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Current law authorizes a person that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities to contract with a state supported living center (SSLC) in order for the SSLC to provide services and resources to support those individuals. SSLCs can also provide nonresidential services to support an if the individual: is receiving services in a program funded by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS); meets eligibility criteria for the intermediate care facility for persons with intellectual disabilities program; and resides in the area in which the SSLC is located; and the provision of services to the individual does not interfere with the provision of services to a resident of the SSLC.
The bill would amend Chapter 161 of the Human Resources Code by requiring the executive commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) by rule to establish:
In order to create a schedule of fees, the bill would require DADS to:
The bill would authorize a SSLC, based on negotiations between the SSLC and a managed care organization (MCO), to charge a fee for a service other than the fee provided by DADS’ schedule of fees.
The purpose of the legislation is to grant rulemaking authority to the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to establish a schedule of support services and applicable fees for those services. Although the rulemaking authority would expand the administrative duties for HHSC and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), it would not expand the scope of government. We remain neutral on HB 1260 since the bill neither abridges nor advances our liberty principles.