October 20th, 2021

Update From Twogether Consulting!

We are sad to say that our main RN Consultant (Gina Peterson), who has been with Twogether Consulting for the past 10 years will no longer be working with us. We appreciate all the assistance she has given providers over the years and all the wonderful training she has provided nurses in HCS/TxHmL and ICF. Please contact us directly for your nursing needs at info@twogetherconsulting.com or you may contact our assistant Meghan Jones at meghanjones.tx@gmail.com. We are happy to say that we can still continue to provide most of your needs at this time for nurse training and assistance with questions you may have concerning nursing documentation or survey requirements in these programs.  We are also still able to help with nursing POC’s (Plans of Correction). We do still have assistance from one of our other RN consultants if needed, but we will keep you posted when we have someone else in place regularly come the new year.
Twogether Consulting will be posting our upcoming webinar classes for November and December within the next 2 weeks, so feel free to check the website: www.twogetherconsulting.com or our next newsletter.
We have recently updated a few items on our website:
1. The page previously called “Shop” on the dropdown menu called “Services”, is now called “Service Pricing”.  I hope this makes it much easier for providers we currently serve and new providers to find some of our services with regular pricing posted.  We do not post all of our rates and fees as most of the services providers need our help with must be tailored to the client for their specific needs.
We will however be adding a few packages with set prices for new providers, in the near future, most likely the new year. Some examples are:
 “On-site Assistance With Opening A Group Home” for brand new HCS providers and  “On-site Assistance With a New Admission”  (GH or HH/CC clients in HCS only)
2. We have changed the look of our “Satisfied Customers” page a bit. Please submit any quotes you have by clicking on “Contact Us” and sending us a small statement of how you feel Twogether Consulting has helped your agency, the company name and your name, and contact information.  We could really use some new quotes.

July 4th,  2021

Hello Friends,

June has been a tough month for some of our team, including myself.  Several of us have had to devote more time to some of our family members in their time of need this past month, due primarily to medical issues.  While we are glad to do so, if meant we had to put off some training in early July and work we wanted to do for our providers. We are now back to work as usual starting around July 14th, 2021. We wanted to thank you all for your patience and understanding.  Please see our training calendar it has been updated.  FYI- will be focusing on ICF a bit more in late July and  Nursing in early August.

.  Please check out our “Updates” page.  It is fairly easy to navigate from one “post” to the other. If you want to read more on each section, just click on “read more”.  We have also I would like to remind everyone again, that if you need “Off-site Consultation” and you would like to purchase a block of time (1, 3 or 6 hrs at a time), please go to our ” Services” page to pay directly from the site.  There is a tab called “Store” in the drop-down menu where you pay your payment. Remember there is a discount for blocks of time larger than 3 hours, purchased on the site.  This discount is only available online at our “Store” page on the dropdown menu under “Services”.  In addition to the off-site hourly packages in the “Store”, there are also some additional services at a flat rate, for purchase on this page.  This includes “Off-site Nurse Consultation” and the initial consultation for HCS Provider Applicants.

Currently, most of our services are still technically “off-site”, due to COVID-19, but these consultation package prices on the “Off-Site Services” page are only for just that, consultation by phone, email, video chat, or text. They do not include our rates for developing policies and procedures, LON increase request packets, or any other services we provide. But good news, Twogether Consulting is available to come on-site now if necessary or you are comfortable with us doing so.  We have all had our COVID-19 vaccinations as well as of this month.

Twogether Consulting is continuing to work to ensure minimal disruptions to our business while putting the safety and well-being of our providers, their individuals in the program, and our contractors as our highest priority. Please see below for specific information:

  • In-person group trainings/conferencesAvailable as requested as of May 15th, 2021. Most of these classes have already been moved to online webinars or training, but we can come on-site if you need us to do so.  We also have pre-recorded sessions of some of these trainings as well if you prefer.
  • Online training (Webinars): Proceeding as planned.  We will be posting upcoming webinars to the website regularly on the homepage: www.twogetherconsulting.com 
    • Webinar Registration:  Click on calendars on our website at www.twogetherconsulting.com or https://events.time.ly/anatx6f
    • Recordings of Free Webinar Series:  https://www.gotostage.com/channel/3b0bd3b1a47c4e80be974f4bcfa54d7b
    • “Updates Page”  https://twogetherconsulting.com/updates/
    • We will continue to provide 1 on 1 webinar training and any general trainings done for a specific facility/ provider for Care Coordination, Nursing Services, Direct Support Staff, etc.…
    • We have pre-recorded sessions with handouts for those of you who can’t attend live sessions or can’t wait for a live session. They range from $25-$150 per session.  These range from 1 hr- 3.5 hrs per session.
    • “Pop-Up Webinars”:  We will occasionally send out invitations to some webinars to those of you who are already clients of Twogether Consulting or who are on our mailing listThese won’t be posted for the general public.  These will be fairly short notice and based on topics that we receive a large number of requests to provide.  They will also be limited registration.  (15-30 persons max).
    • Direct Support Staff Training Webinars:  We continue to offer DIT’s (Directive Inservice Trainings) for ICF as well as General Direct Support Training for HCS/TxHmL/ICF providers.  Here are just some of our training webinars currently available live and/or via pre-recorded sessions:  Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation, Direct Support Documentation (Service Delivery Logs/Residential Notes, Incident Reports, Behavioral Support Documentation and Data Collection, and Training Data Collection),  Elements of the Behavior Support Plan & The Importance of Your Documentation, Expectations From the Nurse of The DSP (Includes discussion of Medical Documentation as well-MARS, Medication Errors, Treatment Sheets, Significant Observations),  When and What to Report To The Nurse, SAM’s Training (Self-Administration of Medications Training To Staff-General Routes, Tasks, documenting), Preparing For Survey in the Group Home/Surveyor Expectations in the Group Home, Host Home/Companion Care Service Provider Responsibilities, What The Nurse Expects from the HH/CC Provider and/or CRA, and many other training webinars.
  • Consultant Support: Twogether Consultants continue to be available to assist with your HCS/TxHmL and ICF needs as usual.  We will provide anything you request of us, that we can off-site but also on-site now if requested..
    • Off-site Consultation:
    •  You may purchase a block of time for as-needed consultation:  We charge $75/hr and we can offer blocks of time for more than 3 hrs at a slight discount if you pay online at: https://twogetherconsulting.com/services/off-site-services/
    • if there is an extensive project (anything over 6 hrs, we will discuss flat rate options or daily rates.)
    • We continue to provide as-needed off-site consultation including, but not limited to: Development or assistance with policy and procedure, Monthly/Quarterly QA via Taskmaster Pro, Therap, or any other cloud-based services, Survey and Audit Prep, and you are welcome to contact us if you need us to QA or review documents through our secure cloud storage system. We also provide off-site nursing consultation and mentoring for HCS/TxHmL and ICF programs,
    • And much more!
  • On-site Consultation:  This service is available as requested, but please understand we need ample time to schedule as we are backed up right now!:
  • https://apps.hhs.texas.gov/providers/communications/2020/letters/PL2020-12.pdf
  • We are not considered “essential visitors” at this time, according to HHSC.  So the request for on-site is up to you and if you feel comfortable. We will of course respect any protocol you have for us if we do come on site.
  • Concerning our ICF providers, we will follow the same guidelines ICF has provided at this time.
  • Remember for ICF we can still provide Directive Inservice Trainings (DIT) if necessary, but we prefer to provide these off-site via webinar, and most Regional Surveyors will accept a DIT via webinar, especially in these times. So please let us know. If this must be done in person, it must be for 8 or less attendees at a time. All attendees must be screened for possible Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Payments:  We prefer payment via our PayPal Invoices, with Credit Card/Debit/ or PayPal.  You are also welcome to pay via check,  e-check, or request to pay with Venmo.  You may also use our online link below to pay:  https://twogetherconsulting.com/payments/
    • If you must pay by check, please let us know prior to mailing the check.  Thank you.  Send all checks to:

Twogether Consulting  P.O. Box 90426 Austin, Tx 78709

Any updates to our COVID-19 response will be posted at:  https://twogetherconsulting.com/updates/

Note: We will continue to send out the newsletter 2 x per month.  If you want to me on the mailing list, please contact us at:  info@twogetherconsulting.com

You may contact us by phone with any questions at:  512-294-8032.  You may email me directly at:  javasbja@aol.com or javasbja@gmail.com

Thank you and be well,

Julie Andrews Blacklock/Owner & IDD Waiver Consultant