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Mindful Planning to Promote Strong Integrated Employment Outcomes

During this online event, we will discuss what it means to be mindful in employment planning efforts and how to meet families and individuals where they are during various life stages. This approach should result in a plan that is action-oriented, realistic, and doable, and reflects tangible employment goals.

Designed for:
State and local agency representatives, service providers, and case managers, but all are welcome!

When
Date: May 20, 2014
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 90 minutes

More details
For event details and to register click on this link: http://connectpro97884399.adobeconnect.com/selnfammindful/event/event_info.html.

(5/14/2014)

Notice of Proposed Rules for the Chapter 49 Rules Rewrite

The notice of proposed rules for the Chapter 49 rules rewrite was published in the April 18, 2014 issue of the Texas Register. You can view it online at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/April182014/Proposed%20Rules/40.SOCIAL%20SERVICES%20AND%20ASSISTANCE%20.html#36

The last day of the formal comment period is May 18, 2014.

The applicable provider types are:

(1)
Medicaid waiver programs and services under Title XIX, §1915(c) of the Social Security Act as follows:
(A)
Community Living Assistance & Support Services (CLASS) Program:
(i)
CLASS-case management agency (CMA);
(ii)
CLASS-continued family services (CFS);
(iii)
CLASS-direct service agency (DSA); and
(iv)
CLASS-support family services (SFS);
(B)
Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) Program;
(C)
Home and Community Based Services (HCS) Program;
(D)
Medically Dependent Children (MDCP) Program:
(i)
MDCP-adaptive aids (AA);
(ii)
MDCP- home and community support services agency (HCSSA);
(iii)
MDCP-minor home modifications; and
(iv)
MDCP- Out of Home Respite (OHR):
(I)
MDCP-adaptive aids (AA);
(II)
MDCP- home and community support services agency (HCSSA);
(III)
MDCP-minor home modifications; and
(IV)
MDCP- Out of Home Respite (OHR):
(V)
MDCP-OHR-hospital; and
(VI)
MDCP-OHR-host family;
(E)
Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Program; and
(F)
Transition assistance services (TAS);
(2)
Medicaid state plan services under Title XIX, §1902(a)(10)(A) of the Social Security Act as follows:
(A)
hospice;
(B)
primary home care (PHC)/ community attendant services (CAS); and
(C)
day activity and health services (DAHS);
(3)
services and programs under Title XX, Subtitle A of the Social Security Act as follows:
(A)
adult foster care (AFC);
(B)
emergency response system;
(C)
home delivered meals (HDM);
(D)
residential care (RC);
(E)
DAHS;
(F)
family care (FC);
(G)
consumer managed personal attendant services (CMPAS);
(H)
special services to persons with disabilities (SSPD); and
(I)
SSPD – 24-hour shared attendant care;
(4)
relocation services;
(5)
financial management services under the consumer directed services option authorized under Texas Government Code, §531.051 as follows:
(A)
financial management services agency (FMSA)--CLASS;
(B)
FMSA-DBMD;
(C)
FMSA-HCS;
(D)
FMSA-MDCP;
(E)
FMSA-PHC/CAS/FC; and
(F)
FMSA-TxHmL.
(5/2/2014)

2014 Houston Healthcare Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Summit for Region 6 Providers

June 10, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas

On June 10, 2014 the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management and Houston Department of Health and Human Services will partner with local agencies and companies to host the 2014 Houston Healthcare Hurricane & Emergency Preparedness Summit.

This event will provide a unique opportunity for non-hospital healthcare providers (i.e. nursing home, home health, assisted living, rehabilitation, dialysis, pharmacy, etc.), to enhance facility preparedness for hurricanes and other emergencies.

Summit attendees will hear from experienced speakers on a variety of topics critical to comprehensive preparedness as well as lessons learned.

Registration is now open. Stay informed about the event by visiting healthcaresummit.houstonoem.org regularly. Click Here to Register

Questions? Contact the Office of Emergency Management at 713-884-4500, or via email at info@houstonoem.org

(4/23/2014)

Reminder: Survey About Direct Service Workers Runs Through April 7

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is asking all providers that employ direct service workers to take a short survey about their employees. The survey should take about five minutes. The deadline to complete the survey is close of business April 7, 2014.

Click here to take the survey.

This survey is the first step in learning more about:

  • the experiences of direct support workers,
  • what motivates them,
  • the problems they face and
  • what would make their jobs more rewarding.

The next step will be to select a representative sample of direct service workers from across the state to participate in a survey and focus groups.

If you have questions, please contact Ron Ayer, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services project manager, at ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us or at 512-438-5001.

(4/4/2014)

DADS Still Accepting Input on IDD Assessment Tools

As many of you know, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is evaluating comprehensive assessment tools used to assess the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Senate Bill 7 (83rd Regular Session) calls for DADS to ensure that individuals with IDD, who receive services through an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability (ICF/IID), including the state supported living centers, or an ICF/IID waiver program, receive the type, intensity, and range of services that are appropriate and available based on their functional needs, as identified by a comprehensive assessment instrument.

Due to technical problems with the mailbox DADS set up for stakeholders to provide comments, please submit or re-submit any previously sent comments to the following address: IDD.Assessment@dads.state.tx.us.

We value your input and apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you in advance for your patience and participation in this endeavor.

(4/3/2014)

To All Region 4 Assisted Living and Adult Day Care Providers:

You are invited to attend a provider meeting with staff members from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), Regulatory Services Division. DADS plans a provider meeting annually to meet with all ALF/ADC providers in the region. The purpose of this provider meeting is to encourage open communication between you, the provider, and Regulatory Services staff.

The meeting for Region 4 is on Wednesday May 28, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler's Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road, Tyler. Please note that parking is available behind the Ornelas Center. Each facility may send up to four staff members. The registration deadline for this meeting is May 16, 2014.

The following topics/speakers are scheduled: Legislative Update by Dotty Acosta, Program Specialist for Texas Assisted Living and Adult Day Care facilities, and Life Safety Code Update by Fred Worley, Life Safety Code Manager, DADS Survey Operations.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ALFADC2014Tyler

(4/3/2014)

Survey About Direct Service Workers Runs Through April 7

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is asking all providers that employ direct service workers to take a short survey about their employees. The survey should take about five minutes. The deadline to complete the survey is close of business April 7, 2014.

Click here to take the survey.

This survey is the first step in learning more about:

  • the experiences of direct support workers,
  • what motivates them,
  • the problems they face and
  • what would make their jobs more rewarding.

The next step will be to select a representative sample of direct service workers from across the state to participate in a survey and focus groups.

If you have questions, please contact Ron Ayer, Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services project manager, at ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us or at 512-438-5001.

(4/1/2014)

Recent Change to TINS Will Not Affect HHS Payments

The Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts converted all Texas Identification Numbers (TINs) based on Social Security Number (SSN) to a new format on March 3, 2014. The changed numbers already have begun showing up on paper warrants and direct deposits addenda records.

This change applies to individuals and sole proprietorship business owners whose TIN is not based on their state Employer Identification Number (EIN).

  • TINs based on a Social Security Number began with a "2," followed by the nine-digit SSN.
  • The new TINs begin with a "7," followed by a randomly assigned number.

When calling the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) with payment inquiries, you don’t need to know your new TIN. DADS can still look up your account using your Social Security Number. The same is true for the other four Texas health and human services agencies.

In addition, the Comptroller’s online "Search State Payments Issued" application still allows you to search using your EIN or SSN.

(3/31/2014)

Improving the Recruitment and Retention of Texas Direct Service Workers
An invitation from DADS Commissioner Weizenbaum

Direct service workers (DSWs) provide essential personal support services to older Texans and individuals with disabilities. The work they do is critical, yet Texas will soon have more people who need assistance than there are DSWs.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will conduct several focus groups and surveys to learn about DSWs work experience, what motivates them, the problems they face and what would make their jobs more rewarding. This information will help service provider organizations and individuals hiring their own support staff to recruit and retain DSWs.

In the coming weeks you will be receiving invitations to participate in surveys or focus groups. Direct service workers, provider agencies, and individuals with disabilities and/or their family members are strongly encouraged to actively participate with us on this important initiative.

More information on this will come from a GovDelivery notice like this one and via email. If you have any questions please contact Ron Ayer, DADS project manager, ron.ayer@dads.state.tx.us , (512) 438-5001.

(3/25/2014)

REMINDER: DADS Now Asking for Feedback on IDD Services

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is evaluating comprehensive assessment tools used to assess the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Senate Bill 7 (83rd Regular Session) calls for DADS to ensure that individuals with IDD, who receive services through an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability (ICF/IID), including the state supported living centers, or an ICF/IID waiver program, receive the type, intensity, and range of services that are appropriate and available based on their functional needs, as identified by a comprehensive assessment instrument.

DADS invites stakeholders with an interest in this topic to complete a short survey. The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/assessment_for_IDD.

The deadline for participation in the survey is April 1, 2014.

In addition, stakeholders can email comments at any time to IDD.assessment@dads.state.tx.us.

(3/25/2014)

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