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Dear Bexar County Stakeholders,
 
We hope to gage your interest in an important waiver opportunity.
 
The Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) in partnership with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MHPI) are hosting an invitation-only, one day forum on the topic of the Home and Community-Based Services - Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) project.

Subject matter experts Dr. Erin Espinosa (TIEMH) and BJ Wagner (MHPI), long-time leaders within the criminal justice and mental health care communities will facilitate a day of meaningful conversation around the topic of Bexar County's potential future implementation of this exciting and deeply impactful program.

The goals of the forum are as follows:

  1. Bring together Bexar County community leaders and experts in the spirit of collaboration and community development

  2. Provide key stakeholders with more information about the HCBS-AMH initiative

  3. Spark constructive conversation around how Bexar County will serve the  "multiple arrests"  expansion population through project implementation

  4. Develop a concrete, high-level community plan around community resource coordination and alignment in order to facilitate the larger aim of Bexar County's successful implementation of the HCBS-AMH program.

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED FOR FORUM ATTENDANCE, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE (IN ITS ENTIRETY) AND SUBMIT THE FORUM CONSIDERATION SURVEY.
 
YOU MAY ACCESS THE SURVEY AT THIS LINK:  
https://utexas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7ZEbWF5Jy6UrtcN
 
THE SURVEY MUST BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 9, 2016 IN ORDER TO  BE CONSIDERED FOR FORUM PARTICIPATION

Overview of the HCBS-AMH Program:


The Home and Community-Based Services – Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) program provides home and community-based services to adults with serious mental illness. This initiative targets those with prolonged tenure in state mental health facilities and has also been expanded to include those individuals with multiple arrests and frequent ER visits. The program aims to work with aforementioned types of individuals to cease their high and long-term utilization of said services and facilities and provide person-specific resources to enable each program beneficiary to successfully reintegrate into his/her community.
 
Services for the HCBS-AMH program may be provided in any “home” environment, the criterion for which is a non-institutional residence. Additionally, the services that the initiative renders accessible are those that would be currently unavailable through existing community-based mental health and disability programs. The HCBS-AMH service array includes: support around assisted care and living, employment, activities of daily living, psychiatric and peer support, as well as specialized mental health interventions, among several other resources to assist program beneficiaries with successful and long-term recovery.

Aforementioned services are to be provided by a Comprehensive Service Provider, responsible for ensuring that all services are available to program participants either by providing them directly or by subcontracting with other providers in the community to make them comprehensively available. These services are coordinated by a Recovery Manager, assigned to each program participant, who will work with the participant to create and carry out an individualized recovery plan and navigate between all points of contact involved in service provision. 

If you have any questions please contact Jackie Patmore, HCBS-AMH Implementation with the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health at Patmorej@austin.utexas.edu

Thank you and we look forward to collaborating with you.
Erin and BJ

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