December 21, 2020

The HHSC CLASS/DBMD Notification of Critical Incidents form is revised to include seclusion.

Community Living Assistance and Support Services case management agencies, CLASS direct service agencies and Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities program providers are now required to report seclusion of people to HHSC as a critical incident. Providers must report seclusion through the critical incident process laid out in CLASS Appendix XIII and DBMD Appendix IX.

CLASS and DBMD prohibits seclusion as referenced in rule §45.809 and §42.401(b).

CLASS CMAs, CLASS DSAs and DBMD program providers must continue to report seclusion to the Department of Family and Protective Services. Report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation to DFPS immediately, but no later than 24 hours after having knowledge or suspicion as directed in §45.708, §45.810 and §42.410.

Contact CLASS Policy or DBMD Policy by email for more information.