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:
- The Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Part 1, Subchapter D and N
- HCS and TxHmL Rules, Section 9.177 (n) and (o) and Section 9.579 (r) and (s)
- HCS and TxHmL Billing Guidelines Section 3400 for service provider qualifications