Announcements – Mental Health

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The latest announcements and mental health items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) are listed below.  For information and announcements regarding behavioral health generally or substance abuse, you may wish to visit the MHSA announcement page or the substance abuse announcement page.

April 3, 2014

2014 Children's Mental Health Creativity Contest - Deadline Extended!

The deadline for submissions for this year's contest has been extended to Friday, April 11. Please read below for complete information, and visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/entryform/ to download an entry form!

It’s that time again!  The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas System of Care are hosting the Third Annual Statewide Creativity Contest to promote Children’s Mental Health Week, May 4-10, 2014.  There are three categories: Writing, Poster, and Kite Construction.  Winners will be recognized in each category on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2014, and their work will be displayed at the Texas State Capitol in an exhibit promoting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, as well as appearing on both the DSHS and Texas System of Care sites (www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/ and www.txsystemofcare.org).  The top submissions in each category will also be included in a survey distributed to participating schools and communities so that participants may vote on the winning entries.  The survey will be available under “Art Contest” by mid-April at http://www.txsystemofcare.org/ai1ec_event/national-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day/.

Contest Eligibility All Texas Elementary, Middle, and High School students are eligible to participate.

Contest Theme The theme for 2014 is “What Happiness Means to Me.”

Contest Category Rules

Posters

  • Must be an original artwork that combines drawings/pictures and/or words to express the contest theme.
  • Materials used may include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, mixed media, collage, or similar 2D media.
  • Poster must be no smaller than 8” x 10” and no larger than 11” x 14”. Larger or smaller work will be disqualified.
  • First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the poster.

Writing

  • Entry must be a story, essay, or poem based on the contest theme and no longer than 300 words.
  • Entry must be typed or, if handwritten, must be legible.
  • Please ask an adult to review spelling and grammar for errors prior to submission.
  • First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the page.

Kite Construction

  • Create an original kite construction that portrays the theme.  You will be awarded additional points if the kite is flyable.
  • Please submit 3 photos of the kite to include: Construction materials, construction process and the final kite.  If your kite flies, please submit a fourth photo of your kite flying.
  • There are no size constraints for the kite.

Judging will be based on originality, creativity, and how well your entry expresses the contest theme. A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level.  Those submissions will be part of a survey shared with schools, students, and communities to vote on the winners.

How to Enter

  • Each entry must be submitted with the contest entry form, including release, signed by a parent or guardian.  A copy of this form is available online at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/entryform/.
  • All paper entries must have the name of the student and school written on the back.
  • Entries must be received by 6:00 PM April 11, 2014.
  • Entries may be emailed to info@txsystemofcare.org
  • Entries may be sent by postal mail to
CMHAD Art Contest
1717 West 6th Street
Suite 335
Austin, Texas 78703
  • Entries, once submitted, become the property of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas System of Care, and may be used for the purpose of promoting awareness of children’s mental health issues.  Entries may be posted to the DSHS and Texas System of Care web sites and used in promotional materials.


April 22, 2013

CMS Announces Opportunity to Apply for Marketplace Navigator Grants

Grant application deadline is June 7, 2013

With the October 2014 implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly the new Federal Exchange Marketplaces where the uninsured whose income is 100% to 400% of the federal poverty guideline will have the opportunity to shop for and compare insurance benefits and costs before purchasing an insurance plan.  As part of the implementation plan, "Navigators" will be used as a resource for assisting eligible individuals understand new coverage options as they enroll.

 

The department is receiving information about how the Exchanges will operate and is contemplating the impact on services provided by local mental health authorities (LMHAs).  In the current Charges for Community-Based Services rule (Chapter 412, Subchapter C), LMHAs are required to assist individuals enroll in Medicaid.  In a similar fashion, it is anticipated that LMHAs will be asked to assist and support individuals who are potentially eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan.  Therefore, the department encourages LMHAs to become Navigators to support this important activity. 

 

Recently the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federal Exchange Marketplaces and LMHAs may want to apply for the Grant.  Applications are due June 7, 2013.  To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.750.

To access the proposed rule released April 3, 2013, visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-04-05/pdf/2013-07951.pdf

 

For more information about Navigators, including continuing updates, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html


March 21, 2013

Second Annual Statewide Creativity Contest!

It’s that time again! The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is hosting its 2nd annual statewide creativity contest to promote Children’s Mental Health Week, May 5-11, 2013. There are three categories: Writing, Poster, and Video. Winners in each category will be recognized on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2013. The winners’ work will be displayed at the Texas State Capitol on our exhibit promoting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and will be posted online.

 

For complete information, including contest guidelines, submission requirements, entry form, and deadline, please visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/.


 

March 14, 2013

Request for Comment: Texas Administrative Code Amendments and Repeal

Request for Comment On 1) Amendments to 25 Texas Administrative Code, §412.202, concerning Special Considerations, and 2)Repeal of Chapter 415, Subchapter J, concerning Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) -- Mental Health Services. Comments Due: March 23, 2013.

Mental Health Case Management: New Chapter Adopted

Effective February 14, 2013, the Department of State Health Services has adopted a new Chapter 412, Subchapter I concerning Mental Health Case Management Services. Please see Broadcast 90 and Adopted text of Chapter 412, Subchapter I concerning Mental Health Case Management Services for details.


May 18, 2011
Request for Comment On: 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter G, governing Community Centers

Comments Due May 31, 2011

The proposed rules governing standards for services to persons with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders (COPSD) were published on the April 29, 2011 issue of the Texas Register for formal comment.

  • To access the html version, go to the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.
  • To access the preview of the proposed rules, find the “Points of Interest” box that is located on the right side of the home page and complete the following steps:
    1. Click on “Search the Texas Register.”
    2. Locate “title number” on the Viewer Screen, and type the number 25 in the box.
    3. Locate “chapter number,” and type the number 411 in the box.
    4. Locate “rule numbers,” and type the numbers 301 to 316 in the boxes provided.
    5. Enter the date, 04/29/2011 in the first box located at Publication Issue Date.
    6. Click on "find" and the publication data will be available.
  • Click on each section to access the rule text, the "preamble" that explains changes to the rule, and the text of the sections being repealed.
  • You may also access the PDF version of the proposed rules: Proposed Rules (PDF).

You may submit your comments to: MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us. Please title the subject line “Comments for 25 TAC 411 G.” Comments should include the citation for the section that you are referencing, suggestions for alternative language, and a rationale for the alternative language.

 


 

May 18, 2011
Request for Comment On 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter N, governing Standards for Services to persons with Co-occurring Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Disorders (COPSD)

Comments Due May 31, 2011

The proposed rules governing standards for services to persons with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders (COPSD) were published on the April 29, 2011 issue of the Texas Register for formal comment.

  • To access the html version, go to the Secretary of State’s website at: www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.
  • To access the preview of the proposed rules, find the “Points of Interest” box that is located on the right side of the home page and complete the following steps:
    1. Click on “Search the Texas Register.”
    2. Locate “title number” on the Viewer Screen, and type the number 25 in the box.
    3. Locate “chapter number,” and type the number 411 in the box.
    4. Locate “rule numbers,” and type the numbers 651 to 662 in the boxes provided.
    5. Enter the date, 04/29/2011 in the first box located at Publication Issue Date.
    6. Click on "find" and the publication data will be available.
  • Click on each section to access the rule text, the "preamble" that explains changes to the rule, and the text of the sections being repealed.
  • You may also access the PDF version below:

You may submit your comments to: MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us. Please title the subject line “Comments for 25 TAC 411 N.” Comments should include the citation for the section that you are referencing, suggestions for alternative language, and a rationale for the alternative language.

 


 

January 26, 2011
Applications for Appointees to the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee: Local Government Officials from Rural Counties

Application Due Date: February 28, 2011

The Department of State Health Services is seeking applications for the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC) established pursuant to H.B. 2439 from the 80th Legislature, Regular Session, 2007. The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) makes the final decisions on all appointments. The LANAC advises HHSC and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities. Currently there is one vacancy for a rural local government official.

Eligible applicants include:

  1. Local elected officials from rural counties (commissioners, mayors, judges, sheriffs, etc.); and
  2. other individuals appointed, selected, or employed to serve in local government who can effectively represent the policy interests of rural local governments.

The application deadline is February 28, 2011. If interested, please complete the application form below and return it, together with a current resume, to the address shown at the end of the form.

Additional information about the LANAC and committee member qualifications

The LANAC advises HHSC and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities. As set out in Texas Health & Safety Code §533.0351, the committee is composed of an equal number of representatives appointed by the Executive Commissioner of HHSC from:

  • local mental health authorities;
  • community mental health service providers;
  • private mental health service providers;
  • local government officials;
  • advocates for individuals with mental health needs;
  • consumers of mental health services;
  • family members of individuals with mental health needs; and
  • other individuals with expertise in the field of mental health.

The committee includes representation from different regions of the state; rural and urban counties; and single-county and multi-county mental health authorities.

The committee is charged with:

  • reviewing rules and proposed rules as well as participating in any negotiated rulemaking process related to local mental health authority operations;
  • advising HHSC and DSHS regarding evaluation and coordination of initiatives related to local mental health authority operations;
  • advising HHSC and DSHS in developing a method of contracting with local mental health authorities that will result in contracts that are flexible and responsive to the needs and services of local communities and DSHS performance expectations;
  • coordinating with workgroups whose actions may affect local mental health authority operations; and
  • working with HHSC and DSHS as directed.

Members appointed to the committee must have some knowledge of, familiarity with, or understanding of the day-to-day operations of a local mental health authority. Along with H.B. 2439’s requirements, nominees should meet the following qualifications:

  • If applicable, be in good standing with the Medicaid, CHIP and other HHS public health programs;
  • Commit to full participation in activities including attendance at regularly scheduled meetings; and
  • Be free from conflicts of interest.

Please send completed application and resume to Tamara Allen by February 28, 2011. She can be reached at (512) 206-5414 or by e-mail at tamara.allen@dshs.state.tx.us.

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Last updated April 03, 2014