PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 47

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Volume 7, Issue 47

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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Fiscal Year Message to Grantees

The fiscal year will end at the close of business on August 31, 2021. DFPS Accounting has set a deadline to ensure all the invoices and reimbursement requests for services provided between 9/1/2018 and 8/31/2019 are submitted in time to meet state requirements.

All invoices for FY19 must be submitted to PEI by August 9, 2021.

This deadline only applies to FY19 invoices. Please continue to submit any FY20 or FY21 invoices as normal.

If you have any questions, please contact your contract manager.

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DSHS to Award $10 Million in Grants to Support Local Vaccination Efforts Across Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services will award $10 million to local organizations working to promote COVID-19 vaccinations in Texas. The Texas Vaccine Outreach and Education Grant program will provide grants of $50,000 to $150,000 to a wide range of groups engaged in vaccine education with the goal of increasing the number of fully vaccinated Texans and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Texas organizations can submit proposals beginning today with award notifications expected to begin around the end of August. Priority will be given to applicants that focus on reaching rural communities, communities of color and Texans with disabilities.

DSHS encourages educational agencies, faith-based organizations, government entities, community coalitions, associations and nonprofit groups to apply for the federal funds. They will be awarded for projects lasting from six to nine months.

To learn more about the program, eligibility and how to apply, please visit

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Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance Webinars

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Date: August 12th
Time: 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. CST

Are you a trained and/or certified Parent Café host?

My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County will be hosting Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance and skill building webinars for all providers who have participated in virtual Parent Café training. Register now.


This webinar will review the fidelity of a Parent Café, following the anatomy and breaking down each step as a review.

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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.

Farewell to FY 21: Preparing for the New Fiscal Year in PEIRS

Date: August 10th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Join PEI’s Research and Evaluation Team as we prepare PEI grantees for the upcoming fiscal new year in PEIRS. This training includes how to close out old contracts and ensure data entry and billing are up to date. Also, we will provide an overview of recent features to the PEIRS application and preview new changes for the fall.

Register Now


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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: Building Engaging and Collaborative Relationships with Families (Self-Paced Course)

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

Training Tuesdays with PEI: Disability Resource Guide for Families in Texas

When a loved one receives a diagnosis, family usually feel overwhelmed by the news.  They go through a grieving process, so this is the time when professionals must be prepared to help and provide them with the right tools to overcome the situation and reach the best outcome for the whole family. Come and learn how to tailor a list of resources to help and guide families in Texas.

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting Update

Grantees can now download a complete list of upcoming trainings on the PEI Learning Hub

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. Use this link to register.

English-Language Webinars

The Cultural Iceberg: A Deeper Dive into What’s Below the Surface

Date: August 4th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: August 3rd at 12:00 P.M. CDT

This webinar will describe a process for observing the interactions between the parent and the child that provides clues into the type and quality of dyadic relationship that exists. By using a process that allows for more awareness of perception, the home visitor can strategize how to best approach the work of enhancing and supporting the parent-child relationship and the quality of attachment which is vital for healthy child development.

Spanish-Language Webinars

Essentials of Home Visiting: Estar Presentes para las Familias (ciber seminario)

Date: August 9th
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: August 8th at 2:30 P.M. CDT

¿Qué impacto tienen nuestros valores y experiencias personales en el trabajo que hacemos? Se tratarán las cualidades de no juzgar, de estar presente y de escuchar activamente, así como algunas barreras potenciales que impiden escuchar activamente.

Este ciber seminario, complementa el curso autodirigido Fundamentos de las Visitas a Hogares.

Essentials of Home Visiting: Exploremos los valores y las creencias sobre la crianza de los Niños y las niñas (ciber seminario)

Date: August 10th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: August 9th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

Todos participamos con nuestras propias creencias sobre la crianza de los hijos. Este ciber seminario, cubre la manera de reconocer y monitorear tales creencias, y aborda la forma en que nuestras creencias, influyen en el trabajo que hacemos con las familias.

Este ciber seminario, complementa el curso autodidacta: Fundamentos de la Práctica de la Salud Mental Infantil en la Visita a Hogares.

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TVSA 2021 Biennial Training Conference


The Texas Victim Services Association will host their virtual biennial training conference August 17-18 and 24-25. The conference invites professionals assisting victims of crime, including victim advocates, law enforcement social work, therapy, research, academia, public policy, law enforcement, prosecution, corrections, community corrections, and  victim legal services.

A partial list of workshops is available here.

Conference Schedule & Agenda  

August 17th: 1:00 P.M. -  4:00 P.M. CST 

August 18, 2021 / 8:30 A.M. -  5:00 P.M. CST

August 24, 2021 / 9:00 A.M. -  4:00 P.M. CST

August 25, 2021 / 9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. CST


Register Now


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DFPS Training Opportunities

DFPS Reporting 101

Date: August 12th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11 A.M. (CST)

DFPS will discuss information required for reporting, program jurisdiction and eligibility, mandatory reporting, and an overview of the investigations process for the Child Protective Investigations (CPI) and Adult Protective Services (APS) programs.

Child Protective Investigations 101

Date: August 17th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (CST)

What are the decision-making processes when it comes to investigating child abuse and neglect? Join DFPS staff for a presentation on recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect in Texas. Learn definitions of common terms and warning signs of abuse and neglect. The presentation will provide the basics of reporting to Statewide Intake via the Texas Abuse Helpline.

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PEIRS Release Notes and Updates

The following PEIRS release notes are up to date as of 7/29/21:

  • New Referral Report: PEIRS users can generate a report showing all referrals made for enrollments within a workflow. This report is located on the Referrals tab. PEIRS users can select to view active enrollments, inactive enrollments or all enrollments.
  • Report 8 now displays the Home Visitor Assigned to the family on the detailed list. If multiple home visitors are assigned to a family during the reporting period, all home visitors will be listed.
  • Fixed an issue where some counties weren’t displaying resources on Get Parenting Tips or DFPS Public website.
  • Fixed an issue where search results weren’t displaying on DFPS Public website when navigating from Get Parenting Tips
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