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HHS Provider Alerts — Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

CARE System IPC Data Entry Process Change for LIDDAs and Program Providers

The following lists the change to the individual plan of care (IPC) revision data entry process in the CARE system.

  • LIDDAs and program providers may enter a revision IPC for the HCS or TxHmL program up to 14 days in advance of the revision IPC effective date.
  • The rules and policy related to process for completing an IPC stays the same. Only the data entry process will change.

Email for more information: hcs@dads.state.tx.us

(8/15/2016)

DADS Proposes Amendments to Chapter 49, Contracting for Community Services

The proposed rules implement legislation passed during the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, by:

  • changing "adult day care" to "day activity and health services;" and
  • deleting the requirement for a contractor that provides Title XX emergency response services to have a license as a personal emergency response system provider issued by DSHS or a license as an alarm systems company issued by the Texas Private Security Board.

The proposed rules also implement recommendations in the Sunset Advisory Commission's July 2015 report regarding "day habilitation facilities" in the HCS, TxHmL, DBMD and CLASS program. The proposed rules:

  • require a contractor in the HCS, TxHmL, DBMD and CLASS program, to include in a contract with a subcontractor that provides day habilitation in the HCS, TxHmL or the DBMD program, or that provides prevocational services in the CLASS program, requirements to conduct background checks on employees and volunteers, have an emergency response plan, conduct fire drills, post abuse hotline information, and follow an individual's service plan;
  • require a contractor in the HCS, TxHmL, DBMD, and CLASS program that directly provides day habilitation or prevocational services to have an emergency response plan, conduct fire drills, and post abuse hotline information; and
  • add a definition of "emergency response plan."

The Chapter 49 rules were published in the July 8, 2016, issue of the Texas Register.

To find out where and how to submit comments, please refer to the section titled “Public Comment” in the Texas Register.

Email questions about this alert to sheryl.loera@dads.state.tx.us.

(7/14/2016)

Tips for Transporting People in Hot Weather

When transporting people from your facility to another location during hot weather, DADS encourages providers to:

  • Carry a list with the names of all the people who are being transported.
  • Verify that everyone has exited the vehicle at drop-off locations.
  • Make sure no one is left inside the vehicle when you park it.
  • Ensure that seat belts and seat surfaces inside the vehicle are not too hot before people get in.

In addition, knowing the signs of heat related illnesses can help ensure the safety of the people you serve during hot weather. Learn more at:

(7/13/2016)

Give Us Your Comments on HCS/TxHmL Draft Rules by July 25

HCS and TxHmL stakeholders are invited to email comments on draft rule changes to the TAC to Sheryl.loera@dads.state.tx.us by July 25, 2016.

The sections being updated relate to administrative penalties in the programs:

(7/11/2016)

A&M Conducting HCBS Face-to-Face Interview this Summer

This summer, randomly chosen waiver program providers and participants (or their LARS) may be contacted to participate in a face-to-face survey about their experiences with their waiver program. The interviews should take between 30 minutes and an hour.

DADS has contracted with Texas A&M Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) to conduct the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Participant Surveys.

Information regarding HCBS can be found on the DADS HCBS webpage.

Questions about the surveys can be emailed to HcbsSurvey@dads.state.tx.us.

(7/1/2016)

HHSC Releases Video, FAQS and Information Session Dates to Inform Families about STAR Kids

The HHSC STAR Kids website now features an introductory video about STAR Kids that you are encouraged to share with families enrolled in your program.

Other website updates also include FAQS for families and providers as well as a list of information sessions around the state that will be held in August and September. The information sessions will provide details on eligibility, program benefits, participating managed care organizations and more.

Email questions to Managed_Care_Initiatives@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(6/16/2016)

DADS Publishes Updated CFC Billing Guidelines

The updated CFC Billing Guidelines (PDF) have been published to the DADS website. The changes in this document were effective June 1, 2016.

Questions can be emailed to MCD_CFC@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(6/3/2016)

Updated: DADS Releases Free Training on Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with an IDD

If you care for, support or advocate for a person with an IDD, a new free online training, Mental Health Wellness for Individuals with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (MHW-IDD) might be for you.

This 6-part e-learning training series was developed by DADS and DSHS to educate direct service workers and others about behavioral health needs of people who have an IDD and a co-occurring behavioral health condition. This training looks at challenging behavior in a new way and emphasizes the importance of supporting mental wellness in individuals with an IDD.

Through the modules in this course, you will learn to recognize the "whole person," and to gain a better understanding of different factors that influence the way people with IDD think, feel and behave. You will also learn how you can positively impact their quality of life.

The full course curriculum contains the following modules:

  1. Co-occurring disorders: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Mental Illness
  2. Trauma-informed Care for Individuals with IDD (Note:This training module is required for new ICF who will be working directly with people with IDD. SSLCs must access the TIC course through iLearn only.)
  3. Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Support
  4. Overview of Genetic Syndromes Associated with IDD
  5. Overview of Medical Conditions Associate with IDD
  6. Putting It All Together: Supports and Strategies for DSWs

For employees of a SSLC, you may access training modules #1, 3, 4, 5, 6 from http://www.mhwidd.com . To take the trauma-informed care course, you must access it from iLearn. For any questions about accessing the trauma-informed care course, please contact your supervisor.

If you have questions regarding the content of this course, please email novella.evans@dads.state.tx.us. If you need assistance with the functionality of this course, please email centralizedtraining@uthscsa.edu.

(6/3/2016)

New Flyer Helps Inform Families about STAR Kids

STAR Kids is a new managed care program that will provide Medicaid benefits to people 20 and younger with disabilities. The program takes effect November 2016.

HHSC has created a STAR Kids flyer in English and Spanish for DADS providers to share with people who will be enrolled in the program.

For more information on the STAR Kids program, visit their website.

(5/25/2016)

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