Texas Association of Psychological Associates
Representing All Masters-Degreed Psychology Professionals in Texas
Archived News for 2009
P.O. Box 601374
Dallas, TX 75360
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4 May 2009
Mental Health Transformation In Texas
One of the primary goals of the Mental
Health Transformation effort in Texas is to make the mental health
system consumer and family focused. To assist in this effort, the
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has allocated funding to
establish a mental health consumer, family, and youth training and
technical assistance center. DSHS has contracted with Mental Health
America of Texas and their sub-contractor, the National Alliance on
Mental Illness-Texas (NAMI), to develop the center.
To ensure that the training provided through this center truly
meets the needs of consumers, family members, and youth, as well as the
professionals who support them, it is critical that we hear from them
directly regarding the types of training that would be most useful. We
also want input from providers regarding training that they believe
should be provided.
There is a link that will take you to a training needs assessment.
If you are a TAPA member and have not received this link by email,
please contact us and we will send it to you.
Another one of our tasks for the next few months is to make
recommendations to DSHS regarding development of a peer training and
certification program for Texas. Section three of the survey asks for
information that will help inform those recommendations.
You can complete the survey by clicking on the above link or you
can copy and paste it in a browser. We estimate the survey will take
about fifteen minutes to complete. If you have questions about this
survey, please call Valarie Garza at NAMI, at 512-693-2000. We would
like to have as many responses as possible by May 15th; however, we
will continue to accept responses after that.
Lynn Lasky Clark
President & CEO
Mental Health America of Texas
1210 San Antonio Street, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-454-3706, x201
6 Jul;y 2009
• Proposal of new Chapter 419, Subchapter A relating to Youth Empowerment Services (YES)
New rules in 25 TAC Chapter 419, Subchapter A concerning YES
Medicaid waiver services will be proposed for public comment in the
July 17, 2009, issue of the Texas Register. The proposed new rules are
necessary to implement the pilot program, approved by the federal
government under the waiver provisions of the federal Social Security
Act, §1915(c), which is designed to prevent or reduce
institutionalization of children and adolescents with severe emotional
disturbance (SED), enable more flexibility in providing intensive
community-based services for children and adolescents with SED, and
provide support for their families by improving access to services. The
YES Medicaid waiver program will provide services to children and
adolescents that reside in Bexar and Travis Counties.
DSHS invites you to review, and
submit via email, written comments, suggestions, or any questions on
the proposed new rules concerning YES Medicaid waiver program services
to MHSArules@dshs.state.tx.us by August 17, 2009. DSHS anticipates the adoption of the subchapter to be effective in September, 2009. Thank you in advance for your review and input.