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December 12, 2012

House Bill 2725 Report: Feasibility of Providing Home and Community-Based Services for Individuals with Repeat 46B Commitments

H.B. 2725, Section 20, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011, directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) with examining the feasibility of providing home and community-based services (HCBS) in lieu of institutional services to individuals with repeated commitments to state psychiatric facilities to restore their competence to stand trial under Chapter 46B.004 (c-1), Code of Criminal Procedure. Providing HCBS services would reduce recidivism into state psychiatric facilities, freeing beds to serve more individuals with severe mental illness who need inpatient care.

 

Individuals with multiple forensic commitments to state psychiatric facilities have complex needs, which are not adequately addressed by existing community mental resources. Issues include psychiatric, cognitive, and physical complications, compounded by chronic homelessness and lack of natural support systems. Individuals are generally committed to have their mental competence restored so they can stand trial for felony or misdemeanor offenses. Those with relatively minor offenses may have charges dismissed and return to the community. Without sufficient support, individuals decompensate and cycle repeatedly through state psychiatric facilities, reducing resources needed to treat other individuals.

 

Providing home and community-based services (HCBS) to this population is feasible. An HCBS program could help reduce recidivism to state facilities and free needed bed space to serve more individuals. It would not, in itself, reduce state psychiatric facility costs, since existing state facility beds are needed to meet demand for services and thus would not be converted to HCBS slots. An even greater impact on state facility bed space could be realized by including long-term commitment patients (one year or more) in an HCBS program, irrespective of their forensic status.

 

For complete details, please see the full report: HB 2725 Report - Feasibility of Providing Home and Community-Based Services For Individuals with Repeat 46B Commitments (PDF)


November 28, 2012

Announcing the Texas Children Recovering from Trauma (TCRFT) Initiative and Grant Award from the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative of SAMHSA

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was awarded a four-year cooperative grant from the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  This initiative, known as the Texas Children Recovering from Trauma (TCRFT), serves a target population of children and youth ages 3 to 17 who were exposed to or have witnessed trauma, or who are children of military families.  During the four-year grant period, DSHS will be working in partnership with Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center.

For more information, please see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/cmh/trauma/.


 

November 12, 2012

Pre-Proposal Conferences for Prevention and Intervention Services - Thursday, November 15 in Austin

INTERVENTION SERVICES: 9 AM - NOON

DSHS will hold the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 9:00am – 12:00pm which can be attended in person or via teleconference. Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting may end early after questions have been addressed.

Potential respondents wishing to participate will have 2 options:

  1. The Substance Abuse Intervention Services Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting will be held at the HHSC Public Hearing Room. Seating is limited to 75 persons. Up to 2 representatives per entity/organization will be admitted. Online web casting will not be available for the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting due to lack of conference room capability.

HHSC Public Hearing Room
Room 2-164
909 W 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751

  1. Potential respondents can listen-in to the Pre-Proposal teleconference. Call-in information: 1-877-820-7831. To access the teleconference enter 177891# to listen-in. Those respondents that plan to listen-in may submit their questions prior to the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting via email by Noon (CT), November 14, 2012, to the designated mailbox listed below. Questions will not be accepted over the phone during the Pre-Proposal teleconference.

Questions to be addressed at the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting may be submitted no later than Noon (Central Time) on November 14, 2012 to SA.IntvRFP@dshs.state.tx.us. Questions to be addressed at the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting will be limited to potential respondents attending the Pre-Proposal Conference meeting and questions received via email by Noon, November 14, 2012.

All other questions after the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting may be submitted by deadline date found in Section I. D. Schedule of Events in RFP# SA/INTV.540.1. DSHS’ response to questions, including those addressed at the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting, will be posted on ESBD website and shall serve as the official response to the RFP.

REMINDERS

  • Attendees should bring their copy of the RFP to the Substance Abuse Intervention Services Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting.
  • DSHS will use the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us for posting announcements, addendums to the RFP, and responses to questions related to this RFP and encourages potential respondents to monitor the ESBD for further information in the months ahead.
  • Potential respondents may listen-in via teleconference.

SA/INTV-540.1– RFP for Substance Abuse Intervention Programs, including complete details regarding the pre-proposal conference, may be viewed by accessing the following link: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=103176

PREVENTION SERVICES: 1-4 PM

DSHS will hold the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting on Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm which can be attended in person or via teleconference. Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting may end early after questions have been addressed.

Potential respondents wishing to participate will have 2 options:

  1. The Behavioral Health Prevention Services Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting will be held at the HHSC Public Hearing Room. Seating is limited to 75 persons. Up to 2 representatives per entity/organization will be admitted. Online web casting will not be available for the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting due to lack of conference room capability.

HHSC Public Hearing Room
Room 2-164
909 W 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751

  1. Potential respondents can listen-in to the Pre-Proposal teleconference. Call-in information: 1-877-820-7831. To access the teleconference enter 177891# to listen-in. Those respondents that plan to listen-in may submit their questions prior to the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting via email by Noon (CT), November 14, 2012, to the designated mailbox listed below. Questions will not be accepted over the phone during the Pre-Proposal teleconference.

Questions to be addressed at the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting may be submitted no later than Noon (Central Time) on November 14, 2012 to SA.PrevRFP@dshs.state.tx.us. Questions to be addressed at the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting will be limited to potential respondents attending the Pre-Proposal Conference meeting and questions received via email by Noon, November 14, 2012.

All other questions after the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting may be submitted by deadline date found in Section I. D. Schedule of Events in RFP# SA/PREV.539.1. DSHS’ response to questions, including those addressed at the Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting, will be posted on ESBD website and shall serve as the official response to the RFP.

REMINDERS
  • Attendees should bring their copy of the RFP to the Behavioral Health Prevention Services Pre-Proposal Conference Meeting.
  • DSHS will use the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us for posting announcements, addendums to the RFP, and responses to questions related to this RFP and encourages potential respondents to monitor the ESBD for further information in the months ahead.
  • Potential respondents may listen-in via teleconference.

SA/PREV.539.1 – RFP for Behavioral Health Prevention Services, including complete details regarding the pre-proposal conference, can be viewed at: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=103178


November 6, 2012
Substance Abuse Prevention Services Request for Proposal - SFY 2014

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of State Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 grant funds to provide substance abuse prevention and other related mental health services.

Respondents may apply for one or more of the program types. The following program types for this RFP are:

  1. Youth Prevention Universal (YPU)
  2. Youth Prevention Selective (YPS)
  3. Youth Prevention Indicated (YPI)
  4. Community Coalition Partnerships (CCP)
  5. Prevention Resource Centers (PRC)

The RFP and related documents are available on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=103178

The due date for the Prevention Services RFP is December 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM Central time.


November 5, 2012
Substance Abuse Intervention Services Request for Proposal - SFY 2014

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of State Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 grant funds to provide substance abuse intervention services.

Respondents may apply for one or more of the program types. The following program types for this RFP are:

  1. Rural Border Intervention (RBI)
  2. Pregnant and Postpartum Intervention (PPI)
  3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Early Intervention (HEI)
  4. HIV Outreach Services (HIV)

The RFP and related documents are available on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=103176

The due date for the Intervention Services RFP is December 12, 2012 at 2:00 PM Central time.


November 5, 2012

Request for Comments: Repeal of Chapter 415, Subchapter J, concerning Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASARR) Mental Health Services and Amendments to Chapter 412, Subchapter D, §412.202(b), concerning  Mental Health Services Admission Continuity and Discharge

Comments Due: November 12, 2012

Federal regulations that relate to this program are found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 483, Subpart C. In Texas, the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is designated with the responsible for administering the PASRR Program. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) in collaboration with DADS, has agreed that the most effective implementation of the program would occur through a single subchapter in 40 TAC Chapter 17, which contains the DADS rules concerning the PASRR Program. Therefore, Chapter 415, Subchapter J, which applies to local mental authorities, is being repealed and amendments that apply to local mental health authorities (LMHAs) and state mental health facilities (SMHFs) are being made in §412.202(b).

The draft rules in §412.202(b) are attached for review and comment and address the following:

  • cite the federal PASRR requirements;
  • describe the purpose for the PASRR preadmission screening and evaluation; and
  • require by reference to the DADS rules concerning PASRR, that LMHs and SMHRs comply with the DADS rules concerning PASRR.

In short, the draft DADS rules require that State Mental Health Facilities (SMHFs), when contemplating nursing facility placement for a patient upon discharge, conduct a PASRR Level I Screening. If the screening indicates that the patient might benefit from specialized services, the LMHA is required to conduct a PASRR Evaluation to determine if the nursing home placement is the most appropriate setting and to recommend specialized services that best meet the patient's needs.

Please submit your comments via email to MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “PASRR (415-J_§412.202), 11-2-12, 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 512-467-5425.


November 5, 2012

2013 Texas Behavioral Health Institute Call for Presentations Now Open

Submission Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2012

The DSHS Planning Committee for the Texas Behavioral Health Institute is seeking presentation proposals for 2013. Proposals are due Monday, December 3, 2012.

The Texas Behavioral Health Institute will be held in Austin, Texas at the Austin Convention Center, July 22-26, 2013.

For more information and to register electronically or via printable form, please see http://www.texinstitute.com/.


October 17, 2012

Rider 71 Stakeholder Meeting November 1, 2012

The Texas Department of State Health Services will host a stakeholder meeting on Thursday, November 1, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, 4800 North Lamar, Austin, TX to hear comments from the general public regarding the final Rider 71 report.

A representative of the Public Consulting Group, the independent contractor that conducted the study, will provide a brief presentation of the report and the remainder of the time will be reserved for stakeholder comments.

Each stakeholder will be allowed five minutes each for oral comments. Written comments will also be accepted and may be sent to Mr. Joey Longley at: jlongley@civicinitiatives.com.  

The Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center is located at 4800 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin.

To reach the Center:

  • By Bus: The Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center is served by Capitol Metro bus route #5-Woodrow. Exit the bus on Sunshine Drive at Criss Cole.
  • By Car: Going north on Lamar Boulevard, pass 45th Street. Turn left into the circular drive (marked 4800 North Lamar), and proceed to the parking garage. You may park in any unreserved spot in the parking garage, or along Sunshine Drive (directly west of the CCRC building), or in the visitor spaces of the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center parking lot.

 

October 15, 2012

Report: Analysis of the Texas Public Behavioral Health System: Recommendations for System Redesign, as Required by Rider 71

Rider 71 of the General Appropriations Act, 82nd Texas Legislature, directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to contract with an independent entity to review the state’s public mental health system. Public Consulting Group (PCG) was selected to complete this comprehensive analysis of the public mental health system.

The work of PCG was completed in two phases. Throughout both phases of their review, PCG reached out to stakeholders across the state to get feedback, local data and information for their analysis. The initial phase of the analysis resulted in a comprehensive report to DSHS in June 2012 on the current state of the public behavioral health system in Texas. A link to the Phase I report may be found on the DSHS website: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/mhsa-analysis.aspx.

The second phase of PCG’s analysis, which comprises the report linked below, focuses on providing recommendations to improve access, services utilization, patient outcomes and system efficiencies. The recommendations include short term and long term options for the behavioral health system.


October 10, 2012

Texas Peer Recovery Coach Designation

Application Deadline: October 19, 2012

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MHSA) Division is requesting nominations of stakeholders to take part in a workgroup for the development of the Texas Peer Recovery Coach Designation criteria. The Texas Certification Board of Addictions Professionals (TCBAP), affiliate of the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), will be the administrator of the Peer Recovery Coach Designation. Since 1981, the goal of the IC&RC has been to protect the public by establishing standards and facilitating reciprocity for professionals. The Peer Recovery Coach Designation will not be a reciprocal credential; the designation will only apply to those who reside in Texas. This designation is being developed as an alternative for those who do not wish to test for the Peer Recovery Coach Certification. By creating this designation, Texas will be able to protect the public through monitoring and enforcing recovery coach ethics and to ensure the Peer Recovery Coach standards are not compromised. Texas will also be able to ensure that Recovery Coach training requirements are met.

The goal of this committee will be to establish a statement of purpose, principles, peer recovery coach designation requirements, and develop an application, assurances and releases.

The composition of the group will be created based on workforce diversity and a representative sample of stakeholders. Provided is a possible list of stakeholder agencies; criminal justice, substance abuse treatment, prevention, the recovery community, TCBAP, DSHS staff, substance abuse recovery coach trainer. This is not an all-inclusive list; DSHS is open to all nominations. The workgroup will consist of no more than twelve members.

If you would like to be a part of this workgroup or would like to nominate a person to be on the workgroup please fill out the application below and return the application along with a current resume to laura.czepiel@dshs.state.tx.us or fax to (512) 206-5805 by October 19, 2012.

If selected to participate in the workgroup you will be notified by October 26, 2012.


 September 20, 2012

Department of State Health Services Presentation to Legislative Budget Board and Governor's Office of Budget, Policy, and Planning Joint Hearing

Dr. David Lakey presented the following information at a joint hearing of the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Governor's Office of Budget, Policy, and Planning on September 20, 2012, as part of the initial hearings in advance of the coming legislative session.

For more information, please see DSHS Legislative Information.


September 11, 2012

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: September 29, 2012 from 10 AM until 2 PM


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Read the announcement »

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Inquiries can be made at 1-800-882-9539, or you can search online for a collection site near you at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/SEARCH-NTBI/


September 10, 2012

September is Recovery Month

Recovery Month inspires millions of people to share their stories of recovery and assist others who are struggling with substance use and mental disorders.  Many Recovery Month events are taking place in Texas and around the nation.

To access a wealth of Recovery Month resources, including the Recovery Month Toolkit please visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recovery month page at: http://www.recoverymonth.gov. You can also connect with SAMHSA’s Recovery Month activities and resources on Facebook and Twitter, and learn more about recovery in Texas at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/awareness/recovery2012/


September 7, 2012

UPDATED: Request for Information on Proposed Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

There has been a change to Addendum 5, Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Prevention Services:

  • Addendum No. 5 – DSHS Approved Curricula List - Revision posted September 5

The RFI and all addenda are available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=100004.


August 22, 2012

Legislative Appropriations Request – FY 2014-15

The Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for FY 2014-15 is now available via the links below and on the DSHS Legislative Information page.

FY 2014-2015 Legislative Appropriations Request (8 mb, pdf)
(If you need assistance accessing this document, please contact Belinda Braunstein at 512-776-3409.)

Presentations on Legislative Appropriations Request for Fiscal Years 2014-15

DSHS held two public meetings on June 14, and 15, 2012, to solicit input into the development of the agency’s 2014-2015 Legislative Appropriations Request.

 


August 21, 2012

UPDATED: Request for Information on Proposed Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Two addednda have been added to the Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Prevention Services:

  • Addendum No. 4 - Responses to questions and comments received for RFI No. SA/RFI-0506.1 for Prevention Services have been posted to the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD)
  • Addendum No. 5 – Revised DSHS Approved Curricula List

The RFI and all addenda are available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=100004.


 

August 7, 2012

Request for Comment On 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 412, Subchapter I, governing Mental Health Case Management Services

Comments Due: September 3, 2012

 

The proposed rules governing standards for providing mental health case management services  were published for formal comment in the August 3, 2012, 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:
    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 412 in the box.
    4. Locate “rule numbers, and type the numbers 401 to 416 in the boxes provided.
    5. Enter the date, 08/03/2012 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" 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 412 I.”  Comments should include the citation for the section that you are referencing, suggestions for alternative language, and a rationale for the alternative language.


 

August 2, 2012

This year's Behavioral Health Institute -- Integration: Developing a Culture of Recovery and Wellness -- was held in Austin from July 16th- July 20th and drew more than 1400 consumers, advocates, and professionals to a wide variety of sessions on mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, recovery, clinical supervision, quality management, and medical and legal issues.

DSHS would like to thank all those who attended this year’s Institute and a special thanks to all our speakers for sharing their time, expertise and enthusiasm . . . resulting in making this year’s Institute the best ever!

To download copies of the speaker presentations visit http://www.texinstitute.com/program/ (click on the day to access a session schedule; avilable handouts are linked below the session title).

Be sure to sign up to receive information about the 2013 Behavioral Health Institute by sending a message to info@texinstitute.com. Thanks again and see you next summer!


July 16, 2012

Uniform Block Grant - Public Comment Period 

Information on the Uniform Block Grant was published in the Federal Register Friday, July 13, 2012 for comment over the following 60 days. Please see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-07-13/pdf/2012-17084.pdf for complete information.

The document describes what information SAMHSA wants to collect in the next Block Grant Plan, how they want to collect that and what their goals are for the block grant funds. This is an opportunity for public comment.

If you have any questions, you can contact Mary Sowder at 512-467-5531 or mary.sowder@dshs.state.tx.us.  


July 10, 2012

Open Forum on Behavioral Health!

Wednesday, July 18, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Austin Convention Center, Room 6A • Map & Directions to Austin Convention Center

This forum, which is being held in conjunction with the Annual Behavioral Health Institute (http://www.texinstitute.com/), is an opportunity for us to hear from you about what is working and to hear your suggestions for improvements.

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

Please let your voice be heard by attending this session that will be open to all (conference registrants and all others).

Contact: Mimi Martinez McKay (mimi.mckay@dshs.state.tx.us)


 

July 5, 2012

Texas Behavioral Health Prevention Strategic Plan Now Available

This plan was created from a process that included the following:

  • Examination of the recommendations made by a federal expert team that conducted the most recent system review of Texas’ prevention and Synar program;
  • A review of Texas’ needs assessment, surveys, other available data, trends and relevant planning documents;
  • Several meetings and electronic and telephonic communications with various managers and staff from divisions of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS); and
  • An inclusive stakeholder meeting held January 25, 2012 in which many state agency and organizational representatives participated.

Please visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/sap-strategic-plan/ to download a copy of the document.


June 22, 2012

Continuing Education at the 2012 Behavioral Health Institute

Information on CE Certificates available at the 2012 Behavioral Health Institute is now available at http://www.texinstitute.com/continuing-education/.


June 5, 2012

2012 Behavioral Health Institute: July 16-20

The Department of State Health Services hosts the Texas Behavioral Health Institute annually to promote best practice knowledge to professionals who support all those who battle addictions, compulsive behaviors, and other mental health disorders. The Institute is an excellent opportunity for professionals from all backgrounds to learn from nationally recognized experts, discover available resources, and network with other professionals committed to delivering quality mental health and substance abuse services.

This year’s Institute -- Integration: Developing a Culture of Recovery and Wellness -- will be held from July 16th- July 20th at the Austin Convention Center. Information on sessions and speakers is available at: http://www.texinstitute.com/program/.  As noted in the program, this year’s offerings include a wide variety of session tracks including prevention, treatment, recovery, clinical supervision, and quality management. . On the final day of the Institute we will be offerings sessions devoted to medical and legal issues for doctors, psychiatrists, lawyers and others in the legal profession http://www.texinstitute.com/special-trainings/mh-in-depth-trainings/.

Attendance & Registration

A special, discounted rate is available for those who register through June 15. Learn more and register today at http://www.texinstitute.com/register-now/.

More than 1,200 individuals attend the Texas Behavioral Health Institute, one of the nation’s premier substance abuse and mental health conferences. The following professionals will be attending the conference:

  • Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors
  • Substance Prevention Coordinators
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Probation Officers
  • School Teachers, Counselors & Administrators
  • Employee Assistance Program Personnel
  • Family Service Workers
  • Prevention Specialists and Consultants
  • Community Organizers
  • Law Enforcement and Community Police Personnel
  • Doctors
  • Attorneys 
  • Nurses

May 30, 2012

Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC) Membership Vacancies - Application Deadline Revised

The Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC) was established pursuant to requirements of H.B. 2439, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, 2007. The committee advises the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on technical and administrative issues that directly affect local mental health authority responsibilities.


The committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding current and proposed rules, and participates in the negotiated rulemaking process related to local mental health authority operations. The committee advises HHSC and DSHS on the development of a method for contracting with local mental health authorities that result in contracts that are more flexible and responsive to the needs and services of local communities, and, at the same time, fulfill DSHS performance expectations. The committee coordinates with workgroups affecting local mental health authority operations, and also submits a quarterly report to HHSC and DSHS on its activities and recommendations.

LANAC Membership Vacancies

DSHS is seeking applicants in the following stakeholder categories:

  • Private Mental Health Services Providers
  • Urban Government Officials
  • Consumers
  • Family Members
  • Advocates
  • Community Mental Health Service Providers
Application Due Date: June 14, 2012. Learn more »


May 25, 2012

Stakeholder Meeting Notice: 2014-2015 Legislative Appropriations Request - June 14 & 15, 2012

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will hold public meetings on June 14, and June 15, 2012, to solicit input into the development of the agency’s 2014-2015 Legislative Appropriations Request.

  • Thursday, June 14, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
    1100 W. 49th Street, M-739, Austin, TX 78756
  • Friday, June 15, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
    Various locations across the state; please see list below

Written Comments

Written comments regarding the 2014-2015 Legislative Appropriations Request may be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2012. 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

Videoconference Sites

June 15, 2012 – 9:00 a.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-D
  • Lubbock: 6302 Lola Avenue, Room 201
  • Midland: 2301 North Big Spring Street, DSHS HSR9 Conference Room
  • San Antonio: 7430 Louis Pasteur, Room 228
  • Temple: 2408 South 37th Street, Large Conference Room \
  • Tyler: 1517 West Front Street, Room 315
  • Wichita Falls: 6515 Lake Road, Building 504, Room 115

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 8, 2012
UPDATED: Request for Information on Proposed Substance Abuse Intervention Programs - Stakeholder Meetings May 11 in Austin

The 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) 2014. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Abuse Intervention Services.

The following Scopes of Work are included in this RFI:

  • Rural Border Intervention (RBI)
  • Pregnant and Postpartum Intervention (PPI)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Early Intervention (HEI)
  • HIV Outreach Services (HIV)

This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the RFP. 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.

Addenda 2 & 3: Stakeholder Meetings May 11 in Austin

DSHS will hold an informal RFI Stakeholder Meeting on the proposed substance abuse intervention services on May 11, 2012, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (or earlier if all questions and answers are completed) which can be attended in person or via teleconference.

DSHS will hold an informal RFI Stakeholder Meeting on the proposed substance abuse prevention services on May 11, 2012, from 1:30 pm – 4:30pm (or earlier if all questions and answers are completed) which can be attended in person or via teleconference.

The stakeholder meetings will both be held at 1100 West 49th Street (map enclosed), Room K-100, Austin, Texas. Map and Directions

Attendees should bring or have available the RFI document to reference.

Stakeholders wishing to participate in one or both sessions will have 2 options:

  1. Stakeholder meeting will be held at DSHS Headquarters in room K-100. Seating is limited to 100. Up to 2 representatives per entity/organization will be admitted. DSHS is not accepting reservations for the stakeholder meeting. Seating will be based on first-come, first-serve basis.
  2. Stakeholders wishing to listen-in via teleconference may call 1-877-820-7831. To access the teleconference enter 177891# to listen.

RFI and Addenda


May 4, 2012

Applications for the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC)

DSHS is seeking applicants in the following stakeholder categories:

• Urban Government Officials
• Consumers
• Family Members
• Advocates
• Community Mental Health Service Providers (excluding private providers)
Application Due Date: June 1, 2012

The Department of State Health Services is seeking applications for the Local Authority Network Advisory Committee (LANAC) established pursuant to Texas Health and Safety Code §533.0351. 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 are vacancies in the categories listed above.

The application due date is June 1, 2012. 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.

The application form, additional information about the LANAC, and committee member qualifications may be found at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/lanac/news.shtm. The LANAC web page is at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhcommunity/LANAC/default.shtm


May 2, 2012
Request for Information on Proposed Substance Abuse Intervention Programs

The 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) 2014. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Abuse Intervention Services.

The following Scopes of Work are included in this RFI:

  • Rural Border Intervention (RBI)
  • Pregnant and Postpartum Intervention (PPI)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Early Intervention (HEI)
  • HIV Outreach Services (HIV)

This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the RFP. 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.

SA/RFI-0507.1 - RFI for Proposed Substance Abuse Intervention Programs

Click on the link below to view the RFI and Addenda:
http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=100005  


April 20, 2012
Recovery Coach Training of Trainers

Applications Accepted April 23 - May 29, 2012

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is pleased to announce the Recovery Coach Training of Trainers (TOT). Those interested in receiving Recovery Coach TOT training may be able to attend  one of four five-day trainings being offered in various locations in Texas.

Learn More

For complete information, including specific application deadlines, guidelines, and training locations, please see the Recovery Coach Training web page: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/sa/recoverycoach/


 

April 19, 2012

Mental Health Month 2012 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 a statewide poetry contest open to adults with or in recovery from mental illness and their adult family members.

For complete details, including guidelines and entry deadline, please see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us//mhsa/awareness/mh/poetrycontest2012/.


April 17, 2012

Announcement of Solicitation: Privatization of a State Mental Health Hospital

The request for proposal (RFP) for the privatization of one of the state mental health hospitals is available via the Electronic State Business Daily at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=99828.

Please read more about this RFP at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/privatization/rfp/.


March 12, 2012

RFP for the Privatization of a State Mental Health Hospital

The draft RFP for privatization of one of the State Mental Health Hospitals has been posted to: http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=99209

Open Date: 03/26/12 02:00 PM

Agency Requisition Number:   53700-2-0000103730

The State of Texas, by and through the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), announces the release of draft request for proposal (RFP) # 53700-2-0000103730 for the Privatization of One of the State Mental Health Hospitals. The intent of the draft RFP is to receive and evaluate information that may be used to develop a RFP. The draft RFP provides an opportunity to review and comment on the draft RFP before formal release of any subsequent RFP.

Read more about the Draft RFP at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/privatization/rfp/


 

February 28, 2012
MHSA Stakeholder Survey Results

In November 2011, stakeholders and service providers were asked about their experiences with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse division regarding communication. Below are the results of these surveys. Should you have questions or need further information, please contact Mimi McKay at mimi.mckay@dshs.state.tx.us.


February 7, 2012

Honoring Children of Alcoholics Week, February 12-18. 2012

An estimated 25 percent of all children in the United States are affected by or exposed to a family alcohol problem. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) during its Children of Alcoholics (COA) Week. COA Week celebrates the recovery of the many thousands of children (of all ages) who have received the help they needed to recover from the pain and losses suffered in their childhood, and it offers hope to those still suffering from the adverse impact of parental alcohol and drug addiction.

During COA Week, we acknowledge the millions of children affected by a parent's substance use disorder and celebrate that there is hope and healing for these children now and throughout their lives. This week—and throughout the year—remember to ask, "What about the children?" when speaking about recovery from substance use disorders.

SAMHSA will release new findings during COA Week from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health about adolescents living with parents with alcohol use disorder. Watch for the announcement on the SAMHSA Newsroom.

Related Resources for Children of Alcoholics

Supportive Education for Children of Addicted Parents  |  Children's Program Kit (With DVD)

It Feels So Bad  |  Brochure

It's Not Your Fault (NACoA)  |  Brochure


January 12, 2012

Report on Privatization of a State Mental Health Hospital Now Available

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) through the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) posted a Request for Information seeking certain information that would assist DSHS and HHSC in developing a Request for Proposal (RFP) and to assess the level of interest among private entities in operating one of the state hospitals currently managed by DSHS.

A public hearing was held and the feedback obtained from stakeholders and vendors is summarized in this report. DSHS is currently developing an RFP that incorporates the feedback received from the public hearing.

The report, which is available on the Report on Privatization of a State Mental Health Hospital web page, was created to notify the Governor and Legislative Budget Board on the progress to date in implementing Rider 63.


 

 

 2011

December 13, 2011

Update: Stakeholder Forums Regarding the Comprehensive Analysis of Public Behavioral Health System Required by Rider 71

Additional information on the recently announced Stakeholder Forums is now available on the Comprehensive Analysis of Public Behavioral Health System web page, along with a copy of the presentation by PCG that will be used at each Forum.


December 13, 2011

Request for Applications for Membership in the Council for Advising and Planning for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders (CAP)

Please submit your application by January 17, 2012

The mission of the Council ("CAP") is to assure that all Texans have safe and effective prevention, treatment, recovery and resilience support services for mental and substance use disorders.

The Council is now soliciting applications for membership. Qualifications for membership and additional details are provided on our application.

We seek to represent all Texans and all of Texas in our membership and encourage residents from every part of the state to apply. The full Council meets quarterly (most meetings are held in Austin) and travel expenses are reimbursed. The next quarterly meeting will be held in early March 2012 and applications must be submitted by January 17, 2012.

For more information and to download a copy of the application, please see the Council web page.


December 8, 2011

Adoption of New Chapter 411, Subchapter N, concerning Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (COPSD)

Effective November 17, 2011, the Department of State Health Services has adopted a new Chapter 411, Subchapter N, concerning Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (COPSD).

Notice of the proposed new Chapter 411, Subchapter N, was published in the April 29, 2011, issue of the Texas Register for public review and comment. A comment was received from Tropical Texas Behavioral Health of Edinburg. On October 25, 2011, the Commissioner of the Health and Human Commission approved the adoption of the amendments to the subchapter with changes to the text as proposed.  Notice of the adoption was published in the November 11, 2011, issue of the Texas Register and is available electronically at the following Internet address:  http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=25&pt=1&ch=411&sch=N&rl=Y.

What’s different?

The preamble and final rule text, below, describe the amendments and repeals concerning the subchapter.

Reason for the New Subchapter

The amendments and repeals are necessary to reflect organizational changes that occurred in September 2004 when the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation (TDMHMR) merged with several other agencies to form the Department of State Health Services. The amendments and repeals are also necessary to reflect changes in references to other rules.

Questions

Please direct questions concerning the subchapter by mail to Janet Fletcher, Program Services Unit, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347, by telephoning 512/467-5424, or by emailing MHSARules@dshs.state.tx.us.


December 6, 2011

MHSA Division Presentations from Recent DSHS Council Meeting Now Available

At a recent meeting of the DSHS Council, MHSA staff members gave presentations on the following topics:

  • Suicide Prevention Initiatives
    •  This PowerPoint provides an overview of Suicide Prevention initiatives currently underway at DSHS with a focus of new social media strategies and how MHSA and Title V offices are working together. The social media information involves youth documentary style videos called “Real Stories of Help & Hope” being shown on YouTube, and two new Smartphone Apps for suicide prevention.
    • View the Suicide Prevention Presentation (MS PowerPoint)
  • Tobacco Prevention and Control
    •  The tobacco control PowerPoint provides a description of the impact of funding reductions to the DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control Program for FY12 and FY13 and an overview of program strategies.
    • View the Tobacco Prevention and Control Presentation (MS PowerPoint)
  • Wellness Incentives and Navigation (WIN) - The Texas Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Disease (MIPCD) Project


December 1, 2011

Announcement of Stakeholder Forums Regarding the Comprehensive Analysis of Public Behavioral Health System Required by Rider 71

Forums begin December 14, 2011 in Austin; Additional dates in January with details to be announced

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) would like to announce the scheduling of six (6) public stakeholder forums to be conducted by Public Consulting Group (PCG) as part of the comprehensive analysis of the public behavioral health system. The study of the public behavioral health system is required by DSHS Rider 71, General Appropriations Act, 82nd Texas Legislature, 2011. PCG’s efforts will focus on two major components: (1) a comprehensive study of the current public behavioral health system in Texas and (2) short and long term recommendations for the Texas behavioral health system.

The six (6) stakeholder meetings will be used by PCG to provide stakeholders with an overview of the engagement and to gather stakeholder input on the current behavioral health system. Stakeholders will be encouraged to provide feedback on topics including, but not limited to, access to services, service delivery models, current service array, and funding for services. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide input on general strengths and weaknesses of the current behavioral health system and thoughts on the future direction of behavioral health services in Texas.

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend one of the six (6) public stakeholder forums listed on the following web page: Stakeholder Forum Information. To receive an email notification when additional dates and locations are announced, please subscribe to receive email updates on this topic.


November 22, 2011

Adoption of New Chapter 411, Subchapter G, concerning Community Centers

Effective Date: September 22, 2011

Reason for the New Subchapter
The amendments and repeals are necessary to reflect organizational changes that occurred in September 2004 when the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation’s services for people with an intellectual or developmental disability merged with the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). The rules also accord with House Bill 2303, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009, which amended Health and Safety Code, Chapter 534, to specify that a community center may provide health and human services and supports that are not identified in its local plan as provided by a contract with or a grant received from a local, state, or federal agency.

What’s different?
The preamble and final rule text describe the amendments and repeals concerning the subchapter:

Process
Notice of the proposed new Chapter 411, Subchapter G, was published in the April 29, 2011, issue of the Texas Register for public review and comment. A comment was received from Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center. On August 19, 2011, the Commissioner of the Health and Human Commission approved the adoption of the new subchapter with changes to the text as proposed. Notice of the adoption was published in the September 2, 2011, issue of the Texas Register and is available electronically at the following Internet address: http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=25&pt=1&ch=411&sch=G&rl=Y. However, the rule text is not published in it entirety.

Questions
Please direct questions concerning the subchapter by mail to Janet Fletcher, Program Services Unit, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347, by telephoning 512/467-5424, or by emailing MHSARules@dshs.state.tx.us.


November 16, 2011

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 17

The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is an annual event that encourages smokers to quit for at least one day in the hope they will be encouraged to stop permanently (1). The 36th annual event will be held on November 17, 2011.

Approximately two out of three smokers want to quit, and 52.4% of current adult smokers tried to quit within the past year (2). Health-care providers should routinely identify smokers and other tobacco users, advise them to quit, and assist those trying to quit (3). Getting help (e.g., through counseling or medication) can double or triple the chances for quitting (3).

Since 2002, the number of former smokers in the United States has exceeded the number of current smokers (3). But 19.3% of U.S. adults (about 45.3 million) still smoke. Additional information and free support for quitting is available online (http://www.smokefree.gov) or by telephone (800-QUIT-NOW [800-784-8669]; TTY: 800-332-8615).

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the Million Hearts initiative, aimed at preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years. An estimated 26% of heart attacks and 12%--19% of strokes are attributable to smoking. Additional information is available at http://millionhearts.hhs.gov.

For information and resources specific to Texas, please visit DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control online at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tobacco/.

References

  1. American Cancer Society. Great American Smokeout. Available at http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society; 2011. Accessed November 3, 2011.
  2. CDC. Quitting smoking among adults---United States, 2001--2010. MMWR 2011;60:1513--19.
  3. Fiore MC, Jaen CR, Baker TB, et al. Clinical practice guideline. Treating tobacco use and dependence: 2008 update. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service; 2008. Available at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/treating_tobacco_use08.pdf . Accessed November 3, 2011.

 


November 14, 2011

Deadline Extended: Call for Presenters: 2012 Partners in Prevention Conference

The Annual Division of Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference in Austin is a two‐day training opportunity for community‐based providers of child abuse prevention, juvenile delinquency prevention and professionals in related fields. 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 11th Annual Conference will be held April 11‐12, 2012 For complete information, please see the document below:

Applicaton Deadline Extended: Please Submit by December 2, 2011


November 8, 2011

Stakeholder Communications Survey

Responses are due by 5 PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

  • The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division (MHSA) of DSHS is dedicated to maintaining a collaborative partnership with its diverse group of stakeholders. In the summer of 2010, we conducted a stakeholder survey to get input on improving communications to individuals engaged in various internal and external stakeholder groups coordinated by MHSA.

    We have acted on many of the recommendations we heard at that time, and designed a follow-up survey to assess how well we're doing today and where we still need to improve. We welcome your unique perspective and hope you will choose to participate. Responses will be accepted until 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011. A compilation of the survey results will be shared on our web site in early December at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa-announcements/.

    The survey should take an average of five minutes to complete, and can be accessed here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&pli=1&formkey=dHpEQ1dJbjJzTGRjUGpiOWZtTTU1c1E6MQ#gid=0

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    October 24, 2011

    October 29th, 2011 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day! 

    The purpose of National Take Back Day is to provide a venue for the public to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The DEA, in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted the first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day last September.  This effort was a huge success in removing potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from our nation’s medicine cabinets. 

    There were approximately 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the nation that participated in this event.  The American public turned in more than 121 tons of pills on this first National Take Back Day, and due to the overwhelming success of the event, DEA held a second National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, 2011. 

    The third National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place from 10am-2pm on Saturday, October 29th.  To get more information and find a collection site near you visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

    Law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site should call the Point of Contact for your area.

    The Partnership for a Drug-Free Texas is dedicated to raising awareness about prescription drugs, which are now the second most highly abused drugs in the nation.  For research, news and helpful links on prescription drug abuse please visit their resource page at: http://drugfreetexas.org/drugs/prescription-drugs/

     


    October 18, 2011

    Call for Presenters: 2012 Partners in Prevention Conference

    The Annual Division of Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference in Austin is a two‐day training opportunity for community‐based providers of child abuse prevention, juvenile delinquency prevention and professionals in related fields. 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 11th Annual Conference will be held April 11‐12, 2012 For complete information, please see the document below:

    Applications are due November 15, 2011 December 2, 2011


    October 17, 2011

    2012 Behavioral Health Institute: Call for Focus Group Participants

    Registration Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2011

    The Texas Behavioral Health Institute Program Committee will be conducting two focus group conference calls on the 2012 Institute.

    Individuals who participate in the call will be asked to provide input on specific topics and questions that are critical to you professionally as well as the issues confronting your agency or organization.

    The two conference calls will be 60 minutes in length. There will be an overview provided by a facilitator from the program committee followed by an open discussion.

    Participants will then be asked to provide input on five questions:

    • What issues pertaining to behavioral health service delivery in our State are keeping you awake at night? 
    • What kind of ‘how to’ workshops would you like to attend?
    • What topics would you like to have presented as longer, more in-depth training sessions (Marketing, Technology, Billing, Social Media etc.)
    • Would you attend and participate in roundtable discussions?
    • What topics should these roundtables focus on?
    • What elements have been missing from past Institutes that you would like to see included?
    • What speakers would you recommend present on these topics?

    The two focus group dates are

    • Tuesday, November 8 at 2 pm
    • Thursday, November 10 at 10 am

    Why Participate?

    • You could play an important part in shaping the program for the 2012 Texas Behavioral Health Institute.
    • You will hear from other peers on the important issues challenging them and their agencies.

    You will be sent a link to the focus group you are assigned to once you have completed the interest form at: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1123151-3SyU9B0ixF

    Deadline to sign up for focus groups: Monday, October 31, 2011.


    October 17, 2011

    2012 Behavioral Health Institute: Call for Presentations

    The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) invites proposals for conference sessions at the 2012 Texas Behavioral Health Institute, the theme of which is Integration: Developing a Culture of Recovery and Wellness.

    As part of its effort to communicate and educate on ways to partner with people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse disorders, DSHS encourages presentations on efforts that encourage integration of the behavioral health system.

    Sessions should include: recovery issues; ways to build organizational partnerships; culturally-based services or competencies; and resources that include family and community support. Topics should address prevention and treatment solutions and relate to youth, family, judicial (legal, court, incarceration) and all populations impacted by mental health and substance abuse disorders.

    For more information or to submit your proposal, please see http://www.texinstitute.com/.

    Submission Deadline: November 18, 2011


    October 13, 2011

    Proposed 1915(b) Waiver: Selective Contracting of Medicaid Mental Health Rehabilitative Services

    In an effort to ensure specialized mental health services are provided in a manner consistent with evidence-based best practices, the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is pursuing a 1915(b) fee-for-service selective contracting waiver.  This waiver would allow the State to selectively contract for the provision of Medicaid reimbursed Mental Health Rehabilitative Services.  Provision for such a waiver is authorized under section 1915(b) of the Social Security Act (“the Act”), which permits the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive provisions set forth in section 1902 of the Act for certain purposes.   Providers will be required to provide medically necessary mental health rehabilitative services to eligible individuals. 

    Under the waiver, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will contract with local mental health authorities, who will be required to make periodic attempts to recruit and develop a network of qualified providers.  In addition, each local mental health authority will be required to pay the full Medicaid rate to subcontracted providers.

    Purpose of the Proposed Waiver

    Certain consumers require multiple specialized mental health services to address needs associated with both severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED). The proposed waiver will help ensure that individuals receive the entire array of specialized mental health services to address needs associated with both SPMI and SED.  These services include mental health rehabilitation, mobile crisis services, psychiatric services, medications, case management, and a variety of other services that would not be available to consumers from a provider that delivered only MH Rehabilitative Services.  Furthermore, the proposed waiver would reduce service fragmentation insofar as the full array of services would be delivered within a closely coordinated local system of care.

    Additionally, due to the cyclical nature of mental illness many individuals may lose and regain Medicaid eligibility over time.  The proposed waiver will help ensure continuity of care when a person loses Medicaid eligibility through continued service provision through contracted local mental health authorities.

    Coverage and Service Area

    The Medicaid population to be served under the proposed 1915(b) waiver includes children and adolescents from three to 18 years of age who have serious emotional disturbance (SED) and adults age 18 and over who have severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), and for whom a licensed practitioner has determined that mental health rehabilitative services are medically necessary.

    The waiver covers the same population as is currently covered for Mental Health (MH) Rehabilitative Services, and will operate in all counties of the state with the exception of those counties that are currently operating under the NorthSTAR 1915(b) waiver (i.e., Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall counties).

    Waiver Timeline

    HHSC issued a public notice of intent concerning the waiver in the December 17, 2010 Texas Register and held a joint public meeting with DSHS to solicit stakeholder input on March 4, 2011.  HHSC and DSHS incorporated changes to the draft waiver based on stakeholder input. 

    HHSC submitted the waiver request to CMS September 22, 2011 and is requesting CMS approve the new waiver for the period beginning January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2013. 

    Questions

    Should you have questions or comments about the proposed waiver, please write to contact.mh@dshs.state.tx.us.

     


     

    October 10, 2011

    Request for Comments: 25 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 447, Department-Funded Substance Abuse Services 
    Subchapter A, concerning Department-Funded Substance Abuse Prevention Services
    Subchapter B, concerning Department-Funded Substance Abuse Intervention Services
    Subchapter C, concerning Department-Funded Substance Abuse Treatment Services

    Comments Due October 20, 2011 

    Reason for the Repeals and New Rules Chapter

    The reason for the repeals and new rules is as follows:

    • to provide a concise set of rules that are organized in one chapter designated for Department of State Health Services(DSHS)-funded substance abuse programs;
    • to comply with Government Code, §2001.039, which requires each state agency to review and consider for readoption each rule adopted by DSHS;
    • to comply with Health and Safety Code §461.0128, which requires that DSHS develop and adopt rules for model program standards for substance abuse services for use by each agency that provides or pays for substance abuse services; and
    • to comply with H.B. 3126 (76th Leg. Reg. 1999), which requires DSHS, among other agencies, to establish by rule a uniform set of criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of a substance abuse prevention program. 

    Rules Being Repealed

    This is a proposed repeal of 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 441 General Provisions, Subchapter D. Measuring the Effectiveness of Substance Abuse Services §441.401 (Interagency Agreement), and Chapter 447, Contract Program Requirements, Subchapters A-G; and proposed adoption of Subchapters A-C of new Chapter 447 Department-funded Substance Abuse Services. 

    Changes Affecting the Chapter

    The draft of each subchapter in Chapter 447 was reviewed by the Chapter 447 Steering Committee comprising the treatment services unit manager; team leads for prevention, intervention, and treatment services; and staff from quality management and contracting.  Via email, the prevention draft was distributed September 18, 2009, the intervention draft was distributed October 12, 2009, and the treatment draft was distributed December 23, 2009. Another revision of the draft was sent out to stakeholders in July 2010.   

    The revisions from the July 2010 text have been reorganized and condensed.  It is the intent of DSHS to shift as much language from rule to contract, while maintaining compliance with statutory requirements.

    Next Steps

    Comments received in response to this request for comment will be discussed by the Chapter 447 Steering Committee and the draft will be revised accordingly.  The final draft will be reviewed by management staff and the Office of General Council. 

    It is anticipated the rules will be presented at the December 1, 2011, DSHS council meeting.  The new chapter will be published in the Texas Register for 30 days.   The rules are anticipated to be effective May 31, 2012.

    Comments

    Please submit your comments and questions concerning the draft 25 TAC Chapter 447 rules via US mail to Laura Czepiel, 1100 W 49th Street T608.3, Austin Texas 78751 (512) 458-7111 ext 3314, or by emailing MHSARules@dshs.state.tx.us with “Chapter 447 Comments” in the subject line.

     


     

    September 22, 2011

    Announcement for Public Hearing Pursuant to Rider 63, Request for Proposal to Privatize a State Mental Health Hospital

    Rider 63 for DSHS, General Appropriations Act, 82nd Legislature, requires DSHS to develop a request for proposal (RFP) to privatize one state mental health hospital by September 1, 2012. Rider 63 also requires that DSHS take into account feedback from internal and external stakeholders when developing its plan for the oversight of the privatization of the hospital.

    Participants are invited to provide feedback to assist DSHS in developing this proposal, to include:

    • Strategies to minimize adverse effects on hospital residents,
    • Strategies to minimize adverse effects on potential or future residents,
    • Strategies to minimize adverse effects on staff,
    • Strategies to determine which hospital to privatize and other feedback as pertinent.

    Rider 63 requires that the approved contract will generate at least a ten percent savings annually compared to FY 2011 levels and be for a minimum of four years.

    For additional information about this public hearing, please contact Kerry Raymond at kerry.raymond@dshs.state.tx.us.


    July 15, 2011

    Stakeholder Survey - Service System Priorities

    Responses Due July 27, 2011

    The Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MHSA) Division of the Texas Department of State Health Services is seeking stakeholder input regarding service system priorities for persons with Severe Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbances and/or Substance Use Disorders.  Feedback from this survey will be used for planning of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse combined Block Grant Application. 

    The service system outlined in the survey is from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Description of a Good and Modern Addictions and Mental Health Service System”.  An expanded explanation of the system is available at: http://www.samhsa.gov/healthreform/docs/good_and_modern_4_18_2011_508.pdf

    Please take a moment to complete the survey BY JULY 27, 2011 at  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YTDBW3B

    This survey may be forwarded to anyone that may want to provide input on the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services System.


     

    July 12, 2011

    Stakeholder Forum - Request for Comment: FY 2012 Block Grant

    On Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 5pm at the Austin Convention Center, DSHS is hosting a forum to receive stakeholder comments on the mental health and substance abuse block grant application process for FY 2012.

    Through the Federal Register, comments on the block grant process continue to be accepted through July 18 . This event is your opportunity to comment on the process in Texas. While the forum takes place at the Texas Behavioral Health Institute venue, it is open to both registered and non-registered attendees.

    Contact: Mimi Martinez McKay


     

    June 27, 2011

    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day

    Today, June 27th 2011, is PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) Awareness Day. Please join us in promoting awareness of PTSD and sharing links to resources to help those in need of services by visiting: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/about/ptsd-awareness-day/together_increasing_ptsd_awareness.asp


     

    June 24, 2011

    SAMHSA Releases Revised SAPTBG and MHBG Applications 

    On April 11, SAMHSA posted a Federal Register Notice (FRN) to obtain comments on a proposed Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) application and Mental Health Services Block Grant (MHSBG) application. The initial 60-day comment period on the proposed application for the Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG) closed on June 9th.  In response SAMHSA received 772 comments from 522 individuals or organizations. Based on the comments SAMHSA received, the application and reporting sections have been revised.  The application has been posted again in the Federal Register (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-17/pdf/2011-15070.pdf), and SAMHSA is accepting comments until July 18, 2011.  More information may be found at http://samhsa.gov/grants/blockgrant

     


    June 9, 2011

    TRAINING: Webinar Training on Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Benefits

    June 17, 2011 at 9 AM

    Meeting Site:
    Health and Human Services Commission
    Brown-Heatly Building
    4900 North Lamar Blvd.
    Conference Room 5357

    Meeting Participation Instructions (PDF)

    There have been a number of changes to the Substance Use Disorder benefits since they were originally implemented September 1, 2010 (Phase I) and January 1, 2011 (Phase II), and HHSC is conducting a comprehensive webinar training for providers that includes recent changes.

    • Overview of Legislative History
    • Overview of Benefits
    • Overview of Wrap-Around Coverage for Women and Children Residential Services
    • Prior Authorization Requirements
    • Special Considerations Related to Adolescents
    • Billing Information
    • Eligibility verification (including overview of new Your Texas Benefits Card)
    • Overview: TMHP web portal for claims and new online prior authorization process

    Target Audience:  Billing staff, clinic director, lead clinician for chemical dependency treatment facilities licensed by the state of Texas, as well as providers offering medication assisted therapy.

    Contact: Laura Jourdan, Medicaid/CHIP Division, 512-491-1130, Health and Human Services Commission, Laura.Jourdan@hhsc.state.tx.us

    This webinar is free and open to the public.  No reservations are required, and there is no cost to participate.

    People with disabilities who will need auxiliary aids or services for this webinar are asked to call Laura Jourdan at 512-491-1130 at least 72 hours before the meeting.

     


     

    June 1, 2011

    Reflecting on Mental Health Month

    The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division here at DSHS thanks all those who support and enhance the mental health service delivery system in Texas every month and through the years.

    Although we have reached the end of National Mental Health Month for 2011, our web page dedicated to the observance of Mental Health Month remains online throughout the year and features information and resources, including our annual series “Perspectives on Mental Health” with this year’s essays on supported employment, outpatient competency restoration, peer support, the Family Partner program, the SUPPORT program, and children’s mental health.    

    We look forward to National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July and next year’s National Mental Health Month as well as other awareness events throughout the remainder of 2011.

     


     

    May 24, 2011

    Statewide Training for Adolescent trauma: Understanding the Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse – “A Toolkit for Providers”

    The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will offer a half day training on Understanding the Links Between Adolescent Trauma and Substance Abuse – “A Toolkit for Providers.” This training is open to all DSHS-funded Substance Abuse Treatment Contractors, credentialed staff, and clinical directors.

    The half-day training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on June 14, 2011, June 27 and June 28, 2011. The June 14th training will be held in Corpus Christi at the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse facility, June 27th the training will be held in Austin at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Public Hearing Room, Austin and June 28th training will be held at the Rio Grande Valley Council in Pharr, Texas. 

    Three continuing education units (CEUs) are available for credentialed staff.  At the end of this training participants will:

    • Gain an understanding of the relationship between traumatic stress and substance abuse among youth and recognize the importance of addressing co-occurring disorders
    • Be able to recognize, identify, and assess symptoms of traumatic stress
    • Be able to identify potential treatment strategies for children who have co-occurring disorders
    • Effectively implement the Toolkit

    Trainer will be Dr. Susana Rivera.  Dr. Susana Rivera is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience providing treatment for children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse, traumatic grief and other traumas.  Dr. Rivera is also a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer, and has been responsible for disseminating the model to clinicians across the state of Texas. In addition to child traumatic stress, her research interests include the effects of culture on the provision and outcomes of mental health treatment for Hispanic children and families. Dr. Rivera is the Program Director for the Border Traumatic Stress Response Center at Serving Children and Adolescents in Need, Inc. and is also an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas. Dr. Rivera also serves as co-chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Child Sexual Abuse Committee and is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Evaluation Steering Committee. 

    Training Dates and Locations

    Training will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. daily                                                                                                                                                

    Corpus Christi - June 14, 2011

    Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council

    1801 South Alameda Street, Suite 150

    Corpus Christi, Texas 78404.

    Austin - June 27, 2011

    ASH

    Hearing Room, Building 2

    909 W. 45th Street

    Austin, Texas 78756

    Pharr - June 28, 2011            

    Rio Grande Valley Council

    5510 N. Cage Blvd., Suite E

    Pharr, TX 78577

    Training Registration Instructions

    The registration deadline for this training is the close of the business day one week prior to the training.  Be sure to indicate which training site you are registering for: Corpus Christi, Austin, or Pharr.  Send this information with your first and last name, mailing address, name of your organization, email address, and contact phone number to: Laura.Czepiel@dshs.state.tx.us.

    Confirmation of the training registration will be sent by DSHS within 48 hours of email submission. For questions or further information regarding this training, please contact Laura Czepiel at Laura.Czepiel@dshs.state.tx.us, (512) 458-7111 ext 3314.

     

     


    May 23, 2011

    2011 Texas Behavioral Health Institute

    Registration for the 2011 Texas Behavioral Health Institute is now open!

    The conference will be held at the Austin Convention Center July 18-22, 2011.

    The early registration rate of $375 will end on June 1st so be sure to register today!

    Please review the detailed conference brochure before beginning your registration process so that you can select your schedule for the event. You can view the brochure by clicking on this link or visiting the conference website at www.TexInstitute.com.

     


    May 17, 2011

    2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards Now Available

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced the availability of the 2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards, which fund selected state-wide peer-run organizations across the United States to promote social inclusion on State and local levels and to counter the negative perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs associated with mental health and/or substance use problems.  This year, SAMHSA will award six $20,000 grants for statewide and community-based efforts that promote and expand the “What a Difference a Friend Makes” campaign. 

    Proposed activities must target 18- to 25-year-olds and provide a detailed plan to increase awareness of behavioral health issues and of mental health and addictions recovery among young adults – in particular those from diverse populations including Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian populations.  Proposals are also encouraged that address young adults who have experienced trauma.  With its unique ethnic composition, Texas has the challenging opportunity to reach a diverse population that is 12 percent Black, 39 percent Hispanic, and five percent other non-Caucasian races.  Three federally-recognized tribes partner with the State.  In addition, Texas has a larger proportion of youth (28 percent) than the national average (25 percent). 

    The deadline for submitting applications for the 2011 Campaign for Social Inclusion Awards is June 6, 2011.

    The comprehensive Project Guide, which fully describes the project focus, eligibility requirements, application requirements, and other important information, is available at http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/CSI/awards/2011awards.aspx.

    For questions on this application, please contact: Mimi Martinez McKay at mimi.mckay@dshs.state.tx.us.


    May 3, 2011
    National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

    Part of National Mental Health Month and Children's Mental Health Week, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and its significance in a child's healthy development from birth. For more information about children's mental health, including information specific to Texas children, please visit our spotlight page at www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/awareness/childrensmhweek.shtm.

     


    April 15, 2011
    Request for Comment – SAMHSA Block Grant Changes

    Comments are due to SAMHSA by June 9, 2011

    Currently SAMHSA’s Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment block grant programs (grants given to States to allow States to address their unique behavioral health issues) have been administered somewhat differently by SAMHSA, and States have had differing structures for accepting, planning and accounting for these grants.  In an effort to streamline the application and reporting procedures for these programs, SAMHSA has developed a uniform application and reporting process to promote consistent planning, application, assurance and reporting dates across both block grants. Among the changes to the block grant application is the expectation that States will:

    • Take a broader approach in reaching beyond the populations they have historically served through block grants.
    • Conduct a needs assessment and develop a plan that will identify and analyze the strengths, needs and priorities of the State’s behavioral health system – painting a fuller picture of the States behavioral system that we previously did not have.
    • Design and develop collaborative plans for health information systems—grants and other funding. 
    • Form strategic partnerships to provide individuals better access to good and modern health services.
    • Focus more on services in support of recovery from mental health and substance use problems. 
    • Focus their block programs on improving accountability for quality and performance of services they provide. 
    • Description of tribal consultation activities.

    The draft document proposed by SAMHSA, along with additional information, is now available at http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/blockgrant/. The applicable portion of the Federal Register may be viewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-04-11/pdf/2011-8520.pdf (PDF).

    In addition to providing comments directly to SAMHSA by June 9, 2011 (which should be submitted to summer.king@samhsa.hhs.gov), Texas residents are encouraged to send their comments on the proposed changes to DSHS at contact.sa@dshs.state.tx.us.

     


    April 14, 2011
    Request for Informal Comment: Chapter 414, Subchapter A - Protected Health Information

    Comments Due Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    The subchapter was adopted by the former Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation to facilitate compliance with state and federal regulations and statutes including, but not limited, to 45 CFR Parts 160 and 165 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)) and 42 CFR, Part 2 (concerning Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records).

    Government Code, §2001.039, requires each state agency to review and consider for readoption each rule adopted by that agency pursuant to the Government Code, Chapter 2001 (Administrative Procedure Act). Sections 414.1-414.8 have been reviewed by Department staff. It is the opinion of the Department that reasons for adopting the sections no longer exist because covered entities (e.g., state hospitals, LMHAs, and some contractors) are required to comply with these regulations and statutes regardless of the Department’s rules concerning protected health information.

    The Department intends to address in contract, as applicable, the following:

    • compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, including a list of applicable provisions;
    • provision of training for employees and volunteers;
    • retention of any copies of complaints for quality management review;
    • notification of contract manager regarding any confirmed violations resulting from complaints ; and
    • notification of contract manager of any breach in security.

    The State Hospital Section will implement more detailed internal processes concerning protected health information and confidentiality for entities under their purview.

    Please review the subchapter below and exhibit and submit your recommendations on whether to retain them via email to mhsarules@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “PHI (414-A) 1/04 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 512-206-5982. Thank you.

     


    February 28, 2011 • Stakeholder Input Meeting – Mental Health Rehabilitation Services

    Meeting to be held March 4, 2011 – 9:30 AM – 12 Noon

    The Social Security Act authorizes multiple waiver and demonstration authorities to allow states flexibility in operating Medicaid programs. Each authority has a distinct purpose, and distinct requirements.  The State of Texas recently drafted a proposal for a Section 1915(b) Managed Care Waiver (also referred to as Freedom of Choice Waivers).  These waivers are generally used for four purposes, in order to:

    • Mandatorily enroll beneficiaries into managed care programs, although States have the option, through the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, to enroll certain beneficiaries into mandatory managed care via a State Plan Amendment.
    • Create a "carveout" delivery system for specialty care. For example, a Managed Behavioral Health Care Plan.
    • Create programs that are not available statewide.
    • Provide an enhanced service package. This allows the State to provide additional services to Medicaid beneficiaries via savings from managed care product.

    Below are the proposed waiver application and spreadsheets for the 1915(b) Mental Health Rehabilitation Services.  The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) value your input into this process.  You are cordially invited to attend a stakeholder input meeting scheduled for March 4, 2011 from 9:30am-12:00pm.  The meeting will be held at the DSHS Moreton Boardroom, which is located on the 7th floor of the Moreton Building on the DSHS main campus at 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78753.  Directions and parking information are available at:   http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/visitor/parking.shtm

    We encourage you to share this information with other stakeholders.  Please feel free to contact us with further questions or comments, and we hope you are able to participate on March 4.  We will also be accepting comments on this waiver application in writing both at the meeting and via the contact information below.

    contact.mh@dshs.state.tx.us

    Texas Department of State Health Services
    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
    Mail Code 2083
    909 W. 45th St.
    Austin, TX 78751 

     


     

     2010

    August 23, 2010
    MHSA Stakeholder Survey Results

    Stakeholders and providers were recently asked about their experiences with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse division regarding communication. Below are the results of these surveys. Should you have questions or need further information, please contact Mimi McKay at mimi.mckay@dshs.state.tx.us.

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