PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 5

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 5

Welcome to PEI Provider News! Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines provider resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities and grant information.

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Guidance from DSHS and the Governor is available online for all Texans as we respond to the pandemic. Information changes weekly; it's a good idea to bookmark this page for the most up-to-date, accurate information on current response efforts. 

Help and Hope COVID-19 resource page: Visit to find updated resources for providers and the general public.

Coronavirus Resources for PEI Providers: Information on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Be Strong Families is hosting a series of webinars in English (12:00 P.M.) and Spanish (1:30 P.M.) daily. Check out their website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience, and candid experiences of COVID-19. 

Don't Wait! Get Your Flu Shot Today

Flu Season is here. The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. Bookmark and share these flu-related resources:

Early flu immunization will help protect Texas from COVID-19

With cold and flu season beginning and COVID-19 still spreading in Texas, now is a perfect time to get a flu shot. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) encourages everyone to protect themselves, their families and their communities against respiratory illness throughout the flu season by getting immunized as soon as possible.

While the flu shot won’t prevent COVID-19, it will slow the circulation of flu in Texas and keep people out of the hospital, conserving medical resources needed to care for COVID-19 patients.

Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner stated: “We want as few people as possible to get sick this fall and winter; that protects our health care professionals and health care system, which is key to defeating both COVID-19 and the flu. In addition, the same precautions Texans are already taking against COVID-19 – wearing masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene – will help slow the spread of influenza.

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Register for the Partners in Prevention Conference

Registration is live for the 20th Annual Partners in Prevention (PIP) Conference and the PEI Grantee Meeting. Grantees should register for both events.

PIP Conference 

  • October 21-22 (all-day).
  • Each contract should have already received a complimentary registration PIP discount code that can be used for up to four free registrations per contract. Any registrations beyond that will cost $75 per registration.

Register for the PIP Conference

PIP Grantee Meeting (formerly known as Pre-Conference day)

  • October 27, from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and
    October 28, from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
  • When registering, please select the Grantee/Subgrantee registration type,
  • If you’d like to register more individuals for the Grantee Meeting please email to request an exception.

Register for the PEI Grantee Meeting

This year we’re partnering with the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services to co-present two sessions during our overlapping conferences: 

  • 21st Century Child Welfare
  • Making Ethical Decisions Involving Race in Policy and Practice

Visit our PIP Conference Session page for more details.

National Bullying Prevention Month


October is National Bullying Prevention month. Today, Monday, October 5th, kicks it off with World Day of Bullying Prevention, encouraging everyone to wear blue in solidarity together against bullying.

Below are some helpful resources about bullying and how to prevent it:

Learn the Signs, Act Early Campaign

Learn the Signs. Act Early is a nationwide campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve early identification of developmental delays and disabilities. To help accomplish this, the CDC has created free resources and materials available for download from the CDC’s Act Early website here.

Healthier Texas Summit

The Healthier Texas Summit Series is offering webinar sessions through October 29th in collaboration with IT’S TIME TEXAS and the University of Texas to help the health of all Texans and Texans working to transform health. Continuing education credits are also available for some sessions.

2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit

The 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit, which is online and free to attend, is part of the Texas Pediatric Brain Health Initiative, a multi-sector, multi-agency collaboration focused on the prenatal to three-year-old developmental window. The purpose of the summit is to focus on building stronger connections between pediatric providers and community-based organizations that provide support and services for families.

Topics include:

  • Policies and practices that help support families and mitigate adversity
  • Why screen for social determinants of health, adverse childhood experiences, and postnatal depression in the pediatric setting
  • Creating connections between community organizations and medical practice
  • Big and little things that can be done in the pediatric practice to support families

The 2020 Summit is a collaboration between the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Episcopal Health Foundation, the St. David’s Foundation, The University of Texas System, and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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Achieve OnDemand: The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors

Home visitors frequently encounter the effects of trauma in their work with individuals in a family and in the communities in which they work. This course will further your understanding of the impact of trauma on family and community systems as encountered by home visitors. It also provides strategies for you as a supervisor to support a home visitor in addressing trauma while promoting practices of reflection and self-care.

Note: This training can earn you in-service credits towards Endorsement® from your state’s Infant Mental Health Association if your state is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health®. You can find contacts for state IMH Associations where you may reside at the Alliance's membership page. For more information about the Competency Guidelines®, categories, and Endorsements® at the Alliance's endorsement and licensing page. While completion of these courses will count toward an Endorsement® application or renewal, they may not fully satisfy a knowledge/skill area.

Keeping Kids Safe on the Way to School and After

As most children are getting ready to return to school, we want to bring awareness of child pedestrian safety issues, the current research regarding emerging issues and ways to enforce safety measures.

Topics include:

  • Current statistics and risk factors regarding child pedestrian fatalities and serious incidents
  • Child pedestrian safety curriculum
  • Programs and initiatives surrounding child pedestrian safety
  • Safety in school zones
  • Ideas to help prevent pedestrian accidents
  • Appropriate caregiver/babysitter selection

To take these courses: 

Type or paste the course names above into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub.

  • Click on the course and select “request”
  • On your transcript select “launch” to begin
  • When the video is complete, go to "completed" courses in your transcript
  • Select "evaluate" to provide feedback

For questions, contact

Achieve OnDemand is now The Essentials of Home Visiting

Achieve OnDemand is changing its name to The Essentials of Home Visiting. Beginning October 7, please use this link for any webinars from Start EarlyTM, formerly The Ounce/Achieve OnDemand.

Register for and attend webinars in the Essentials of Home Visiting portal at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session.

Implementing Tools to Enhance Home Visiting (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, October 13th
Time: 12:00 P.M. (CST)
Registration Link (Register by Monday, October 12, before noon)

As a supervisor, there are many tools that you can leverage to operate your home visiting programs, enhance the quality of services delivered to children and families, and improve outcomes for those served by your program. However, it can be difficult to identify and implement these tools while still focusing on your day-to-day operational tasks. In this webinar we will explore how a supervisor can collect and use data to assess and improve the quality of their home visiting program build a mosaic of data in an assessment framework. This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

This learning experience qualifies for 0.1 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Full completion and/or attendance of the learning experience, a passing score on any post-test(s), and completion of the end of course evaluation are required to be awarded IACET CEUs.

First3Years October Webinar Series

Helping Children With Autism Thrive

Note: This webinar is offered twice. Please select the registration link of the date you wish to attend:

DATE: Tuesday, October 13th 
Time: 12:00 P.M. (CST)
Registration Link

DATE: Thursday, October 15th 
Time: 10:00 A.M. (CST)
Registration Link

With one in 68 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it's common for teachers and other professionals to encounter these kids as part of their daily activities. When caring for or working with a child with Autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become frustrated with the child's behavior, however, navigating these challenges is easier with some insight.

30th Annual IUN Forum on Child Abuse & Neglect

The 2020 Indiana University Northwest Forum on Child Abuse & Neglect has gone virtual. Running through October 30th, the forum offers a variety of events of interest to advocates for children and families. Download the IUN Forum Flyer, or review a list of forum dates, speakers, and topics below:

Call for Workshop Proposals for the 13th Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference

Honoring 30 Years of Wisdom - Leadership, Advocacy and Empowerment

SAVE THE DATE: February 24-26, 2021
PROPOSALS DUE: October 16, 2020 

The virtual Texas School Social Workers Conference is designed to offer school-based service providers a wide array of effective techniques and programs to enhance their work, as they meet the challenges found in today’s school settings. Virtual conference participants such as social workers, other human service professionals, as well as students and faculty members, from Texas and beyond, will gain new strategies and tools to empower children, parents, and school personnel. 

  • Conference fees will be reduced and will be available by 10/31.
  • Conference presenters will receive discounts on registration fees.
  • Submit Zoom-based Workshop Proposals by October 16, 2020 here.  

For updates and more information visit:

Requests for Applications and Proposals

Request for Proposal

The Episcopal Health Foundation has published a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a consultant to conduct a portfolio review of EHF grant and research investments around early childhood brain development (ECBD) to date, and to make recommendations for EHF to maximize strategic investment opportunities to drive continued ECBD advancements in Texas. The deadline for the RFP is close of business, Monday, October 12.

Requests for Application

The Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division seeks applications to develop and implement:

Contact Information

All requests, questions or other communication about this RFA shall be made in writing to the Sole Point of Contact addressed to the person listed below. All communications between Applicants and DFPS staff members concerning the RFA are strictly prohibited, unless noted elsewhere in this RFA. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in disqualification of Applicant's Grant Application. 

Jennifer Kim, CTCD, CTCM
Health and Human Services Commission 1100 West 49th Street; Mail Code 2020 Building S Austin, TX 78756

PEIRS Application Cybersecurity Training

All users of the PEIRS application are required to complete the DFPS-approved cybersecurity training each year. 

If you access PEIRS and have not already completed this requirement, please visit the DFPS Cybersecurity Training Page below:

DFPS Cybersecurity Training Page