May 15th, 2024

From Twogether Consulting!

Hello IDD providers!


May is here and it’s that time when we should all be thinking about natural disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation procedures.  As you know this can be a nasty month for flooding, tornadoes, severe hail damage, high winds and of course in the coming months, hurricanes.  We urge you to review your Emergency & Evacuation Policies and Procedures at least annually and as needed.  Providers should complete a Hazard Valuation Assessment for fire, natural disasters and other emergencies possible in your area on an annual basis and of course after such an event to see how your facility responded and maybe address areas of improvement that are needed so you can update your policies & procedures/plans.  Don’t forget to attend any joint trainings on the subject from HHSC for HCS, ICF and ISS providers.  Twogether Consulting plans on scheduling our updated Emergency & Evacuation Planning for IDD providers training via webinar in late June.


We have some very nice sample Hazard Valuation Assessment Tools you are welcome to utilize from different free resources. FYI, I believe you are required to do this type of assessment if you are an ISS provider.   Please contact Meghan Jones at if you would like to have them emailed to you.


     Twogether Consulting is happy to announce that this week we have scheduled our 2-day Care Coordination (Case Management)  training in Austin, Tx for May 15th & 16th, 2024. (Private Providers Association of Texas is letting us utilize their office for the training.).  In addition, Core-VA Solutions will be sponsoring a “Lunch & Learn” on day-1, for anyone who wants to attend on our lunch break.  You are not required to attend the class to attend the “Lunch & Learn”, but you must register with us to attend.  We may have another last-minute guest on day-2 at lunch time.  Feel free to contact us tomorrow to verify.  ADP Payroll & Human Resources has requested to be available for providers needing information concerning assistance with payroll, new hire processes, onboarding new hires, and other HR functions as well as assistance with benefits, insurance resources, etc…
     At lunchtime on day-1, Core-VA Solutions will be discussing all the wonderful virtual assistant services they can offer IDD waiver programs as well as other health-related programs. Brittney Russo, the founder of Core-VA Solutions will be presenting.  As an HCS provider herself, she found herself needing assistance and tools to work more efficiently to run her day-to-day HCS program and out of this need Core-VA Solutions was born!  Brittney does understand the need for assistance and support for your nursing program, HR department, billing department (they are very adept at billing in THMP), and much more.  For more information about the Care Coordination training topics, agenda and registration, please go to website or  click on this link
     Anyone is free to join us on May 15th, 2024 for the “Lunch & Learn” sponsored by Core-VA Solutions, even if you are not attending the Care Coordination training, but please contact Meghan Jones below, to register to attend the free lunch and learn if you are not attending the Care Coordination Training!
      The following webinar, “POC’s, Corrective Action & Follow-Up Post Survey” (HCS/TxHmL) is scheduled for June 4th, 2024.  Please don’t wait to register.  It will be June before you know it!
     We have been super busy and sometimes it is hard for me to return all phone calls right away, so please feel free to e-mail me or contact Meghan Jones to schedule an appointment for consultation.  Please contact us directly for your care coordination, QIDP, and nursing needs at or you may contact our assistant Meghan Jones at
     We are happy to say that we will continue to provide whatever assistance we can with questions you may have, especially concerning HCS/TxHmL Care Coordination, Nursing, or general survey requirements from LTCR department in these programs.  We continue to assist those working with the ICF/IID program as well.
     We are currently providing on-site live training at this time and live training is open to the public as well.
     FYI-We do still provide “mentoring” assistance for program managers, case managers, and especially for nurses.  We have 2 part-time RN consultants on an as-needed basis or we can refer you out to our partner RN consultants, Nursing Innovations, who provide IDD nursing consultation and/or training for HCS, TxHmL and ICF.  If you have new staff or nurses who need training quicker than classes posted on the calendar, please let me know and we do offer some of our previously recorded sessions for a low cost which includes the handouts.   We are happy to schedule one-on-one training sessions and mentoring with one of our consultants.  We can also refer you to another resource, if more appropriate.
     For HCS Providers who want to purchase specific services and/or specific forms we have on our website, may go to the following link “purchase services” page. If you are having issues downloading forms, please feel free to contact us at and I will be happy to send them to you.
Thank you,
Julie Blacklock/ Owner & IDD Waiver Consultant