PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 9

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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 ProvidersInformation on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Latest statewide COVID-19 info and trends from the Texas Tribune using data from the Texas Department of State Health Services to track how many people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Texas each day. 

Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily WebinarsBe Strong Families is hosting a free series of webinars in English (12:00pm CDT) and Spanish (1:30pm CDT) 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.

2021 Prevention Calendars Now Available

Parenting Calendar 2021 Covers

This free family resource is filled with helpful tips for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. It’s available in English and Spanish, and endorsed
by The Texas Pediatric Society.

Order while supplies last! Calendars are shipped in quantities of 100 calendars per box. Shipping is free.

Order 2021 Calendars

Questions? Contact us.

2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit

The 2020 Pediatric Brain Health Summit will take place on November 5-6, 2020, is online, and free to attend. The summit focuses on building stronger connections between pediatric providers and community-based organizations that provide support and services for families.

Visit the Summit's website to get more information and make sure to register for both days of the Summit!

Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee Seeks Qualified Applicants

The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee is currently seeking applications for committee member positions.

The application period will close 11:59 p.m., January 15, 2021.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee page on the DSHS website.

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. It’s the role of the home visiting supervisor to equip, support, and partner with home visitors to address these issues within the bounds of their role in a home visiting program. 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®.

Achieve OnDemand: Building Engaging and Collaborative Relationships with Families

As a home visitor, building strong relationships that support each member of the family’s growth and development is essential to your job. Whether establishing a relationship between parent and child or home visitor and parent, the principles and best practices are the same. By establishing a long-term relationship with families, you can model ways to interact that parents can adopt with their children. This course offers practical ways you can relate to parents that will motivate them to stay engaged with you.

This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 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.

To take these courses: Type or paste the course names above into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub:

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

For questions, contact

The Essentials of Home Visiting

Essentials Home Visiting

Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting portal to register for and attend webinars at a cost of $25.00 per webinar session. 

Reflective Supervision

Date: Wed, Nov 4, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Register by Tue, Nov 3, 2020, 12:00 PM CST

The reflective supervision model offers supervisors and staff an opportunity to engage in a collaborative process that involves shared power, clear mutual expectations, and free-flowing communication. This webinar examines the reflective supervision model as a process between the supervisor and staff member that differs from administrative supervision. Administrative supervision is about “the work you do,” and reflective supervision is about “what the work is doing to you.” As a result of this webinar, you will more prepared and confident when participating in reflective supervision with your staff.

This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors and Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors self-paced courses.

Home Visiting Safety

Date: Thu, Nov 12, 2020,
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CST
Register by Wed, Nov 11, 2020, 10:00 AM CST

What measures should you take to ensure your personal safety in your work with families? This webinar explores the importance of home visitor safety, how to identify safety risk factors, and appropriate actions to take based on various risk factors.

This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Funding Opportunities: PEI Request for Applications

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

All requests, questions or other communication about this RFA shall be made in writing to: 

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

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.