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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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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