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DADS Provider Alerts — Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

Complete the DADS Survey and Self-Assessment by Sept. 1

If your organization provides

  • day habilitation,
  • supported employment or
  • employment assistance,

you must complete a self-assessment and participate in an online survey by close of business Sept. 1, 2015. Click here to begin the survey.

Questions can be emailed to


DADS Seeking Feedback on Draft CFC Transportation Documents

DADS is asking stakeholders to comment on the following DRAFT documents by close of business Aug. 19, 2015. Comments can be emailed to

The DRAFT ILs describe the process by which transportation activities will be billed as a waiver activity and how providers are to include transportation hours on an IPC.

The DRAFT Individual Transportation Plan form is designed to collect information about an individual's transportation needs and use of the transportation service.


HHSC Requests Assistance to Update Addresses

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) needs

  • CLASS and DBMD case managers,  
  • HCS and TxHmL LIDDA service coordinators, and
  • QIDPs in the ICF-IID program

 to remind individuals enrolled in STAR+PLUS for their acute care to update their addresses with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

As part of the STAR+PLUS enrollment process, managed care organizations (MCO) assigned each individual a service coordinator to assist in coordinating acute care needs.  The MCO service coordinator can be an asset to the individual and provider in obtaining any needed services.

The MCOs have been unable to locate some of these individuals because their address in the State Medicaid Eligibility System is incorrect. The most likely reason is that the SSA, which populates the State Medicaid database for the individuals who have SSI benefits, does not have their current address.

An individual with SSI can verify their address or provide an update by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 or by contacting a local SSA office by phone or in person.  The DBMD/CLASS case manager or LIDDA service coordinator also could assist the individual or representative in placing the telephone call.  To find a local SSA office, an individual can go


DADS Seeking Input on ADRC Process

Do you want to give your input about how DADS can offer services through the aging and disability resource centers (ADRCs)? What about letting us know what you think about a system that would allow people who need services to call one number to get information about long-term care services?

If so, you have three ways to participate:

  • Come to an ADRC Strategic Planning Listening Forums Aug. 4 in Austin and San Antonio, Aug. 5 in Houston or Dallas, or Aug. 6 in El Paso.
  • Participate in a webinar Aug. 10 or 11.
  • Submit written comments via email by close of business Aug. 12.

More information is available in PDF format.


DADS Accepting Input on Draft Rules: Community First Choice for Individuals in DADS Waiver Programs

DADS has amended rules in 40 TAC Chapter 2 Subchapter L, Chapter 9 Subchapters D and N, and Chapters 41, 42, 45, and 49.

DADS stakeholders have until August 12, 2015 to submit initial comments or questions about the draft amendments.

DADS will present the proposal to the Medical Care Advisory Committee on August 20, 2015, and to the Texas Aging and Disability Services Council on September 17, 2015. The proposal will be published in the Texas Register in November 2015, at which time DADS will formally consider all comments received during the 30-day public comment period.

For your convenience DADS has developed a summary of the draft amendments.

Given the number of rules being amended, stakeholders may wish to focus their review on select chapters or subchapters.

Chapter 2 Local Authority Responsibilities
Chapter 9 Subchapter D Home and Community-based Services
Chapter 9 Subchapter N Texas Home Living
Chapter 41 Consumer Directed Services Option
Chapter 42 Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities
Chapter 45 Community Living Assistance and Support Services
Chapter 49 Contracting for Community Services

Submit comments to:


Proposed New Rules in 40 TAC Chapter 9, Intellectual Disability Services – Medicaid State Operating Agency Responsibilities, Subchapter D, Home and Community-based Services (HCS) Program and Subchapter N, Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

DADS stakeholders have until Aug. 16, 2015, to provide written comments on changes to 40 TAC Chapter 9, Subchapter D, regarding the HCS Program, and Subchapter N, regarding the TxHmL Program. Notice of the proposed rules was published in the July 17, 2015, issue of the Texas Register. The link will be good until next Friday, when the next issue of the Texas Register is put online. After that, you can find the July 17 issue on the Texas Register Archive. Comments are due within 30 days after the date of publication. To find out where and how to submit comments, please refer to the section titled “Public Comment.”

Questions about this alert can be sent to


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


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


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; please include "PBMS Workshop: Corpus Christi" or PBMS Workshop: Odessa" in the subject line.


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