDM Waiver form 2027 requests must be received in Austin no later than 8 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014.

Accepted rate setting workbooks for must be received in Austin by 8 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Common providers may send questions regarding the workbooks and rate setting process to AAA.Help@dads.state.tx.us.

Non-common providers may send questions regarding the workbook and rate setting process to their regional CSC-CM.

(4/17/2014)

Reminder: Survey About Direct Service Workers Runs Through April 7

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is asking all providers that employ direct service workers to take a short survey about their employees. The survey should take about five minutes. The deadline to complete the survey is close of business April 7, 2014.

Click here to take the survey.

This survey is the first step in learning more about:

  • the experiences of direct support workers,
  • what motivates them,
  • the problems they face and
  • what would make their jobs more rewarding.

The next step will be to select a representative sample of direct service workers from across the state to participate in a survey and focus groups.

If you have questions, please contact Ron Ayer, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services project manager, at ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us or at 512-438-5001.

(4/4/2014)

Survey About Direct Service Workers Runs Through April 7

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is asking all providers that employ direct service workers to take a short survey about their employees. The survey should take about five minutes. The deadline to complete the survey is close of business April 7, 2014.

Click here to take the survey.

This survey is the first step in learning more about:

  • the experiences of direct support workers,
  • what motivates them,
  • the problems they face and
  • what would make their jobs more rewarding.

The next step will be to select a representative sample of direct service workers from across the state to participate in a survey and focus groups.

If you have questions, please contact Ron Ayer, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services project manager, at ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us or at 512-438-5001.

(4/1/2014)

Recent Change to TINS Will Not Affect HHS Payments

The Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts converted all Texas Identification Numbers (TINs) based on Social Security Number (SSN) to a new format on March 3, 2014. The changed numbers already have begun showing up on paper warrants and direct deposits addenda records.

This change applies to individuals and sole proprietorship business owners whose TIN is not based on their state Employer Identification Number (EIN).

  • TINs based on a Social Security Number began with a "2," followed by the nine-digit SSN.
  • The new TINs begin with a "7," followed by a randomly assigned number.

When calling the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) with payment inquiries, you don’t need to know your new TIN. DADS can still look up your account using your Social Security Number. The same is true for the other four Texas health and human services agencies.

In addition, the Comptroller’s online "Search State Payments Issued" application still allows you to search using your EIN or SSN.

(3/31/2014)

Improving the Recruitment and Retention of Texas Direct Service Workers
An invitation from DADS Commissioner Weizenbaum

Direct service workers (DSWs) provide essential personal support services to older Texans and individuals with disabilities. The work they do is critical, yet Texas will soon have more people who need assistance than there are DSWs.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will conduct several focus groups and surveys to learn about DSWs work experience, what motivates them, the problems they face and what would make their jobs more rewarding. This information will help service provider organizations and individuals hiring their own support staff to recruit and retain DSWs.

In the coming weeks you will be receiving invitations to participate in surveys or focus groups. Direct service workers, provider agencies, and individuals with disabilities and/or their family members are strongly encouraged to actively participate with us on this important initiative.

More information on this will come from a GovDelivery notice like this one and via email. If you have any questions please contact Ron Ayer, DADS project manager, ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us , (512) 438-5001.

(3/25/2014)

Improving the Recruitment and Retention of Texas Direct Service Workers (DSW)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is seeking to improve direct service workforce recruitment and retention.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will soon survey personal attendants and direct service workers to learn more about their work experience, what motivates them, the problems they face, and what would make their jobs more rewarding. What we learn will help public and private providers, other employers and individuals recruit and retain DSWs.

DADS providers are being asked to complete this survey because you employ individuals who provide support as personal attendants or DSWs. Please assist us by taking five minutes to complete this survey before April 7, 2014.

Contact: Ron Ayer, DADS Project Manager, ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us, 512-438-5001.

(3/24/2014)

SELN Community Webinar on March 18, 2014

Topic:

The Role of Family Involvement: Engaging Families in Employment, Early and Often

We will discuss building and sharing a consistent message about employment for individuals with develop.m.ental disabilities. Together, we will look at cross-agency communication strategies, policies and practices to enlist families as advocates for employment and early work experiences.

Target Audience:

State and local agency representatives, service providers, case managers and family members and self-advocates.

When:

Date: March 18, 2014
Time: 3 p.m. ET; 2 p.m. CT; 1 p.m. MT; 12 p.m. PT; 10 am HT
Length: 90 minutes

More details:

View event flyer

For event details and to register, click the link below:
http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/engfamii/event/event_info.html

(3/11/2014)

Proposed Rules in 40 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 55, Contracting to Provide Home-Delivered Meals

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) proposes, on behalf of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), amendments to §55.3, concerning Definitions; §55.27, concerning Service Requirements; §55.33, concerning Suspension of Services; §55.37, concerning Termination of Services; and §55.41, concerning Billing and Claims Payment in Chapter 55, Contracting to Provide Home-Delivered Meals.

The proposed rules were published in the February 14, 2014 issue of the Texas RegisterThe last day of the 30-day public comment period is March 16, 2014.

You may access the proposed rules in the Texas Register online at:
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/February142014/Proposed%20Rules/40.SOCIAL%20SERVICES%20AND%20ASSISTANCE.html#69

(2/14/2014)

Influenza Health Alert

On December 20, 2013, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued an influenza health alert. Influenza is now widespread across the state, and influenza-like illness activity continues to increase. The DSHS Health Alert is available at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20131220.aspx.

While most people recover from influenza within one to two weeks, others may develop significant complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. In most years, people over the age of 65, pregnant women, young children and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk for complications. This year the prevailing H1N1 strain is causing severe illness in otherwise healthy mid-aged adults.

Immunization is the single best method for preventing influenza and reducing the risk of complications. It is not too late to get the flu vaccine, and DSHS recommends everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated, especially healthcare workers to prevent transmission to others. The prevailing strain is contained in this year's vaccine.

Antiviral treatment, when started within 48 hours of the onset of illness, may reduce the risk of complications and death, while possibly shortening the length of hospitalization. According to DSHS, antiviral treatment is recommended for anyone with confirmed or suspected influenza who is:

  • Hospitalized,
  • Has a severe, complicated or progressive illness, or
  • Is at higher risk for complications from influenza.

Other resources for further information regarding influenza and the influenza vaccine include:

(1/10/2014)

Supported Employment Training Webinars from the University of Montana

Interested individuals may participate from their own offices or homes, and there is no registration cost for any of the sessions. As training sessions are scheduled, invitations and registration instructions are emailed to Montana Transition Listserv members. To join the Montana Transition Listserv, go to the Transition and Employment Projects Home Page and enter your email address in the box provided.

  • January 14th, 2-3:30 (CST)
    Systematic Instruction and Job Coaching--Part One
  • February 17th, 5:30-6:30 (CST)
    Group discussion of how using the strategies taught in the workshop is playing out in participant's work. Register for this on the Montana Professional Development Portal(Course ID# 3393).
  • February 18th, 2-3:30 (CST)
    Systematic Instruction and Job Coaching--Part Two
  • March 18th, 2-3:30 (CST)
    Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care
  • May 13th, 2-3:30 (CST)
    Self-Management Strategies for People to Live and Work Independently
(1/7/2014)

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