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

Last updated on 4/29/2022

In March 2020, HHSC implemented a temporary policy change for respite and Community First Choice PAS/HAB. This change allows service providers of respite and CFC PAS/HAB to live in the same home as the person receiving Home and Community-based Services or Texas Home Living program services.

This change has given access to needed services for people living in their own or family’s home. A person’s spouse, child or teenager’s parent still cannot be a paid service provider of these services due to guidelines in 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 May 31, 2022, unless the COVID public health emergency ends sooner. HHSC will provide guidance if anything changes. Refer to IL 2022-28.

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