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Community Centers and Schools Survey Summary

The Texas Council surveyed its member Centers regarding interactions with local school systems and regional Education Service Centers. The survey goal is to gain a better understanding of the various ways in which Centers build and sustain relationships with schools. Additionally, the survey includes questions regarding Mental Health First Aid, an evidence-based practice that legislation has made available at no cost for teachers, school personnel, and college and university staff. Survey results are summarized below.


LIDDA TCM One Pager Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have distinct, lifelong needs that require individualized supports. Picture someone you know with Autism, cerebral palsy, or a disability that affects the person’s intellectual functioning. You have probably observed times where the person was very successful in school, at a job, or at a community activity and times when the person struggled. Often, the...

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Inpatient Psychiatric Care Issue Brief 12-16-16 (Updated)

In October 2016, the Texas Council of Community Centers surveyed its members on inpatient access, capacity, and funding issues. Results are summarized in Attachment A, and demonstrate an urgent need to increase access to inpatient care, including maximum security capacity at State Hospitals, and to provide additional resources for locally-contracted community psychiatric beds.

1115 Waiver Issue Brief – Rago – Updated Aug 2016

This briefing paper has two objectives. The first is to highlight the significant role Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) play in enabling the Texas Medicaid program to realize the 1115 Waiver goals. The second is to identify key negotiating conditions critical to continuing CMHC participation in the 1115 Waiver extension.

Community Center Telemedicine and Telehealth Survey

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is preparing a biennial report for the Texas Legislature on telemedicine and telehealth services. The report will highlight provider and client experiences with these services, and address the use of telecommunication technology to identify and treat mental health conditions. As part of this effort, HHSC asked the Texas Council of Community Centers to survey its members regarding these services.

LIDDA: Targeted Case Management Issue Brief

The service delivery system for Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is slated to undergo significant changes in the coming years; most notably, Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) services and supports will be shifted from services managed by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to services managed by insurance companies (referred to as “managed care”).

1115 Waiver – Legislative Overview

Understanding the Role of Community Centers in the Executive Summary Rider 71 (82nd legislative session) directed a study of the public mental health system.

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