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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)

Upcoming Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives Information Sessions for Providers and Consumers

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will implement several Medicaid managed care initiatives. These initiatives relate to changes to the STAR and STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care programs. HHSC staff and Medicaid managed care organization representatives will be available to offer information and respond to questions.

A number of information sessions are planned across the state through mid-April 2014. Please visit http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/MMC.shtml for updates.

The sessions will cover:

  • an overview of managed care; the expansion of STAR+PLUS to the Medicaid Rural Service Areas;
  • the addition of two behavioral health services to managed care;
  • the delivery of acute care services for most adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) through STAR+PLUS;
  • the delivery of nursing facility services through STAR+PLUS; and
  • the integrated care demonstration project for fully Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible individuals.

Agendas will be posted to HHSC's Meetings & Events webpage at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/news/meetings.asp.

Information session schedule

Note: The 1p.m. session will be directed towards acute care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers. The 4p.m. session will be directed towards consumers, families and other stakeholders.

February 11, 2014 – Victoria, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
University of Houston-Victoria
University Center Building
Multi-Purpose Room (1st floor)
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901

February 12, 2014 – Corpus Christi, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Corpus Christi Public Health Department
Health District Auditorium
1702 Horne Rd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78416

February 18, 2014 – Lubbock, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Teaching & Mentoring Communities
Conference Room
6104 45th St.
Lubbock, TX 79407

February 19, 2014 – Amarillo, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Amarillo Campus Auditorium
1400 Wallace Blvd.
Amarillo, TX 79106

February 20, 2014 – El Paso, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Medical Education Building (MEB) 1200
5001 El Paso Dr.
El Paso, TX 79905

March 5, 2014 – Dallas, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Center for Community Cooperation
2900 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75204

March 6, 2014 – Fort Worth, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
UNT Health Science Center
Everett Hall (RES-100)
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

April 8, 2014 – Houston, TX
9-11 a.m. (extra provider session)
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Elias Ramirez State Office Building
5425 Polk St.
Houston, TX 77023

April 9, 2014 – Beaumont, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Beaumont Civic Center
701 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701

April 15, 2014 – Laredo, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
The University of Texas Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus
1937 E. Bustamante
Laredo, TX 78041

April 16, 2014 – McAllen, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
South Texas College
Pecan Campus - Cooper Center
3201 W. Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

April 17, 2014 – Brownsville, TX
1-3 p.m.
4-6 p.m.
Brownsville Community Health Center
DBA New Horizon Medical Center
191 East Price Rd.
Brownsville, TX 78521

(2/6/2014)

Webinar Feb. 25, 2014: Employment Assistance and Supported Employment in HCS and TxHmL Waivers

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is hosting a webinar on February 25, 2014 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. which will cover:

  • Employment assistance (EA) and supported employment (SE) service definitions and provider qualifications;
  • Role of the service coordinator and the provider in coordinating and delivering EA and SE; and
  • Coordination with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

Who should attend?

This webinar is for HCS providers, TxHmL providers, and Local Authority program coordination staff. 

Register for this webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/307002777.

(1/30/2014)

Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives Information Session for Providers and Consumers - San Antonio Jan. 31

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will implement several Medicaid managed care initiatives. These initiatives relate to changes to the STAR and STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care programs. HHSC staff and Medicaid managed care organization representatives will be available to offer information and respond to questions.

Jan. 31, 2014
1-3 p.m. (providers)
4-6 p.m. (consumers, families, and other stakeholders)
Alamo Area Council of Governments
Al J. Notzon III Board Room (1st floor)
8700 Tesoro Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78217

The 1 p.m. session will be directed towards acute care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers. The 4 p.m. session will be directed towards consumers, families, and other stakeholders. San Antonio is part of the Bexar service area. Additional meetings will be held in these other service areas: Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Lubbock, Nueces, and Tarrant. Please visit http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/MMC.shtml for updates.

The sessions will cover: an overview of managed care; the expansion of STAR+PLUS to the Medicaid Rural Service Areas; the addition of two behavioral health services to managed care; the delivery of acute care services for most adults who have intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) through STAR+PLUS; the delivery of nursing facility services through STAR+PLUS; and the integrated care demonstration project for fully Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible individuals.

Agendas will be posted to HHSC's Meetings & Events webpage at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/news/meetings.asp.

(1/28/2014)

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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