PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 37

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Volume 7, Issue 37

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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Save the Date: PIP 2021

PIP 2021 Save The Date

The 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference will take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 2-4, 2021. Our hybrid conference is still evolving to align with social distancing and the safety of all presenters and conference goers.

Our 2021 theme is Forging Forward Together: Nurturing Communities and Families.

We seek to recognize the challenges of the past year and the power of coming together, carving out paths towards a future that supports prevention and early intervention professionals and the communities they support and partner with.

Feel free to share this message with others. Start the conversation on your social media accounts! #pipcon2021

For questions, please contact

Your feedback is needed!

Partners in Prevention is planning a hybrid-model conference at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, with select conference sessions available virtually. Please help us get an idea of your preferred method of attending this year's conference by answering one question below. Thank you!


Take Our 1-Question Survey


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Social Media Toolkits for Mental Health and Water Safety Month

May is Mental Health Month. We encourage you to promote mental health awareness and resources with your networks via our mental health social media toolkit

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Download the PEI Water Safety Social Media Toolkit for images, information and resources to share on your organization's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media.

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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.

Training Tuesdays with PEI: American Rescue Plan Act Funds Coming to Texas Prevention

Date: May 25th
Time: 2:45 P.M. - 3:30 A.M. CDT
Register: Registration Link

Texas was awarded one-time CBCAP funds and is applying for new MIECHV funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act — and we want to hear from you! Based on conversations we have had with grantees and stakeholders over the past 18-months PEI crafted a proposal that we want to share with you to get your feedback.

Please join us for a 45-minute conversation with PEI leadership about this exciting opportunity!

The Richness of Black Fatherhood

Date: June 8th
2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CST
Registration Link

Join PEI’s Kevin Overton-Hadnot, director of Contract Management and Oversight, Mosley “Moe” Hobson, Fatherhood and Military program specialist, and Kenneth Thompson, CPS Fatherhood program specialist, for a live conversation following a review of the recorded HHS Black History Month Father Engagement panel. The panel featured five speakers from organizations across Texas with a focus on father engagement and highlighted Black men and their role in the family. Bring your questions and engage with our speakers.

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In Case You Missed It: PEI Budget Webinar Recordings

Here are the links to FY22 PEI Grantee budget webinars held on May 18th (Registration is required to view the recordings).

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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

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Resources

We can reduce (and ultimately eliminate) preventable drownings by equipping parents and caregivers with life-saving water safety education. This webinar will teach you about the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Education Card, website and online Water Safety Quiz along with other important caregiver resources that you can share with families in your community, and how you can access and order these FREE resources today.

Achieve OnDemand: Basics of Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Home visitors are committed to the best possible life for babies and their parents. Learn how your strengths and motivations will help you achieve this goal and connect with families of all kinds. This course serves as an introduction or valuable refresher on fundamentals such as how to plan for home visits; set goals with families; and handle the unexpected challenges your job presents. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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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.

Maintaining Boundaries in Home Visiting for Supervisors (Webinar)

Date: June 1st
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: May 30th at 2:30 P.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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PEIRS News and Information

PEIRS Application Updates

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

  • The Referrals page now allows users to modify or change the follow-up disposition except where disposition is entered as “client contacted referred provider and received/is receiving services.”
  • PEIRS will now prevent users from discharging enrollments when services have been entered in that enrollment for months after the date of discharge.
  • Fixed a defect where “Service Detail” page would display an error when user tried to save the page with no other services entered besides Home Visit.
  • Fixed a defect on “Services” list page which accidentally deleted the count for home visit services if a user selected to delete all services for an enrollment.
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COVID and Texas

Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings.

The Texas Department of State Health Services welcomes all Texans to use 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 until you are fully vaccinated.

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Share Your Work!

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