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Improving the Recruitment and Retention of Texas Direct Service Workers (DSW)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is seeking to improve direct service workforce recruitment and retention.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will soon survey personal attendants and direct service workers to learn more about their work experience, what motivates them, the problems they face, and what would make their jobs more rewarding. What we learn will help public and private providers, other employers and individuals recruit and retain DSWs.

DADS providers are being asked to complete this survey because you employ individuals who provide support as personal attendants or DSWs. Please assist us by taking five minutes to complete this survey before April 7, 2014.

Contact: Ron Ayer, DADS Project Manager, ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us, 512-438-5001.

(3/24/2014)

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)

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)

Region 5 Assisted Living (ALF) & Adult Day Care (ADC) Provider Meeting to Be Held in Lufkin on May 22, 2014

You are invited to attend the annual ALF & ADC Facility Provider Meeting presented by the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, Regulatory Services Division, Region 5 staff. The purpose of this meeting is to encourage open communication/dialogue and provide information. The following topics will be presented:

  • Legislative Updates
    By: Dotty Acosta, Program Specialist, ALF/ADC State Office, Austin, TX
  • Life Safety Code
    By: Fred Worley, Program Manager, Survey Operations, State Office , Austin, TX

This meeting will be held on May 22, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Angelina College 3500 S. 1st Street, Lufkin, TX. 75902. Please register and submit your questions on the above topics by the registration deadline of May 9th, 2014. Administrators, DON's, Social Workers, MDS Nurses and CNAs are all invited to attend. Seating is limited to 125 providers. Five (5) providers from each facility may attend.

Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Region45ALFProviderMtg2014

(3/5/2014)

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)

ADC Facility, ALF, In-patient Hospice, ICF/IID, and Nursing Facility providers are warned to discontinue the use of Uncle Ben's infused rice products until further notice due to an outbreak of illnesses

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has issued a warning regarding a recall of Uncle Ben's infused rice products. DSHS is urging people to be aware of a recent nationwide recall of 5- and 25-pound bags of Uncle Ben's infused rice products that were distributed in Texas and possibly other states.

The company issued the voluntary recall on February 7, 2014 following several mild illnesses reported late last week among Katy schoolchildren and staff after they ate the rice at school. Reported symptoms included burning and itchy rashes, headaches, and nausea. The symptoms appeared shortly after eating the product and disappeared within 30 to 90 minutes. The cause of the illnesses is undetermined at this time.

The recall is for large bags packaged primarily for institutional settings such as schools, nursing facilities, hospitals and prisons. However, the products have also been sold to consumers online and at warehouse club retailers.

Residents/clients/individuals should not eat any of the recalled products. Facilities should discard any they have on hand.

The recalled rice was sold in bags labeled with the Uncle Ben's brand. The recall includes all of the following Uncle Ben's products, regardless of lot numbers, produced since Jan. 1, 2013:

  • Infused Rice Roasted Chicken Flavor (5- and 25-pound bags)
  • Infused Rice Garlic and Butter Flavor (5-pound bags)
  • Infused Rice Mexican Flavor (5- and 25-pound bags)
  • Infused Rice Pilaf (5-pound bags)
  • Infused Rice Saffron Flavor (5-pound bags)
  • Infused Rice Cheese Flavor (5-pound bags)
  • Infused Rice Spanish Flavor (25-pound bags)

DSHS is not aware of any serious illness or hospitalizations associated with the recalled products. DSHS is coordinating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the recall and investigation and is working to ensure people are aware of the recall.

The DSHS announcement of the recall can be accessed at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/releases/20140209.aspx.

The FDA announcement of the recall and investigation can be accessed at http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/.

Uncle Ben's Consumer Care is at 800-548-6253. The company's announcement of the recall can be accessed at http://www.unclebens.com/Important-Message.

If you have questions about the recall, please contact the company or the retail location of purchase.

(2/10/2014)

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)

DAHS Forms Webinar - January 13, 2014

For DAHS providers who were not able to listen in on the DAHS Forms Webinar held on Jan. 13, 2014, the following link provides access to a recording of the webinar.
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/773098488

This recording will be available for online access for the next 90 days. We will soon add a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link that includes responses to the questions sent to DADS during the webinar. DAHS providers will be notified when the FAQ is posted.

A copy of the DAHS Forms Webinar in PDF format is available here.

If you need further assistance, please contact the DAHS Forms webinar organizers at PDO@dads.state.tx.us

(2/5/2014)

Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives Information Session for Providers and Consumers - San Antonio Jan. 31

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.

Jan. 31, 2014
1-3 p.m. (providers)
4-6 p.m. (consumers, families, and other stakeholders)
Alamo Area Council of Governments
Al J. Notzon III Board Room (1st floor)
8700 Tesoro Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78217

The 1 p.m. session will be directed towards acute care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers. The 4 p.m. session will be directed towards consumers, families, and other stakeholders. San Antonio is part of the Bexar service area. Additional meetings will be held in these other service areas: Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Lubbock, Nueces, and Tarrant. 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.

(1/28/2014)

Provider Meeting for Adult Day Care Providers in Regions 2, 9 and 10 to be held February 19, 2014 in El Paso

You are invited to attend a meeting held by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), Regulatory Services Division (RSD) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 19, 2014 in El Paso. Registration begins at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at 4801 Osborne Dr., El Paso Police Department, West Side Regional Command Center.

Presentations are by DADS Life Safety Code Program Manager Fred Worley and Regional Attorney William Elliott. ALF/ADC Program Specialist Dotty Acosta will be available for questions.

Please park in the parking lot west of the credit union (just past the rock wall).

The purpose of this meeting is to encourage open communication and provide information. The topics on the agenda include:

  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Registration
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Administrative Penalties – William Elliott
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Life Safety Code Updates – Fred Worley

Please register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Region2_9_10ADCProviderMtg2014. If you do not have computer access and would like to attend the meeting, please call (325) 795-5570 to register. The deadline to register is Feb. 14, 2014.

(1/21/2014)

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