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Transition Assistance Services (TAS)
DADS, DARS sign new Memorandum of Agreement
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) have signed a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), effective October 2012. The updated MOA outlines coordination policies and practices, service definitions, and a data sharing agreement between the two agencies. In addition to the policy and practice changes and clarifications, the MOA includes a greater level of detail than the previous MOA; this is intended to provide more helpful guidance to staff, providers, case managers/service coordinators, individuals receiving DADS services, and other stakeholders involved in assisting an individual receiving DADS services to gain and maintain competitive, integrated employment.
PIAC subcommittee meeting scheduled for Jan. 17
The January meeting of the Texas Promoting Independence Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Employment for People with Disabilities will be:
Jan. 17, 2013
1:30 4:30 p.m.
The Arc of Texas Conference Room
8001 Centre Park Drive #100
Austin, TX 78754
The meeting is open to people interested contributing to the development of policies that support competitive employment in integrated settings as the first and desired outcome for individuals with disabilities.
Social Security's Ticket to Work program to host Sept. 12 webinar
On Sept. 12, at 3 pm EDT, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will hold the "Ticket to Work: You Asked, We Answer" webinar as part of their Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars series. Ticket to Work experts will provide detailed explanations of the most confusing aspects of Work Incentives and benefit protections, as well as an in depth review of the most frequently asked questions.Click here for event details and links to registration. Please feel free to forward to your clients and colleagues who may be interested in this event.
Immediately following the Webinar, will be a Facebook Q&A to give audience members a chance to have their questions answered by the experts. Please join SSA for these informative events!
Social Security's Ticket to Work program provides free support services for people with disabilities ages 18 through 64 who are ready to transition to the workforce.(9/10/2012)
West Nile Virus is Cause for Concern
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is issuing this alert to provide information to DADS providers concerning West Nile virus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has documented a higher than usual number of human West Nile cases in Texas this year due to the warm winter and recent rains, particularly in the North Texas region.
Humans can contract the virus from the bite of a mosquito that is carrying the virus. West Nile virus can cause serious illness or death. West Nile neuroinvasive disease symptoms include stiff neck, visual problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures. The milder form of the illness is West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea and drowsiness.
People with the milder form of illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own.
There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill when they become infected with the virus. If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider.
Reduce exposure to West Nile virus:
To help reduce exposure to West Nile virus, individuals should use an approved insect repellent, according to the label instructions, every time they go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Environmental control activities include eliminating standing water, including water collected in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
Remember the "Four D's" to defend against West Nile virus:
- DUSK and DAWN are the times of day to limit outdoor activities. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, thin clothing can be sprayed with repellent.
- DEET is an ingredient to look for in an insect repellent. Follow label instructions and always wear repellent when outdoors.
- DRAIN standing water in old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito-breeding sites.
For more information on West Nile, visit: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/(8/29/2012)
Financial Independence, a Ticket to Work webinar slated for July 11
The Social Security Administration is hosting a National Work Incentive Seminar Event on July 11, 2012, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. During the webinar, experts will present information to help people with disabilities become financially independent and self-sufficient. In addition, participants will learn about saving money, tax benefits and good basic financial practices to follow, such as budgeting and spending tracking. Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).(7/9/2012)
Expansion of Consumer Rights and Services Call Center Hours Pilot Project Continues Until Further Notice
The Department of Aging and Disability Services Consumer Rights and Services section implemented a pilot project on January 2, 2012 to evaluate the receipt and processing of full service delivery during expanded Call Center hours. The pilot concluded on June 30, 2012. While the analysis and evaluation is underway, expanded hours will continue to operate Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. until further notice.(7/2/2012)
Enrollment of 1915(c) Waiver Clients Eligible for the STAR Program in the Medicaid Rural Service Area -- July 1, 2012, and persons authorized to assist with enrollment
Individuals who are receiving 1915(c) waiver services in the Medicaid Rural Service Area (RSA) – Northeast, Central, and West Regions, and are eligible for STAR Medicaid managed care will begin receiving enrollment packets May 18, 2012.
- The STAR enrollment packet will include information on how to enroll
- mail, phone or in person.
- Individuals must choose a health plan and main doctor by the date in the enrollment packet or the state will assign one.
Populations Mandatory for the STAR Program:
- TANF recipients,
- pregnant women,
- children receiving Medicaid assistance only,
- individuals age 21 or older receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and don't receive Medicare
- Individuals who meet STAR eligibility criteria and are enrolled in a DADS 1915(c) waiver program, (Community Living Assistance and Support Services, Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities, Home and Community-based Services, Medically Dependent Children's Program, Texas Home Living and Community Based Alternatives) and do not receive Medicare will receive their acute care services through STAR
Population Voluntary for the STAR Program:
- Children age 20 and younger receiving Supplemental Security Income and don't receive Medicare
- Individuals who receive both Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles)
Authorized Persons Providing Enrollment Assistance
Authorized Persons may assist an individual receiving 1915(c) waiver services in the STAR enrollment process if the following criteria is met when contacting the STAR enrollment helpline:
- Authorized person has permission from client to call
- Authorized Person with permission from the individual is a:
- Family member
- Long term services and supports provider of waiver services (not currently contracted with a STAR managed care plan in the Medicaid RSA)
- Authorized Person Verifies:
- Recipient's Name
- Medicaid Identification number
- Social Security Number
- Date of Birth
Enrollments must be completed by June 15, 2012, for an effective date of July 1, 2012.(5/23/2012)
Electronic Document Submission pilot project: survey now available
Currently the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is conducting an Electronic Document Submission (EDS) Pilot in Regions 6 (Houston), 2/9 (Lubbock/Abilene), and 7 (Central Texas) to test the usefulness of submitting referral documents by e-mail between DADS and provider agencies. If your agency provides services in one or more of these regions where the pilot is being conducted (whether or not your agency participated in the pilot), please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey. Your input will assist DADS in gathering information regarding the effectiveness of the EDS Pilot. DADS values your input and would appreciate your responses to the survey by May 25, 2012.
Please click on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EDS_Pilot_Survey to complete the 2-minute survey. DADS appreciates your input, which will help us evaluate the success of the pilot project.(5/16/2012)
Repeal of rules for certain Memoranda of Understanding
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services plans to propose the repeal of various rules that contain the text of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) or which adopt an MOU by reference. In some cases, the MOU is addressed in another DADS rule and the repeal eliminates duplicative rules. In other cases, the statutory requirement requiring agencies to adopt the MOU no longer exists or the statute does not require DADS to be a party to the MOU.
DADS will present the proposed repeals the Aging and Disability Services Council on June 7, 2012.
Electronic Document Submissions (EDS) Pilot
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is requesting additional providers serving individuals located in the areas listed below to join the EDS pilot. Providers in the above DADS programs will be able to transmit and receive forms electronically to and from DADS regional staff. Participation by additional providers will assist DADS in determining the success of the pilot by monitoring the effects of increased data volume on systems used in the pilot.
The goal of the pilot project is to ease administrative requirements for providers by enabling faster and more accurate communication utilizing electronic communication methods. If you have questions regarding this information or need additional information on registering for the pilot being conducted in the areas listed below, please contact the Policy Development and Oversight mailbox at PDO@dads.state.tx.us.
EDS Pilot Areas
Houston office - 1332 E. 40th location
- Harris County
- McLennan County
- Community Service Providers: Midland, Ector, and Martin Counties
- CBA Providers only: Andrews, Borden, Gaines, Glasscock, Martin, Midland and Upton Counties
- MDCP Providers only: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Scurry, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler Counties
- Ector County
- CCAD Providers: Loving, Reeves, and Ward Counties
- CBA Providers: Loving and Reeves Counties
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Updated: April 19, 2013