May 1st, 2023

COVID-19 Update to Temporary Change to HCS and TxHmL Policy for Respite, CFC PAS/HAB Service Provider

In March 2020, HHSC implemented a temporary policy change for respite and Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation provided in the Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living waiver programs. This change allows service providers of respite and CFC PAS/HAB to live in the same home as the person receiving these services.

This change has given greater access to needed services for people living in their own home or family’s home. A person’s spouse or the person’s parent, if the person is under 18, is not allowed to be a paid service provider of these services in accordance with the HCS, TxHmL and CFC Billing Requirements.

This temporary policy change is effective March 27, 2020, through Aug. 31, 2023. HHSC will provide guidance if anything changes.

Program providers must complete the required background checks for all service providers. They must follow:

  • The Texas Administrative Code, Title 26, Part 1, Chapter 263 and Chapter 262.
  • HCS and TxHmL Rules, Section 9.177 (n) and (o), and Section 9.579 (r) and (s).
  • The HCS Program Billing Requirements and the TxHmL Program Billing Requirements Section 3400 for service provider qualifications and the CFC Billing Requirements for HCS and TxHmL Program Providers.

 

October 4th, 2022

COVID-19: HHSC Publishes In-Home Day Habilitation Information for Program Providers (Replaces IL 2022-48)

IL 2022-51 is posted on the HHS webpage for Home and Community-based Services, Texas Home Living, local intellectual and developmental disability authority, and financial management services agency program providers.

HHSC is temporarily waiving certain requirements in Section 3710, 4381.3, 4381.7(6) and 4381.7(7) of the HCS Billing Guidelines and TxHmL Guidelines. This is due to COVID-19 and provides access to needed day habilitation services.

HHSC has published a revision to this guidance in IL 2022-51 In-Home Day Habilitation Information for Program Providers for COVID-19 (PDF). This replaces IL 2022-48.

It extends the temporary guidance through October 31st, 2022, unless the COVID-19 public health emergency ends sooner. HHSC will provide guidance if there are any changes.

Email questions to HCS Policy.


May 30, 2022

COVID-19 Update to Temporary Change for Service Providers of Respite and CFC PAS/HAB

In March 2020, HHSC implemented a temporary policy change for respite and Community First Choice Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation. This change allows service providers of respite and CFC PAS/HAB to live in the same home as the person receiving Home and Community-based Services or Texas Home Living program services.

This change has given access to needed services for people living in their own or family’s home. A person’s spouse or a child or teenager’s parent still cannot be a paid service provider of these services due to guidelines in HCS, TxHmL and CFC handbooks located under Long-term Care Waiver Programs.

This temporary policy change is effective March 27, 2020 through October 31st, 2022, unless the COVID-19 public health emergency ends sooner. HHSC will provide guidance if anything changes. Program providers must complete the required background checks for all service providers. They must follow:


FYI- Don’t forget that currently (Due to COVID-19) HHSC has said if you need to add on more CFC PAS/HAB units on the IPC,  you are not required to request SC to update the CFC PAS/HAB assessment.  The provider needs only complete an IPC revision and IP update.