Twogether Consulting

Twogether Consulting has served as consultants to both HCS, TXHML, &  ICF providers statewide, assisting them in areas of personnel training, quality assurance, survey and audit preparation and recovery, level of need increases, development of policies and procedures, plans of correction, billing errors and omissions. We also hold classes statewide for nurses, care coordinators, QIDP’s, program administrators, quality assurance staff, as well as “on-site only” classes for direct care.

With combined experience of more than 50 years serving individuals with developmental disabilities in both the public and private sectors, Twogether Consulting is here to help you as HCS, ICF/IID and TXHML providers build a more successful business while improving your quality of service delivery to the individuals in your program.

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Twogether Consulting Flyer 2017

Julie Andrews Blacklock  (Owner/IDD Consultant)

For current and future HCS/TxHmL Provider applicants please contact myself or Meghan Jones at:  meghanjones.tx@gmail.com for assistance.
If you have any issues or needs pertaining to your application we are working on, have previously worked on, or that you have recently sent in, please contact myself or Meghan.  For those of you who are receiving assistance from us with completing your HCS application packets, if you have received any correspondence from HHSC pertaining to your application please notify us right away– corrections to application, notice of acceptance of application, notice of PAO, if you passed your PAO test , or your letter of licensure.   
Annette Holland, myself and Meghan Jones will be working on your applications.  Annette will be providing the technical assistance in particular with both program and the main point of contact for the applicants.  Meghan will be handling  the Security & Privacy Inquiry Form for the applicants and she will handle any scheduling needs, if you need to talk to Annette or myself for initial consultation.

Please remember that this is the time of year we especially need to be aware of Emergency Preparedness for Our Individuals with IDD!  Hurricane Season is near and Record High Temperatures this Summer are especially important to remember.  Check out the highlights from the recent HHSC webinar on “Emergency Preparedness For Individuals with IDD”.  **Copy link address below and paste into search bar to open


You can also see the full handout from HHSC on their website.  You can also contact:  Mary Valente ICF policy specialist at HHSC:    mary.valente@hhsc.state.tx.us |for information.


Good News!!!   Free Live Trainings For Person Centered Training are still available

Hill Country MH/DD Centers’ HUB continues to provide free 2-day Person Centered Planning/Practices Training again, so if you have’t met compliance yet with rules and regulations on getting anyone involved with development of the Implementation Plan trained, here is your chance!
They have continued to provide these trainings as of this past April, 2017. They received funding to start supporting 9 additional people at Hill Country to become Person Centered Thinking trainers. Woo hoo!

“Here are the dates for the Person Centered 2-day trainings we received from Debbie Little Smith/IDD Specialist at Hill Country MHDD Centers.

They currently have registration web page links developed for July.  We are waiting on the August date and  registration links will be available for those very soon and I will post it in our bi-monthly newsletter as well on our home page.  Thanks.  

Please remember this is not being presented by Twogether Consulting, this is a service provided by Hill Country MHDD Centers IDD Training HUB.”

All of the July ones are at AACOG in San Antonio.  The dates are:

July 18th & 19th
July 24th & 25th
July 26th & 27th
Registration flyer :  https:\\pct2018sa10.splashthat.com
Their contact information is also on this flyer if you have inquiries about future trainings.

If you have not received an invoice from us and you need to make a payment quickly, please use the Paypal link below.  Please contact Meghan Jones at meghanjones.tx@gmail.com before making a payment, so we know what the payment is for.

Important Information about Available “Trainings” can also be viewed on “Trainings” page/tab.  Please click on this tab at the top of this home page.  

New postings are now available for July-August classes and/or webinars.   

Current Classes include: Using Person Centered Thinking To Develop The IP (Implementation Plan), Changes in the HCS Progam, Quality Assurance,  Survey & Audit Prep in The HCS Program- Update, Changes in The Survey Process In HCS, Changes in The Billing Audit Process in HCS, Nursing  in HCS & ICF Programs, Changes To the ICF Surveyor’s Guide-Appendix J- “How It Affects Your Program”, Common Nursing Errors In The HCS (ICF also) Program & Corrective Action Planning-Classes & Webinars, DIT Trainings-A/N/E, Expectations of The Nurse From The Direct Support Staff, and much more


Meghan Jones

Meghan Jones is our awesome Admin. Assistant, otherwise known as our “Jill of All Trades”.  She handles our registration, keeps up with our enormous provider contact list, our company schedule and calendar, and she is our main point of contact for scheduling, other than myself.  We couldn’t make it without our Meghan!  I know many of you have talked to Meghan over the phone.  Come see us and meet Meghan at the PPAT (Private Provider’s Association of Texas) Conference.  She will be at our vendor booth on November 15th and 16th, 2017.

Don’t forget to catch us this year at AAIDD (American Association of IDD) Texas Chapter conference in Corpus Christi, Tx this July 24th-27th.  Twogether Consulting is a proud member and sponsor of the conference.  We will also a sponsor and will have a vendor booth at the PPAT (Private Provider’s Association of Texas) conference on November 14th-16th, 2018.

nurse-medicalWe will also have a variety of other Nursing classes

New Class!– 1 day class:  “How to Better Your Documentation and Capture Billable Nursing Services” -HCS/TxHmL– developed to assist nurses become better acquainted with “what is” and “what is not” billable in nursing and ensure they capture Billable Nursing services appropriately in their notes and what to consider in terms of “nursing service justifications”, which must be billable services.  (We will have variety of samples of nursing notes, case scenario exercises, and review of each billable service)

Other New Nursing Classes!                                                                                                              “Developing The CNA and Nursing Care Plan” (For HCS/TxHmL/ICF)

“Jurisprudence, Ethics, and The Need For Nursing Peer Review Process In IDD Waiver Services” 


changes-1Webinars Coming:   HCS New Provider-Part I & II, Changes To The Day Hab Services in Various IDD Waiver Services, New Provider Training, OFH, CFC & Respite-“What Are My Responsibilities As A Nurse”, “Expectations of the Direct Care Staff From The Nurse”, “How To Have A Successful Survey” -for DCS staff, “Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation Reporting and Facility Follow-up” (for ICF, HCS, TXHML, CDS, CFC both Admin staff and DCS),  &  many others.

We have also decided to start offering a variety of trainings for direct care via webinar, some with tests and we can provide inservice signature sheets &/or certificates based on your request.  

New[1]If you are a new provider or even a current provider and you need assistance with development of marketing material for your website and/or assistance with development of a company brochure, please feel free to contact us.  We often help both new and current providers with putting their websites and brochures together.  In this day and age marketing is key to ensuring consumers/individuals and their families along with others looking for IDD services and resources, understand what you and your company are about and any areas that you may specialize in, so feel free to contact us for assistance.

Twogether Consulting has recently begun assisting ICF providers with DIT’s (Directed Inservice Trainings) which often must be provided by an outside qualified entity ( that’s us!) that is sometimes mandated by DADS after an IJ (Immediate Jeopardy)  Immediate Jeopardy is based on serious concerns for the individual’s health, safety, and/or welfare ) or the DIT may also be due to the follow up investigation  by DADS (now HHSC-Health & Human Services Commission) due to A/N/E (Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation) allegations.  Please contact us if you are in need ASAP!  We continue to help HCS, TXHML, and ICF providers with Corrective Action Plans/Plans of Correction as well as Development of Policy & Procedure.

Do you need DUA/SPI policies and procedures for your facility?  Please contact us right away.  Recently we have also added a new IT consultant to the agency (Greg Mahaley), to work with the rest of our team on developing this specific protocols for your facility.   Greg is able to assist our providers with recommendations  for their own individualized protocols for Security and Privacy of Public Health Information (PHI) that might be stored, maintained, transmitted via email, fax, cloud based programs and services, etc…  Greg is available off-site and he is able to travel to you as well.

choice[1]“What do I do next?”  If you would like to become an HCS or TxHmL provider and need help with the application process, studying for taking provider test when application is approved, developing policies and procedures for new HCS, TXHML, or newly acquired ICF company, or if you need help with marketing your program, and “start-up”, please contact us!

New-Sign--Arvin61r58[1]See Twogether Consulting Services Available on our Flyer below:

Our monthly newsletters started as of November, 2015.  Currently we are posting at least 2 newsletters a month.  So, if you would like to subscribe to the newsletter or contact list, please be sure to do so while you are visiting the website.  Or you may email at:  javasbja@aol.com or javasbja@gmail.com





Julie Andrews Blacklock  (Owner/IDD Consultant)