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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES
CHAPTER 2LOCAL AUTHORITY RESPONSIBILITIES
SUBCHAPTER FCONTINUITY OF SERVICES--STATE FACILITIES
DIVISION 1GENERAL PROVISIONS
RULE §2.253Definitions

The following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

  (1) Actively involved--Significant and ongoing involvement with the individual who does not have the ability to provide legally adequate consent and who does not have an LAR which the individual's planning team deems to be supportive based on the following:

    (A) observed interactions of the person with the individual;

    (B) advocacy for the individual;

    (C) knowledge of and sensitivity to the individual's preferences, values and beliefs; and

    (D) availability to the individual for assistance or support when needed.

  (2) Applicant--An individual seeking residential services in a state MR facility.

  (3) CARE--DADS' Client Assignment and Registration System, a database with demographic and other data about an individual who is receiving services and supports or on whose behalf services and supports have been requested.

  (4) CLOIP--Community living options information process. The activities described in §2.274(a)(2) of this subchapter (relating to Consideration of Living Options for Individuals Residing in State MR Facilities) performed by a contract MRA to provide information and education about community living options to an individual who is 22 years of age or older residing in a state MR facility or to the individual's LAR.

  (5) Commissioner--The commissioner of DADS.

  (6) Consensus--A negotiated agreement that all parties can and will support in implementation. The negotiation process involves the open discussion of ideas with all parties encouraged to express opinions.

  (7) Contract MRA--An MRA that has a contract with DADS to conduct the CLOIP.

  (8) CRCG (Community Resource Coordination Group)--A local interagency group composed of public and private agencies that develops service plans for individuals whose needs can be met only through interagency coordination and cooperation. The group's role and responsibilities are described in the Memorandum of Understanding on Coordinated Services to Persons Needing Services from More Than One Agency, available on the Health and Human Services Commission website at www.hhsc.state.tx.us/crcg/crcg.htm.

  (9) DADS--The Department of Aging and Disability Services.

  (10) Dangerous behavior--Behavior exhibited by an individual who is physically aggressive, self-injurious, sexually aggressive, or seriously disruptive and requires a written behavioral intervention plan to prevent or reduce serious physical injury to the individual or others.

  (11) Department--Department of Aging and Disability Services.

  (12) Designated MRA--The MRA assigned to an individual in CARE.

  (13) Discharge--The release by DADS of an individual voluntarily admitted or committed by court order for residential mental retardation services from the custody and care of a state MR facility and termination of the individual's assignment to the state MR facility in CARE.

  (14) Emergency admission/discharge agreement--A written agreement between the state MR facility, the individual or LAR, and the designated MRA, sample copies of which are available from the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Provider Services Division, State Mental Retardation Facilities Section, P.O. Box 149030, Mail Code W-511, Austin, Texas 78714-9030, that describes:

    (A) the purpose of the emergency admission, including the circumstances that precipitated the need for the admission and the expected outcomes from the admission;

    (B) the responsibilities of each party regarding the care, treatment, and discharge of the individual, including how the terms of the agreement will be monitored;

    (C) the length of time of the emergency admission, which is that amount of time necessary to accomplish the purpose of the admission; and

    (D) the anticipated date of discharge.

  (15) Facility of record--The facility that serves the local service area(s) assigned to the individual's designated MRA.

  (16) Family-based alternative--A family setting in which the family provider or providers are specially trained to provide support and in-home care for children with disabilities or children who are medically fragile.

  (17) Head of the facility--The superintendent or director of a state MR facility.

  (18) ICAP (Inventory for Client and Agency Planning)--A validated, standardized assessment that measures the level of supervision an individual requires and, thus, the amount and intensity of services and supports the individual needs.

  (19) ICAP service level--A designation that identifies the level of services needed by an individual as determined by the ICAP.

  (20) IDT (Interdisciplinary team)--Mental retardation professionals and paraprofessionals and other concerned persons, as appropriate, who assess an individual's treatment, training, and habilitation needs and make recommendations for services, including recommendations of whether the individual is best served in a facility or in a community setting.

    (A) Team membership always includes:

      (i) the individual;

      (ii) the individual's LAR, if any; and

      (iii) persons specified by an MRA or a state MR facility, as appropriate, who are professionally qualified and/or certified or licensed with special training and experience in the diagnosis, management, needs, and treatment of individuals with mental retardation.

    (B) Other participants in IDT meetings may include:

      (i) other concerned persons whose inclusion is requested by the individual or the LAR;

      (ii) at the discretion of the MRA or state MR facility, persons who are directly involved in the delivery of mental retardation services to the individual; and

      (iii) if the individual is school eligible, representatives of the appropriate school district.

  (21) Individual--A person who has or is believed to have mental retardation.

  (22) Interstate transfer--The admission of an individual to a state MR facility directly from a similar facility in another state.

  (23) IQ (intelligence quotient)--A score reflecting the level of an individual's intelligence as determined by the administration of a standardized intelligence test.

  (24) LAR (legally authorized representative)--A person authorized by law to act on behalf of an individual with regard to a matter described in this subchapter, and may include a parent, guardian, or managing conservator of a minor, or the guardian of an adult.

  (25) Legally adequate consent--Consent given by a person when each of the following conditions has been met:

    (A) legal status: The individual giving the consent:

      (i) is 18 years of age or older, or younger than 18 years of age and is or has been married or had his or her disabilities removed for general purposes by court order as described in the Texas Family Code, Chapter 31; and

      (ii) has not been determined by a court to lack capacity to make decisions with regard to the matter for which consent is being sought;

    (B) comprehension of information: The individual giving the consent has been informed of and comprehends the nature, purpose, consequences, risks, and benefits of and alternatives to the procedure, and the fact that withholding or withdrawal of consent shall not prejudice the future provision of care and services to the individual with mental retardation; and

    (C) voluntariness: The consent has been given voluntarily and free from coercion and undue influence.

  (26) Less restrictive setting--A setting which allows the greatest opportunity for the individual to be integrated into the community.

  (27) Local service area--A geographic area composed of one or more Texas counties delimiting the population which may receive services from a local MRA.

  (28) Mental retardation--Consistent with THSC, §591.003, significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior and manifested during the developmental period.

  (29) Minor--An individual under the age of 18.

  (30) MRA (mental retardation authority)--An entity to which the Health and Human Services Commission's authority and responsibility described in THSC, §531.002(11) has been delegated.

  (31) Natural support network--Those persons, including family members, church members, neighbors, and friends, who assist and sustain an individual with supports that occur naturally within the individual's environment and that are not reimbursed or purposely developed by a person or system.

  (32) Ombudsman--Consistent with THSC, §533.039, an employee of DADS who is responsible for assisting an individual or LAR if the individual is denied a service by DADS, a DADS program or facility, or an MRA. The ombudsman must explain and provide information on DADS and MRA services, facilities, and programs, and the rules, procedures, and guidelines applicable to the individual denied services, and assist the individual in gaining access to an appropriate program or in placing the individual on an appropriate waiting list.

  (33) Permanency planning--A philosophy and planning process that focuses on the outcome of family support for an individual under 22 years of age by facilitating a permanent living arrangement in which the primary feature is an enduring and nurturing parental relationship.

  (34) Planning team--A group organized by the MRA and composed of:

    (A) the individual;

    (B) the individual's legally authorized representative (LAR), if any;

    (C) actively-involved family members or friends of the individual who has neither the ability to provide legally adequate consent nor an LAR;

    (D) other concerned persons whose inclusion is requested by the individual with the ability to provide legally adequate consent or the LAR;

    (E) a representative from the designated MRA; and

    (F) a representative from the individual's provider.

  (35) PMRA--Persons with Mental Retardation Act, Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 7, Subtitle D.

  (36) Provider--A public or private entity that delivers community-based residential services and supports for individuals, including, but not limited to, an intermediate care facility for individuals with mental retardation (ICF/MR) or a nursing facility. The term also includes a public or private entity that provides waiver services.

  (37) Related services--Services for school eligible individuals as described in 19 TAC §89.1060 (relating to Definitions of Certain Related Services).

  (38) Respite admission/discharge agreement--A written agreement between the state MR facility, the individual or LAR, and MRA, sample copies of which are available from the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Provider Services Division, State Mental Retardation Facilities Section, P.O. Box 149030, Mail Code W-511, Austin, Texas 78714-9030, that describes:

    (A) the purpose of the respite admission including the circumstances that precipitated the need for the admission and the expected outcomes from the admission;

    (B) the length of time the individual will receive respite services from the state MR facility; and

    (C) the responsibilities of each party regarding the care, treatment, and discharge of the individual.

  (39) School eligible--A term describing those individuals between the ages of three and 22 who are eligible for public education services.

  (40) Service delivery system--All facility and community-based services and supports operated or contracted for by DADS.

  (41) Services and supports--Programs and assistance for persons with mental retardation that may include a determination of mental retardation, interdisciplinary team recommendations, education, special training, supervision, care, treatment, rehabilitation, residential care, and counseling, but does not include those services or programs that have been explicitly delegated by law to other state agencies.

  (42) Significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning--Consistent with THSC, §591.003, measured intelligence on standardized general intelligence tests of two or more standard deviations (not including standard error of measurement adjustments) below the age-group mean for the tests used.

  (43) State MH facility (state mental health facility)--A state hospital.

  (44) State MR facility (state mental retardation facility)--A state school or a state center with a mental retardation residential component.

  (45) State MR facility living options instrument--A written document used to guide the discussion of living options during a planning meeting that results in a recommendation by the IDT of whether the individual should remain in the current living arrangement at the state MR facility or move to an alternative living arrangement.

  (46) THSC--Texas Health and Safety Code.

  (47) Waiver services--Home and community-based services provided through a Medicaid waiver program approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as described in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act.


Source Note: The provisions of this §2.253 adopted to be effective January 1, 2001, 25 TexReg 12746; amended to be effective March 31, 2002, 27 TexReg 2445; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 8841; amended to be effective September 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 6783; amended to be effective April 2, 2009, 34 TexReg 2154

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