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15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care

Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care, held in Houston on October 2-3, 2014. Continuing education credits will be provided for physicians, nurses, social workers, and PT/OT professionals. The full conference brochure, including agenda and registration information, may be accessed at www.BaylorCME.org/CME/1490.
Live streaming of the conference will be held across Texas and the U.S. for individuals who are unable to attend in Houston. Information will be sent as broadcast sites are finalized.

Scholarships are also available for youth and young adults with special health care needs and their families to attend the conference. See the flier and application below for more information.

15th Transition Conference Scholarship Application (PDF)
15th Transition Conference Scholarship Ad (PDF)

CSHCN Needs Assessment 2014 Survey 

As part of statewide Needs Assessment, the Division for Family and Community Health at the Texas Department of State Health Services is currently conducting a survey of families that have a child with special health care needs. This assessment will help guide our priorities of how to improve the health of Texas families for the next five years.

We are seeking input from ANY Texas family who has a child with special health care needs. Survey participation is voluntary and anonymous, and the survey should only take 15 minutes to complete.

There are 2 links available:
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TX_CSHCN2014
Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/ESP_CSHCN2014

The survey will be open until August 30, 2014. If you have questions or need assistance with this survey, please contact MaternalHealth@dshs.state.tx.us.

Longer Eligibility Period

Starting on September 1, 2013, eligibility for the Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program will go to a twelve-month period. This means that renewal applications will be required only once a year instead of every six months. To align financial and medical eligibility periods, clients will need to submit a full application  including a Physician/Dentist Assessment Form (PAF) the next time they renew.

Drug Benefit Changes

Effective Monday, November 12, 2012, pharmacies in Texas that have a contract with the Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program will be able to provide a limited set of basic home health supplies to CSHCN clients. These Limited Home Health Supplies (LHHS) include diabetic test strips, lancets, insulin syringes and needles, oral electrolyte replacement fluids, hypertonic saline solution, and spacers for inhalers.  More information about this change can be found on the Texas Vendor Drug website at http://www.txvendordrug.com/formulary/limited-hhs.shtml.  CSHCN clients with questions about this notice may call the program at 1-800-252-8023.

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Last updated August 26, 2014