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 2014

April 4, 2013

UPDATED: Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Treatment and Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral Services (RFI #128527)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of grant funds for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the SFY 2016 competitive solicitation.  DSHS is proposing several changes to the service delivery system:

  • Youth services – outpatient curricula
  • Youth services – day treatment
  • Youth services – transitional and recovery services
  • Youth services – specialized female
  • Buprenorphine services
  • Overdose prevention education at discharge

Complete information is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.

UPDATED: Web-Based Stakeholder Meeting: April 9, 2014 - 2 PM CDST

DSHS will conduct a web-based stakeholder meeting on April 9, 2014 at 2 PM Central Time. Please see below for webinar access information. Note: Please do not submit stakeholder feedback for this RFI until after this stakeholder meeting.

UPDATED: How to Submit Comments and Questions

Following the April 9 stakeholder meeting, comments and questions must be submitted to DSHS utilizing the Stakeholder Feedback Form posted on ESBD [MS Excel] and sent to PCS_CST_HHSC@hhsc.state.tx.us by 5:00 PM Central Time, April 18, 2014.  For tracking purposes, the email subject line should be “Treatment RFI Comments.” 

UPDATED: Additional Documents Recently Posted to ESBD 

  • Package 2  Addendum #1 (MS Word)
  • Package 3  Stakeholder Feedback Form (MS Excel)
  • Package 4  RFI PowerPoint Presentation for April 9 Webinar (MS PowerPoint)

April 3, 2014

Our Thoughts are with the Ft. Hood Community Today

Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster. For anyone experiencing anxiety, stress, or other overwhelming feelings, confidential help is available. Visit http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 toll free or send a text message that says TalkWithUs to 66764 for immediate counseling.

Veterans, Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Military Family or Friends in need of assistance should visit TexVet.org or VeteransCrisisLine.net. TexVet provides support specifically for Texas military, veterans, and family members, including peer to peer counseling and volunteer support. The Veterans Crisis Line offers nationwide support for active duty/reserve, guard, veterans, and their families and friends through a confidential toll-free number, online chat, and text messaging.


April 3, 2014

2014 Children's Mental Health Creativity Contest - Deadline Extended!

The deadline for submissions for this year's contest has been extended to Friday, April 11. Please read below for complete information, and visit http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/entryform/ to download an entry form!

It’s that time again!  The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas System of Care are hosting the Third Annual Statewide Creativity Contest to promote Children’s Mental Health Week, May 4-10, 2014.  There are three categories: Writing, Poster, and Kite Construction.  Winners will be recognized in each category on Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 8, 2014, and their work will be displayed at the Texas State Capitol in an exhibit promoting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, as well as appearing on both the DSHS and Texas System of Care sites (www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/ and www.txsystemofcare.org).  The top submissions in each category will also be included in a survey distributed to participating schools and communities so that participants may vote on the winning entries.  The survey will be available under “Art Contest” by mid-April at http://www.txsystemofcare.org/ai1ec_event/national-childrens-mental-health-awareness-day/.

Contest Eligibility All Texas Elementary, Middle, and High School students are eligible to participate.

Contest Theme The theme for 2014 is “What Happiness Means to Me.”

Contest Category Rules

Posters

  • Must be an original artwork that combines drawings/pictures and/or words to express the contest theme.
  • Materials used may include pencil, ink, charcoal, crayon, markers, pastel, paint, mixed media, collage, or similar 2D media.
  • Poster must be no smaller than 8” x 10” and no larger than 11” x 14”. Larger or smaller work will be disqualified.
  • First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the poster.

Writing

  • Entry must be a story, essay, or poem based on the contest theme and no longer than 300 words.
  • Entry must be typed or, if handwritten, must be legible.
  • Please ask an adult to review spelling and grammar for errors prior to submission.
  • First and last name of student and name of student’s school must be included on the back of the page.

Kite Construction

  • Create an original kite construction that portrays the theme.  You will be awarded additional points if the kite is flyable.
  • Please submit 3 photos of the kite to include: Construction materials, construction process and the final kite.  If your kite flies, please submit a fourth photo of your kite flying.
  • There are no size constraints for the kite.

Judging will be based on originality, creativity, and how well your entry expresses the contest theme. A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level.  Those submissions will be part of a survey shared with schools, students, and communities to vote on the winners.

How to Enter

  • Each entry must be submitted with the contest entry form, including release, signed by a parent or guardian.  A copy of this form is available online at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/entryform/.
  • All paper entries must have the name of the student and school written on the back.
  • Entries must be received by 6:00 PM April 11, 2014.
  • Entries may be emailed to info@txsystemofcare.org
  • Entries may be sent by postal mail to
CMHAD Art Contest
1717 West 6th Street
Suite 335
Austin, Texas 78703
  • Entries, once submitted, become the property of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Texas System of Care, and may be used for the purpose of promoting awareness of children’s mental health issues.  Entries may be posted to the DSHS and Texas System of Care web sites and used in promotional materials.

April 1, 2014

5th Annual Justice Involved Veterans Conference - May 12-14, 2014

Presented by the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services, the conference will be held in San Antonio at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel.

To register and for complete information, please visit http://tvc.texas.gov/Texas-Justice-Involved-Veterans-Conference.aspx. Registration for the conference is free and required. Hotel reservations made by April 11 recieve a special conference rate of $110.


April 1, 2014

Third Annual Statewide Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest!

In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, the Texas Department of State Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Texas are holding their 3rd annual statewide poetry contest open to adults with or in recovery from mental illness and their adult family members and friends.

For complete information, please see http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/awareness/amh/poetry2014/.


March 26, 2014

Request for Formal Comment On 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 416, Subchapter C, Governing Jail-based Competency Restoration Services

Comments Due: April 21, 2014

The proposed rules governing standards for providing jail-based competency restoration services were published for formal comment in the March 21, 2014, issue of the Texas Register.

  • To access the html version, go to the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.
  • To access the preview of the proposed rules, find the “Points of Interest” box that is located on the right side of the home page and complete the following steps:
    • Click on “Search the Texas Register.”
    • Locate “title number” on the Viewer Screen, and type the number 25 in the box.
    • Locate “chapter number,” and type the number "416" in the box.
    • Locate “rule numbers,” and type the numbers "76" to "93" in the boxes provided.
    • Enter the date, "03/21/2014" in the first box located at Publication Issue Date.
    • Click on "find" and the publication data will be available.
  • Click on each section to access the rule text, the "preamble" explains changes to the rule, and the text of the sections being repealed.

You may submit your comments to:   MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us.   Please title the subject line “Comments for 25 TAC 416 C.” Comments should include the citation for the section that you are referencing, suggestions for alternative language, and a rationale for the alternative language.

 


March 25, 2014

Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Substance Abuse Treatment and Outreach, Screening, Assessment and Referral Services (RFI #128527)

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announces the expected availability of grant funds for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2016. This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to gather information for the upcoming competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) for Substance Abuse Treatment Services. This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the SFY 2016 competitive solicitation.  DSHS is proposing several changes to the service delivery system:

  • Youth services – outpatient curricula
  • Youth services – day treatment
  • Youth services – transitional and recovery services
  • Youth services – specialized female
  • Buprenorphine services
  • Overdose prevention education at discharge

Complete information is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.

Webinar-Based Stakeholder Meeting: April 9

DSHS will conduct a webinar-based stakeholder meeting on April 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM Central Time. Please do not submit stakeholder feedback for this RFI until after the webinar-based stakeholder meeting.

DSHS will post webinar materials on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) approximately one week prior to the stakeholder meeting. These materials will include the webinar access information, presentation documents, and a stakeholder feedback form. The date and time for the webinar-based stakeholder meeting is subject to change. Once posted, any additional information and materials pertaining to this RFI may be found at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.

How To Submit Comments

Written comments should be submitted according to the guidelines provided in the RFI no earlier than April 9, 2014, and no later than 5:00 PM Central Time by April 18, 2014. The RFI is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=110602.


March 17, 2014

Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee Meeting March 19 from 10 AM - 4 PM in Austin

The Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee (SB 58) meeting agenda is available at  http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/news/meetings/2014/031914-bhiac.shtml. The meeting will take place at 

Health and Human Services Commission
Brown-Heatly Building
Public Hearing Room 1410
4900 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751
 
Meeting Contact:  Monica Thyssen, Committee Coordinator, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Management Division, 512‑462-6217, monica.thyssen@hhsc.state.tx.us.
 
This meeting is open to the public.  No reservations are required and there is no cost to attend this meeting.
 
People with disabilities who wish to attend the meeting and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Laela Estus at 512-707-6102 at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

March 14, 2014

2013 State Hospital Volunteers Recognized

In February, we were pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 DSHS MHSA State Hospital Volunteer Recognition Awards. These awards honor outstanding volunteers who served at one of our State Hospitals between January and December 2013. For complete information, including a list of honorees, please see 2013 DSHS MHSA State Hospital Volunteer Recognition Award Winners. Congratulations to all the winners, and our sincere thanks to all the volunteers who assist our hospitals in meeting their goals and enhancing our mission to improve health and well-being in Texas by providing leadership and services that promote hope, build resilience, and foster recovery.


March 4, 2014

Join the CAP! Applications for Substance Abuse Consumer/Advocate Now Being Accepted

Applications are due March 14, 2014

The Council for Advising and Planning (CAP) for the Prevention and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders is now accepting applications for a substance abuse consumer/advocate. Applications for this position are due March 14, 2014. 

CAP Membership Application – Revised February 2014 (PDF)

In addition to any currently open positions, the CAP accepts applications on a rolling basis for positions to be filled as needed according to the composition of the committee.  Information on positions and terms are available on the CAP Roster. If you would like to submit an application, please complete the application form and submit it according to the instructions provided on page 3 of the form.  Your application will be kept on file for consideration for one year from the date of submission.


February 24, 2014

NorthSTAR Request for Proposal (RFP) Issued

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS), NorthSTAR, announces the expected availability of fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicaid and non-Medicaid funding to provide mental health and substance use disorder services through a managed care network to eligible youth and adults residing in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties.

Respondents may find complete informaiton and required documents posted at the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD): http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109258. Additional information may be found in the NorthSTAR RFP Respondent Library at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/northstar/rfp/.

Bidders' Conference - March 4, 2014

DSHS will conduct a Bidders’ Conference on March 4, 2014 from 10:00 – 1:00 in the Nifty-Fifty Building (Building 626), Austin State Hospital (ASH) campus, 904 W. 45th Street, Austin, Texas [Austin State Hospital Campus Map (PDF)].  The purpose of this conference will be to discuss the requirements of the RFP and work to be performed under the contract, and to allow potential Respondents the opportunity to ask questions regarding the RFP.  The conference is for information purposes only.  Answers will not be official until posted to the ESBD on March 21, 2014. Questions and answers will be provided to all potential Respondents as they will be posted on the ESBD website (http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109258).  DSHS strongly recommends, but does not require, attendance at the Bidders’ Conference. 


February 18, 2014

Request for Comment: Mental Health Workforce Shortages (HB 1023)

Comments are due April 1, 2014.

The document below is intended to inform stakeholders of the current state of mental health workforce shortages and to solicit input on potential policy recommendations to address shortages.   Proposed policy recommendations from stakeholders are due to HPRC@dshs.state.tx.us by April 1, 2014. Following from HB1023, recommendations should be specific, reference evidence based work, and include feasibility/cost information as possible.


February 14, 2014

Request for Proposal (RFP): Jail-Based Competency Restoration (JBCR)

Proposals due by 3 PM Central on March 13, 2014

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announce the availability of General Revenue funds to provide jail-based competency restoration services. These include mental health, or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use (COPSD) treatment services, as well as education for individuals found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), and are intended to be consistent with competency restoration services provided in State Mental Health Hospital (SMHH) facilities.

The purpose of the JBCR program will be to provide jail-based competency restoration services to include mental health or COPSD treatment services, and competency education for individuals found IST, consistent with competency restoration services provided in state mental health facilities.

The goals of the JBCR program include the following:

  1. Reduce the number of maximum security and non-maximum security defendants on the State Mental Health Program clearinghouse waiting list determined to be IST due to mental illness and/or COPSD issues.
  2. Provide prompt access to clinically appropriate JBCR services for individuals determined IST who do not qualify for the Outpatient Competency Restoration (OCR) program. Services shall include treatment of the underlying mental illness, and the provision of education and skills training. The purpose of the education and skills training is to enable the participants to obtain a factual and rational understanding of legal proceedings, and to restore the participant’s ability to consult with legal counsel. Treatment must encompass the principles of effective psychiatric rehabilitation.
  3. Provide a cost-effective alternative to restoration in a state hospital.
  4. Reduce the demand for forensic state hospital bed days in the area served by the pilot.
  5. Minimize or ameliorate the stress of incarceration, to the extent possible, for participants in the JBCR program. This amelioration must include maintenance of the therapeutic environment in the evenings and on weekends and special training for jail security staff who work in the pilot program.
  6. Collect data to support the effectiveness and cost savings of the pilot.

Complete information, including the RFP, all supporting documents, and contact information, is available at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109477.


February 12, 2014

Rate Hearing for 1915(i) Program: Home and Community-Based Services - Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH)

Hearing to be held March 3 in Austin

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will implement a 1915(i) program, Home and Community-Based Services-Adult Mental Health Program (HCBS-AMH). HCBS-AMH will provide intensive home and community-based services to adults with extended tenure in state mental health facilities in lieu of them remaining long term residents of those facilities.

DSHS anticipates that it will initiate provider enrollment within the next few months. Please visit 1915(i) Home and Community Based Services- Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) for an overview of the program and a list of services and service definitions.

DSHS is conducting an outreach effort for individuals and entities to become provider agencies and/or providers of individual services and requests your assistance in identifying potential providers.

Interested providers are strongly encouraged to attend the rate hearing for HCBS-AMH services. Input from potential providers helps ensure rates are set appropriately and correspond to the intensity of the provision services required to meet the needs of the individual. The rate hearing is the opportunity for comment regarding the establishment of the rate for HCBS-AMH services. Your attendance, consideration and comments at the rate are highly appreciated by the department.

The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has scheduled the rate hearing for March 3, 2014 at 10:30 am. Details are as follows:

Location: HHSC - MHMR Center

Conference Room 164

909 West 45th Street, Building II

Austin, Texas 78751

A briefing package describing the proposed payment rates will be available at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/rad/rate-packets.shtml February 14, 2014. Interested parties may also obtain a copy of the briefing package prior to the hearing by contacting Rate Analysis by telephone at (512) 730-7401; by fax at (512) 730-7475; or by e-mail at sarah.hambrick@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Written comments regarding the proposed payment rates may be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to:

Health and Human Services Commission, Attention: Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400, P.O. Box 149030, Austin, Texas 78714-9030; by fax to Rate Analysis at (512) 730-7475; or by e-mail to sarah.hambrick@hhsc.state.tx.us.

In addition, written comments may be sent by overnight mail or hand delivered to HHSC:

Attention: Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400, Brown Heatly Building, 4900 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78751-2316.

HCBS-AMH program related questions should be sent to HCBS-AMH@dshs.texas.gov


February 11, 2014

Request for Proposals (RFP) - Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs) for Regions 5, 8, 9, and 10

Proposals are due March 3, 2014

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on behalf of Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division (Program) announces the expected availability of State Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 grant funds for four regional Prevention Resource Centers (PRCs). There will be one PRC awarded in each of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in Regions 5, 8, 9, and 10. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is not limited to this source of funding if other sources become available for this Project.

Each PRC will serve as the central data collection repository and substance abuse prevention training liaison for the region. The provider will identify and establish new regional data resources/sources that will facilitate the development of a Regional Needs Assessment (RNA). The PRCs will collect local, county, and regional data with an emphasis on data related to the state’s three prevention priorities of alcohol (underage drinking), marijuana, and prescription drugs. The data collection efforts will also include tobacco and other drugs and other behavioral health data that can be used to identify substance abuse issues and trends and behavioral health needs in communities.

If a respondent is proposing services in multiple Regions, a complete and separate RFP is required for each Region.

Proposals are due March 3, 2014. For complete information, including the RFP and supporting documents as well as contact information for the Client Services Contracting Unit (CSCU), please see http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109801.

 


January 10, 2014

Request for Comments: New Chapter 412, Subchapter A, concerning Mental Health Prevention Standards

Comments are due January 24, 2014

The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated funds to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to provide grants to Local Mental Health Authorities (LMHAs) and Local Behavioral Health Authorities (LBHAs) for providing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to their employees and/or their contractors for the purpose of becoming MHFA certified trainers. The MHFA trainers will have the responsibility of training educators within their catchment area at no cost to the educators or their employers. In addition to funds for training employees and/or contractors to become certified MHFA trainers, there are also grant funds available to provide MHFA training to educators.

Training will be on the MHFA protocol as a preventive measure to assist children who are in distress and assist them to receive the most appropriate intervention. Each LMHA and LBHA is encouraged to have at least two employees certified as trainers. These people may be an existing employee, a new hire, or a contractor.

Please submit your comments on the proposed rule (below) via email to MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “MHFA (412-A), 12-6-13, Informal Comments” in the subject line or by US mail to Lloyd Shangreaux, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code 2091, Austin, TX 78714-9347.

Call Lloyd Shangreaux with questions or concerns at 512-206-5970.


January 2, 2014

Request for Information (RFI): Jail-Based Competency Restoration Services

ESBD #: 537-14-0006, Issued: December 31, 2013
Response Due: 3:00 PM Central Standard Time on January 17, 2014

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division announce the availability of General Revenue funds to provide jail-based competency restoration services. These include mental health, or co-occurring psychiatric and substance use (COPSD) treatment services, as well as education for individuals found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST), and are intended to be consistent with competency restoration services provided in State Mental Health Hospital (SMHH) facilities.

This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the competitive solicitation. No contracts will be issued as a result of this RFI; however, awards will be made as a result of the future RFP.  Do NOT submit a proposal based on this RFI.

Please submit written comments and questions via email using the format outlined in the RFI document.

For complete information and to download the RFI document and any appendices, please visit http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109477.


 

 2013

December 19, 2013

Request for Comment On New Chapter 416, Subchapter B concerning Home and Community-Based Services - Adult Mental Health Program

Comments Due: January 13, 2014

The proposed rules governing requirements for Home and Community-based Services – Adult Mental Health  were published for formal comment in the December 13, 2013, issue of the Texas Register

  • To access the html version, go to the Secretary of State’s website at:  http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml.
  • To access the preview of the proposed rules, find the “Points of Interest” box that is located on the right side of the home page and complete the following steps.
    1. Click on “Search the Texas Register. ”
    2. Locate “title number” on the Viewer Screen, and type the number "25" in the box.
    3. Locate “chapter number,” and type the number "416" in the box.
    4. Locate “rule numbers,” and type the numbers "51" to "58" in the boxes provided.
    5. Enter the date, "December 13, 2013", in the first box located at Publication Issue Date.
    6. Click on "find" and the publication data will be available.
  • Click on each section to access the rule text, the "preamble" explains changes to the rule, and the text of the sections being repealed.

Proposed Language - New Chapter 416, Subchapter B (PDF)

You may submit your comments to:   MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us. Please title the subject line “Comments for 25 TAC 416 B.”  Comments should include the citation for the section that you are referencing, suggestions for alternative language, and a rationale for the alternative language.


December 16, 2013

Veterans Mental Health Grant Request for Applications

Applications due by 4 PM CST on January 9, 2014

A joint grants program by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) has posted a new Veterans Mental Health Grant request for applications (RFA). It can be accessed at: http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Veterans-Mental-Health-Grants.aspx

The purpose of the RFA is to seek applications from eligible applicants for grants to address the mental health needs of Veterans and their families. The amount available for this 1-year grant is $1,500,000. Applicants can request a grant from $5,000 to $500,000.

Grant projects funded under the Veterans Mental Health Grants program should emphasize direct services to Veterans and their families and may include:

  • Peer sessions, groups sessions, Veteran family member counseling, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) services, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) services, equine therapy, co-occurring diagnosis counseling, and other types of counseling;
  • Veteran Drop-In Centers, locations operated by Eligible Applicants, which includes staffing by Veterans, for Veterans and their families where they are comfortable interacting with their peers to learn about accessing resources and services for their benefit.

The number of awards made is dependent on the grant amounts awarded.

Applications must be received by January 9, 2014 by 4 p.m. at the FVA office in Austin, Texas to be considered for funding.

Please visit the Upcoming Trainings and Events page to learn more about the RFA process and to a recording of the informational Webinar held on December 11 at  http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Upcoming-Trainings-and-Events.aspx.


December 9, 2013

Request for Information (RFI) on Proposed Behavioral Health Services Draft Request for Proposal [RFI#537-14-004]

Issued: December 9, 2013 — Comments Due: 3:00 PM Central Standard Time on December 20, 2013

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS or Department), NorthSTAR (Program), announces the expected availability of fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicaid and non-Medicaid funding to provide mental health and substance use disorder services through a managed care network to eligible youth and adults residing in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro and Rockwall counties (Project).  

This RFI will be used as a research and information gathering tool for preparation of the competitive solicitation. No contracts will be issued as a result of this RFI; however, awards will be made as a result of the future RFP.  Do NOT submit a proposal based on this RFI.

Please submit written comments and questions via email using the format and guidelines outlined in Package 1. Comments are due by 3:00 PM Central Standard Time on December 20, 2013.

The RFI and all supporting documents may be found at http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=109258


December 3, 2013

For Comment: Draft of Initial Plan for the Appropriate and Timely Provision of Mental Health Services - House Bill 3793

Comments are due by 5 PM CST on December 12, 2013

House Bill 3793 (83rd Regular Legislative Session) ("HB 3793") directs the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop a plan to ensure the appropriate and timely provision of mental health services and to allocate mental health outpatient and hospital resources for the forensic and civil/voluntary populations.  This initial plan incorporates the elements required by the legislation:  needs, access and availability of services, and allocation of resources, with a separate section addressing issues related to the forensic population.  The plan reflects the input and priorities of the HB 3793 Advisory Panel

The framework reflected in this initial plan will be developed as DSHS works with the HB 3793 Advisory Panel to develop standards and methodologies for implementation.  The work to be done includes completing a needs assessment and developing recommendations to address identified needs and barriers, including potential statutory changes. This information will be included in the report DSHS will submit to the legislature and the governor in December 2014.

Below is the draft of the initial plan which is being provided to obtain informal comment.  Please submit your comments via email to tamra.boyd@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “HB 3793 – Initial Plan - Informal Comment” in the subject line or by U.S. mail to Tamra Boyd, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box149347, Mail Code 2023, Austin, TX 78714 by close of business on December 12, 2013.  Please call Tamra Boyd with questions or concerns at 512-206-5056.


November 20, 2013

Conference Call: Community Collaborative Projects

Thursday, November 21 at 3 PM CST

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will be hosting a brief conference call to call attention to upcoming Community Collaborative Projects made possible by Senate Bill 58, Chapter 539 of the 83rd regular legislature. Per the Bill, these funds will enhance or expand collaborative services to persons experiencing homelessness and mental illness in the five most populous municipalities in the state.

Thursday, November 21 at 3 PM

Conference Call number: 1-877-820-7831

Participant Code: 217742

Background

DSHS was allocated approximately $6.9 million FY 2014 and $16.5 million in FY 2015 to implement these Collaborative Projects. The statute states each grantee is required to “provide evidence of significant coordination and collaboration between the entity, local mental health authorities, municipalities, and other community stakeholders in establishing or expanding a community collaborative…”.   Therefore, City and County participation is very important part of the project.   

DSHS is hosting this call to ensure that communities targeted by this legislation are aware of this opportunity.   We would highly encourage your participation in local efforts underway.

DSHS collected feedback regarding the upcoming procurement through an RFI.   The final RFP Document may reflect changes as a result of this process and should be reviewed carefully when it is posted.  Due to procurement law, we are unable to discuss many details about this exciting new project.  However, once the RFP is released and publically posted, there will be a mechanism for submitting questions.

Available Resources

Senate Bill 58   

The Texas Legislature Online (www.legis.state.tx.us)

RFI for Community Collaborative Projects   

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October 29, 2013

Request for Comments: Chapter 415, Subchapter F - Interventions in Mental Health Programs

Comments Due November 18, 2013

The draft preamble and draft rule text below are regarding interventions in mental health programs, and are being provided to obtain informal comment. Significant changes to the rules result from legislation (Senate Bill 325 (2005) and Senate Bill 1842 (2013)); changes in the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Conditions of Participation; and comments received during the stakeholder meeting held in 2007. The draft preamble, Section by Section Summary, describes the changes to the current rules and provides reasoned justification for the changes. Please note that on Page 2 of the Preamble, Section by Section Summary, second paragraph, the term "COP" refers to the term "conditions of participation."

A workgroup comprised of internal and external stakeholders suggested a number of revisions to the rule. However, to implement provisions of Senate Bill 1842 in a timely manner, the department decided to temporarily forego many of the revisions suggest by the workgroup because many of those revisions will require considerable time to negotiate between the various stakeholders. A workgroup will be reassembled to address broader revisions to these rules subsequent to the adoption of the attached rules.

Please submit your comments via email to MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us with the phrase “Interventions (415-F), 10-28-13, Informal Comments” in the subject line or by US mail to Janet Fletcher, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box149347, Mail Code 2018, Austin, TX 78714. Call Janet Fletcher with questions or concerns at 512-206-5044.

  • October 4, 2013

    Sunset Review of the Texas Department of State Health Services

    The mission and performance of the Texas Department of State Health Services are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  Through the Sunset review, every Texan has the opportunity to suggest ways in which the mission and operations of the Department of State Health Services can be strengthened.  See the Sunset Review Announcement below for more information. The Sunset Advisory Commission requests submissions be sent by December 16, 2013.

    Sunset Review Announcement (PDF)

    As a part of this process, DSHS has also submitted its self-evaluation report to the Sunset Advisory Commission. The state’s five health and human services agencies (http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/about_hhsc/index.shtml) will be under Sunset Review over the next two years.

    DSHS Self-Evaluation Report


    October 4, 2013

    2013 TSPP David Pharis Award Winner: Rusk State Hospital Patient Wellness Program

    We’re pleased to announce this year’s winner of the TSPP David Pharis Award as Rusk State Hospital Patient Wellness Program!

    This program is responsive to negative trends across our nation of obesity, unhealthy dietary habits, and low exercise rates; in addition to addressing the metabolic syndrome that some mental health patients contend with. RSH professionals, including physicians, nurses, dietitians, and rehabilitation specialists have developed this comprehensive Wellness Program. The program includes a voluntary three week therapeutic educational class for patients, and enhanced medical treatment and monitoring. Physicians refer patients; and nurses, rehabilitation specialists, and dietitians conduct the educational courses. A three tiered system was created for enhanced medical treatment and monitoring, in accordance with the patient’s medical issues. The overall goal of this patient-centered program is to empower patients to “proactively manage their health and fitness, to the highest degree of autonomy and wellness possible”.

    The Wellness Program Guidance Team included the following individuals: Joe Bates, MD, Clinical Director; Carmen Cook, RN, MSN, Director, Ancillary Clinical Services; Ed Bruce, RN, MSN, Chief Nurse Executive; Lynda Roberson, MSW, Director, Residential Services; Shinnitta Forman, MED, Director of PEAR; and Joan Frazier, MD, Medical Clinic.


    October 1, 2013

    Request for Proposal (RFP) Recovery Support Services RFP Pre-Proposal Conference RFP# SA/RSS-0578.1 - Monday, October 7

    Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSA) Division will hold the Pre-Proposal Conference on Monday, October 7, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon CDST which can be attended in-person or via teleconference. Pre-Proposal Conference may end early after questions have been addressed.

    Potential respondents wishing to participate will have 2 options:

    1. Recovery Support Services Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on the main campus of Department of State Health Services (DSHS), 1100 West 49th Street (map enclosed below), Lecture Hall (Room K-100), Austin, Texas, 78756. Seating is limited to 100 persons. Up to 2 representatives per entity/organization will be admitted.

    2. Potential respondents can listen-in to the Pre-Proposal Conference via teleconference. Call-in information: 1-877-820-7831. To access the teleconference enter 177891# to listen-in. Those respondents that plan to listen-in may submit their questions prior to the Pre-Proposal Conference via email by Noon (CT), October 4, 2013, to the designated RFP Point of Contact mailbox (SA-RFP@dshs.state.txu.us) listed in the RFP. Questions will not be accepted over the phone during the Pre-Proposal Conference.


    Respondents should bring a copy of the RFP as copies will not be available.

    Additional information regarding the pre-proposal conference can be found on the ESBD website at the following link:

    http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us/bid_show.cfm?bidid=108298

    Package 6 – Addendum No. 1 Pre-proposal Conference Announcement and Map (MS Word)


     

    Looking for an older announcement? Please visit the 2013 MHSA News & Announcements Archive  or the 2010-2012 MHSA News & Announcements Archive.

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