December 8, 2020 - 9:00am

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Microsoft Office Teams Live

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted online only using Microsoft Teams.

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There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Call to order, welcome and opening remarks
  2. Approval of the October 6,
  3. Update on implementation of the Medicaid Autism Services benefit – Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
  4. Update on incorporating autism-specific roles and responsibilities into other HHSC advisory committees
  5. Updates regarding vocational and employment benefits for adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  6. Public comment
  7. Council review of action items
  8. Adjourn

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to autism spectrum disorder. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment Form here. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to HHSC by emailing Debbie.bridge@hhs.texas.gov, no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, December 4, 2020. Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Council. 

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form. Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you. Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2020. Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment. The request must contain your name, either the name of the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes. Speakers must state their name and on whose behalf they are speaking. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by HHS staff to Council members, State staff, and the public. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to Debbie.bridge@hhs.texas.gov immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of HHSC.

Contact:  Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Debbie Bridge, Children’s Autism Program Policy Coordinator, at Debbie.bridge@hhs.texas.gov.

This meeting is open to the public. No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Bridge at Debbie.bridge@hhs.texas.gov at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.