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DADS Publishes Updated CFC Billing Guidelines

The updated CFC Billing Guidelines (PDF) have been published to the DADS website. The changes in this document were effective June 1, 2016.

Questions can be emailed to MCD_CFC@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(6/3/2016)

Updated: DADS Releases Free Training on Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with an IDD

If you care for, support or advocate for a person with an IDD, a new free online training, Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (MHW-IDD) might be for you.

This 6-part e-learning training series was developed by DADS and DSHS to educate direct service workers and others about behavioral health needs of people who have an IDD and a co-occurring behavioral health condition. This training looks at challenging behavior in a new way and emphasizes the importance of supporting mental wellness in individuals with an IDD.

Through the modules in this course, you will learn to recognize the "whole person," and to gain a better understanding of different factors that influence the way people with IDD think, feel and behave. You will also learn how you can positively impact their quality of life.

The full course curriculum contains the following modules:

  1. Co-occurring disorders: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Illness
  2. Trauma-informed Care for Individuals with IDD (Note:This training module is required for new ICF who will be working directly with people with IDD. SSLCs must access the TIC course through iLearn only.)
  3. Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Support
  4. Overview of Genetic Syndromes Associated with IDD
  5. Overview of Medical Conditions Associate with IDD
  6. Putting It All Together: Supports and Strategies for DSWs

For employees of a SSLC, you may access training modules #1, 3, 4, 5, 6 from http://www.mhwidd.com . To take the trauma-informed care course, you must access it from iLearn. For any questions about accessing the trauma-informed care course, please contact your supervisor.

If you have questions regarding the content of this course, please email novella.evans@dads.state.tx.us. If you need assistance with the functionality of this course, please email centralizedtraining@uthscsa.edu.

(6/3/2016)

New Flyer Helps Inform Families about STAR Kids

STAR Kids is a new managed care program that will provide Medicaid benefits to people 20 and younger with disabilities. The program takes effect November 2016.

HHSC has created a STAR Kids flyer in English and Spanish for DADS providers to share with people who will be enrolled in the program.

For more information on the STAR Kids program, visit their website.

(5/25/2016)

CARE Now Asks a Question about Backup Plans

HCS providers and TxHmL service coordinators who enter information on CARE Screens L02/C02 will find a new question — Does the individual require a backup plan?

If any service critical to meeting the health and safety of a person receiving services is identified on the PDP as needing a backup, the answer on the CARE screen will be "Yes". If none of the services need a backup, then enter "No" into the CARE Screen. (Refer to page 5, the Action Plan of the PDP for details.)

A yes or no must be provided for this question or CARE will not allow the submission to continue.

HCS program providers can direct questions about backup plans to the individual's service coordinator or LIDDA. Other questions can be emailed to hcs@dads.state.tx.us.

(4/21/2016)

Recordings, Presentations from March CFC and HCBS Webinars now Online

CLASS, DBMD, HCS and TxHmL providers that missed the March webinars regarding amendments to their program rules can now find them on the CFC Webinars and Training webpage.

In addition, providers that missed the HCBS Rules Provider Self-Assessments webinar can find the webinar recording and presentation on the HCBS Events Page. This event was for HCS, DBMD, and CLASS providers.

Questions can be emailed to the respective programs:

(3/29/2016)

Amended HCS, TxHmL Rules Effective March 20

HHSC has authorized amendments to 40 TAC Chapter 9, Intellectual Disability Services — Medicaid State Operating Agency Responsibilities, Subchapter D, HCS Program, and Subchapter N, TxHmL Program, effective March 20, 2016. The adopted rules:

  • implement Community First Choice Medicaid state plan services in the HCS and TxHmL Programs;
  • require an HCS and TxHmL program provider to develop a transportation plan if transportation as a supported home living or as a community support activity is included on the individual plan of care (IPC);
  • add to the eligibility criteria for HCS and TxHmL program services (for consistency with the HCS and TxHmL waiver applications); and
  • increase the dental treatment service limit from $1,000 to $2,000 during an IPC year in the HCS program.

The rules were published as proposed in the Texas Register on Nov. 27, 2015. The adopted rules were published in the Texas Register on March 11, 2016.

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

(3/16/2016)

New Contracting Rules Effective March 20

HHSC has authorized amendments to 40 TAC Chapter 49, Contracting for Community Services, effective March 20, 2016. The adopted rules make Community First Choice Medicaid state plan services available to individuals enrolled in the HCS, TxHmL, CLASS, and DBMD programs.

The rules were published as proposed in the Texas Register on Nov. 27, 2015. The adopted rules were published in the Texas Register on March 11, 2016.

Email questions to beth.skelton@dads.state.tx.us.

(3/16/2016)

New CDS Rules Effective March 20

HHSC has authorized amendments to 40 TAC Chapter 41, Consumer Directed Services Option, effective March 20, 2016. The adopted rules make Community First Choice Medicaid state plan services available through the CDS Option to individuals enrolled in the HCS, TxHmL, CLASS, and DBMD programs.

The rules were published as proposed in the Texas Register on Nov. 27, 2015. The adopted rules were published in the Texas Register on March 11, 2016.

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

(3/15/2016)

Q&A from February Webinar Now Online

Questions and answers from the February HCS/TxHmL Form 8510 webinar are now on the CFC website along with the webinar recording and the PowerPoint presentation.

Questions can be sent to hcs@dads.state.tx.us  or txhml@dads.state.tx.us, as appropriate.

(3/15/2016)

Give Us Your Feedback on Proposed Day Habilitation Rules

DADS stakeholders are invited to review and comment on proposed day habilitation rules (PDF format). Comments can be emailed to Sheryl.loera@dads.state.tx.us by COB March 8.

The proposed revisions are to these sections of the TAC:

  • §9.230 Requirements for Active Treatment Not Provided in a Facility
  • §49.313 Day Habilitation Requirements in the HCS Program, the TxHmL Program, and the DBMD Program and Prevocational Services Requirements in the CLASS Program
  • §49.205 License, Certification, Accreditation, and Other Requirements
(3/3/2016)

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