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Repellent is Now a Covered Program Benefit
Effective August 11th, 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 October 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
Clients with questions may call the TMHP-CSHCN Call Center toll free
To learn more about Zika, visit
TexasZika.org or CDC.gov/zika.
The CSHCN Services Program Application has gotten a makeover
The application process is the same, our form just looks different. You can download the new application and find it on our Forms and Publications page.
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.
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.
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
about STAR Kids
Including People with Disabilities: Public Health
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.
View the resource
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.
View archived videos
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
Request for Proposals: Developing Goals and
Strategies to Improve the Care of Children with Chronic and Complex Health
Packard Foundation for Children’s Health seeks applications for grants to
develop single-topic issue briefs that describe goals and processes to improve
systems of care for children with chronic and complex health conditions in the
US. Letters of intent are due August 12, 2016 and proposals are due September
the full request for proposals
2016 Texas Advocates Conference
Advocates Conference provides opportunities for people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities to learn about self-advocacy and self-determination
through keynote speakers, workshops and social events. This year’s conference
will be held in San Marcos, TX August 12-14th.
information and register for the conference
Save the Date: 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/
about the conference
2016 HHS Cross-Systems Summit
Cross-Systems Summit will be held August 16-17th at the Embassy
Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, TX. The event is hosted by
the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Center for Elimination of
Disproportionality and Disparities. The theme for this year’s summit is Equity
in Texas: Bold Beginnings, Courageous Path, Igniting Our Future. For more
information about the conference email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date: 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
beginning August 1st .
Medical Home Information
Webinar: Coordinating Care for Children in
Families with Complex Social and Health Needs – Research and Practice
The lives of children with chronic or complex
medical conditions often are complicated by psychosocial issues and family
problems such as poverty, poor parental health, and homelessness. These
children with "social complexity" are among the most frequent and
highest-cost users of health care services. Their social vulnerability presents
a challenge to providing high-quality care. Two leaders will discuss their
research and clinical experience with socially complex families during the
webinar on Wednesday, July 27th from 11:30am – 12:30pm CDT.
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.
recordings and materials
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.
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 email@example.com for a printable
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
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.
ACCEPT (Allies Cultivating Change by Empowering
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 David.Mcclung@austin.utexas.edu.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Course on Six Core Elements of Health
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
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 www.gottransition.org.
View the resource in Spanish
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.
about the conference
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.
archived webinar and materials
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