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Mosquito Repellent is a Covered Program Benefit

Effective November 29th, 2016, the Children with Special Healthcare Needs (CSHCN) Services Program has added mosquito repellents as a covered drug benefit for eligible clients. Prescriptions are required.

The Program will cover the cost of mosquito repellent for eligible females who are between the ages of 10 and 45 or are pregnant. Up to two cans per month are allowed through December 31st, 2016.

Clients or families can call their health care provider to ask for a prescription. The prescribing physician may call it in to the client’s pharmacy. Clients must pick it up at the pharmacy and present their CSHCN Services Program ID card.

Office visits should only be scheduled if there is a medical necessity.

Clients with questions may call the TMHP-CSHCN Call Center toll free at 1-877-888-2350.

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Navigate Life Texas

The Texas Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs has released Navigate Life Texas, a website for families of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). The website is a great resource to share with your families of CSHCN, with content that includes articles, videos, and links to other websites. The website is available in English and Spanish and can be translated to other languages with a built-in Google Translator.

General Information

Emergency Readiness Toolkit

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center worked with an advisory committee of parents of children with special needs to create a curriculum that increases preparedness knowledge and allows for successful emergency planning. The curriculum includes a toolkit, tip sheets, and a template for a personal emergency plan. There are also resources on sharing information about a child’s unique needs with first responders. 
View the toolkit

STAR Kids Information for Providers and Families

The HHSC STAR Kids website now features an introductory video about STAR Kids to share with families. Other website updates include FAQS for families and providers as well as a list of information sessions around the state that will be held throughout August and September. The information sessions will provide details on eligibility, program benefits, participating managed care organizations and more.  Email questions about the STAR Kids Program to
Learn more about STAR Kids

Including People with Disabilities: Public Health Workforce Competencies

The Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD) has developed a new resource that outlines recent advances in knowledge and practice skills needed by public health professionals for including people with disabilities in the core public health functions – Assessment, Policy Development and Assurance. 
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Innovations in Supporting Families Webinar

The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities recently presented a webinar on Life Course in Action: Implementation at All Levels in Missouri. The webinar has been archived as a series of videos demonstrating implementation of life course tools at the individual and family, professional, organizational, community, and systems levels.
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Lucile Packard Foundation Symposium Webcast

The Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs national symposium webcast has been archived on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health website.
View the webcast

2016 Conference for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Metrocare is pleased to announce the 2016 Conference for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities will be held November 3-4th 2016 in Richardson, TX. The conference theme “Innovating, Developing, and Defining the Future of Service Delivery” highlights new and innovative programs. Attendees include self-advocates, family members, clinicians, professionals, paraprofessionals and caregivers/ guardians.
Learn more about the conference

12th Annual Strengthening Youth and Families Conference

The Strengthening Youth and Families Conference is Texas’ only interagency-funded annual conference for youth-serving professionals. This year’s conference will be held November 7-10th at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel in Arlington, TX. Registration and scholarship applications will be available early Fall.

Medical Home Information

Thinking Outside the Box: How to Advance Health Equity and Care Quality in the Pediatric Medical Home

This three part recorded webinar series from the National Center for Medical Home Implementation provides pediatric clinicians, Title V programs, families and other stakeholders with tools, resources, and strategies to enhance the patient and family experience in the pediatric medical home. This includes but is not limited to the experience of diverse, vulnerable and medically underserved populations.
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Coordinating Care for Kids – School Nurses Linking with the Medical Home

This recorded webinar provides practical examples and resources on how school nurses, community-based clinicians, and other providers can implement care coordination successfully. School nurses, a family physician and a pediatrician share experiences and approaches to care coordination with a focus on collaboration. 
View the webinar recording and materials

Medical Home Toolkit

The Texas Parent to Parent Medical Home Toolkit includes resources detailing what a medical home is, how to become a parent partner in the doctor’s office, a medical home checklist, questions to ask when choosing a doctor, and much more. All components of the Medical Home Toolkit are free and available for download on the Texas Parent to Parent webpage.
Download the toolkit

Call for Applications: Innovative and Promising Practices in Pediatric Medical Home Implementation

Showcase your work through the National Center for Medical Home (NCMHI) by completing an application for innovative and promising practices in pediatric medical home implementation. All pediatric medical home stakeholders are eligible to apply. This includes but is not limited to clinicians, practices, family organizations, community-based organizations and state agencies.  Applications can be submitted via online form or applications can contact for a printable application.
View the online application

National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance

The mission of the National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance (NCCCTA) is to support the promotion, implementation and evaluation of care coordination activities and measures in child health across the United States. Tools, resources, and technical assistance are available on the care coordination webpage of National Center for Medical Home Implementation website within the technical assistance and support section.
Learn more about NCCCTA

The Care Coordination Conundrum

The Catalyst Center, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, has published a report on the provision and financing of care coordination. The Care Coordination Conundrum and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is available for download on the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health website.
Read the report

Medical Home Education Modules for Pediatric Residency Programs

A series of five case-based, educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatric residency programs are now available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Modules are intended to be incorporated into existing curriculum by residency program directors and faculty. The modules educate residents about characteristics and benefits of the patient- and family-centered medical home, care coordination, care planning, transition to adult care and team-based care.
Read the report

Transition Information

17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care

The Baylor College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education has announced the 17th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference will be held October 27-28, 2016 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center Mitchell Building in Houston, Texas. The conference will offer nursing, social work, occupational therapy, and physical therapy continuing education credit. Family scholarships are available and the conference will broadcast live to remote sites throughout Texas. For more information on becoming a remote broadcast site please contact Cicely Simon at
Learn more about the conference 

Interactive Discussion on Mental Health Transition Research

Baylor College of Medicine, the Healthcare Transition Research Consortium, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health are pleased to invite you to attend An Interactive Discussion on Mental Health Transition Research on October 25, 2016. The half day discussion at the McGovern Medical School in Houston, TX will facilitate conversations between young adults and researchers. The event will feature new mental health research highlights, a young adult panel, and a discussion on the ethical inclusion of young adult voices. To RSVP for the event please contact Emily Wei at no later than October 11, 2016.

ACCEPT (Allies Cultivating Change by Empowering Positive Transformation)

ACCEPT is a group of youth and young adults ages 13-25 from across Texas who work together for system transformation by supporting partnerships between youth, young adults, and organizations. Members use their lived experience and that of their peers to help inform and drive system improvements. ACCEPT is currently recruiting a diverse group of youth who are committed to helping in these transformation efforts. This is also a great leadership opportunity for youth to represent communities and organizations. All youth and young adults are invited to apply. Please feel free to share this information with any coworkers, agencies, or youth who might be interested. Applications should be submitted to David McClung at

Online Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course on Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition

The Health Care Transition for Adolescents and Young Adults CME course is sponsored by the Health Services for Children with Special Needs, the National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health/Got Transition, and the District of Columbia Department of Health. This is an hour long course that presents the experiences of pediatric, family medicine, and internal medicine leaders from DC who piloted the Six Core Elements as part of a transition learning collaborative.
Register for the course

Got Transition Frequently Asked Questions Now Available in Spanish 

Got Transition has updated their website to include the Spanish translation of Frequently Asked Questions for youth and families to learn about the transition to adulthood and the Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition. The English version of this resource can be viewed by clicking on the “Youth & Families” section of

View the resource in Spanish

Toolkit for Primary Care Providers: Health Care for Adults with IDD

Tools developed by the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (DDPCI) in Ontario, Canada have been incorporated into a new online toolkit for primary care providers by the Vanderbilt Kentucky Center for Research on Human Development and partner organizations.  The toolkit includes topics of general primary care issues, physical health issues, health watch tables and behavioral and mental health issues.
Access the toolkit

Becoming ABLE Ready Archived Webinar

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act National Resource Center has archived a webinar that helps youth and families to understand which ABLE program might be best for them, and how to prepare to open an ABLE account. The webinar features perspectives of potential ABLE beneficiaries and family members.
View the archived webinar and materials

Autistic Self Advocacy Network Autistic Scholars Fellowship

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) has announced the second year of the Autistic Scholars Fellowship, a scholarship which provides four to six students with Autism with a tuition scholarship to promote leadership and create systemic change on their college campuses. Completed applications for the January 2017 scholarship period are due on Sunday, October 30th.

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First Annual Positive Futures Conference

The Arc of Greater Houston is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Positive Futures Conference will be held Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Houston Food Bank Conference Center. The theme for the event is Ensuring a Positive Future: Best Practices in Transition and Adult Services. The conference will provide valuable information for policy makers, self-advocates, family members, school transition personnel, adult services management and staff, service coordinators and medical professionals.  
Register for the conference

Neurologists Endorse Role in Supporting Transition to Adult Health Care

The Child Neurology Foundation has issued a consensus statement indicating that neurologists should take a leadership role in planning youth and young adult patients’ transitions to adult care, and in helping establish care coordination among health care, educational, vocational and community service providers. The statement outlines eight principles that neurologists should consider.   
Read the statement

Customizing Employment: Success through Partnerships Webinar

The National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center will host a webinar on customizing employment on October 6, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30pm CDT. The material covered will be particularly relevant for those involved in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Participants will gain insight into approaches and strategies for customizing employment by leveraging the resources of the workforce system and partners.      
Register for the webinar

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Last updated November 29, 2016