Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division Announcements

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The latest announcements and behavioral health items of note from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division are listed below. To receive an email notice each time this page is updated, please subscribe to the MHSA News & Announcements email notification list.

 

 2014

October 31, 2014

Sunset Commission Announces Hearing To Be Held November 13-14, 2014

The agenda for the meeting to be held November 12 and 13, 2014 is available online at https://www.sunset.texas.gov/public/uploads/files/meetings/agendas/November%20meeting_0.pdf. Invited testimony is to be heard on November 12, with public testimony to be heard on November 13.

For more information on the Sunset Commission, please visit https://www.sunset.texas.gov/about-us.

Meeting Materials

Meeting materials will be available on the Sunset Commission website on Friday, November 7, at https://www.sunset.texas.gov/reviews-and-reports.

Providing Public Testimony

Public testimony will be heard beginning at 9 AM on Thursday, November 13, 2014. If you wish to testify, please submit your Witness Registration card to Sunset staff 30 minutes before the start of the meeting. If presenting written testimony, please provide 15 copies with your name visible in the upper right corner of each copy and turn in with your Witness Registration card. Written testimony received in response to a staff report is considered public record, will be posted on the Sunset website and released to the public upon request.

Internet Access to Meeting

The meeting will be broadcast live on the Internet at http://www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php.

Notice of Assistance at Public Meetings

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact Cee Hartley at (512) 463-1300, no later than four days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.


 

October 27, 2014

Call for Presentations - 2015 Texas Behavioral Health Institute

The DSHS Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2015 Texas Behavioral Health Institute. The theme for 2015 is "Integrated Approaches to Healthy Living". The Institute will be held August 10 - 14, 2015. The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 21, 2014.

If you are interested in presenting, please complete and submit one of the following forms:

Visit www.texinstitute.com for more information on the 2015 conference.


October 24, 2014

North Texas State Hospital Wins 2014 David Pharis Award for Excellence in Hospital Quality Improvement

North Texas State Hospital (NTSH) is the winner of the 2014 David Pharis Award for Excellence in Hospital Quality Improvement for its Recovery Action Plan Wellness Toolbox. 

The award, named for a court-appointed monitor who oversaw changes in the Texas public mental health system stemming from a 1974 class-action lawsuit, was created in 2009 by the State Hospital Section of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to recognize Pharis and help ensure that his excellent work in improving the quality of patient care continues.

The Recovery Action Plan Wellness Toolbox provides program participants the opportunity to create a concrete plan of action to address life challenges in a way that directly empowers them to continue utilizing their social and coping skills outside of the hospital setting. The program uses innovative techniques that teach participants computer skills while simultaneously building skills to recognize situations and behaviors that could lead to possible negative consequences. Participants are encouraged to further enhance their skills by sharing their recovery story with small audiences by creating PowerPoint presentations and handouts. These same skills can later be applied in vocational and employment settings.

DSHS thanks the award review committee for donating their time to the difficult undertaking of choosing the winner among very worthy nominations. The committee was particularly impressed that NTSH developed its program specifically for a difficult population, demonstrating a tangible hope for recovery that may not always be present in other institutions. This exemplifies the spirit of the David Pharis Award.

Congratulations to NTSH leadership and staff!


October 20, 2014

Tentative Award Announcement: Operation Terrel State Hospital (RFP #537-5-0000135376)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announce a tentative contract award for Request for Proposals (RFP) #537-5-0000135376 for the Operation of Terrell State Hospital (TSH) to:

GEO Care, LLC

One Park Place, 621 NW 53rd Street, Suite 500

Boca Raton, FL  33487

The final contract award is contingent upon the successful negotiation and execution of contract.


 

October 3, 2014

Sunset Commission Recommendations for Health and Human Services System are Now Available

The Sunset Commission Recommendations were released shortly after 3 PM on October 3 and are available at https://www.sunset.texas.gov/reviews-and-reports/agencies/health-and-human-services-commission-hhsc.

Sunset Timeline

  • November 12-13 — Public hearing on report.
  • December 10 — Sunset Commission makes recommendations in open meeting.
  • January to May 2015 — 84th Texas Legislature will consider Sunset recommendations.

If you have questions about the Sunset process, please send them to sunset@hhsc.state.tx.us.


October 2, 2014

Request for Informal Comment On New Chapter 416, Subchapter C, Governing Jail-Based Competency Restoration Services - Informal Comments Due: October 15, 2014

The new rules are necessary to comply with Senate Bill (SB) 1475, 83rd Legislative Session, Regular Session, 2013, which amended Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 46B.73 by adding subsection (e) and new Article 46B.090. The new statute requires the department to contract with an entity to provide jail-based competency restoration services under a pilot program for people with a mental health or a co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorder. This includes the provision of legal education to adult men and women found incompetent to stand trial.

The rules proposed in the March 21, 2014 issue of the Texas Register were withdrawn as of September 22, 2014. Many of the comments and suggestions that the department received during informal and formal comment periods are reflected in the revised version, which is available at the Informal Comment for Chapter 416, Subchapter C web page, along with descriptions of the changes and more information.


September 30, 2014

POSTPONED: Public Hearing on State Psychiatric Hospital 10 Year Plan Scheduled for October 8, 2014

The public hearing for the State Psychiatric Hospital 10 Year plan scheduled for October 8, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. has been postponed (original hearing notification is immediately below under September 23, 2014 heading).

DSHS is in the process of rescheduling the hearing. The Agency will provide information on the new date and time as soon as possible.

Please contact Tamra Boyd at 512-206-5056 or tamra.boyd@dshs.state.tx.us with any questions.


September 23, 2014

Notice of Public Hearing on State Psychiatric Hospital 10 Year Plan: October 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Please see September 30 Notice of Hearing Postponement

The Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSA) of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will accept public comment on the development of a 10 year plan for the state psychiatric hospitals on October 8, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The public hearing will be held in room 125, building 552, located at 909 W. 45th Street, Austin, Texas 78714.

Stakeholders may present oral or written feedback at this meeting. A three (3) minute time limit per person will be observed.

DSHS Rider 83 requires a 10 year plan to consider current and future operational and infrastructure needs of the state psychiatric hospitals (also referred to as “state mental health hospitals”). MHSA anticipates that a consultant report to assist with the development of the 10 year plan will be available on the website by September 29, 2014.

People with disabilities who require special adaptive aids or services should contact Tamra Boyd at 512-206-5056 or tamra.boyd@dshs.state.tx.us 3 business days before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

For more information about MHSA services, please visit the Division’s website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/Mental-Health/.


September 22, 2014

September 27, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

It's a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal this Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 AM - 2:00 PM

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug "take back" to provide residents with a no-cost, anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines.

Search for a collection site by county, city, state, or ZIP code at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/SEARCH-NTBI/

Protect our kids, families and environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines which are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters.

Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high -- over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, and that includes secretly raiding their home medicine cabinets.

If you miss Saturday's event, check with your local law enforcement agency for ongoing drop-off sites in your area.


September 19, 2014

Newly Revised Red Ribbon Curriculum Now Available!

This year’s Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated from October 23 – 31, 2014. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country and has spread awareness about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs to millions of children since the first nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign in 1988.

As part of this year’s campaign, the Partnership for a Drug Free Texas is proud to announce that newly revised Red Ribbon Curriculum and Lesson Plans are now available.

Educators can use these classroom lesson plans to engage 4th, 5th and 6th-graders during Texas’ Red Ribbon Week.

The lesson plans are free of charge and are perfect for supplementing red-ribbon campaign activities. The curriculum has been updated this year to address specific TEKS, ELPS, and CCRS standards, making it an even more valuable experience for students and teachers. Please share with your colleagues and we welcome your comments (mhsa@dshs.state.tx.us)!

Click here for more information about Red Ribbon Week.


September 16, 2014

Announcing Open Enrollment for Inpatient Mental Health Services

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS or Department), Division for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (Program), announces this notice of Open Enrollment (OE) requesting applications to provide inpatient mental health services located at a licensed psychiatric hospital (the Hospital) in accordance with Chapter 577 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and with 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 134, concerning Private Psychiatric Hospitals and Crisis Stabilization Units, or a General or Special Hospital in accordance with Chapter 241 of the Texas Health and Safety Code and with 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 133, concerning Hospital Licensing.

Complete information is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=113776


 

September 16, 2014

Request for Comments: Chapter 417, Subchapter K, Concerning Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in DSHS State Hospitals

Comments Due: September 29, 2014

The draft rules, below, concerning abuse, neglect, and exploitation in DSHS state hospitals is a markup of the revisions to the current rules. The revised rules were developed by a cross-functional interagency workgroup that included staff from the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Resources, the Department of State Health Services, and Disability Rights Texas. Additionally, the draft rules were reviewed by CAP Rule Subcommittee members who provided suggestions for improvement. Many of the CAP’s suggestions have been incorporated in the draft rules.

Please submit your comments via email to MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “417-K, 9-12-14, Informal Comments” in the subject line or by US mail to Janet Fletcher, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box149347, Mail Code 2018, Austin, TX 78714.

Call Janet Fletcher with questions or concerns at 512/206-5044. Thank you.

Draft Rules for Informal Comment: Chapter 417, Subchapter K, Concerning Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in DSHS State Hospitals (MS Word)


September 10, 2014

World Suicide Prevention Day and National Suicide Prevention Week

September 8-14, 2014 marks National Suicide Prevention Week and September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day (http://www.iasp.info/wspd/).  Please visit National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day to learn about both events across Texas and resources to use in support of suicide prevention efforts this week and all year! 


 

August 29, 2014

Report on State Hospital Staffing, Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2014

In accordance with the 2014-2015 General Appropriations Act, S.B. 1, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013 (Article II, Department of State Health Services, Rider 87a), the Department of State Health Services is required to submit a quarterly report with data on turnover, fill rates, and use of contractors by state hospital and position type, as well as initiatives undertaken to improve staff recruitment and retention, resources expended on the initiatives, and outcomes quantifying the impact of the initiatives. 

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, the lowest fill rate is for physicians (76 percent). The highest fill rate is for pharmacists (96 percent). The highest turnover rate is for PNAs (36 percent). Pharmacists have the lowest turnover rate (8 percent).

Actions taken during the second quarter include converting psychiatrist positions to advanced practice registered nurse positions, standardizing the classification of nurse executives, and exploring the development of a Social Work Compensation Plan.

Please see the full report for details:

Report on State Hospital Staffing, Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2014 (PDF)


 

August 21, 2014

Celebrate Recovery  Month! Interactive, Nationwide Webcast to be held September 15, 2014

To celebrate SAMHSA’s 25th Annual Recovery Month, SAMHSA will hold an interactive nationwide webcast live on September 15, 2014 at 12 CST. This event will bring together a panel of leading experts and experienced practitioners in recovery and health, with the goals of:

  • Expanding the understanding of the role that peers in recovery play in initiating and supporting long-term recovery and improving overall health
  • Fostering dialogue at national, state, and local levels on how to integrate peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care
  • Providing specific, concrete action steps that people watching the webcast can take to foster the spread of peer-based recovery throughout all systems of care

SAMHSA is establishing nationwide “echo events,” where community members, healthcare providers, policymakers, funders, and leaders from the public and private sectors may come together, view the webcast, and participate in facilitated discussions designed to foster the spread of peer-based recovery in your own community.

An “echo event” is a community organized meeting that is held in tandem with the webcast. Following the webcast, the host organization of the echo event leads roundtable discussions to further the conversation surrounding recovery support and integrated care in their relevant local and state communities and systems of care. Echo events can be great opportunities to encourage discussion of community-specific strategies and to develop action plans for a given area.

To those who register SAMHSA will provide a guide to facilitate specific discussion and concrete action steps relevant to your community.

Ready to plan your echo site? Consider the following:

  • How much space do you have to accommodate your staff and partners?
  • Which partners in your community will you invite?
  • How do you plan on projecting the webcast? Do you have a screen that the webcast can be projected onto?
  • Post-webcast, echo sites will catalyze conversation on best practices and facilitate action planning to develop agency/organization/community specific recovery and health action plans. A list of free resources is available through the Recovery Month Website (www.recoverymonth.gov) and SAMHSA (www.samhsa.gov/recovery).

Assistance with planning your echo site or ordering resources can be provided by contacting the Recovery Webcast team at mailto:recoverywebcast@samhsa.hhs.gov

Please visit http://event.cabezon.com/2014/SAMSHA_Webcast_09_2014/default.php to register – This is a nationwide webcast; Echo site registration will be limited to the first 1,000 sites!


 

August 19, 2014

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Annual Report Now Available

House Bill 3793, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, directs the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide grants to local mental health authorities (LMHA) to train their staff and contractors as instructors of mental health first aid (MHFA). Additionally, these MHFA instructors are then to provide training in the MHFA protocols to educators at no cost to the educator or their employers.

Texas Health and Safety Code Section 1001.205 (b) requires DSHS to compile the information submitted by the LMHAs and submit a report to the Legislature, which provides the number of: LMHA employees and contractors trained as MHFA instructors, educators who completed a MHFA training program provided by an LMHA, and individuals who are not educators who completed a MHFA training program provided by an LMHA.

The intent of the legislation is to provide participants with the skills necessary to help an individual experiencing a mental health crisis until the individual is able to obtain appropriate professional care and to maximize the number of youth exposed to professionals trained in MHFA.

Since the MHFA program was implemented in December 2013, 363 LMHA employees and contractors have been trained as MHFA instructors, 917 educators have received MHFA training, and 1,588 non-educators have received MHFA training.

Read the complete report: Mental Health First Aid Annual Report - 2014 (PDF)


August 19, 2014

Seeking Volunteers for the Texas Recovery Advisory Committee (TRAC)

Applications Due September 30, 2014

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is seeking interested individuals to help guide the behavioral health system and promote recovery in Texas. The purpose of the Texas Recovery Advisory Committee (TRAC) will be to stabilize the decision making process and develop resolutions for issues brought to the Texas Recovery Initiative (TRI) relating specifically to recovery as DSHS continues to support the Recovery Movement through funding and/or other resources.

The TRAC will be comprised of approximately 25 members from various walks of life across the state, and will serve as a sub-committee of the TRI. DSHS is reserving 14 of the 25 TRAC slots to be filled by representatives of the local Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) communities from the 11 Health and Human Services Regions in Texas. The remaining 11 TRAC slots will be reserved for individuals who represent stakeholders and other organizations willing to support DSHS’ recovery initiative.

TRAC members should be willing to commit their time, experience, and knowledge to address issues related to recovery and to the development of a recovery oriented system of care for persons with substance abuse disorders and those who also may have co-occurring mental health issues. Experience as a peer in recovery, stakeholder, treatment provider, mental health service professional, or in other areas that involve helping others to achieve recovery is critical to the success of the committee.

Below is the Texas Recovery Advisory Committee Volunteer Application. If interested, please complete and submit your application to your local ROSC Chair and Co-chair per the instructions. Local ROSC contacts are listed at www.dshs.state.tx.us/substance-abuse/ROSC. All applications are due by September 30, 2014.

If you are not submitting an application through your local ROSC, your completed application must be submitted to the Substance Abuse Programs Services Mailbox: the Substance Abuse Program Services Mailbox: SA-RecoveryServices@dshs.state.tx.us

If you need additional information, please contact Sheri Jackson at (512) 206-4638 or email: sheri.jackson@dshs.state.tx.us or Laura Czepiel at (512) 206-5890 or email laura.czepiel@dshs.state.tx.us

To learn more about DSHS’ Recovery Initiatives visit our website at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/substance-abuse/.  


August 18, 2014

Chapter 448 Substance Abuse Draft Rules  Available for Review

Reminder: Stakeholder Meeting to be held August 22 in Austin

A draft copy of the licensing rules for facilities treating individuals with Substance Use Disorder, Standards of Care 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 448, is available for review. This draft will be discussed at the stakeholder meeting on Friday, August 22, 2014. Please see the July 23 announcement below for more informaiton on the August 22 meeting.

A draft copy of the licensing rules for facilities treating individuals with Substance Use Disorder, Standards of Care 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 448, is available for review. This draft will be discussed at the stakeholder meeting on Friday, August 22, 2014.

Stakeholder Letter - Chapter 448 Substance Abuse Draft Rules - Revised August 2014 (PDF)

Substance Abuse Draft Rules - Chapter 448 - Revised August 2014 (PDF)


Please pay particular attention to Chapter 448 sections 400, 500, 600, and 900 as these areas have been revised to address many of the concerns received from stakeholders at the June 15, 2014 meeting.

Although considerable advancements have been made with this draft, additional review, research and revisions are needed to address other comments and outstanding issues. We look forward to hearing any additional comments regarding these rules. Please contact Allison Hughes at (512) 834-6700 x 6775 if you have any questions regarding the revised draft or the upcoming meeting.


August 14, 2014

The Department of State Health Services Legislative Appropriations Request - FY 2016-17

The Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for FY 2016-17 is now available via the links below and on the DSHS Legislative Information page.

As part of the State of Texas budget process, the Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) is the bridge between the development of a state agency's strategic plan and the General Appropriations Act (GAA), providing a fiscal expression of each agency's priorities. It is the formal request for funding made by each state agency and institution. The LAR includes quantitative information such as projected performance, projected cost, and methods of financing proposed for state services. The administrator's statement highlights significant changes in policy, provisions of service and purpose of new fund requests.

FY 2016-17 Legislative Appropriations Request

Presentations on the Legislative Appropriations Request for Fiscal Years 2016-17


July 23, 2014

Substance Abuse Standard of Care Rules - Stakeholder Meeting August 22, 2014

The Department of State Health Services will hold a stakeholder meeting on Friday, August 22, 2014 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm to discuss the Substance Abuse Standards of Care Rules 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 448 licensing rules. The meeting will be held at:

University of Texas West Pickle Campus
3925 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78759

The purpose of this meeting is to reconvene stakeholders to gather additional feedback on draft licensing rules for Substance Abuse Facilities. The draft licensing rules will be posted on the agency’s Health Facility website (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/hfp/draft.aspx) on August 15, 2014 and will include changes made as a result of input received from stakeholders at the June 15, 2014 meeting.

Please contact Allison Hughes at (512) 834-6700 x 6775 if you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting.


 

July 7, 2014

Annual MHSA Stakeholder Forum: July 16, 2014 from 5-6:30 PM

Hosted by the Committee on Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders  and the Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, the Annual Forum will be held in Room 11-AB, 4th Floor, Austin Convention Center (North Side).

We cordially invite you to join us for what promises to be a lively exchange with members of the CAP, DSHS leadership and your colleagues across the state.  This is an excellent opportunity to share your perspective and pose questions to CAP and DSHS MHSA leadership on these topics and all others:

  • The Future of the MHSA Service Delivery System
  • The Coming Texas Legislative Session
  • Peer Supports and Recovery
  • Sunset Committee Recommendations
  • Workforce Development
  • Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity

At the conclusion of the discussion, we will hold a drawing and one lucky attendee will win a complimentary registration to the 2015 Texas Behavioral Health Institute (must be present to win).

We value the lived experience and the contributions of our many stakeholder partners, including consumers, families, providers, advocacy groups, human service agencies, and legislators.  We aim to strengthen these partnerships by hearing from those who use services, provide services, and/or provide advocacy for our public behavioral health system.

Please note that members of the public are welcome to attend both the Stakeholder Form and the CAP meeting regardless of registration to attend the Behavioral Health Institute.

Printable Stakeholder Forum Flyer - PDF


June 27, 2014

Public Input Requested: Inpatient Psychiatric Care 10-Year Plan

Please Respond by Midnight, July 11, 2014 

DSHS is seeking public input regarding inpatient psychiatric care as directed by Rider 83 following the 83rd Legislative Session held in 2013.

 

Rider 83 requires DSHS to develop a 10-year plan for the provision of psychiatric inpatient hospitalization to persons served by the department, and requires DSHS to obtain public input as part of the planning process. The plan must consider timely access to patient care in the least restrictive setting clinically appropriate, best practices in psychiatric inpatient care, opportunities for patients to receive care closer to their homes, and efficient use of state resources.

 

All DSHS stakeholders are invited to complete the brief survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Rider83Survey before midnight on July 11, 2014. Please feel free to share this link via email, your website, and/or social media.


June 25, 2014

Seeking Applicants for Appointment to Protect Our Kids Commission (SB 66)

Applications are due Friday, July 11, 2014

Applications for appointment to the Protect Our Kids Commission are now being accepted.

The Commission is charged with studying the relationship between child protective services and child welfare services and the rate of child abuse and neglect fatality. Section 3, Senate Bill 66, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, directs the DSHS Commissioner to appoint one member to the Commission with experience in behavioral health.

To qualify, an applicant must have experience in the field of behavioral health, including mental health and substance use disorders, as well as an understanding of the relationship between child protective services and child welfare services and child abuse and neglect fatalities.

Additional information regarding the Commission is included in the documents below. It is anticipated that the Commission will complete its work by December 31, 2015. Members of the Commission serve without compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for expenses.

All persons who wish to be considered as a nominee must complete the application below. All applications will remain on file for twelve (12) months. Completed applications, including reference contacts, must be mailed to the following address by Friday, July 11, 2014.

Ms. Tina Hosaka
Texas Department of State Health Services
P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code 2109
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Telephone: 512-206-5205

Alternatively, e-mail to:
Tina.Hosaka@dshs.state.tx.us  

In selecting members to serve on an advisory committee, the DSHS Commissioner, considers individuals’ qualifications for the position, background, and interest in serving on the committee. The DSHS Commissioner also attempts to achieve diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, and geographic location (when applicable).


June 13, 2014

Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR), Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (COPSD), Treatment, and Youth Recovery Services (RFI #133889)

Comments are due by 5:00 PM CDST on June 27, 2014

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of grant funds for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services. DSHS will be procuring 21 service types and is seeking feedback on their associated scopes of work:

  • Outreach, Screening, Assessment, and Referral (OSAR) Services
  • Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (COPSD) Services
  • Adult Residential Detoxification Services
  • Adult Ambulatory Detoxification Services
  • Adult Intensive Residential Services
  • Adult Supportive Residential Services
  • Adult Outpatient Services
  • Adult HIV Intensive Residential Services
  • Opioid Treatment Services
  • Adult Specialized Female Residential Detoxification Services
  • Adult Specialized Female Ambulatory Detoxification Services
  • Adult Specialized Female Intensive Residential Services
  • Adult Specialized Female Supportive Residential Services
  • Adult Specialized Female Outpatient Services
  • Adult Women and Children Intensive Residential Services
  • Adult Women and Children Supportive Residential Services
  • Youth Intensive Residential Services
  • Youth Supportive Residential Services
  • Youth Outpatient Services
  • Youth Women and Children Intensive Residential Services
  • Youth Recovery Community Services

Please visit the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) for complete information on RFI #133889: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=112017


June 10, 2014

Request for Proposal: Operation of Terrell State Hospital

The State of Texas, by and through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), announces the release of this request for proposal (RFP) for the operation of Terrell State Hospital (TSH) on behalf of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

For complete information, please see the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=111909.

 


May 27, 2014

Adult Mental Health Awareness Statewide Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

The Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Texas and Mental Health America of Texas  are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Adult Mental Health statewide poetry contest!

2014 marked the third year for this contest, which is held each May in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month.  This year more than 100 poems were submitted from all across Texas by adults living with and recovering from mental illness, their friends, and their families.  The contest judges -- which included representatives from NAMI Texas, Peer Support Services Staff, and DSHS staff -- would like to extend their sincere thanks to each poet who submitted their work for consideration in the 2014 contest.  Look for our announcement of next year’s contest in early spring 2015.


May 27, 2014

2014 Texas Behavioral Health Institute Registration is now open!

The Department of State Health Services annually hosts the Texas Behavioral Health Institute to promote best practice knowledge to professionals who counsel those who battle substance use and mental health disorders. Speakers at this nationally recognized event will address recovery and recovery supports; ways to build organizational partnerships; culturally-based services or competencies; and innovations that enhance family and community support.

The Institute will take place July 14-17 in Austin. Under the theme of Behavioral Health Today: A Unified Approach, this year’s event will focus on ways to promote the integration of the behavioral health system both in terms of mental health/substance abuse and behavioral health/primary care. See http://www.texinstitute.com/ for complete information. 

Register prior to June 13 to receive discounted pricing at: http://www.texinstitute.com/register-now/.


May 27, 2014

Call for Presenters: 14th Annual Partners in Prevention Conference: Communities Collaborating for a Brighter Future

Presentation Proposal Deadline: July 11, 2014; Conference to be held October 28-30, 2014 at the Austin Marriott North Hotel in Round Rock

The annual PEI Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference in Round Rock, Texas, is a multi-day training opportunity for community-based providers of child abuse prevention, juvenile delinquency prevention, substance abuse prevention, mental health promotion, and family violence awareness services, as well as program directors, direct service delivery staff, crisis counselors, and parent educators.  Each year, a number of Texas state agencies collaborate to present this opportunity for providers and professionals to gather information that they can use to help strengthen families and improve communities. 

The PIP Conference is a great venue to share your knowledge and skills with a broad audience, and to improve services to families around the State of Texas.  PEI invites you to apply, share your expertise, and help enhance the skills and knowledge of prevention practitioners in community-based social service agencies.  We are interested in soliciting workshops that will emphasize evidence-based practices in one or more of the following areas:  

  • Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention
  • Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention    
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Family Violence Awareness
  • Early Childhood/Home Visitation
  • Family Support Services
  • Community Collaborations
  • Program Sustainability
  • Ethics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Parent Education
  • Cultural Competency (separate application)
  • Crisis Intervention (separate application)

Of particular interest to PEI are those workshop proposals that integrate the prevention of child abuse/neglect or juvenile delinquency with one or more of the other areas listed above.   

Workshop length is generally limited to one hour and thirty minutes.  As such, PEI intends to award 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for every workshop presented.  Special consideration will be given to those who require more time.  Applicants interested in presenting on multiple topics must submit separate applications for each topic.  The deadline for receiving applications is July 11, 2014.  Finalists will be notified by August 1, 2014.  Presenters must submit their presentation materials at least three (3) weeks prior to the conference, for reproduction and dissemination to all attendees. 

PEI will provide honoraria to all accepted, eligible presenters. Presenters traveling to the conference may use the honoraria to help offset their expenses.   For those presenters wishing to attend the conference, PEI will also waive all conference registration fees. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pablo Bastida, Program Specialist, PEI Division, 512-438-5337 or  peiconf@dfps.state.tx.us  For more conference information, go to:  www.peiconference.org.


May 14, 2014

Stakeholder Meeting Notice: Department of State Health Services Public Meetings - 2016-17 Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR)

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will hold public meetings on May 22, 2014, and June 2, 2014, to solicit input into the development of the agency’s 2016-2017 Legislative Appropriations Request.

  • Thursday, May 22, 2014, 1:00 PM at 909 W. 45th Street, Building 2, Room 164, Austin, TX
  • Monday June 2, 2014, 2:00 PM at various locations across the state; please see list of videoconference sites below

Written Comments

Written comments regarding the 2016-2017 Legislative Appropriations Request may be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail, special delivery mail, hand delivery, fax, or e-mail. The addresses are provided as follows:

  • U.S. Mail - DSHS, Attention: Carolyn Bivens, Mail Code 1911, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347
  • Overnight mail, special delivery mail, or hand delivery - DSHS, Attention: Carolyn Bivens, Mail Code 1911, 1100 W. 49th St., Austin, TX 78756
  • Phone number for package delivery - 512-776-2370
  • Fax - Attention: Carolyn Bivens at 512-776-7477
  • E-mail - carolyn.bivens@dshs.state.tx.us

Videoconference Sites – June 2, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. CST

  • Arlington 1301 South Bowen Road, Room 2210
  • Austin 1100 West 49th Street, K100
  • Corpus Christi 1233 Agnes Street, Conference Room
  • El Paso 401 East Franklin, Room 250
  • Harlingen 601 West Sesame Drive, Rockport Room
  • Houston 5425 Polk Street, Room 4B-E
  • Lubbock 6302 Lola Avenue, Room 201
  • Midland 2301 North Big Spring Street, DSHS HSR9 Conference Room
  • San Antonio 2303 SE Military Drive, Texas Center for Infectious Disease, Videoconference Room
  • Temple 2408 South 37th Street, Large Conference Room
  • Tyler 1517 West Front Street, Room 315
  • Wichita Falls 6515 Kemp Boulevard, Building 539, TAC Conference Room

Persons with disabilities who plan to attend one of the meetings and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Anne Mosher at 512-776-2780, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


May 14, 2014

Request for Comment: Mental Health Workforce Shortages (HB 1023)

Comments are due May 27, 2014.

The updated document below is intended to inform stakeholders of the current state of mental health workforce shortages and to solicit input on potential policy recommendations to address shortages. Proposed policy recommendations from stakeholders are due to HPRC@dshs.state.tx.us by May 27, 2014. Following from HB1023, recommendations should be specific, reference evidence based work, and include feasibility/cost information as possible.


May 1, 2014

Join DSHS in celebrating Mental Health Month!

May is National Mental Health Month, with special observances taking place throughout the month. Learn about these observances and our work throughout the year to support and enhance the availability of Mental Health services at our web page for Mental Health Month - May 2014!


April 24, 2014

It's a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal this Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug "take back" to provide residents with a no-cost, anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines.

Click Here for a Collection Site Near You

Protect our kids, families and environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines which are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters.

Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high -- over half of teens abusing medicines get  them from a family member or friend, and that includes secretly raiding their home medicine cabinets.

If you miss Saturday's event, check with your local law enforcement agency for ongoing drop-off sites in your area.


April 4, 2013

UPDATED: Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Treatment and Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral Services (RFI #128527)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of grant funds for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the SFY 2016 competitive solicitation. DSHS is proposing several changes to the service delivery system:

  • Youth services – outpatient curricula
  • Youth services – day treatment
  • Youth services – transitional and recovery services
  • Youth services – specialized female
  • Buprenorphine services
  • Overdose prevention education at discharge

Complete information is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.

UPDATED: Web-Based Stakeholder Meeting: April 9, 2014 - 2 PM CDST

DSHS will conduct a web-based stakeholder meeting on April 9, 2014 at 2 PM Central Time. Please see below for webinar access information. Note: Please do not submit stakeholder feedback for this RFI until after this stakeholder meeting.

UPDATED: How to Submit Comments and Questions

Following the April 9 stakeholder meeting, comments and questions must be submitted to DSHS utilizing the Stakeholder Feedback Form posted on ESBD [MS Excel] and sent to PCS_CST_HHSC@hhsc.state.tx.us by 5:00 PM Central Time, April 18, 2014. For tracking purposes, the email subject line should be “Treatment RFI Comments.” 

UPDATED: Additional Documents Recently Posted to ESBD

  • Package 2  Addendum #1 (MS Word)
  • Package 3  Stakeholder Feedback Form (MS Excel)
  • Package 4  RFI PowerPoint Presentation for April 9 Webinar (MS PowerPoint)

April 3, 2014

Our Thoughts are with the Ft. Hood Community Today

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. For anyone experiencing anxiety, stress, or other overwhelming feelings, confidential help is available. Visit http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 toll free or send a text message that says TalkWithUs to 66764 for immediate counseling.

Veterans, Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Military Family or Friends in need of assistance should visit TexVet.org or VeteransCrisisLine.net. TexVet provides support specifically for Texas military, veterans, and family members, including peer to peer counseling and volunteer support. The Veterans Crisis Line offers nationwide support for active duty/reserve, guard, veterans, and their families and friends through a confidential toll-free number, online chat, and text messaging.


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 1, 2014

5th Annual Justice Involved Veterans Conference - May 12-14, 2014

Presented by the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services, the conference will be held in San Antonio at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel.

To register and for complete information, please visit http://tvc.texas.gov/Texas-Justice-Involved-Veterans-Conference.aspx. Registration for the conference is free and required. Hotel reservations made by April 11 recieve a special conference rate of $110.


April 1, 2014

Third Annual Statewide Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest!

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Texas are holding their 3rd annual statewide poetry contest open to adults with or in recovery from mental illness and their adult family members and friends.

For complete information, please see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/awareness/amh/poetry2014/.


March 26, 2014

Request for Formal Comment On 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 416, Subchapter C, Governing Jail-based Competency Restoration Services

Comments Due: April 21, 2014

The proposed rules governing standards for providing jail-based competency restoration services were published for formal comment in the March 21, 2014, issue of the Texas Register.

  • 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:
    • Click on “Search the Texas Register.”
    • Locate “title number” on the Viewer Screen, and type the number 25 in the box.
    • Locate “chapter number,” and type the number "416" in the box.
    • Locate “rule numbers,” and type the numbers "76" to "93" in the boxes provided.
    • Enter the date, "03/21/2014" in the first box located at Publication Issue Date.
    • Click on "find" and the publication data will be available.
  • Click on each section to access the rule text, the "preamble" explains changes to the rule, and the text of the sections being repealed.

You may submit your comments to: MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us. Please title the subject line “Comments for 25 TAC 416 C.” Comments should include the citation for the section that you are referencing, suggestions for alternative language, and a rationale for the alternative language.


March 25, 2014

Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Treatment and Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral Services (RFI #128527)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of grant funds for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the SFY 2016 competitive solicitation. DSHS is proposing several changes to the service delivery system:

  • Youth services – outpatient curricula
  • Youth services – day treatment
  • Youth services – transitional and recovery services
  • Youth services – specialized female
  • Buprenorphine services
  • Overdose prevention education at discharge

Complete information is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.

Webinar-Based Stakeholder Meeting: April 9

DSHS will conduct a webinar-based stakeholder meeting on April 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM Central Time. Please do not submit stakeholder feedback for this RFI until after the webinar-based stakeholder meeting.

DSHS will post webinar materials on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) approximately one week prior to the stakeholder meeting. These materials will include the webinar access information, presentation documents, and a stakeholder feedback form. The date and time for the webinar-based stakeholder meeting is subject to change. Once posted, any additional information and materials pertaining to this RFI may be found at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.

How To Submit Comments

Written comments should be submitted according to the guidelines provided in the RFI no earlier than April 9, 2014, and no later than 5:00 PM Central Time by April 18, 2014. The RFI is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.


March 17, 2014

Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee Meeting March 19 from 10 AM - 4 PM in Austin

The Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee (SB 58) meeting agenda is available at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/news/meetings/2014/031914-bhiac.shtml. The meeting will take place at

Health and Human Services Commission
Brown-Heatly Building
Public Hearing Room 1410
4900 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

Meeting Contact:  Monica Thyssen, Committee Coordinator, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Management Division, 512‑462-6217, monica.thyssen@hhsc.state.tx.us.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Laela Estus at 512-707-6102 at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.


March 14, 2014

2013 State Hospital Volunteers Recognized

In February, we were pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 DSHS MHSA State Hospital Volunteer Recognition Awards. These awards honor outstanding volunteers who served at one of our State Hospitals between January and December 2013. For complete information, including a list of honorees, please see 2013 DSHS MHSA State Hospital Volunteer Recognition Award Winners. Congratulations to all the winners, and our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who assist our hospitals in meeting their goals and enhancing our mission to improve health and well-being in Texas by providing leadership and services that promote hope, build resilience, and foster recovery.


March 4, 2014

Join the CAP! Applications for Substance Abuse Consumer/Advocate Now Being Accepted

Applications are due March 14, 2014

The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders is now accepting applications for a substance abuse consumer/advocate. Applications for this position are due March 14, 2014. 

CAP Membership Application – Revised February 2014 (PDF)

In addition to any currently open positions, the CAP accepts applications on a rolling basis for positions to be filled as needed according to the composition of the committee. Information on positions and terms are available on the CAP Roster. If you would like to submit an application, please complete the application form and submit it according to the instructions provided on page 3 of the form. Your application will be kept on file for consideration for one year from the date of submission.


February 24, 2014

NorthSTAR Request for Proposal (RFP) Issued

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS), NorthSTAR, announces the expected availability of fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicaid and non-Medicaid funding to provide mental health and substance use disorder services through a managed care network to eligible youth and adults residing in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.

Respondents may find complete informaiton and required documents posted at the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD): http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109258. Additional information may be found in the NorthSTAR RFP Respondent Library at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/northstar/rfp/.>

Bidders' Conference - March 4, 2014

DSHS will conduct a Bidders’ Conference on March 4, 2014 from 10:00 – 1:00 in the Nifty-Fifty Building (Building 626), Austin State Hospital (ASH) campus, 904 W. 45th Street, Austin, Texas [Austin State Hospital Campus Map (PDF)]. The purpose of this conference will be to discuss the requirements of the RFP and work to be performed under the contract, and to allow potential Respondents the opportunity to ask questions regarding the RFP. The conference is for information purposes only. Answers will not be official until posted to the ESBD on March 21, 2014. Questions and answers will be provided to all potential Respondents as they will be posted on the ESBD website (http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109258). DSHS strongly recommends, but does not require, attendance at the Bidders’ Conference.


February 14, 2014

Request for Proposal (RFP): Jail-Based Competency Restoration (JBCR)

Proposals due by 3 PM Central on March 13, 2014

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announce the availability of General Revenue funds to provide jail-based competency restoration services. These include mental health, or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use (COPSD) treatment services, as well as education for individuals found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), and are intended to be consistent with competency restoration services provided in State Mental Health Hospital (SMHH) facilities.

The purpose of the JBCR program will be to provide jail-based competency restoration services to include mental health or COPSD treatment services, and competency education for individuals found IST, consistent with competency restoration services provided in state mental health facilities.

The goals of the JBCR program include the following:

  1. Reduce the number of maximum security and non-maximum security defendants on the State Mental Health Program clearinghouse waiting list determined to be IST due to mental illness and/or COPSD issues.
  2. Provide prompt access to clinically appropriate JBCR services for individuals determined IST who do not qualify for the Outpatient Competency Restoration (OCR) program. Services shall include treatment of the underlying mental illness, and the provision of education and skills training. The purpose of the education and skills training is to enable the participants to obtain a factual and rational understanding of legal proceedings, and to restore the participant’s ability to consult with legal counsel. Treatment must encompass the principles of effective psychiatric rehabilitation.
  3. Provide a cost-effective alternative to restoration in a state hospital.
  4. Reduce the demand for forensic state hospital bed days in the area served by the pilot.
  5. Minimize or ameliorate the stress of incarceration, to the extent possible, for participants in the JBCR program. This amelioration must include maintenance of the therapeutic environment in the evenings and on weekends and special training for jail security staff who work in the pilot program.
  6. Collect data to support the effectiveness and cost savings of the pilot.

Complete information, including the RFP, all supporting documents, and contact information, is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109477.


February 12, 2014

Rate Hearing for 1915(i) Program: Home and Community-Based Services - Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH)

Hearing to be held March 3 in Austin

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will implement a 1915(i) program, Home and Community-Based Services-Adult Mental Health Program (HCBS-AMH). HCBS-AMH will provide intensive home and community-based services to adults with extended tenure in state mental health facilities in lieu of them remaining long term residents of those facilities.

DSHS anticipates that it will initiate provider enrollment within the next few months. Please visit 1915(i) Home and Community Based Services- Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) for an overview of the program and a list of services and service definitions.

DSHS is conducting an outreach effort for individuals and entities to become provider agencies and/or providers of individual services and requests your assistance in identifying potential providers.

Interested providers are strongly encouraged to attend the rate hearing for HCBS-AMH services. Input from potential providers helps ensure rates are set appropriately and correspond to the intensity of the provision services required to meet the needs of the individual. The rate hearing is the opportunity for comment regarding the establishment of the rate for HCBS-AMH services. Your attendance, consideration and comments at the rate are highly appreciated by the department.

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has scheduled the rate hearing for March 3, 2014 at 10:30 am. Details are as follows:

Location: HHSC - MHMR Center
Conference Room 164
909 West 45th Street, Building II
Austin, Texas 78751

A briefing package describing the proposed payment rates will be available at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/rad/rate-packets.shtml February 14, 2014. Interested parties may also obtain a copy of the briefing package prior to the hearing by contacting Rate Analysis by telephone at (512) 730-7401; by fax at (512) 730-7475; or by e-mail at sarah.hambrick@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Written comments regarding the proposed payment rates may be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to:

Health and Human Services Commission, Attention: Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400, P.O. Box 149030, Austin, Texas 78714-9030; by fax to Rate Analysis at (512) 730-7475; or by e-mail to sarah.hambrick@hhsc.state.tx.us.

In addition, written comments may be sent by overnight mail or hand delivered to HHSC:

Attention: Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400, Brown Heatly Building, 4900 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78751-2316.

HCBS-AMH program related questions should be sent to HCBS-AMH@dshs.texas.gov


February 11, 2014

Request for Proposals (RFP) - Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs) for Regions 5, 8, 9, and 10

Proposals are due March 3, 2014

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division (Program) announces the expected availability of State Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 grant funds for four regional Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs). There will be one PRC awarded in each of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in Regions 5, 8, 9, and 10. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is not limited to this source of funding if other sources become available for this Project.

Each PRC will serve as the central data collection repository and substance abuse prevention training liaison for the region. The provider will identify and establish new regional data resources/sources that will facilitate the development of a Regional Needs Assessment (RNA). The PRCs will collect local, county, and regional data with an emphasis on data related to the state’s three prevention priorities of alcohol (underage drinking), marijuana, and prescription drugs. The data collection efforts will also include tobacco and other drugs and other behavioral health data that can be used to identify substance abuse issues and trends and behavioral health needs in communities.

If a respondent is proposing services in multiple Regions, a complete and separate RFP is required for each Region.

Proposals are due March 3, 2014. For complete information, including the RFP and supporting documents as well as contact information for the Client Services Contracting Unit (CSCU), please see http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109801


January 10, 2014

Request for Comments: New Chapter 412, Subchapter A, concerning Mental Health Prevention Standards

Comments are due January 24, 2014

The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated funds to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide grants to Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) and Local Behavioral Health Authorities (LBHAs) for providing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to their employees and/or their contractors for the purpose of becoming MHFA certified trainers. The MHFA trainers will have the responsibility of training educators within their catchment area at no cost to the educators or their employers. In addition to funds for training employees and/or contractors to become certified MHFA trainers, there are also grant funds available to provide MHFA training to educators.

Training will be on the MHFA protocol as a preventive measure to assist children who are in distress and assist them to receive the most appropriate intervention. Each LMHA and LBHA is encouraged to have at least two employees certified as trainers. These people may be an existing employee, a new hire, or a contractor.

Please submit your comments on the proposed rule (below) via email to MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “MHFA (412-A), 12-6-13, Informal Comments” in the subject line or by US mail to Lloyd Shangreaux, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code 2091, Austin, TX 78714-9347.

Call Lloyd Shangreaux with questions or concerns at 512-206-5970.


January 2, 2014

Request for Information (RFI): Jail-Based Competency Restoration Services

ESBD #: 537-14-0006, Issued: December 31, 2013
Response Due: 3:00 PM Central Standard Time on January 17, 2014

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announce the availability of General Revenue funds to provide jail-based competency restoration services. These include mental health, or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use (COPSD) treatment services, as well as education for individuals found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), and are intended to be consistent with competency restoration services provided in State Mental Health Hospital (SMHH) facilities.

This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the competitive solicitation. No contracts will be issued as a result of this RFI; however, awards will be made as a result of the future RFP. Do NOT submit a proposal based on this RFI.

Please submit written comments and questions via email using the format outlined in the RFI document.

For complete information and to download the RFI document and any appendices, please visit http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109477.


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