The purpose of this information letter (IL) is to inform the LIDDAs, CMAs, and program providers for HCS, TxHmL, CLASS, DBMD and ICF/IID about the implementation of phase one of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Assessment project (the project).
IDD Assessment Project – Phase One Implementation
Section 3.01 of Senate Bill (S.B.) 7, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, 2013, directs the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to develop and implement a comprehensive assessment instrument and resource allocation process for individuals with IDD. DADS must ensure each individual with IDD receives the type, intensity, and range of services that are both appropriate and available, based on the functional needs of the individual, if the individual receives services through a Medicaid waiver program, an ICF/IID program, or a state operated ICF/IID.
Implementation activities initiated in response to S.B. 7, Section 3.01, included research into nationally recognized comprehensive assessment instruments for individuals with IDD; completion of a survey of external stakeholders; and interviews with agencies in other states about their respective assessment instruments. DADS published a request for information seeking information from potential contractors about their assessment instruments or inter-related groups of assessment instruments for populations including individuals with IDD. Input was also solicited from the S.B. 7 Systems Redesign Advisory Committee (SRAC) and the S.B. 7 SRAC IDD Assessment Subcomittee.
DADS selected the international Resident Assessment Instrument (interRAI) Intellectual Disability (ID) Assessment for phase one of the project. The project requires a contractor to automate and complete the interRAI ID Assessment on a sample population in an identified geographical region.
A request for proposals to solicit vendors to implement phase one of the project will be released in the near future.
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