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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES
CHAPTER 9INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICES--MEDICAID STATE OPERATING AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES
SUBCHAPTER NTEXAS HOME LIVING (TXHML) PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE (CFC)
RULE §9.555Description of TxHmL Program Services

(a) Community support provides services and supports in an individual's home and at other community locations that are necessary to achieve outcomes identified in an individual's PDP.

  (1) Community support provides:

    (A) habilitative or support activities that:

      (i) provide or foster improvement of or facilitate an individual's ability to perform functional living skills and other activities of daily living;

      (ii) assist an individual to develop competencies in maintaining the individual's home life;

      (iii) foster improvement of or facilitate an individual's ability and opportunity to:

        (I) participate in typical community activities including activities that lead to successful employment;

        (II) access and use of services and resources available to all citizens in the individual's community;

        (III) interact with members of the community;

        (IV) access and use available non-TxHmL Program services or supports for which the individual may be eligible; and

        (V) establish or maintain relationships with people who are not paid service providers that expand or sustain the individual's natural support network;

    (B) transportation; and or

    (C) assistance in obtaining transportation.

  (2) Community support, as determined by an assessment conducted by an RN, provides assistance with medications and the performance of tasks delegated by an RN in accordance with state law and rules, unless a physician has delegated the task as a medical act under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, as documented by the physician.

  (3) Community support does not include payment for room or board.

  (4) Community support may not be provided to the individual at the same time that any of the following services are provided:

    (A) respite;

    (B) day habilitation;

    (C) employment assistance with the individual present; or

    (D) supported employment with the individual present.

(b) Day habilitation assists an individual to acquire, retain, or improve self-help, socialization, and adaptive skills necessary to live successfully in the community and participate in home and community life.

  (1) Day habilitation provides:

    (A) individualized activities consistent with achieving the outcomes identified in the individual's PDP;

    (B) activities necessary to reinforce therapeutic outcomes targeted by other waiver services, school, or other support providers;

    (C) services in a group setting other than the individual's home for normally up to five days a week, six hours per day;

    (D) personal assistance for an individual who cannot manage personal care needs during the day habilitation activity;

    (E) as determined by an assessment conducted by an RN, assistance with medications and the performance of tasks delegated by an RN in accordance with state law and rules, unless a physician has delegated the task as a medical act under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, as documented by the physician; and

    (F) transportation during the day habilitation activity necessary for the individual's participation in day habilitation activities.

  (2) Day habilitation may not be provided at the same time that any of the following services are provided:

    (A) respite;

    (B) community support;

    (C) employment assistance with the individual present;

    (D) supported employment with the individual present; or

    (E) CFC PAS/HAB.

(c) Nursing provides treatment and monitoring of health care procedures ordered or prescribed by a practitioner and as required by standards of professional practice or state law to be performed by an RN or LVN. Nursing includes:

  (1) administering medication;

  (2) monitoring an individual's use of medications;

  (3) monitoring an individual's health risks, data, and information, including ensuring that an unlicensed service provider is performing only those nursing tasks identified in a nursing assessment;

  (4) assisting an individual or LAR to secure emergency medical services for the individual;

  (5) making referrals for appropriate medical services;

  (6) performing health care procedures as ordered or prescribed by a practitioner and required by standards of professional practice or law to be performed by an RN or LVN;

  (7) delegating nursing tasks assigned to an unlicensed service provider and supervising the performance of those tasks in accordance with state law and rules;

  (8) teaching an unlicensed service provider about the specific health needs of an individual;

  (9) performing an assessment of an individual's health condition;

  (10) an RN doing the following:

    (A) performing a nursing assessment for each individual:

      (i) before an unlicensed service provider performs a nursing task for the individual unless a physician has delegated the task as a medical act under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, as documented by the physician; and

      (ii) as determined necessary by an RN, including if the individual's health needs change;

    (B) documenting information from performance of a nursing assessment;

    (C) if an individual is receiving a service through CDS, providing a copy of the documentation described in described in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph to the individual's service coordinator;

    (D) developing the nursing service portion of an individual's implementation plan required by §9.578(c)(2) of this subchapter (relating to Program Provider Certification Principles: Service Delivery), which includes developing a plan and schedule for monitoring and supervising delegated nursing tasks; and

    (E) making and documenting decisions related to the delegation of a nursing task to an unlicensed service provider;

  (11) in accordance with Texas Human Resources Code, Chapter 161:

    (A) allowing an unlicensed service provider to provide administration of medication to an individual without the delegation or oversight of an RN if:

      (i) an RN has performed a nursing assessment and, based on the results of the assessment, determined that the individual's health permits the administration of medication by an unlicensed service provider;

      (ii) the medication is:

        (I) an oral medication;

        (II) a topical medication; or

        (III) a metered dose inhaler;

      (iii) the medication is administered to the individual for a predictable or stable condition; and

      (iv) the unlicensed service provider has been:

        (I) trained by an RN or an LVN under the direction of an RN regarding the proper administration of medication; or

        (II) determined to be competent by an RN or an LVN under the direction of an RN regarding proper administration of medication, including through a demonstration of proper technique by the unlicensed service provider; and

    (B) ensuring that an RN or an LVN under the supervision of an RN reviews the administration of medication to an individual by an unlicensed service provider at least annually and after any significant change in the individual's condition.

(d) Employment assistance:

  (1) is assistance provided to an individual to help the individual locate competitive employment in the community;

  (2) consists of a service provider performing the following activities:

    (A) identifying an individual's employment preferences, job skills, and requirements for a work setting and work conditions;

    (B) locating prospective employers offering employment compatible with an individual's identified preferences, skills, and requirements;

    (C) contacting a prospective employer on behalf of an individual and negotiating the individual's employment;

    (D) transporting the individual to help the individual locate competitive employment in the community; and

    (E) participating in service planning team meetings;

  (3) is not provided to an individual with the individual present at the same time that respite, community support, day habilitation, or supported employment, or CFC PAS/HAB is provided;

  (4) does not include using Medicaid funds paid by HHSC to the program provider for incentive payments, subsidies, or unrelated vocational training expenses, such as:

    (A) paying an employer:

      (i) to encourage the employer to hire an individual; or

      (ii) for supervision, training, support, or adaptations for an individual that the employer typically makes available to other workers without disabilities filling similar positions in the business; or

    (B) paying the individual:

      (i) as an incentive to participate in employment assistance activities; or

      (ii) for expenses associated with the start-up costs or operating expenses of an individual's business; and

  (5) as determined by an assessment conducted by an RN, provides assistance with medications and the performance of tasks delegated by an RN in accordance with state law and rules, unless a physician has delegated the task as a medical act under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, as documented by the physician.

(e) Supported employment:

  (1) is assistance provided to an individual:

    (A) who, because of a disability, requires intensive, ongoing support to be self-employed, work from home, or perform in a work setting at which individuals without disabilities are employed; and

    (B) in order for the individual to sustain competitive employment;

  (2) consists of a service provider performing the following activities:

    (A) making employment adaptations, supervising, and providing training related to an individual's assessed needs;

    (B) transporting the individual to support the individual to be self-employed, work from home, or perform in a work setting; and

    (C) participating in service planning team meetings;

  (3) is not provided to an individual with the individual present at the same time that respite, community support, day habilitation, employment assistance, or CFC PAS/HAB is provided;

  (4) does not include sheltered work or other similar types of vocational services furnished in specialized facilities, or using Medicaid funds paid by HHSC to the program provider for incentive payments, subsidies, or unrelated vocational training expenses, such as:

    (A) paying an employer:

      (i) to encourage the employer to hire an individual; or

      (ii) to supervise, train, support, or make adaptations for an individual that the employer typically makes available to other workers without disabilities filling similar positions in the business; or

    (B) paying the individual:

      (i) as an incentive to participate in supported employment activities; or

      (ii) for expenses associated with the start-up costs or operating expenses of an individual's business; and

  (5) as determined by an assessment conducted by an RN, provides assistance with medications and the performance of tasks delegated by an RN in accordance with state law and rules, unless a physician has delegated the task as a medical act under Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 157, as documented by the physician.

(f) Behavioral support provides specialized interventions that assist an individual to increase adaptive behaviors to replace or modify challenging or socially unacceptable behaviors that prevent or interfere with the individual's inclusion in home and family life or community life. Behavioral support includes:

  (1) assessment and analysis of assessment findings of the behavior(s) to be targeted necessary to design an appropriate behavioral support plan;

  (2) development of an individualized behavioral support plan consistent with the outcomes identified in the individual's PDP;

  (3) training of and consultation with the LAR, family members, or other support providers and, as appropriate, with the individual in the purpose/objectives, methods and documentation of the implementation of the behavioral support plan or revisions of the plan;

  (4) monitoring and evaluation of the success of the behavioral support plan implementation; and

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