Do Not Decrease Rates for Direct Support Providers

James is 35, has Down Syndrome, and lived with his sister until he moved into a group home last summer with two other people. He has a part-time job, but the direct support professionals who work in his group home helped him fill out job applications, provide his transportation to and from work, and offer…

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COVID-19 Resources

PACSTX is regularly in communication with HHSC, sending up-dates to providers, and hosting provider calls. To access this information or to become a member, please reach out to Sandy at sandy@pacstx.org Below are key resources for providers. Updated 4/28/21 HCS Resources HCS COVID-19 Response Emergency Rules and Expansion of Reopening Visitation Emergency Rule – March…

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How group home residents are counted in the national census

Disability Rights is participating in the Texas Be Count Initiative. A fair and accurate census is crucial for people with disabilities – and indeed for every person. Between March 12 and the 20th, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Reportedly group homes…

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Sandy Frizzell Batton named PACSTX Executive Director

AUSTIN, TX 9/18/18 — Providers Alliance for Community Services of Texas (PACSTX) announced today that its President and Board have named Sandy Frizzell Batton as the organization’s first executive director. Frizzell Batton has represented PACSTX at the legislature and before regulatory agencies as the director of policy development and government relations since 2013. “Sandy has…

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21th Century Cures Act, EVV

21th Century Cures Act, EVV: Providers who deliver personal care services or home health services as defined by passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, Congress adopted 42 U.S.C. §1396b(l), who are not currently required to use electronic visit verification requirements, will be subject to the updated provisions by Jan. 1, 2019, for PCS and…

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New ICF Rules

ICF New Rules: HHSC hosted a stakeholder meeting on new proposed ICF rules. The draft proposed rules are the first step in implementing HB 2025 (the bill that had Sen. Schwertner’s SB 932 amended to it at the end of the last legislative session). The proposed rules remove the administrative penalty cap in ICF, significantly…

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