FROM THE HEART 2015
Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare announces our annual From the Heart Campaign, which helps to provide clothes, food and gifts to our clients and their families and give them a holiday they would not be able to afford.
The generous support of our community towards last year's campaign helped more than 1,225 of our clients and their families during the holiday season. This year, the need is even greater as we've received over 1,785 individual requests for holiday assistance.
We hope you will consider a gift towards From the Heart. New and unused donations - such as personal care items, clothing, food, toys - as well as cash donations will be sincerely appreciated. To complete our efforts, we will need to have all gifts purchased, unwrapped and delivered no later than Friday, December 11, 2015.
It is through the charitable support of our donors and volunteers that allow us to make such a tremendous impact on the individuals we serve in Montgomery, Walker and Liberty Counties.
If you need more information on how to get involved or would like to make a donation and/or adopt an individual client or family, please contact Catherine Prestigiovanni at 936.521.6418 or via email at CatherineP@tcbhc.org.
DSHS Requests Comments on YES Waiver Amendment # 8
TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is submitting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) a request for an amendment to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) waiver program, a waiver implemented under the authority of §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved this waiver through March 31, 2018. The proposed effective date for the amendment is September 1, 2015, with no changes to cost neutrality.
This amendment request proposes to make the following changes:
1) Expand the Youth Empowerment Services waiver statewide.
2) Add 350 slots to the Point-In-Time (PIT) for a total of 1000. The Factor C, or unduplicated count, remains 1300 for Waiver Year 3.
The YES waiver program is designed to provide community-based services to children with serious emotional disturbances and their families, with a goal of reducing or preventing children’s inpatient psychiatric treatment and the consequent removal from their families. The waiver is currently approved to serve up to 1300 eligible youth who are at least age three but under age 19 and who are predicted to remain in the waiver for 12 months.
To obtain copies of the proposed waiver amendment, including the YES settings transition plan, or if you have questions, need additional information, or wish to submit comments regarding this amendment or the YES settings transition plan, interested parties may contact Jacqueline Pernell by mail at Texas Health and Human Services Commission, PO Box 13247, Mail Code H-370, Austin, Texas 78711-3247, phone (512) 428-1931, fax (512) 730-7472, or by email at TX_Medicaid_Waivers@hhsc.state.tx.us.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Offered to the Community
Tri-County Behavioral Healthcare is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in the Montgomery County area. The center will train 100 teachers, educators, and school employees, local church officials, day care centers, and anyone else who consistently works with children; to improve mental health literacy – helping folks to identify, understand, and respond to signs the of mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour training certification course which teaches participants a five-step action plan to assess a situation, select and implement interventions and secure appropriate care for the individual, the certification program introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common treatments. Thorough evaluations in randomized controlled trials and a quantitative study have proved the CPR-like program effective in improving trainees’ knowledge of mental disorders, reducing stigma and increasing the amount of help provided to others.
For more information or to participate in Mental Health First Aid training in Montgomery County, call Catherine Prestigiovanni at 936-521-6418 or email her at CatherineP@tcbhc.org.
DADS Announces Search Mechanism for HCS Home Openings
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) announces a new search feature on its website to find a Home and Community-based Services (HCS) group home vacancy. This new search feature provides information for an individual receiving HCS services or enrolling in the HCS Program who desires residential group home services. The feature allows a person to search for an HCS group home vacancy by city, county, or ZIP code. The search results provide the name and contact information for each HCS Program provider that has at least one group home vacancy within the search specification (i.e., city, county, ZIP code).
The search page is currently available online at