Tri-County Services

IDD Services Offered

Intake and Admission Services »

are provided to all persons seeking admission to services or seeking placement in State Schools for the Mentally Retarded, Home and Community Based Services, or Intermediate Care Facilities for Mental Retardation. An intake specialist will gather detailed information about the person, including their developmental history, family and social history, previous services, and previous evaluations. Because formalized psychological evaluation testing is a necessary part of admissions, it will be necessary to try and obtain these test results for review whenever possible. When necessary, a person may have to be tested again to verify eligibility.

Case Management Services »

are provided to all persons served. These services monitor how a person is responding to treatment, develops treatment plans, links the person to other community agencies, and helps the person plan for future care that may or may not involve TriCounty Services.

Continuity of Care Services »

are provided to ensure a smooth transition of services between TriCounty and State Facilities. This may include assistance in getting admitted to a state supported living center or assistance in finding a suitable placement in the community for those leaving a State School. Assistance is provided to locate Home and Community Based Service and Intermediate Care Facility for Mental Retardation providers.

Respite Services »

are provided to enable families to arrange a temporary alternative caregiver for their family member with mental retardation who requires constant support. TriCounty provides as much respite as possible during summer months for school age children and that periodically has included support for summer camp programs. The goal is to enable persons to continue living in a family home by providing brief breaks from the care giving responsibilities. Consumers enrolled in the Texas Home Living program are provided respite by TriCounty employees.

Life Skills Programs »

are day treatment programs for adults. Training is provided at these sites to develop vocational skills and personal and social skills such as grooming, communication, social interactions, domestic skills, academic skills, and recreational and leisure time skills. Individuals receive training in self advocacy, rights and responsibilities, and are taught the importance of exercising “choice” in their decision making opportunities. Pre-employment skills training occurs both onsite and in the community and are coordinated with the Supported Employment Program in the process of transitioning into competitive employment.

Supported Employment Services »

provides assistance to persons in finding and maintaining employment. Once a person starts a job, staff job coaches assist them in working through employment challenges and adjusting to the demands and expectations of a job.

Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) »

is a Medicaid funded program to enable a person with mental retardation to remain in the community and function as independently as possible. Services include residential support, training, transportation, case management, day services, nursing services, and respite for the family. When residential support is needed, it is provided in the consumers/family home, in homes or apartments where no more than four people with disabilities live, or in foster homes. As part of the program, there is one Respite House, one Supervised Living Program, and 28 Foster Homes. TriCounty Services is one provider of HCS Services, but TriCounty also assists eligible persons exercise choice among all HCS providers in our area and will assist them in admission to other private community HCS providers they select.

Autism Services (TAP) »

Focused ABA Treatment

Designed to minimize challenging behaviors.
Maximizes social skills or adaptive skills in specific areas.
Treatment level and intensity is driven by the individual specific needs.
Needs are determined by   parental interviews and various assessment tools.
Treatment is provided by a trained therapist, under the direct supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
 
Applied Behavioral Analysis
 
ABA is an evidencebased treatment proven successful in helping children diagnosed with  Autism  Spectrum   Disorder to develop language, increase adaptive skills, and reduce behaviors that interfere with learning.
Children in the TriCounty Autism Program (TAP) receive Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment under the direct supervision of a licensed   Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Parents and TAP staff partner together to implement ABA throughout the day with the goal of helping each child learn and play with other children at home, at school, and in other environmental settings .
Children in TAP may receive up to 180 hours of therapy annually, as indicated by the child's need.
Treatment is limited to a maximum of 720 hours during the child's lifetime.
Families are critical team members. Parents / Caregivers are required to participate in 2 hours of parent training per month.
Teachers are welcome to visit the program to observe treatment and facilitate generalization of skills to the classroom setting.
 
Eligibility Requirements
 
Documented diagnosis of Autism  Spectrum Disorder made by a qualified professional.
Children ranging in age from 3 to 15; with services ending on the child's 16th birthday.
Texas resident.
Caregiver must be able to transport the child to and from the therapy clinic.
 
TAP Services
 
Children in TAP may receive up to 180 hours of therapy annually, as indicated by the child's need.
Treatment is limited to a maximum of 720 hours during the child's lifetime.
Families are critical team members. Parents / Caregivers are required to participate in 2 hours of parent training per month.
Teachers are welcome to visit the program to observe treatment and facilitate generalization of skills to the classroom setting.
 
Service Cost
 
Families in TAP are responsible for a monthly cost share determined by an initial financial assessment. 
If a family has third party insurance coverage that accepts Tri-County's ABA services, the insurance will be billed first.
TriCounty Behavioral Healthcare is an HHSC contract provider of focused ABA therapy for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
 

 

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