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TITLE 26HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
PART 1HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 263HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES (HCS) PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE (CFC)
SUBCHAPTER FREQUIREMENTS FOR SERVICE SETTINGS AND PROGRAM PROVIDER OWNED OR CONTROLLED RESIDENTIAL SETTINGS
RULE §263.503Residential Agreements
Texas Register

(a) During a service planning team meeting to develop or update an individual's PDP, a service coordinator must inform an individual or LAR of the following if the individual is interested in receiving residential assistance:

  (1) that the residential setting options available in the HCS Program consist of:

    (A) a residence in which the individual receives host home/companion care;

    (B) a three-person residence in which the individual receives residential support or supervised living; or

    (C) a four-person residence in which the individual receives residential support or supervised living;

  (2) that if the individual or LAR selects a residence described in paragraph (1) of this subsection, the individual or LAR will be responsible for paying room and board in accordance with a residential agreement described in subsections (b) and (c) of this section;

  (3) that if the individual or LAR does not pay room or board as required by a residential agreement, the individual's program provider or service provider of host home/companion care may evict the individual in accordance with the residential agreement and state law; and

  (4) that if an individual is evicted by a program provider or service provider of host home/companion care and the individual or LAR has not paid the delinquent room or board, HHSC will deny the individual residential support, supervised living, or host home/companion care until the individual or LAR pays the delinquent room or board.

(b) An individual's program provider must ensure that:

  (1) an individual living in a three-person residence or four-person residence or LAR has a written residential agreement with the program provider; and

  (2) an individual living in a residence in which host home/companion care is provided or LAR has a written residential agreement with the service provider of host home/companion care if the individual does not own the residence or lease the residence from another person.

(c) The residential agreement required by subsection (b) of this section must include:

  (1) the physical address of the residence;

  (2) the name of the individual;

  (3) if a three-person residence or four-person residence, the name of the program provider;

  (4) if a residence in which host home/companion care is provided, the name of the service provider of host home/companion care;

  (5) the beginning date of the residential agreement;

  (6) the date the residential agreement expires;

  (7) a provision that:

    (A) the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care and the individual or LAR agree that the residential agreement is a "lease," as defined in Texas Property Code Chapter 92 and that they are subject to state law governing residential tenancies, including Texas Property Code Chapters 24, 91, and 92 and Texas Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 510; and

    (B) to the extent allowed by law, in the event of a conflict or inconsistency between any provision of the residential agreement and any provision of state statutory law, including Texas Property Code Chapters 91 and 92, the provision in the residential agreement governs;

  (8) a provision that the individual or LAR is not waiving any right or remedy provided to tenants under state law, including the Texas Fair Housing Act in Texas Property Code Chapter 301, and is not agreeing to any notice period that is shorter than the notice period to which tenants are entitled under state law;

  (9) the amount the individual or LAR is paying for room determined in accordance with the rules governing the HCS Program or a description of other consideration for room, if the individual is paying in kind in lieu of a monetary amount;

  (10) the amount the individual or LAR is paying for board determined in accordance with the rules governing the HCS Program or a description of other consideration for board, if the individual is paying in kind in lieu of a monetary amount;

  (11) the day of the month that the amount for room and board is due, which will not be before the day of the month that an individual receives a primary source of income, such as supplemental security income and social security disability insurance;

  (12) the amount of a late fee, if any, which may be charged only once per month and will not exceed 10 percent of the amount for room and board, that the program provider or host home/companion care service provider may charge the individual or LAR if room and board is not paid by the third day after it is due;

  (13) a provision that allows the individual or LAR to terminate the residential agreement before its expiration date without any obligation under the residential agreement except an obligation that accrued before the date of termination, if the individual permanently moves from the residence for any reason, including transferring to a different program provider;

  (14) a provision that the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care agrees to refund to the individual or LAR an amount for room and board paid to the program provider or services provider for the days that the individual was away from the residence because the individual permanently moved from the residence using the following formula to determine the daily amount for room and board (the monthly amount for room and board ÷ the number of days in the month);

  (15) a provision that the individual may furnish and decorate the individual's bedroom;

  (16) a provision that the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care agrees to be responsible for all repairs to the residence of the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care, including the program provider's or service provider's real property or personal property, resulting from normal wear and tear, as defined in Texas Property Code §92.001;

  (17) a provision that allows eviction of the individual only if:

    (A) the individual or LAR fails to pay room or board, which does not include any late fee; or

    (B) the individual's HCS Program services are terminated;

  (18) a provision that the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care will, before giving the individual or LAR a notice to vacate, give the individual or LAR a notice of proposed eviction that allows the individual or LAR at least 60 calendar days to pay the delinquent room or board;

  (19) a provision that if the individual or LAR pays the delinquent room or board within the period required by paragraph (18) of this subsection, the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care will not give the individual or LAR a notice to vacate or otherwise proceed to evict the individual;

  (20) a provision that the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care will not accelerate the entire balance of the unpaid room or board owed under the remainder of the term of the residential agreement if the individual or LAR violates the residential agreement and the violation does not result in an eviction;

  (21) the signature of the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care; and

  (22) the signature of the individual or the LAR.

(d) The program provider must:

  (1) give the individual or LAR at least three calendar days to review, request changes, and sign the residential agreement;

  (2) ensure the residential agreement is fully executed before the individual begins living in a three-person residence, four-person residence, or a residence in which host home/companion care is provided, except that an individual may begin living in one of these residences before a residential agreement is fully executed in the event of an emergency;

  (3) if an individual begins living in a three-person residence, four-person residence, or a residence in which host home/companion care is provided before a residential agreement is fully executed because of an emergency, as allowed by paragraph (2) of this subsection:

    (A) document the details of the emergency; and

    (B) ensure the residential agreement is fully executed within seven calendar days after the individual begins living in the residence; and

  (4) provide one copy of the residential agreement to the individual or LAR within three business days after the date the residential agreement is fully executed.

(e) If a program provider becomes aware that a modification to the provision in the residential agreement that the individual may furnish and decorate the individual's bedroom is needed, based on a specific assessed need of an individual, the program provider must:

  (1) notify the service coordinator of the needed modification; and

  (2) provide the service coordinator the information described in §263.901(e)(21) of this chapter relating to (LIDDA Requirements for Providing Service Coordination in the HCS Program) as requested by the service coordinator.

(f) If a service coordinator receives a notification as described in subsection (e) of this section, the service coordinator must convene a meeting of the service planning team to update the PDP in accordance with §263.901(e)(21) of this chapter.

(g) After the service planning team updates the PDP as required by §263.901(e)(21) of this chapter, the program provider may implement the modification.

(h) If an individual or LAR is delinquent in payment of room or board and the program provider or service provider wants to evict the individual, the program provider must:

  (1) notify the service coordinator that the individual or LAR is delinquent in the payment of room or board under the residential agreement and that the program provider or service provider wants to evict the individual;

  (2) after providing the notification required by paragraph (1) of this subsection, meet with the individual or LAR, including the representative payee if one has been appointed by the Social Security Administration, and the service coordinator to discuss the alleged non-payment of room or board and options to prevent an eviction; and

  (3) if the program provider or service provider intends to proceed to evict the individual at the meeting required by paragraph (2) of this subsection:

    (A) give the individual or LAR a written notice of proposed eviction that allows the individual or LAR at least 60 calendar days to pay the delinquent room or board; and

    (B) provide the service coordinator with a copy of the written notice of proposed eviction.

(i) If the individual or LAR pays the delinquent room or board within the period required by subsection (h)(3) of this section, the program provider or service provider of host home/companion care must not give the individual or LAR a notice to vacate or otherwise proceed to evict the individual.

(j) If the individual or LAR does not pay the delinquent room or board within the period required by subsection (h)(3) of this section, the program provider:

  (1) must report the failure to pay to one of the following as appropriate:

    (A) the Social Security Administration;

    (B) the probate court that appointed the individual's guardian; or

    (C) DFPS as an allegation of the LAR's exploitation or neglect of the individual;

  (2) must meet with the individual or LAR and the service coordinator to discuss alternative living settings for the individual; and

  (3) if the program provider or service provider wants to proceed to evict the individual, the program provider must:

    (A) give the individual or LAR a written notice to vacate the residence in accordance with the residential agreement and state law; and

    (B) send a copy of the written notice described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph to the individual's service coordinator within one business day after the individual or LAR is given the notice.

(k) If an individual is evicted by a program provider or service provider of host home/companion care and the individual or LAR has not paid the delinquent room or board, the service coordinator must convene a meeting or meetings to update the PDP and revise the IPC as described in §263.302(b)(3)(D) of this chapter (relating to Renewal and Revision of an IPC). If the individual or LAR wants to keep residential support, supervised living, or host home/companion care on the individual's IPC, the service coordinator must inform the individual or LAR at the meeting or meetings that HHSC will deny residential support, supervised living, or host home/companion care, if included on the individual's IPC, until the individual pays the delinquent room or board.

(l) If a program provider evicts an individual who has an LAR and the LAR fails to arrange an alternative living setting for the individual, the program provider must report the LAR's failure to DFPS as neglect of the individual and notify the service coordinator that such a report was made.

(m) If an individual pays the delinquent room or board, a program provider must, within one business day after the payment, notify the individual's service coordinator that the individual is no longer delinquent.


Source Note: The provisions of this §263.503 adopted to be effective March 1, 2023, 48 TexReg 1080

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