April 12, 2021 - 9:00am

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Meeting Site:
Microsoft Teams Live

Location:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only.  There is not a physical location for this meeting.

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Closed captioning for this meeting is available.  Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function. 

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

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Review and approval of meeting minutes from February 10, 2021, meeting
  3. Therapy funding considerations
  4. Non-emergency medical transportation moving to managed care
  5. Update: Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
  6. Update: Legislative bills
  7. Discussion on Winter Storm Uri: Impact on families of children with disabilities
  8. 2021 planning
  9. Public comment
  10. Action items for staff and/or member follow-up
  11. Adjourn

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to the Policy Council for Children and Families. Members of the public who wish to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment form.

Members of the public who would like to provide written public comment to HHSC may email written public comment to Viral Khakkar no later than 5:00 p.m. April 9, 2021. Please include your name and the organization you are representing, or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Staff will not read written comments aloud during the meeting, but comments will be forwarded to State staff and Policy Council members for their consideration. Comments should not include confidential information or protected health information.

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the registration form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. April 9, 2021.  Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section during the meeting to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name, either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in comments.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Each speaker must state their name, and either the organization they are representing or that they are speaking as a private citizen. Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible PDF format. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting. Do not include confidential information or protected health information in handouts. Staff will not read handouts aloud during the meeting, but handouts will be provided to members of the Policy Council and State staff. It is not permissible for public speakers to interject or ask questions to Policy Council members during the rest of the meeting.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Viral Khakkar, Program Specialist, Office of Value-Based Initiative, Health and Human Services Commission, or at 512-380-4369.

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

People who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Khakkar at 512-380-4369 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.