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  • Assistance Available for Texans Affected by Hurricane Beryl

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, many Texas communities are facing significant challenges. To aid in the recovery process, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) teams are actively working in affected neighborhoods. These teams are dedicated to helping residents apply for federal assistance, check the status of their applications, and connect with additional resources. How to Apply for FEMA Assistance If you are a homeowner or renter in any of the following counties: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, or Wharton, you are eligible to apply for FEMA assistance. Here’s how you can apply: Online: Visit to start your application. Mobile App: Download the FEMA App on your mobile device for easy access and application submission. Phone: Call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. CT. Assistance is available in multiple languages. If you use a relay service, such as video relay (VRS), captioned telephone, or other service, be sure to provide FEMA with your specific number. In-Person: Visit a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). These centers are set up to provide support for both Hurricane Beryl and the previous April-June storms and flooding. For locations, check . Important Considerations Qualification: If you experienced power outages for three days or more, you may qualify for assistance. It's crucial to apply even if you're unsure about your eligibility. Identification: FEMA specialists will carry official photo identification and will never ask for or accept money. Additional Resources FEMA specialists can also identify additional needs and connect you with organizations that provide further resources. Whether you need help with food, medicine, or housing repairs, these specialists are equipped to assist you in navigating the recovery process. Stay Informed For the latest updates and more detailed information, visit . Ensuring you have all the necessary information will help you make the most of the assistance available. By staying informed and taking the necessary steps to apply for aid, you can better manage the challenges brought by Hurricane Beryl. Remember, help is available, and applying for assistance is the first step toward recovery.

  • Update: Office Remains Closed + Resources Available for Those Affected

    Due to the recent hurricane impacting our area, our office remains closed as we continue to deal with power outages. We are operating with limited staff remotely to ensure minimal disruption to our services as we work towards a full resolution. We understand this may cause inconvenience, and we sincerely appreciate your patience during this challenging time. Rest assured, we are actively working to resolve the situation and will provide updates as they become available. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our team and our ability to serve you effectively. For those affected by the storm, we encourage you to stay safe and informed. Here are some resources to help you stay up to date and manage through this period: Texas Division of Emergency Management Individual State of Texas Assessment Tool Safety Tips for Hurricane Recovery (FEMA ) Tropical Storm Beryl: How to get help and help Texans (article by the Texas Standard) We are committed to getting back to normal operations as soon as possible and appreciate your understanding. Please continue to check our website and social media channels for further updates.

  • We're Back!

    Our office is fully operational, with all staff back and power restored. We're here to assist you with all your needs. Thank you for your patience!

  • Office Closed

    Due to the current weather conditions, our office is closed, and we are operating with limited staff. We appreciate your understanding and patience. Stay safe!

  • Office Closure for July 4th Holiday

    We wanted to let our Employers know that our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume regular business hours on Friday, July 5th. Thank you for your understanding, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

  • Happy Pride Month!

    Pride Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity that makes our communities stronger. It's a moment to appreciate the experiences of the LGBTQ+ community and the importance of acceptance and support for all. This month honors the courage and resilience of those who have worked for LGBTQ+ rights and reminds us of the ongoing efforts needed to ensure equality for everyone. Join us in recognizing Pride Month by learning more about the LGBTQ+ community, attending local events, and promoting a message of love and support for all.

  • Art Show and Celebration at the North Austin Complex

    In honor of Deafblind Awareness Week, we’re excited to share information from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) about a special event: an art show and celebration at the North Austin Complex on June 26, from 10 am to noon. This event will highlight amazing artwork created by children who are deafblind and enrolled in Blind Children’s Program services, offering a unique opportunity to appreciate their talents and perspectives. It's a wonderful occasion to connect with the community, learn more about deafblind culture, and celebrate the creativity and resilience of these individuals. For more details about the event and other resources, please follow the links below. We hope you take part in this celebration! Helpful Links: HHSC Observes Deafblind Awareness Week Blind Children's Vocational Discovery and Development Program Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD)

  • Juneteenth

    Honoring Juneteenth: a day of freedom, reflection, and unity. Let's celebrate the journey and progress towards equality.

  • Exciting Update for Camp Sign!

    Great news for families interested in Camp Sign! The Texas HHSC has informed us that due to continued interest, the registration deadline for Camp Sign has been removed. Now, families and campers have even more time to apply! Details: New Registration Deadline: July 7, 2024, or until the session is full, whichever comes first. How to Register: Download the Camp Sign Camper Application Guide for instructions. Email to start the registration process or follow this link. Financial Assistance: Information about available financial assistance can be obtained through the registration email. Questions: Feel free to reach out to CAMP via email at with any questions you may have. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be part of Camp Sign! Register now for an unforgettable experience.

  • June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month: A Time to Act and Educate

    June is a special month dedicated to Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness, a time to shine a light on the impact of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. These conditions affect millions of people and their families worldwide, making it crucial for us to come together, educate ourselves, and take action. What is Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's disease is a condition that affects the brain, causing memory loss and changes in thinking and behavior. It often starts with small memory problems, like forgetting recent conversations or misplacing items. Over time, it can lead to more serious issues, such as difficulty with daily tasks, mood changes, and confusion. Why Awareness Matters Understanding Alzheimer's and raising awareness can help in many ways: Early Detection: Recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer's can lead to better care and treatment. Early diagnosis allows for more effective management of symptoms. Supporting Caregivers: Families and friends caring for someone with Alzheimer's need support too. Awareness helps connect them with resources and support groups. Research and Funding: Increased awareness can drive funding for research. This is essential for developing new treatments and, one day, finding a cure. How You Can Help There are many simple ways to get involved this month: Wear Purple: Show your support by wearing purple, the color for Alzheimer's awareness. Share Information: Talk about Alzheimer's with your friends and family. Sharing knowledge can help others understand and recognize the disease. Participate in Events: Join local events or online webinars to learn more about brain health and Alzheimer's. Alternatively, you can volunteer with the Alzheimer's Association. Healthy Living: Adopt healthy habits like regular exercise, a balanced diet, and staying mentally active to support your brain health. Resources For more information check out the following links: Alzheimer’s Association Encourages Americans to Take Charge of Their Brain Health Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Let's use this month to learn, share, and take action. Together, we can support those affected by Alzheimer's and work towards a brighter future for brain health.

  • Replacing Medical Equipment and Assistive Technology After Disasters

    We want to share crucial information from the Office of the Texas Governor to help our community prepare for and recover from disasters. Here's a summary of steps to replace lost or damaged durable medical equipment (DME) and assistive technology (AT): Insurance Claims Contact Insurance: If your DME or AT is insured, report the damage to your insurance company. Document Damage: Take photos and videos of the damage and keep all items until the insurance adjuster advises otherwise. Temporary Repairs: Make temporary repairs to prevent further damage and keep receipts for these expenses. Resources: Use the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Company Lookup or call 800-252-3439 for assistance. FEMA Assistance Coverage: FEMA can help cover medical and dental expenses, including the repair or replacement of essential assistive devices. Application: For detailed application steps, refer to FEMA’s guidelines. Vocational Rehabilitation Replacement: VR funds can replace equipment bought with VR funds if it’s damaged in a disaster. This also applies to individuals who are employed or seeking employment. Further Information: Consult VR for detailed procedures. Medicare Original Medicare: Covers the repair or replacement costs for previously paid DME from Medicare-approved suppliers. Medicare Health Plan: Contact your plan provider for specific replacement procedures. Medicaid Waivers Policy: Medicaid allows for the replacement of DME that’s non-functional or irreparably damaged. Waivers: Programs like CLASS, DBMD, HCS, and TxHmL have provisions for replacing aids and modifications post-disaster. For more comprehensive details, refer to the full report from the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities.

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