HHSC has extended the lifted ban on service providers of respite and Community First Choice (CFC) Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation (PAS/HAB) from living in the same home as the person receiving Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living program services.
This gives access to needed services for people living in their own or family’s home.
Due to the guidelines, a person’s spouse or a minor child’s parent still cannot be a paid service provider of the following services:
- HCS Billing Guidelines (PDF), 4691.7(1), 4660(1)
- TxHmL Billing Guidelines (PDF) Section 4660(1), 4691.8(1)
- CFC Billing Guidelines (PDF) Section 3700(a)(1)
This is a temporary policy change.
It is effective March 27, 2020 and is extended through July 31, 2021 unless the federal public health emergency ends sooner.
HHSC will provide updates if there are changes.
Program providers must complete the required background checks for all service providers.
They must follow:
- The Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 1, Subchapter D and N
- HCS and TxHmL Rules, Section 9.177 (n) and (o), and Sections 9.579 (r) and (s)
- HCS and TxHmL Billing Guidelines (PDF) Section 3400 for service provider qualifications