Here is more info on the the policy requiring the home and community support services agency (HCSSA) to submit a copy of all backup plans and cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid certification service provider qualifications for persons designated
within a service backup plan to the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) case
Effective September 1, 2014, the in-home record is no longer required by the Medically Dependent
Children Program (MDCP). For individuals currently authorized MDCP respite or flexible family
support services, the HCSSA must send a copy of the current backup plan to the DADS case
manager by February 15, 2015.
If the DADS case manager is not in receipt of a service backup plan for an individual by March 2,
2015, the case manager will submit a referral to the Consumer Rights and Services (CRS) hotline
to register a complaint.
As required in Texas Administrative Code §51.411, General Service Delivery Requirements, the
HCSSA must also send the DADS case manager a copy of the backup plan within 14 calendar
days of receiving a service authorization form from DADS at the time of an initial assessment,
annual reassessment, or any time there is a change in the backup plan. If the DADS case manager
does not receive a backup plan within 14 days after the HCSSA receives an initial or reassessment
service authorization, a referral will be made to CRS.
Paid respite and flexible family support services service providers listed on the backup plan are
considered attendants and are required to have CPR and First Aid certification and meet all other
attendant qualifications. Unpaid persons providing informal support are not required to have CPR
or First Aid certification or meet any other service provider qualification.
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