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ATX Chapter Meeting - November 19, 2020
Published on: 11/19/2020
Our Austin Chapter Meeting featured Inecia Stewart, speaking on Infection Control.
ATX Chapter Meeting - August 27, 2020
Published on: 8/27/2020
Our Austin TORCH Chapter Meeting in August featured Carmen Davailus, founder of Doggies for Dementia.

COVID-19

"Caring for the Caregiver" Weekly COVID-19 Support
Published on: 8/5/2020
Michelle Zadrozny, LCSW-S and The Central Texas Home Care Coalition are providing FREE weekly support sessions for paid caregivers every Saturday at 1:00 PM Central Time.

Michelle is a licensed clinical social worker and she developed a Peer support and training curriculum for Caregivers last year with a grant from NDWA. It is more informal support - each group starts off with a check in and introductions, and then the group provides support (Peer and facilitated) to Caregivers on anything that comes up. The session usually ends with a brief grounding meditation. Themes are around coping with the uncertainty and anxiety around COVID-19, and working amidst increased risk for essential workers.

TORCH Store Items

Searchable Regulations Document available
Published on: 7/7/2020
TORCH has published a searchable copy of the 2020 HHSC Regulations, and it is available on the TORCH Store.

HHSC Updates

Changes to Texas Administrative Code Chapter References for HHS System
Ruth Snodgrass
Published on: 10/30/2020
As part of the transformation of the Health and Human Services (HHS) system, rule chapters are being relocated in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
HHSC Adopts New Expansion of Reopening Visitation Emergency Rules for ALF Providers
HHSC
Published on: 10/19/2020
HHSC has adopted new Expansion of Reopening Visitation emergency rules that require facilities to offer certain types of limited indoor and outdoor visitation as well as essential caregiver visits.

Education

Manager's Courses available online
Published on: 7/7/2020
TORCH continues to host Manager's Courses online monthly.