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Register Now for Prader-Willi Syndrome Conference Aug. 21

Dr. Linda M. Gourash, MD, a leading international educator  and expert on Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), is the featured presenter at the DADS PWS conference Aug. 21, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin. Click here to register for the event.

Conference topics will include:

  • An overview of PWS
  • Behavior and crisis management techniques for addressing challenging behaviors
  • Food security management
  • A panel discussion with a personal perspective on living with PWS

Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza
6121 North I-35
Austin Texas 78752

There are a limited number of rooms available at the $109 rate for Aug. 20 and 21. The rate is available through July 28, 2015. You can book online or via the toll-free reservation hotline

  • Book online
  • Call 1-800-593-5676 or 1-877-2-CROWNE (1-877-227-6963). Identify yourself as a DADS Prader-Willi syndrome conference participant. The reservation code is DAD.

Email questions to PWSTraining@dads.state.tx.us.

(7/17/2015)

Missed the CFC HCS TxHmL Webinar? You Can Listen to the Recording

HCS and TxHmL providers who missed the June 30 webinar on implementing Community First Choice (CFC) in those programs can click on the links below to view the presentation and listen to the webinar recording.

Community First Choice is a federal Medicaid benefit allowing states to provide home and community-based services and supports to Medicaid recipients with disabilities. DADS implemented CFC on June 1, 2015, in the HCS, TxHmL, CLASS and DBMD waiver programs.

Questions can be emailed to CfcPolicy@dads.state.tx.us.

(7/9/2015)

Last Chance to Register for PBMS Workshops in Corpus Christi and Odessa

Don't miss out on your chance to find out "Why Problem Behavior Occurs (and Why it is Important to Know the Answer)" at a DADS Positive Behavior Management and Supports Workshop in either Corpus Christi or Odessa

The deadline to register for this free event is July 15; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social work, psychology, LPA and LPC continuing education credits will be offered.

At the event, direct contact staff, caregivers, family members, nurses, qualified ID professionals, case or home managers, and home supervisors will learn to establish positive relationships with and support individuals with IDD who engage in challenging behavior and to safely and effectively prevent potentially harmful behaviors.

More information about the event, including presenter biographies and FAQs, is available in PDF format.

Questions can be emailed to angelica.rendon@dads.state.tx.us; please include "PBMS Workshop: Corpus Christi" or PBMS Workshop: Odessa" in the subject line.

(7/7/2015)

Save the Date: Prader-Willi Syndrome Conference Aug. 21 in Austin

Dr. Linda M. Gourash, MD, a leading international education and expert on Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), will be featured at the DADS PWS conference Aug. 21 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Austin.

Registration for the free event will be available soon.

The conference will include:

  • an overview of PWS,
  • behavior and crisis management techniques for addressing challenging behaviors,
  • food security management, and
  • a panel discussion with a personal perspective on living with PWS.

What is Prader-Willi syndrome?

According to the May Clinic, PWS is a rare and incurable genetic disorder, present at birth, that results in a number of physical, mental and behavioral problems. A key feature is a constant sense of hunger that usually begins at about age 2. People with PWS want to eat constantly because they never feel full (hyperphagia) and usually have trouble controlling their weight. Many complications are due to obesity.

(7/7/2015)

Deadline for Direct Workforce Stability Survey Extended Until July 6

DADS providers have until July 6 to complete a survey designed to collect information about direct service support staffing levels, job stability, wages and compensation. Don't miss this opportunity to give your input as your participation is critical.

Providers should have received an email from the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) inviting them to participate in a staff stability survey. More information about the survey is available in a previous DADS alert on the topic. Your participation will help inform the state's policy decisions regarding direct support professionals.

If you have not received an invitation or have any questions regarding the Staff Stability Survey, please contact Rebecca Martin at rebecca.martin@dads.state.tx.us or call her at 512-438-4424.

(6/29/2015)

Register Now for HCS and TxHmL ICD-10 Webinar on July 8

Correction: HCS and TxHmL providers can now register for a July 8 webinar about what to expect and how to prepare for the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition. The webinar is from 11 a.m.-Noon (Central Time). Space is limited, so register soon at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6629756415771115522 .

Topics will include:

  • Overview of ICD-10
    • Changes between versions 9 and 10
    • ICD-10 code structure
  • DADS role now and in the future
  • Preparing for the transition, including
    • Getting ready for the transition
    • Impact of non-compliance
    • Form submission
    • Claims submission
  • How to find additional resources and information

Questions can be emailed to ICD10@dads.state.tx.us .

(6/29/2015)

Updated: Miss the HCS/TxHmL Critical Incident Reporting Webinar? Listen to It on the DADS Website

HCS and TxHmL program providers can now access the webinar recording and presentation about new critical incident reporting requirements at: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/HCS/webinars/criticalincident/index.html.

Providers must comply with changes in reporting requirements outlined in Information Letters 15-25 (HCS) and 15-26 (TxHmL) beginning with the July 2015 reporting of incidents that occurred in June 2015.

Questions can be emailed to txhml@dads.state.tx.us.

(6/23/2015)

Unavailability of the Texas OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities

The Texas OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) website is unavailable until June 22, 2015. DADS providers are required to continue to check the Federal OIG LEIE and attempt to access the State OIG LEIE. The State OIG LEIE screen will return a message, “This site is currently Unavailable, please check back later.” Providers should print this screen, keep it on file, and be sure to check the website again on Monday, June 22, 2015. If the search identifies an excluded individual or entity, please report to HHSC-OIG the identity of the excluded individual or entity and any amount paid to that individual or entity, by accessing the HHSC-OIG self-reporting protocol, Section III. (Unavailable until June 22, 2015).

(6/19/2015)

Register Now for Positive Behavior Management and Supports Workshops in Corpus Christi and Odessa

DADS stakeholders can now register for a free, 1.5 day conference titled Why Problem Behavior Occurs (and Why it is Important to Know the Answer). Space is limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social work, psychology, LPA and LPC continuing education credits will be offered.

The program is designed for direct contact staff, caregivers, family members, nurses, qualified ID professionals, case or home managers, and home supervisors. Participants will learn to establish positive relationships with and support individuals with IDD who engage in challenging behavior and to safely and effectively prevent potentially harmful behaviors.

More information about the event, including presenter biographies and FAQs, is available in PDF format.

Questions can be emailed to angelica.rendon@dads.state.tx.us; please include “PBMS Workshop: Corpus Christi” or “PBMS Workshop: Odessa” in the subject line.

(6/19/2015)

DADS Needs your Feedback about Direct Support Workforce Stability

DADS is partnering with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) in a National Core Indicator's survey collecting information from provider agencies about direct support workforce stability across the United States. The survey will collect information about direct service support staffing levels, job stability, wages, and compensation.

Texas, as the second most populous state in the United States, has the opportunity to play a major role in the survey results. The information obtained by this survey will be used to:

  • inform policy and program development
  • monitor and evaluate outcomes
  • provide context for consumer and family outcomes, and
  • build systems to more effectively collect, analyze, and use direct service support workforce data

Your participation is critical. If all of the agencies providing services to adults with IDD in Texas participated in the survey, Texas could play a significant role in crafting future policies nationally and on the state level. This is your opportunity to raise awareness of staff issues facing agencies serving adults with IDD in a national forum.

DADS is requesting all DADS provider agencies that primarily provide services to adults with IDD to participate in this exciting opportunity by responding to HSRI's email and completing a survey. The survey will be starting the end of this week and ending June 30th.

Your company's specific information will be kept confidential and will not affect your status as a Texas provider. Any reports produced using this data will only contain data aggregated over multiple providers. For example, information may be reported for Texas as a whole, or for a particular region or service type, but not about specific providers. A copy of the survey questionnaire is available on the DADS website.

You will be receiving an email from HSRI inviting you to participate in this Staff Stability Survey. They will provide you with a webinar on how to complete the survey and a unique log-in that will enable you to enter survey responses into their database. The survey should be completed by your Human Resources or Payroll offices. Specific instructions will be included with the survey. Please complete the survey promptly.

Your participation will help inform policy decisions regarding Texas' Direct Support Professionals. DADS is excited for Texas to be a state who is participating in this survey in partnership with NASDDDS and HSRI. If you have any questions regarding the Staff Stability Survey, please contact Rebecca Martin at rebecca.martin@dads.state.tx.us or call her at (512) 438-4424.

Thank you for participating in this important work.

(6/15/2015)

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