PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 24

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 24

Extreme Weather Update

Roughly 4.4 million Texans were affected by last week's power outages, and virtually all Texas residents are dealing with the impact of extreme cold. offers some handy information about how to remain safe after a power outage.

  • As nearly half of Texas is experiencing water disruptions, local organizations are providing filtered water. Check out this list of resources for where to find water in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth and the Rio Grande Valley.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. Consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately for a new supply.
  • Continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, such as washing your hands often and cleaning commonly touched surfaces.
  • Engage virtually with your community through video and phone calls. Know that it’s normal to feel anxious or stressed. Take care of your body and talk to someone if you are feeling upset.
  • Report damage to the Texas Department of Emergency Management: Texas will receive federal disaster assistance based on information the feds receive about our damage and loss. Report damage on and to your insurance agency.

If you or others are in need of assistance please call 2-1-1. 

This disaster, much like the COVID-19 pandemic, has impacted every Texan; a scenario that is starting to feel all too normal. Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors.

Your PEI family hopes you are staying warm and safe.

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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. In this issue:

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Coronavirus Resources

COVID vaccine supply remains limited in Texas. Good news: supplies are going up each month. While the vaccine will help us to fight the spread of COVID, it's still vital to mask up and follow safety procedures. Visit the DSHS website for information about the vaccine that you can share with your community

Even after you get a dose of the vaccine, continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and regular handwashing to slow the spread. 

Coronavirus Resources for PEI ProvidersInformation on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

Tell us how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting you.We want to hear your stories about how the ongoing pandemic is affecting you and your life.

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RESCHEDULED: Funds Maximization Training

Due to the impact of last weeks' events, PEI's Funds Maximization training event is being rescheduled to March 10th.

If you have already registered for this event, you don't have to do anything; you'll be automatically enrolled and will all get an updated email with revised dates/times.

If you haven't yet registered, PEI will send out a separate update with registration links for you soon. 

About this Training

Funds Maximization is vital and essential to serve Texas families well and for the success of our partnership. Join PEI’s Contracting and Program Teams to gain a better understanding of PEI’s overall Funds Maximization efforts. 

As a PEI grantee, managing your program’s budget is a priority in our ongoing efforts to maximize PEI dollars in each community.

This webinar will provide practical tips, tools, and ideas grantees can use when considering funds maximization work. Also, this webinar will help you understand the process PEI uses to review and evaluate budgeted line items and transfer requests. Together we can achieve more!

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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.

Achieve OnDemand: Home Visiting Boundaries (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, March 3rd
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST
Register by Tuesday, March 2nd, 12:00 P.M. CST

As a home visitor, how does setting and maintaining boundaries with the families you support enhance your work with them? In this webinar we will discuss various situations that call for establishing boundaries, strategies for establishing supportive boundaries with families, and the role of reflective supervision in setting and maintaining boundaries. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

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Additional Training Opportunities

Creating a Data-driven, Problem-Solving Approach to Family Engagement Through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Date: Wednesday, February 24th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST

Every family is unique, and yet family engagement is often approached with a one-size-fits-all approach. A Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) offers an alternative, data-driven, and problem-solving approach to family engagement by helping teachers and administrators adapt to the contexts, needs, and preferences of every family in the school so that all families are engaged in their children's education.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to use a new tool, developed by two experts in the field, to plan for multi-tiered systems of support for family engagement in their school or district.

SAVE THE DATE: 2021 Texas Brain Injury Conference and Webinar Series

In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, the Texas Brain Injury Programs at the Health and Human Services Commission will offer a FREE virtual 2021 Texas Brain Conference and Webinar Series. The theme is "Bridging Silos: Connecting Systems of Care with a Person-Centered Approach." Click on the respective link to register for each session.

Each Wednesday in March from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central time, the Texas Brain Injury Webinar Series will feature the following topics:

In addition, the Texas Brain Injury Conference will feature brain injury-related topics:

State and national experts share will information on brain injury, person-centered planning and bridging silos for attendees. All activities will be free and open to the public. Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for these events.

If you need an accommodation or additional information, please contact the Office of Acquired Brain Injury at

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Black History Month

Explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture 

In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum invites everyone to engage with digital resources to preserve, digitize and share African American family history. Visit the Museum's digital portal to learn more and participate in activities and events. 

Parenting in Racial and Culturally Diverse Adoptive Families 

The Child Welfare Information Gateway is promoting Parenting in Racially and Culturally Diverse Adoptive Families, a recently updated factsheet for families with tips and information on helping children build resilience and deal with identity issues as well as strategies for children and families if they encounter racism. Read and share it with families and colleagues today.

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Podcast: A Therapist on Racial Grief

As we enter 2021, most of us are beyond exhausted, wondering how much longer this pandemic will go on, what the post-pandemic normal will look like, and what help we can count on. In many ways, these awful circumstances serve as a reminder of just what a moral pivot point the Black American experience has been and continues to be.

Join Dr. Chase Anderson, fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco, to discuss the limits of how helpful our professional identities can be while experiencing racial grief at this time.

Listen Now


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