• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: (737) 255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email data requests to HIV/STD Program - This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, TB, and STDs in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local Health Department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to Persons Living with HIV and AIDS, please contact your local HIV services organization.

Psychosocial Support Services Frequently Asked Questions

  Question Answer
1. Does payer of last resort need to be assessed each visit?

Eligibility, to include other payer sources must be completed at intake and every 6 months.

2. Are these services billable to third-party payers, (insurance plans)? It is best to check to see what services that are being provided and if they meet the criteria for a client’s health plan to be billed that those processes be followed.
3. Are the policy requirements for monitoring of an intern written in this service category? DSHS does not address use of interns or students. An agency should develop its own policy for providing care by an intern/student.
4. Can you provide guidance on the supervision of an intern (LPC)? Agency needs to write a policy for supervising an intern.
5. Can you provide some additional guidance regarding HIV support groups under this service category? Group counseling should include the topic that was discussed and the participants.
6. How do we determine that a pastoral counselor is registered/certified? National registry of pastoral counselors that are certified in their field - American Association of Pastoral Counselors
7. Educational resources Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education Training Center (AETC), see the tab for “On Demand Seminars”; the training events are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Some seminars offer no cost continuing education units. The seminars are listed by category; www.aidseducation.org/on-demand-seminars/
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center provides education on various topics that include HIV that meet some of the requirements for education as noted in the standards. The courses provide continuing education units, continuing nursing education units and continuing medical education units for various professions that include counseling, nursing and medicine. Staff just need to register on the site; www.ttuhsc.edu/Health.edu/

Last updated December 22, 2015