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Revisions to DAHS PM Sections 5000 and 6000

The attached files include draft revisions to DAHS PM Sections 5000 and 6000 for your review. Additional copies that indicate where the revisions were made (Sections 5000 and 6000) are also attached so the reader can tell where the changes were made in each section. Please review and provide any comments by COB Friday August 15, 2014.

Stakeholder comments on the DAHS revision may be sent to DAHS provider mailbox at dahs@dads.state.tx.us

(8/7/2014)

Update to Upcoming Positive Behavior Management Workshops

Note:

  • Registration for the Fort Worth workshop has reached capacity and registration is closed.
  • The Corpus Christi workshop has been canceled.

Spaces are still available for the Austin and Longview workshops.

Working with people with an intellectual disability (ID) can be both a rewarding and challenging job. When an person with an ID engages in challenging behavior, it can create barriers to establishing meaningful relationships and skill acquisition. Discover "Why Problem Behavior Occurs (and Why it is Important to Know the Answer)" as Dr. Richard Smith, Carla Smith and Dr. Karen Toussaint, from the University of North Texas, and instructors from the Behavior Analysis Resource Center help participants learn evidence-based best practice prevention and management techniques to support positive behavior.

The workshop offers caregivers, who provide training and habilitation services and supports, the opportunity to learn proactive approaches to establishing positive relationships with and supporting individuals who engage in challenging behavior. This session teaches participants to use reinforcement to "tip the scales" toward adaptive and positive behavior and how to safely and effectively prevent potentially harmful behaviors. Attendees who would benefit from this workshop include direct contact staff, caregivers, family members, nurses, qualified ID professionals, case or home managers, and home supervisors.

Through the Money Follows the Person (MFP) initiative Texas has received fundig from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to expand its efforts in the support of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and persons with behavioral health needs. MFP funds make it possible for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to host 3, 1.5 day workshops:

Austin
July 24 & 25, 2014
Crowne Plaza Hotel – Austin
6121 North IH 35
Austin, TX 78752
Register for the Austin workshop at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBM_Austin

Longview
August 4 & 5
Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex
100 Grand Blvd.
Longview, TX 75604-5852
Register for the Longview workshop at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBM_Longview

Fort Worth
August 7 & 8
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Lecture Hall
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Registration is closed for this event

Social work, psychology, LPA and LPC continuing education credits will be offered. BCBA continuing education credits will be offered by the University of North Texas Behavior Analysis Resource Center for $50.

This workshop is offered free of charge, but spaces are limited. Registration is now open. Click here for more information about the workshops, including course outline and registration. Please contact novella.evans@dads.state.tx.us with any questions, and include PBS Workshop: and location of interest in the subject line.

(7/22/2014)

Reminder: Registration Now Open: Positive Behavior Management Workshops

Working with individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) can be both a rewarding and challenging job. When an individual with an ID engages in challenging behavior, it can create barriers to establishing meaningful relationships and skill acquisition. Discover "Why Problem Behavior Occurs (and Why it is Important to Know the Answer)" as Dr. Richard Smith, Carla Smith, and Dr. Karen Toussaint from the University of North Texas, and instructors from the Behavior Analysis Resource Center help participants learn evidence-based best practice prevention and management techniques to support positive behavior.

The workshop offers caregivers, who provide training and habilitation services and supports, the opportunity to learn proactive approaches to establishing positive relationships with and supporting individuals who engage in challenging behavior. This session teaches participants to use reinforcement to "tip the scales" toward adaptive and positive behavior and how to safely and effectively prevent potentially harmful behaviors. Attendees who would benefit from this workshop include direct contact staff, caregivers, family members, nurses, qualified ID professionals, case or home managers, and home supervisors.

Through the Money Follows the Person (MFP) initiative Texas has received funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to expand its efforts in the support of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and persons with behavioral health needs. MFP funds make it possible for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to host three 1.5 day workshops:

  • Austin, TX – July 24 & 25, 2014
    Register for the Austin workshop at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBM_Austin
    Crowne Plaza Hotel – Austin
    6121 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, TX 78752
    (512) 323-5466
  • Longview, TX – August 4 & 5, 2014
    Register for the Longview workshop at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBM_Longview
    Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex
    100 Grand Blvd, Longview, TX 75604-5852
    (903) 237-1230
  • Ft. Worth, TX – August 7 & 8, 2014
    Register for the Ft. Worth workshop at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PBM_FtWorth
    Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Lecture Hall
    3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107
    (817) 392-5531

PLEASE NOTE: the Corpus Christi workshop has been cancelled.

Social Work, Psychology, LPA, and LPC continuing education credits will be offered. BCBA continuing education credits will be offered by the University of North Texas Behavior Analysis Resource Center for $50.

This workshop is offered free of charge, but spaces are limited. Registration is now open. Click here for more information about the workshops, including course outline and registration. Please contact novella.evans@dads.state.tx.us with any questions, and include PBS Workshop: and location of interest in the subject line.

(7/17/2014)

DAHS Forms Webinar Presentation and FAQS Now Available

This posting includes the PowerPoint presentation used in the DAHS Forms Webinar that was held in January 2014 along with the responses to the questions received during the webinar.

(7/8/2014)

DADS Guide to Employment for People with Disabilities Now Available

This new publication was designed for people who want to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities including Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) employees, contracted case managers and service coordinators, service providers, and people who receive DADS services and their families.

While some parts of the guide focus on employment services programs, the rest applies to all DADS program participants. As such, all stakeholders are encouraged to use it.

Highlights include:

  • Recommended roles and responsibilities at each stage of a job search
  • Strategies for overcoming the transportation obstacle
  • Tools and guidance for coordinating services with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
  • Index of DADS rules related to employment supports
  • Information about Medicaid Buy-In, and other ways to maintain needed services while working
  • Description of Social Security Administration work incentives
(7/3/2014)

Community Outreach Meetings Slated for STAR+PLUS Enrollees

People who are required to be included in the Sept. 1, 2014, STAR+PLUS expansion into the Medicaid Rural Service Areas, as well as those who are voluntarily enrolling in STAR+PLUS, are encouraged to attend a community outreach meeting in their area.

Outreach events provide opportunities for the enrollment broker, MAXIMUS, to educate people about the services and benefits available through the various managed care organizations.

A list of events can be found on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Website at: http://www.txmedicaidevents.com. Follow the instructions on the page to find an event.

People who are required to be enrolled in STAR+PLUS already may have received a STAR+PLUS introductory letter in the mail. The majority also should have received a STAR+PLUS enrollment packet.

Intermediate care facility (ICF/IID), Community Living and Support Services (CLASS), Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD), Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) clients who have not received a packet should call 1-877-782-6440 (TTY: 1-800-267-5008).

All others who did not receive either document, should call 1-800-964-2777 (TTY 1-800-267-5008).

To learn more, visit the Expansion of Managed Care webpage, which contains general information about the Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives and frequently asked questions.

If you have a question, please send it via email to: Managed_Care_Initiatives@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(7/2/2014)

STAR+PLUS Provider Training Webinars

HHSC will host STAR+PLUS provider training webinars for the following Long-term Services and Support Providers:

  • Community Based Alternatives (CBA)
  • Primary Home Care (PHC)
  • Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS)
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF/IID)
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS)
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
  • Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

On September 1, 2014, the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program will expand statewide to the Medicaid rural service areas of Texas (Central, Northeast and West). People who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities and are covered by Medicaid will begin receiving services through a STAR+PLUS managed care health plan.

Also on September 1, 2014, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are covered by Medicaid and reside in a community-based ICF/IID or receive services through a 1915© IDD waiver will begin receiving acute care services through a STAR+PLUS managed care health plan. Long-term services and supports will continue to be provided through the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS).

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is holding provider trainings to educate providers on STAR+PLUS managed care and what changes to expect. The "STAR+PLUS Provider Training" will be a general STAR+PLUS managed care training targeted to providers in the rural service areas. The "STAR+PLUS Training for IDD Providers" will be targeted to providers who serve individuals with IDD statewide.

The webinars will be offered as follows:

Date Time Training
June 16, 2014 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. STAR+PLUS Provider Training
 

10 a.m. - Noon

STAR+PLUS Training for IDD Providers

July 8, 2014 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. STAR+PLUS Provider Training
  2 p.m. - 4 p.m. STAR+PLUS Training for IDD Providers
August 12, 2014 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. STAR+PLUS Provider Training
  10 a.m. - Noon STAR+PLUS Training for IDD Providers

Please click here to register for one of these webinars.

A series of provider trainings will be offered in person. For additional details and training dates, check the meeting notices on the HHSC website for listings entitled, “STAR+PLUS Trainings.”

(6/11/2014)

Heat Advisory Reminder

With the advent of hot weather, it is imperative that providers ensure the safety of individuals when they are being transported in vehicles in the heat.

Providers must take additional precautions to ensure that all individuals safely exit a vehicle when it reaches its destination. Specifically, staff should be trained and reminded of the following:

  • Have a list of all individuals who are being transported, and verify at drop-off locations that everyone has exited the vehicle.
  • Conduct a secondary check of the vehicle every time it is parked to ensure that no one remains inside.
  • Make sure that seat belts and seat surfaces are not too hot before individuals sit down and receive assistance with buckling up.

It is also important for providers to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness and to ensure the safety of clients when they are outside in the heat. Further information on heat-related precautions can be found at the following websites:

(6/2/2014)

HHSC to Host STAR+PLUS Provider Trainings for Long-term Services and Support Providers (Community Based Alternatives (CBA), Primary Home Care (PHC) and Day Activity Health Services (DAHS)

On September 1, 2014, the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program will expand statewide to the rural service areas of Texas (Central, Northeast and West). People who are age 65 or older or who have disabilities and are covered by Medicaid will begin receiving services through a STAR+PLUS managed care health plan. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is holding provider trainings across the three rural service areas to educate providers on STAR+PLUS managed care and what changes to expect.

The rural service area managed care organizations will be present to answer questions.

On June 26th, 2014, a STAR+PLUS provider training will take place in Tyler. For additional details and training dates, check the meeting notices on the HHSC website for listings entitled, “STAR+PLUS Trainings.”

(5/29/2014)

Information Letters from MAXIMUS Regarding STAR+PLUS Expansion

Beginning the week of May 5, 2014, MAXIMUS began sending a mail-out to individuals who will be covered under the STAR+PLUS Medicaid Managed Care expansion effective September 1, 2014. The expansion will affect individuals who reside in a Medicaid Rural Service Area (MRSA); AND individuals who are not in a MRSA but reside in an ICF/IID or are enrolled in the HCS, TxHmL, CLASS or DBMD waiver program as of September 1, 2014 or later.

MAXIMUS is sending the mail-out to individuals on behalf of the Health and Human Services Commission, in their capacity as the state's enrollment broker for managed care. The mail-out includes the letter, frequently asked questions and a comparison chart for the managed care organizations in each area. The materials (except for the comparison charts) in English and Spanish are posted at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/managed-care/Letters-from-HHSC.shtml

(5/19/2014)

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