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Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority (LIDDA) Services

Who is eligible
Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services are available to individuals over 3 years of age who are diagnosed with an intellectual disability (IQ below 70), have a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum, or who have certain other related conditions. Services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on insurance coverage and income.

What is the goal of IDD Services?
Our programs consist of a wide array of services to help individuals achieve their highest level of independence and functioning. Once determined eligible, our team of staff work with individuals and their families to identify the areas of a person’s life where they want to improve their skill set and abilities. The team then identifies what services and supports a person will need to try and reach their personal goals. We then implement services based on the program the individual is in, the service availability, and find additional resources in the community.

Intake & Assessment
Services available for individuals ages three and older who have an intellectual disability, a developmental disability, and in some programs certain other related conditions. Intakes are conducted to screen for crisis, asses needs, and to assist with placement on statewide waiver interest lists. A psychological assessment is then conducted to determine eligibility for services. Previous assessments may be reviewed to assist with the determination of eligibility. Any person not already in an IDD program who has a desire or need for any available IDD Service, must contact the Local Authority Intake Coordinator as eligibility must be determined and then the person will be admitted to services and assigned a service coordinator.

212 S. Staples | 361-886-4663

Community First Choice (CFC)
Individuals with Star Plus or Star Kids Medicaid receive services to help them live more independently in the community. Services include personal assistance with daily living skills, habilitation services to help them to care for themselves, emergency response services, and support for persons who choose to select and manage their own attendants.

Crisis Intervention Services and Crisis Respite
A Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) is available to respond to persons with an IDD diagnosis who are in crisis, to assist Service Coordinators and providers in managing crisis, and to provide training to staff and the community on the needs of individuals with IDD diagnosis when they are in crisis. Short-term crisis respite in-home and out-of-home provided to individuals with significant behavioral and psychiatric challenges.

General Revenue (GR)
Individuals receive services in their home and in the community including training, support, respite, and vocational or employment services. These services are limited in scope and are provided to those with the greatest need. Enrollment into an IDD waiver program disqualifies an individual from continuing in GR services.

Community Supports/Community Training
Provides individualized activities consistent with the person- directed plan, provided in the home and at various community locations as appropriate. Provides habilitation and support activities to improve the ability to perform daily living activities. Includes support services to the family to help preserve the family unity and prevent or limit out-of-home placement.

Provides short-term relief services for the unpaid caregiver when the caregiver is temporarily unavailable to provide support. Respite also provides personal assistance in daily living activities, functional living tasks, and supervision for safety and security. This service includes habilitation activities, social interaction, participation in leisure activities, and use of natural support system and typical community services available to all people.

Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR)
Services are provided to individuals residing in or at risk of placement in a Nursing Facility. Individuals receive Specialized Services including occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, a customized manual wheelchair, and durable medical equipment from their Nursing Facilities. Individuals also receive additional Specialized Services from the LIDDA including Day Habilitation, Behavioral Support, Community Support, and Vocational Services. Individuals are also provided with Community Living Options to ensure they are aware of their ability to divert from a Nursing Facility before entering and their ability to transition to the community if they are already residing in a facility.

Service Coordination
A person-directed process to link, coordinate services, and support people to achieve their personal outcomes. Service Coordination includes writing, reviewing, revising, implementing and monitoring the plan of services provided. Service Coordinators assist people in securing and maintaining services in the community including education, training, transportation, specialized therapies, advocacy, food, housing, financial benefits and crisis management. Service Coordination is provided for individuals enrolled in General Revenue Services, the Texas Home Living waiver program, the Home and Community Based Services waiver program, the Community First Choice Program, and the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review Program.

Transition Support Team (TST)
Provides assistance, training, and case consultation to contracted local intellectual and developmental disabilities authorities (LIDDAs), Home and Community-based Services (HCS) program providers, and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) program providers within the entire south Texas region in supporting individuals with both IDD and complex medical/behavioral health needs. These individuals are transitioning from or at risk of being sent to institutional settings including State Supported Living Centers and nursing facilities.

Advance Employment Services - 1625 10th Street | 361-886-6955

Provides services that are designed to meet the vocational goals of each participant.

Vocational Training
Provided on site and in the community to enable the individual to obtain employment. Employment Assistance – assists the individual to locate paid individualized competitive employment in the community by helping him/her identify employment preferences, job skills, work requirements and conditions, and prospective employers offering employment compatible with the individual’s identified preferences, skills, and requirements. The goal is to match the person’s skills with their desired career and to develop natural support systems in the work environment.

Supportive Employment
Competitive employment in an integrated setting with on-going individualized support services consistent with the individual’s person-directed plan. The service includes supervision and training, essential to sustain paid competitive work by an individual. The Center operates and manages Ability One contracts with the Corpus Christi Army Depot and TIBH contracts with the Texas Department of Transportation which provide paid training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

IDD Waiver Provider Services - 1231 Agnes St Suite A-14

Home & Community-Based Services (HCS)
Supports eligible individuals living in their own home, a family home, or in a host home. Offers an array of services based on the needs of the person, including day habilitation, personal attendant services/ habilitation, respite, transportation, dental, nursing, supported employment/employment assistance, and specialized therapies. Encourages personal choice and maximum level of independence while using natural support system to achieve goals.

Specialized Therapies
Contracted services include assessments and treatment by licensed or certified professionals including dietary assessments, audiology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral support.

Texas Home Living Services (TxHmL)
Services similar to those offered in the Home & Community Services Program (as listed above). However host home and other residential services are not available in this program.

If you desire services in the HCS or TxHmL waiver programs, you must contact the locally authority to be placed on the statewide interest list. When openings are made available by the state, the local authority will notify individuals that they have received an offer and will determine eligibility.