FY 2017 Financial & Compliance Audit RFP

NOTICE OF INVITATION TO BIDDERS

Sealed bids are being requested by Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Brazos Valley from public accounting firms to perform the annual financial and compliance audit for fiscal year 2017 (September 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017).  Bids will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.  Bids received after this designated time will not be considered.  Bids are to be sent by mail to Dan Monson, Chief Financial Officer, MHMRA Brazos Valley, PO Box 4588, Bryan, Texas 77805-4588 OR Hand Delivered to Dan Monson, Chief Financial Officer, MHMRA Brazos Valley, 1504 S. Texas Ave., Bryan, Texas 77802. Address direct questions, inquiries, or request of RFP package to Dan Monson, Chief Financial Officer, (979) 361-9802.  MHMRA Brazos Valley reserves the right to reject any and all bids that are not in the Center's best interest.

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) is a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver program focused on the prevention or reduction of institutionalization of children and adolescents ages 3 -18 with serious emotional disturbances (SED).  YES Waiver services enable more flexibility in providing intensive community-based services for children and adolescents with SED and provide support for their families by improving access to care.  The YES Waiver is administered under Social Security Act §1915(c) and approved by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

To be eligible for the YES Waiver, the following is required:

--Be between 3 – 18 years of age.

--Reside in current YES Waiver community.

--Reside in a non-institutional setting with the child’s or adolescent’s Legally Authorized Representative or in the youth’s own home or apartment, if legally emancipated.

--Client must score at identified levels in one or more domains of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment.

--There is a reasonable expectation that, without YES Waiver services, the child or youth would qualify for inpatient care.

--Child or Adolescent must be eligible for Medicaid.

The goals of the YES Waiver are:

--Improve the clinical and functional outcomes of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance.

--Provide a more complete continuum of community-based services and supports for children and adolescents with SED and their families.

--Ensure families have access to parent partners and other flexible non-traditional support services as identified in a family-centered planning process.

--Prevent entry and recidivism into the foster care system and relinquishment of parental custody.

--Reduce out-of-home placements and inpatient psychiatric treatment by all child-serving agencies.

YES Waiver services consist of the following:

--Respite

--Community Living Supports (CLS)

--Family Supports

--Transitional Services

--Adaptive Aids & Supports

--Supportive Family Based Alternatives (SFBA)

--Supported Employment

 

Implementation date for the Brazos Valley will be May 31, 2015.

Please contact the YES Waiver inquiry line at 979-821-9494 (local) or 844-814-4027 (toll free).

For more information, please use the following links

 https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/yes/

 http://www.txsystemofcare.org/yes-waiver/

Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver Amendment 9 DRAFT

The YES program provides home and community-based services to children ages 3–18 that are at risk of institutionalization and/or out-of-home placement due to their serious emotional disturbance.

Please follow the link below for more information:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/yes/Proposed-Waiver-Amendments.aspx

A paper copy of the amendment is available upon request at 979-361-9839.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program

The Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program is a new way for certain Texans with disabilities to create savings accounts for disability-related expenses, without losing eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and certain other public benefits.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office will administer the program through the Texas Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board.

The Comptroller’s Office created a Texas Able resource website for more information.