The following words and phrases when used in this subchapter
shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates
(1) Behavioral health services--Services that consist
of mental health services and services for the prevention, intervention,
and treatment of substance abuse.
(2) Brief interventions--Practices designed to initiate
resolution of a problem and motivate a person receiving services from
a program provider to begin to do something about his or her substance
abuse. Brief interventions are described in "Brief Interventions and
Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse" (Treatment Improvement Protocol
34), published by the United States Department of Health and Human
Services Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
(3) Case management--Services that assist and support
persons receiving services from a program provider in developing skills
to gain access to and obtain services from needed medical, social,
educational and other service providers essential to meeting basic
human needs. This function consists of assessment of needs, appropriate
referrals, follow-up on referrals, and a plan of action with clear
(4) Colonias--A residential area along the Texas-Mexico
border that lacks basic living needs, such as potable water and sewer
systems, electricity, paved roads, and safe and sanitary housing.
Colonias, while frequently found in unincorporated areas of the counties,
are also found within city limits.
(5) Contract--A written agreement between the department
and a program provider providing intervention services.
(6) Department--The Department of State Health Services.
(7) Indicated target population--Indicated services
include youth who are showing early warning signs of substance use,
such as experimenting, or abuse and/or exhibiting other problem behaviors.
This service targets youth in difficult situations resulting in problem
behaviors that, if not addressed, may lead to substance use or abuse.
(8) Outreach--The provision of health- and substance
abuse-related information, activities, and services to a specified
group that has traditionally been underserved. Outreach is a strategy
for taking services and activities where the group resides and works.
(9) Program provider--A person or entity that contracts
with the department to provide substance abuse intervention services.
(10) Referral--The process of identifying appropriate
services and providing the information and assistance needed to obtain
access to them.
(11) Rural border--The area that extends 62 miles north
of the Texas-Mexico border and encompasses 32 counties as described
in the United States-Mexico La Paz agreement of 1983.
(12) Screening--The process through which the program
provider, person receiving services from the program provider, and
available family determine the most appropriate initial course of
action given the needs and characteristics of the person receiving
services from the program provider and the available resources within
the community. Screening includes determining whether a person receiving
services from a program provider is appropriate and eligible for admission
to a particular treatment service type.
(13) Selective target population--The target population
for selective prevention services is those individuals whose risk
of developing a substance use or abuse disorder is significantly higher
than average. These services target individuals or subgroups of the
general population who are determined to be at risk for substance
abuse, such as children of substance abusers.
(14) Service coordination--Administrative, clinical,
and evaluative activities that bring the person receiving services
from the program provider, treatment services, community agencies,
and other resources together to focus on issues and needs identified
in the plan for treatment of the person receiving services. Service
coordination, which includes case management and advocacy for the
person receiving services, establishes a framework of action for the
person receiving services to achieve specified goals. It involves
collaboration with the person receiving services, and family and/or
significant others; coordination of treatment and referral services,
liaison activities with community resources and managed care systems,
advocacy for the person receiving services, and ongoing evaluation
of treatment progress and needs of the person receiving services.
(15) State of Texas required training program--The
State of Texas required training program on human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV) antibody testing and counseling which is used as a tool
to guide the discussion with a person receiving services from a program
provider about his/her risk(s) as it relates to HIV, sexually transmitted
disease (STD), hepatitis C virus (HCV), his/her most recent risk,
and the development of incremental steps to reduce the person's risk
for acquiring or transmitting HIV/STD/HCV. This State of Texas training
program is required for all program providers performing HIV testing/counseling.