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COVID-19 Update to Temporary Change to HCS and TxHmL Policy for Service Providers of Respite and CFC PAS/HAB

Last updated on 11/22/2021

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has lifted the ban on service providers of respite and Community First Choice personal assistance and habilitation services (CFC PAS/HAB) from living in the same home as the person receiving Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) program services.

This gives access to needed services for people living in their own or family’s home. A person’s spouse or a minor child’s parent still cannot be a paid service provider of these services due to guidelines found in the HCS, TxHmL, and CFC handbooks located under Long-term Care Waiver Programs.

This is a temporary policy change. It is effective March 27, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

Program providers must complete the required background checks for all service providers. They must follow:

Email HCS Program Policy or TxHmL Program Policy with questions.