The following lists the change to the individual plan of care (IPC) revision data entry process in the CARE system.
Email for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org(8/15/2016)
The proposed rules implement legislation passed during the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, by:
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:
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 email@example.com.(7/14/2016)
When transporting people from your facility to another location during hot weather, DADS encourages providers to:
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:
HCS and TxHmL stakeholders are invited to email comments on draft rule changes to the TAC to Sheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org by July 25, 2016.
The sections being updated relate to administrative penalties in the programs:
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)
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)
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)
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:
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 email@example.com. If you need assistance with the functionality of this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.(6/3/2016)
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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