PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 34

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Volume 7, Issue 35

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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May is Water Safety, Mental Health Month

Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for kids under the age of five and toddlers are especially at risk. Drowning can happen in almost any amount of water, indoors or outdoors. Thirteen children have drowned in Texas so far in 2021. Help prevent these tragedies in your community by educating yourselves, youth and families in your area during Water Safety Month. 

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Mental health is important all year round, but the month of May focuses on this topic to raise awareness and reduce mental health stigma. We encourage you to promote mental health awareness and resources with your networks. 

This toolkit includes:

  • Daily messages to use in promoting mental health awareness;
  • Mental health resources; and
  • Sample mental health imagery to share and post.
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PEI Community Awards Nominations

PEI Awards

Each year, the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division recognizes people across Texas who go the extra mile to serve their communities. We're looking for those people and organizations that have created solutions to problems, made positive, lasting changes for the community they live in, and brought people together with their resilience, care, and kindness. 

Nominate your youth, parent, and professional champions!

For rules, categories, nomination form, and more info:

Award Nomination Form

Last day to nominate is Friday, May 14th.

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Training Tuesdays

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Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

Selecting a Caregiver

Date: May 11th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT

Every year, children die and/or are abused/neglected in the care of a child care provider. These situations include children in the care of illegal daycare operations that were unknown to DFPS. Join us to learn about:

  • Different types of child care settings
  • Using the DFPS website for finding child care and information about caregivers/centers and tips for a successful child care search
  • Illegal operations
  • How to maintain safety of children in child care
  • Seeking help with child care for friends, family members, and baby-sitters
  • Interview questions to ask a potential caregiver
  • Protective factors to consider for potential caregivers

FY22 Annual Refresh: Budget Planning and Program Alignment

Fiscal Year 2022 is around the corner! Join PEI to hear about trends and specific details on PEI’s refresh process for FY22. This webinar will provide guidance, ideas and helpful tips to better prepare for the upcoming fiscal year. PEI will detail the entire process and provide expectations, associated deadlines and required forms needed.  In addition, examples will be provided on how to develop your Project Work Plan to ensure it aligns with your budget and supports contract performance.

Please attend the webinar specific to your grant.

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Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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To take these courses: Type or paste the course names below 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

Achieve OnDemand: The Impact of Trauma in Supervising Home Visitors (Self-Paced Course)

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.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting - Now Free for Grantees

PEI Grantees now have access to the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars free of cost. Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal to view the schedule and register for upcoming webinars. Questions? Contact the Support Team by email or call (312) 481-8859.

Implementing Tools to Enhance Home Visiting (Webinar)

Date: May 11th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: May 10th at 10:00 A.M. CDT

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. Note: This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Maintaining Boundaries in Home Visiting for Supervisors (Webinar)

Date: May 18th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: May 17th at 10:00 A.M. CDT

As a supervisor, how can you help home visitors set and maintain boundaries with the families they serve? The discussion will cover self-awareness, challenges home visitors face, and how to support staff. Note: This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Free Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

Be Strong Families hosts a series of webinars in English (12:00 P.M. CDT) and Spanish (1:30 P.M. 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. 

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Additional Webinars

Strengthening Families Webinar: What You Need to Know About the 2021 Expanded Child Tax Credit

Date: May 13th
Time: 2:00 P.M - 3:00 P.M. CDT

Join the webinar on Thursday, May 13, 2021, to learn about the benefits and steps to ensure that this expanded benefit reaches the children who need it most, including children in Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and immigrant communities, and is made permanent. Learn more and register here.

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Goodwill Central Texas Fatherhood Works Program


Goodwill Central Texas' Fatherhood Works program is designed to give fathers/father figures the tools they need for responsible parenting, healthy relationships, and career advancement — with the ultimate goal of improving their economic stability and overall well-being. The program includes parenting workshops, training and internship opportunities, financial support services and more. The program is open to fathers and father figures ages 18 and up in Williamson, Hays, Travis and Bastrop counties. Income restrictions apply. For more information visit the Goodwill Central Texas website

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PEIRS News and Information

PEIRS Cybersecurity Training

Whether you're new to PEIRS or it's been a year, don't forget your Cybersecurity Training

Grantees must certify annually that all staff with access to PEIRS have completed this training requirement.

For more information, visit the link below.

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PEIRS Application Updates

The following are updates to the PEIRS system. If you see any bugs in PEIRS that need squashing, please contact

  • Documents: Provider Fixers are now able to add new documents to PEIRS.
  • Documents:  Provider Fixers can download and view all documents that are categorized as “PEI-Approved Forms”, “Outcomes Report”, “Quarterly Report”, “Annual Report”, and “Plan of Operation”.
  • Enrollment Person Detail Page: PEIRS users can now use the “Find Person” button for PCG and SCG if information is not already entered. PEIRS users can now use the “Find Person” button when adding an additional Index Child/Youth to an enrollment.
  • Enrollment Person Detail Page: In order to allow PEIRS users to appropriately update addresses, the “Find Person” button no longer copies a source/previously entered address.  If the “Use one address for enrollment” checkbox is unchecked, PEIRS users will have to manually enter the address after “Find Person” is used.
  • Report 1 – Enrollments and Index Children/Youth Served: Fixed an issue on the Details list where Index Children/Youth displayed as duplicates when part of a sibling group. Additionally, the count of Index Children/Youth on the details list now matches the count in the Summary row.
  • Report 10 – Home Visit Key Data: Fixed an issue where some Home Visit Surveys did not display as “Completed” or “Assessed” count in “completed” row.
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COVID and Texas

DSHS Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. As Texas opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services offers the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. Read more on this this and all state health updates at DSHS News Releases.

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

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