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Blue Bell Ice Cream and Sherbet Recall due to Listeria Contamination

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory alert regarding a Blue Bell ice cream and sherbet recall due to Listeria contamination on April 22, 2015.

On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities, including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Blue Bell announced this recall after sampling conducted by the company revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17, 2015 and March 27, 2015 contained the bacteria.

  • Listeriosis is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium (germ) Listeria monocytogenes. People at high risk for listeriosis include pregnant women and their newborns, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.
  • This is an ongoing multistate outbreak investigation of listeriosis illnesses occurring over several years. Information indicates that various Blue Bell brand products are the source of this outbreak.
  • As of April 21, 2015, a total of ten people with listeriosis related to this outbreak have been confirmed from 4 states: Arizona (1), Kansas (5), Oklahoma (1), and Texas (3). Three deaths were reported from Kansas.

Click here to read the health advisory that contains guidance for health professionals, consumers, institutions, and retailers.
Click here to download the DSHS County Disease Reporting Contact Information document.

If you have any questions or would like more information on Listeria, please contact DSHS, HSR 2/3 at (817) 264-4541 during business hours or (817) 822-6786 after hours.

Information about the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream is available at:


DADS Nurse Aide Registry and Employee Misconduct Registry Phone Line Unavailable

Due to technical issues, the DADS toll-free telephone number providers may use to check the Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry is not operable. DADS will provide more information as it becomes available.

All DADS-regulated facilities and agencies are required to check both the Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry before hiring an individual to determine if the person is listed in either registry as having committed an act of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation or misconduct against a resident or consumer and is, therefore, unemployable.

Providers should use the following link to conduct employability checks:


Register Now for June 24 ALF, ADC Provider Meeting in Tyler

Assisted living and adult day care providers in DADS Regions 4 and 5 (Tyler and Beaumont areas) can now register for a Regulatory Services provider meeting, June 24, 9 a.m.-Noon, at Ornelas Center in Tyler.

Topics will include:

  • Emergency Management/Preparedness
  • ALF/ADC Updates

Questions can be emailed to


ADC Provider Meetings Slated for McAllen and Corpus Christi

Adult day care providers are invited to attend 1 of 3 DADS Regulatory Services Division provider meetings. Topics will include Life Safety Code procedures and Incident/Investigation Reporting.

April 28, 2015
9 a.m.-Noon

South Texas College Cooper Center
McAllen, Texas

April 28, 2015
1:30-4:30 p.m.

South Texas College Cooper Center
McAllen, Texas

May 8, 2015
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Texas Department of Transportation
Corpus Christi, Texas


DADS to Require New Forms as Part of Contracting Process

DADS stakeholders that apply for a contract with the agency or that respond to a request for proposal after April 6, 2015, will need to complete a Data Usage Agreement if the resulting contract would provide the contractor access to confidential information.

Beginning May 1, 2015, the agency also will require a completed Information Security and Privacy Initial Inquiry if the contract will require access to confidential information.

This process is being implemented in all Texas health and human services agencies to establish a clear and consistent process for safeguarding confidential information and for reporting and correcting any unauthorized use or disclosure of the confidential information.

Providers can review the documents at:

Email questions pertaining to DADS active contracts to

Email questions about this policy to


ALF and ADC Provider Meeting Scheduled for May 13 in Lufkin

ALF and ADC providers in DADS Regions 4 and 5 (Tyler and Beaumont) are invited to attend a provider meeting from 1-4 p.m., May 13, 2015, at Angelina College in Lufkin. The event will feature a presentation by Michael Posevino, DADS Life Safety Code manager.

Register by May 4 at Providers may register up to 5 people per facility.

Questions can be emailed to


ALF and ADC Provider Meeting Set for April 8 in Houston

Registration is now underway for a provider meeting on April 8, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston. ALF and ADC providers from the Houston area, DADS Region 6, are encouraged to attend.

The registration deadline is March 25 or 400 attendees, whichever comes first. Providers may register up to 4 people per facility. Click here to register online.

Topics include:

  • Preventing and Managing Escalating Resident and Family Behaviors
  • The new EMResource website
  • Aging in Place in an Assisted Living Facility

Email questions about this event to


Stakeholder Feedback Sought Regarding DRAFT Revisions to DAHS PM Sections 7000, Appendix VI and X

DADS is seeking stakeholder feedback regarding proposed changes to the DAHS Provider Manual. The attached files include draft revisions to:

Additional copies that indicate where the revisions were made are also available so the reader can tell where the changes were made in each section:

DADS is seeking stakeholder feedback by COB Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Feedback can be sent to DAHS provider mailbox at


Section 7000 of DAHS Provider Manual Temporarily Removed

With the most recent update of the DAHS Provider Manual (Nov. 7, 2014), DADS has temporarily removed Section 7000, Monitoring and Audits. Rather than continue to publicize outdated information within section 7000, DADS has removed the section pending extensive revisions.

Questions can be directed to Becky Hubick via email at


Providers Invited to Comment on Draft Revised Compliance Monitoring Tools

Providers have until 5 p.m. Nov. 21 to submit comments regarding proposed revisions to the following compliance and monitoring tools:

  • Assisted Living/Residential Care
  • Adult Foster Care
  • Day Activity and Health Services
  • CLASS Case Management Agency
  • CLASS Direct Service Agency
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Medically Dependent Children
  • Primary Home Care
  • Transition Assistance Services

Comments can be emailed to Please include “Revised Compliance Monitoring Tool Comments” in the subject line.

The revised compliance and monitoring tools have been updated to incorporate Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 49 changes and program specific TAC changes that were effective Sept. 1, 2014.


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