Full course description
Pre-Recorded Webinar: People who receive Medicaid HCBS have the right to live in the most integrated setting and have full access to community living. This training will provide an overview on the relationship between TWS-VRS and Home & Community Based Service Waivers (HCBS waivers). Training will be presented by Sara Kendall, Program Specialist for Texas VR. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of an ESPs role when working with a VR Customer who also receives services through an HCBS waiver, who to contact for ongoing assistance and materials for independent, more in-depth research into HCBS waivers.
Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Understand the sequencing of services between Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) Home and Community Based Services Waivers (HCBS waivers) and Texas-Workforce Solution-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).
2. Be familiar with the employment services offered through HCBS waivers.
3. Understand the impact of earned income on HCBS waiver services.
4. Identify HCBS staff who will be helpful to you and the customer at Benchmark Five or C.
Presenter: Sara Kendall (TWC-VR)
Sara is a Program Specialist for Benefits & Liaison to Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS), Texas Workforce Commission, Rehabilitation Services Division. She created and implemented a Benefits Subject Matter Resource Staff program which has provided intensive training on Social Security Administration’s benefits programs to over 200 TWS-VRS staff. She is an SSA certified Community Partner Work Incentives Counselor. Sara is the co-project manager on DADS’ Money Follows the Person Customized Employment grant and acts as the VRS liaison to DADS. Prior to working for Texas Sara served as the Manager for Oregon’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Before moving to Oregon, Sara was the Program Manager for Vocational/Habilitation Services for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She worked for over a decade as a private provider of vocational services for people with disabilities in the roles of employment specialist, program manager and administrator.