[dbmat] Re: My answer to Heather's Question about therapies in DB-MD waiver

  • From: "Davis,CC (DARS)" <CC.Davis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 00:20:43 +0000

I'm just wondering here, ... but, ... what I'm thinking is this:  Can a PT or 
OT write a prescrip for something like aqua and hippo therapy, ... and can a 
speech path prescribe music as therapy.  Just wondering - I know the benefits 
are there for those needs.  Steve would probably know though, ... as he's been 
in that system in the past.  I know that the overall cost has to be considered. 
 - CC

From: dbmat-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dbmat-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf 
Of Heather Withrow
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2014 11:21 PM
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [dbmat] Re: My answer to Heather's Question about therapies in DB-MD 

Thank you so much for clarifying this for me, Steve!  The link helped. Much 

We have private health insurance (although it is crummy) for the basic OT/PT 
therapies but like Lauren's mom said earlier- go for the DBMD waiver for the 
interveners.  I can't imagine anyone NOT going for the intervener 
enlightenment!  The DBMD waiver is the first of any waiver that even contacted 
us about the opening, it's a no-brainer.  It's a question of which agency I 
pick to work through.  I appreciate all the other assistance we can get.  I'm 
seeing the light at last!

Many, many thanks for the input.  I'm listening.

Orion's mom

On Dec 29, 2014, at 10:08 PM, Stephen Schoen 
<stephenschoen351@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:stephenschoen351@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:

I'm taking the liberty of answering Heather's question.   I'm not sure what the 
case manager for the DB-MD provider is referring to by "recreational therapy."  
There is no such service for people of any age in the DB-MD waiver.   The one 
service which adults can get and children can't in the DB-MD waiver is Assisted 
Living.   Assisted living means living in a residence other than your families 
(such as a small 6 or fewer bed group home.)

The DB-MD waiver does not (and never has)  provide hippo therapy, aqua therapy, 
and music therapy for people of any age. The only Medicaid Waiver which 
provides those services is the CLASS waiver.   Here is a link to description of 
the DB-MD Waiver services directly from the current Texas Administrative Code.  
It is worth the time to read all of these services, and ask questions about any 
which are not clear.  (Division 3 has the majority of services and definitions.)

Steve Schoen

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