2021 FFY RMTS Training Dates

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Upcoming Training Sessions for 2021 FFY RMTS Training Webinars Onward would like to remind all Texas ISDs participating in the MAC and/or SHARS programs that annual RMTS training is mandatory in order to participate for the 2021 FFY.  Training sessions are conducted by the Texas HHSC. Please remember, once an … Read More

Provider Relief Fund – Application Deadline Notification

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As part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial relief to healthcare providers impacted by COVID-19, today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to Medicaid, Medicaid managed care, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and dental providers. … Read More

TEA is Offering Free Learning Management System

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TEA Will Offer Free Learning Management System to Texas Schools for Two Years to Help Bolster Remote and Classroom Instruction — This new offering will save school systems up to $40M, and reduce total taxpayer cost up to $22M AUSTIN, Texas – July 30, 2020 – The Texas Education Agency … Read More

SHARS Telehealth Services Extended

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On July 30, 2020, HHSC announced that telehealth flexibilities have been extended through October 23, 2020 unless the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services ends the public health emergency earlier. If the public health emergency ends earlier, HHSC will provide additional information. Therefore, some SHARS services may be delivered … Read More

July 2020 TEA Special Education Updates and Links

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Reminders and Updates from TEA During the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, LEAs must make reasonable efforts to provide the student with the services required by the student’s IEP. If there are services, accommodations, and modifications required by the student’s IEP that cannot be provided during this time, the student’s ARD committee … Read More

TEA Issues 20-21 Safe Return Guidelines for Texas Schools

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TEA Issues Comprehensive Guidelines for a Safe Return to On-Campus Instruction for the 2020-21 School Year Agency to Ensure Remote Instruction is Available to All Who Need It or Request It AUSTIN, Texas – July 7, 2020 – TEA announced comprehensive guidelines for students to return to school, prioritizing their … Read More

SY2019-2020 Bus Accident Report Survey

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TEA Request for Information The TEA has created a web-based survey to use in reporting bus accident information. The survey will be open through August 31. The survey, as well as a PDF that allows you to preview the survey questions, is available on the TEA Bus Accident Reporting System web … Read More

SHARS Telehealth Services: IEP and Parental Consents

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SHARS Services Provided Through Telemedicine or Telehealth If a school that participates in SHARS provides instruction to a Medicaid-eligible student, the school may seek Medicaid reimbursement for SHARS services delivered through telemedicine or telehealth, assuming all other SHARS program requirements are met.  HHSC will allow reimbursement for the following SHARS … Read More

Planning for the Oct-Dec ’20 RMTS Participant List

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Upcoming O-D ’20 RMTS Participant List The team at Onward is excited about the 2020-2021 school year and we are ready to start planning.  Districts participating in the school-based Medicaid programs must submit a Participant List (PL) each quarter to stay active in the SHARS and/or MAC programs. The RMTS … Read More

The Top 8 Findings During TEA SHARS Audits.

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Significant Findings in 2019-2020 TEA SHARS Audits TEA conducted on-site and desk reviews during the 2019-2020 school year.  Some common areas for growth are listed below: 1. Though not required, written district SHARS procedures  support an effective program. 2. Third Party Liability (TPL) should be understood by staff responsible for … Read More