HHSC Time Study Certification Reminder
On April 12, 2021 HHSC released an email reminding all school districts participating in SHARS and MAC that annual RMTS training is mandatory for at least two district employees designated by the entity as a RMTS Contact. If your district is contracted with a cooperative, SSA or third-party vendor, the district’s RMTS Contact(s) is still required to complete annual training. The RMTS Contact is responsible for ensuring the district complies with all RMTS requirements and serves as a communicator between HHSC and their district participants. As your vendor, ONWARD and your district’s SHARS Account Manager can serve as a secondary contact, it is imperative your school district have at least two district employees certified each year.
As a Primary RMTS Contact, the role is to be the overseer of Random Moment Time Study as it relates to their district. The role includes making sure themselves, secondary RMTS Contacts and participants are annually trained, assign secondary RMTS Contact roles, ensures the participant list is certified, communicates to other RMTS Contacts and district participants of any new information provided by HHSC.
For FFY 2022, a Primary RMTS Contact will now be required to take annual training every FFY. A Primary RMTS Contact will have until the end of the 1st quarter RMTS training period to complete their annual training (May 2021 – August 2021). Early FFY 2022 RMTS training begins in May 2021. A Secondary RMTS Contact will be required to complete annual training before the end of the FFY training period (May 2021 – February 2022). If your district has multiple secondary RMTS Contacts, you can select one person who will be responsible for completing the annual training to complete the required 2 district employees. Please see the FFY 2022 RMTS ISD training schedule for specific training dates. Also remember, a Primary RMTS Contact is still required to complete annual FFY RMTS training.
It is crucial ISD’s understand that compliance with the RMTS annual training is required and mandatory. Failure to comply with this requirement can affect your district’s ability to certify the participant list.
If you have any questions, you may contact your ONWARD SHARS Account Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the Texas Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC) Time Study Unit at TimeStudy@hhsc.state.tx.us.