PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 12

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 12

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

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Coronavirus Resources

The Centers for Disease Control have published two new resources for holiday safety and coping during the pandemic: 

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.

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Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Coverage Ends December 15

Open enrollment for people eligible for marketplace insurance plans runs through Dec. 15. 

To apply for or re-enroll in Marketplace coverage, visit or call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users can call 1-855-889-4325.

The Stop TX Eviction portal is an online tool for anyone having trouble paying their rent in Texas. This interactive tool helps people understand their legal rights, the typical eviction process, and what steps they should take to protect themselves. All of the information and resources provided throughout the site and tool are free. The service is available in English and Spanish.

TEA Job Alert: Deputy Director

The Texas Education Association seeks applicants for the position of The Inter-Agency Deputy Director for Early Childhood Support.

The Inter-Agency Deputy Director for Early Childhood (EC) Support works for and closely with EC leadership at Texas Education Agency, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to coordinate operations among all four agencies.

Work involves coordinating the collaboration among these four and other state agencies to establish strategic plans, goals and objectives; develop policies; review guidelines, procedures, rules, and regulations; establish priorities, standards, and measurement tools for determining progress in meeting goals; and coordinate and evaluate early childhood program activities.

This position performs advanced managerial work providing direction and guidance in the implementation of statewide early childhood programs and initiatives including strategic operations and planning for families with children aged birth – 7.

This role will work under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Apply Today

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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 for free and in quantities of 100 calendars per box. Questions? Contact us.

Order 2021 Calendars

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Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

Dec 8: Real-Time Data -Tracking Enrollments Using PEIRS Reports

Whether you’re new to PEIRS or an experienced user, learn how PEIRS reports can support your work. We will explore how to access and download PEIRS reports and demonstrate how to track enrollments using specific reports. 

Be Strong Families Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance

Did you attend the Parent Café Training in May-July 2020? Be Strong Families is hosting a series of Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance webinars for providers who participated in the PCTI trainings. Providers recently Certified as Parent Café hosts are strongly encouraged to attend. Register for one or all the webinars below:

Webinar #2 - Taking the Conversation Deeper
Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M.

The success of the Parent Café depends on Room Host’s ability to take the conversation deeper while maintaining a safe environment. Learn some ways to accomplish this.

Webinar #3 - Creating Compelling Themes
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Join your fellow Café Hosts in developing themes that engage parents in conversations that matter! Learn how to match the Protective Factors to themes that will get parent's attention.

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.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Register by Wednesday, December 2nd at 2:30 P.M. CST

As a home visitor, how can you help families understand child growth, child development, and how parenting techniques may impact their child's development? This webinar focuses on risk factors, family patterns, and cultural beliefs related to domestic violence.

Note: This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Understanding Substance Abuse through the Family Lens (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, December 8th
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 A.M. CST
Register by Monday, Dec 7th at 10:00 AM CST

As a home visitor, how do you intentionally respond to situations where substance abuse is present in the families you support? This webinar discusses ways to recognize a family's values and strengths which can help guide you approach when working with a family impacted by substance abuse. We will also explore how substance abuse affects family dynamics.

Note: This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course. 

Webinar: Prevention in Infants and Children During the Holidays

Date: Thursday, December 3rd
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CST

The HHSC Office of Disability Prevention for Children and Safe Kids Austin present a webinar on preventing injuries in infants and children during the holidays. While the holidays are a time for joy and celebration for many, injuries and deaths due to toys, decorations, and other causes are all too frequent. Presenters will address these issues, as well as practical tips and resources aimed at promoting infant and child safety. 

This webinar is intended for parents and providers who work with families and others caring for infants and children throughout the state.

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Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse (Self-Paced Course

Substance abuse and addiction are prevalent, often reoccurring issues in home visiting. Addiction can interrupt a parent's personal growth and interfere with their ability to fully engage with their child. This course will strengthen both new and experienced home visitors’ knowledge and ability to recognize signs of substance use and explore ways to address concerns with a parent in the context of their role as home visitor. Topics include the impact of substance use on family systems, parenting, child development, and safety issues encountered in home visiting.

Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

CQI PEIRS Refresher 1

The first half of this training takes you through the steps needed to correctly enter in Depression Screenings and Referrals data into PEIRS and the second half provides a CQI refresher for those of you that would like to brush up on the basic tenants of continuous quality improvement and the plan-do-study-act cycle.

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

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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.