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Comprehensive Assessment for Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In accordance with Senate Bill 7 (83rd Legislature, 2013) the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) shall evaluate comprehensive assessment instruments for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) as needed to ensure that each individual with an IDD receives the type, intensity and range of services that are both appropriate and available, based on the functional needs of that individual receiving services in:

  • a Medicaid waiver program;
  • the intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability (ICF/IID) program; or
  • a state operated ICF/IID.

Towards that effort, DADS has developed a survey to solicit input from stakeholders. Please visit the following link to participate in the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/assessment_for_IDD.  Please complete this brief survey by April 1, 2014.

Additionally, DADS has set up a mailbox for stakeholders to use to provide comments and feedback on an on-going basis.  Please send any comments or feedback to IDD.assessment@dads.state.tx.us.

(3/13/2014)

HCS and TxHmL Webinars and FAQs

DADS has updated its HCS and TxHmL provider pages, deleting the tabs "FAQs" and "Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Webinars," and replacing them with one tab for "Webinars and FAQs" which links to a page for both HCS and TxHmL webinars and FAQs. Currently, the information you will find on this page includes:

  • PowerPoint and webinar link for "HCS and TxHmL Provider and Local Authority Requirements Related to the Expansion of Managed Care" (webinar held March 11, 2014)
  • PowerPoint, handouts and webinar link for "Employment Assistance and Supported Employment in HCS and TxHmL Waivers" (webinar held Feb. 25, 2014)
  • PowerPoint and webinar link for "Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Home and Community-based Service (HCS) Providers" (webinar held Feb. 14, 2014)
  • PowerPoint and FAQs for "Quality Assurance Principles" (webinar held May 15, 2013)
  • PowerPoint for "Preventable Injury and Death of Individuals in the HCS and TxHmL Programs" (webinar held Feb. 4, 2013)

To access this tab, go to either the HCS or TxHmL provider page and click on the "Webinars and FAQs" tab, or access it directly at:
http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/HCS/webinars/index.html.

(3/12/2014)

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)

Reminder: Webinar March 11, 2013 -- HCS and TxHmL Provider and Local Authority Requirements Related to the Expansion of Managed Care

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is hosting a webinar on March 11, 2014 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. regarding the requirements for maintaining continuously current Level of Care (LOC) authorizations, Individual Plan of Care (IPC) authorizations, and Medicaid eligibility for all individuals enrolled in the Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) programs to prevent service disruption due to the transition of their acute care services into the STAR+PLUS Managed Care Organization.

Who should attend?

This webinar is for HCS and TxHmL providers, their program coordination staff, and Local Authority staff who have responsibilities related to submission of the Intellectual Disability/Related Conditions (ID/RC) form, Individual Plan of Care (IPC) form, or assisting individuals with achieving and maintaining Medicaid eligibility.

To register for this webinar, please click here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/348625664.

(3/4/2014)

Provider Survey on Services to Individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome

In response to Senate Bill 7 (83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013) the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is conducting a study to identify crisis intervention programs currently available to, evaluate the need for appropriate housing for and develop strategies for serving the needs of persons in Texas with Prader-Willi syndrome. This study is being completed in coordination with the Health and Human Services Commission.

To help inform the study, DADS is seeking input from providers that currently serve, or have served in the past, an individual with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous -- your responses cannot be connected to you. If you need more information about the survey please email Alicia Essary at alicia.essary@dads.state.tx.us. Participation in the survey is voluntary.

The survey will be available through March 10, 2014.

Thank you in advance for your participation. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZSPDZLM

(2/27/2014)

New Provider Manuals and Handbooks Appendix: Advanced Directives

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has posted an appendix titled Advance Directives. In some handbooks and manuals this appendix replaces the appendix titled Patient Self-Determination Advance Directives, which has been retired.

This appendix contains helpful links to information and resources providers may use to inform their discussions with individuals and families regarding end-of-life decisions.

The new Advance Directives appendix is linked to the provider manuals and handbooks listed below:

This new appendix supersedes all previous policy, related forms or similar guidance published by DADS. DADS recommends that providers remove retired information about advance directives from their records to ensure they refer to only the most current information.

If you have questions about the new appendix or related Information Letters that were retired, please email PDO@dads.state.tx.us and include in the subject line "Appendix: Advance Directives."

(2/14/2014)

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 March 11, 2013: HCS and TxHmL Provider and Local Authority Requirements Related to the Expansion of Managed Care

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is hosting a webinar on March 11, 2014 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. regarding the requirements for maintaining continuously current Level of Care (LOC) authorizations, Individual Plan of Care (IPC) authorizations, and Medicaid eligibility for all individuals enrolled in the Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) programs to prevent service disruption due to the transition of their acute care services into the STAR+PLUS Managed Care Organization.

Who should attend?

This webinar is for HCS and TxHmL providers, their program coordination staff, and Local Authority staff who have responsibilities related to submission of the Intellectual Disability/Related Conditions (ID/RC) form, Individual Plan of Care (IPC) form, or assisting individuals with achieving and maintaining Medicaid eligibility.

To register for this webinar, please click here: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/348625664.

(1/30/2014)

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)

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)

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