DADS Provider News, Alerts & Bulletins —
Home and Community-based Services (HCS)
SSAS Implementation and Workshop Update
This is to notify HCS and TxHmL providers that the Single Service Authorization System (SSAS) deployment for your programs has been postponed to February 2013.
SSAS workshops for HCS/TxHmL providers will not take place in November, 2012, as originally scheduled. Workshops for HCS and TxHmL providers will be offered in conjunction with the February 2013 SSAS release. HCS and TxHmL providers should continue to follow normal billing procedures until further notice.
Please access the DADS SSAS website for the latest SSAS dates, news and information: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/ssas/.(9/26/2012)
Availability of Revised Form 5035: Request for Exception to Service Limit for the Home and Community-based Services (HCS) Program
Please note that form and instructions 5035, Request for Exception to Service Limit, is revised and is now available at this link: http://www.dads.state.tx.us/forms/5035/. HCS providers must access and begin using the September 2012 version of this form in lieu of all former versions.(9/25/2012)
IDD Waiver Conference Survey
(HCS) Home and Community-based services
(TxHmL)Texas Home Living Waiver
CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Support Services)
CDS (Consumer Directed Services)
DBMD (Deaf/Blind Multiple Disabilities)
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is planning to have five regional IDD waiver conferences during the summer of 2013. The focus of these conferences will be on direct support workers. DADS invites you to complete a brief survey to assist us in gathering information to facilitate participation by direct support workers and provide presentations that are meaningful to attendees.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
Who Should Take the Survey?
Direct support workers, including foster companion care providers, residential staff, supported home living staff, day habilitation staff, respite staff and other people who work directly with people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Legally authorized representatives (LARs) and family members, program participants, nurses (RN/LVN), service coordinators/case managers, and administrators are also encouraged to take the survey.
Link to Survey:
Social Security's Ticket to Work program to host Sept. 12 webinar
On Sept. 12, at 3 pm EDT, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will hold the "Ticket to Work: You Asked, We Answer" webinar as part of their Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinars series. Ticket to Work experts will provide detailed explanations of the most confusing aspects of Work Incentives and benefit protections, as well as an in depth review of the most frequently asked questions.Click here for event details and links to registration. Please feel free to forward to your clients and colleagues who may be interested in this event.
Immediately following the Webinar, will be a Facebook Q&A to give audience members a chance to have their questions answered by the experts. Please join SSA for these informative events!
Social Security's Ticket to Work program provides free support services for people with disabilities ages 18 through 64 who are ready to transition to the workforce.(9/10/2012)
Overview and Philosophy of Person Centered Thinking to be held in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 12, 2012
Laura Buckner, with University of Texas Center for Disability Studies, will be conducting an Overview & Philosophy of Person Centered Thinking. This is an introduction to applying the principles of self-determination when supporting individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. There is no charge for this training.
- September 12, 2012 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
- September 12, 2012 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Region 20 Educational Service Center, 1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 210-370-5200
Who Should Attend: People who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and the people who support them, including:
- family members;
- legally authorized representatives (including public guardians);
- local authorities;
- anyone who has an interest!
If you have any questions regarding this announcement or would like to register for the San Antonio training, please contact Dorothy Hull in DADS Regulatory Services at email@example.com.
Additional information regarding future sessions will be posted on this website:
|October 9||El Paso|
|November 13||San Angelo|
Texas Customized Self-Employment Symposium to be held Oct. 30-31, 2012 in Longview, Texas
Community Health Core and the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities present the Texas Customized Self-Employment Symposium!
When: October 30th and 31st
Where: Maude Cobb Activity and Convention Center in Longview, Texas
Who should attend: Individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, agency providers, educators, and anyone interested in learning more about the process of self-employment for people with disabilities.
For more information: http://www.communityhealthcore.com/txcsep/index.php(8/29/2012)
West Nile Virus is Cause for Concern
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is issuing this alert to provide information to DADS providers concerning West Nile virus.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has documented a higher than usual number of human West Nile cases in Texas this year due to the warm winter and recent rains, particularly in the North Texas region.
Humans can contract the virus from the bite of a mosquito that is carrying the virus. West Nile virus can cause serious illness or death. West Nile neuroinvasive disease symptoms include stiff neck, visual problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures. The milder form of the illness is West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea and drowsiness.
People with the milder form of illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own.
There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill when they become infected with the virus. If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider.
Reduce exposure to West Nile virus:
To help reduce exposure to West Nile virus, individuals should use an approved insect repellent, according to the label instructions, every time they go outside. Approved repellents are those that contain DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Environmental control activities include eliminating standing water, including water collected in empty cans, tires, buckets, clogged rain gutters and saucers under potted plants. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
Remember the "Four D's" to defend against West Nile virus:
- DUSK and DAWN are the times of day to limit outdoor activities. This is when infected mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants when outside. For extra protection, thin clothing can be sprayed with repellent.
- DEET is an ingredient to look for in an insect repellent. Follow label instructions and always wear repellent when outdoors.
- DRAIN standing water in old tires, flowerpots, and clogged rain gutters. These are mosquito-breeding sites.
For more information on West Nile, visit: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/(8/29/2012)
Health and Human Services Commission Updates the Children Eligibility Populations for the STAR in Medicaid Rural Service Area Program
Effective immediately, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission made changes to the eligible populations for children age 20 and younger in the STAR program in the Medicaid Rural Service Area (RSA). Children age 20 and younger who do not receive SSI but are in a Department of Aging and Disabilities Services 1915(c) waiver program previously required to enroll in STAR in the Medicaid RSA are now voluntary participants. Children age 20 and younger who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) continue to choose to receive their acute care services through STAR or through traditional Medicaid in the Medicaid RSA. Individuals of any age who receive both Medicaid and Medicare (dual-eligibles) are not enrolled in the STAR program.
STAR Helpline representatives will call those individuals who now have the option to remain in STAR or choose traditional Medicaid. Letters will be mailed to those individuals that the STAR Helpline was unable to reach by phone. Disenrollment requests made prior to July 18, 2012 will take effect August 1, 2012. Disenrollment requests made July 19th and prior to August 15th will take effect for September 1, 2012. For information or to request disenrollment, individuals or their representatives may call the STAR helpline at 1-800-964-2777 (TTY 1-800-267-5008).(8/3/2012)
HCS/TxHmL Stakeholder Survey now available
Waiver Survey and Certification wants your feedback on topics being considered for quarterly Webinar trainings. Please take a few moments and complete the survey. The survey will be available from now until 8/31/2012 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FRBW2HC.(8/3/2012)
Financial Independence, a Ticket to Work webinar slated for July 11
The Social Security Administration is hosting a National Work Incentive Seminar Event on July 11, 2012, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. During the webinar, experts will present information to help people with disabilities become financially independent and self-sufficient. In addition, participants will learn about saving money, tax benefits and good basic financial practices to follow, such as budgeting and spending tracking. Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).(7/9/2012)
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