Other Professional Services
|Legal Services||Per hour|
|Permanency Planning||Per hour (new)|
|Income Tax Preparation||Per hour (new)|
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Description:
Other Professional Services allow for the provision of professional and consultant services rendered by members of particular professions licensed and/or qualified to offer such services by local governing authorities.
Legal services exclude criminal defense and class-action suits unless related to access to services eligible for funding under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP).
Other Professional Services allow for the provision of professional and consultant services rendered by members of particular professions licensed and/or qualified to offer such services by local governing authorities. Such services may include:
- Legal services provided to and/or on behalf of the HRSA RWHAP-eligible PLWH and involving legal matters related to or arising from their HIV disease, including:
- Assistance with public benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Interventions necessary to ensure access to eligible benefits, including discrimination or breach of confidentiality litigation as it relates to services eligible for funding under the HRSA RWHAP
- Preparation of:
- Healthcare power of attorney
- Durable powers of attorney
- Living wills
- Permanency planning to help clients/families make decisions about the placement and care of minor children after their parents/caregivers are deceased or are no longer able to care for them, including:
- Social service counseling or legal counsel regarding the drafting of wills or delegating powers of attorney
- Preparation for custody options for legal dependents including standby guardianship, joint custody, or adoption
- Income tax preparation services to assist clients in filing federal tax returns that are required by the Affordable Care Act for all individuals receiving premium tax credits.
Service providers for Other Professional Services must follow HRSA/DSHS Universal Standards 1-46 and 161-166.
Service Standards and Measures:
The following standards and measures are guides to improving healthcare outcomes for people living with HIV throughout the state of Texas within the Ryan White Part B and State Services Program.
Service agreements must be developed and signed by both the attorney and the client. Clients should work together with legal staff to determine the objective(s) of the representation.
Attorneys must document the following in the client’s record:
Permanency Planning: Clients receiving assistance with permanency planning should have documentation of the type of service needed and the outcome of permanency planning.
Income Tax Preparation: Agencies must be licensed and/or qualified to offer income tax preparation services. Clients receiving assistance with income tax preparation should have documentation of the assistance provided and outcomes.
Case Closure: Cases may be closed when:
Documentation of case closure, including the reason for case closure, should be made in the client’s record. If the case is closed for a reason other than the objectives of the services have been met, the agency must notify the client about case closure in writing.
Note: Staff should not inactivate clients in Take Charge Texas (TCT) at the time of case closure or graduation, unless the case is being closed due to a deceased client.
Division of Metropolitan HIV/AIDS Programs, HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) National Monitoring Standards for RWHAP Part A Recipients. Health Resources and Services Administration, June 2022.
Division of State HIV/AIDS Programs, HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) National Monitoring Standards for RWHAP Part B Recipients. Health Resources and Services Administration, June 2022.
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. Policy Notice 16-02: Eligible Individuals & Allowable Uses of Funds. Health Resources & Services Administration, October 2018.