January 26, 2021 - 9:00am

Microsoft Office Teams Live



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams only.  Join the meeting here.     

Closed captioning for this meeting is available.  Viewers are asked to highlight the closed captioning symbol "cc" on the bottom of their viewing screen to enable this function.  Please e-mail Webcasting@hhsc.state.tx.us if you have any problems enabling the closed captioning function.

There is not a physical location for this meeting.

Attendees who would like to provide public comment should see the Public Comment section below.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Review and approval of meeting minutes from November 5, 2020, meeting
  3. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
  4. Presentation: Supportive palliative care and end-of-life care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities by healthcare specialists
  5. Update: Supportive palliative care and hospice-related bills filed
  6. Update: Health and Safety Code Section 142A.0003, as adopted by Senate Bill 916, 86th Leg., R.S. (2019), Study progress
  7. Planning for 2021 Workgroups and 2020 Legislative Report distribution
  8. Action items and topics for staff or member follow-up
  9. Public comment
  10. Adjourn

The committee may take any action on any agenda item.

Public Comment: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) welcomes public comments pertaining to topics related to the Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. Members of the public who would like to provide public comment are asked to complete a Public Comment Form here.   Members of the public are encouraged to participate in this process by providing written public comment to HHSC by emailing Jimmy Blanton, Director, Health Quality Institute, HHSC, at Jimmy.Blanton@hhsc.state.tx.us no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021. Please include your name and either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen. Written comments are limited to three minutes and will be read during the meeting for consideration by the Council. 

If you would like to register to provide oral comments, please mark the correct box on the Public Comment form.  Instructions for providing oral comment will be emailed to you.  Registration should be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2021.  Members of the public may also use the Microsoft Teams Live Event Q&A section to submit a request to provide public comment.  The request must contain your name, either the organization you are representing or that you are speaking as a private citizen, and your direct phone number.

Public comment is limited to three minutes.  Each speaker must state their name and on whose behalf they are speaking (if anyone). Public members who are using handouts are asked to provide an electronic copy in accessible pdf format that will be distributed by HHS staff to Council members, State staff, and the public. Handouts are limited to two pages (paper size: 8.5” by 11”, one side only). Handouts must be emailed to HHSC immediately after registering and include the name of the person who will be commenting.

Note: These procedures may be revised at the discretion of HHSC.

Contact: Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to Jimmy Blanton, Director, Health Quality Institute, HHSC, 512-380-4372 at Jimmy.Blanton@hhsc.state.tx.us.

This meeting is open to the public.  No reservations are required, and there is no cost to attend this meeting.

Persons who want to attend the meeting and require assistive technology or services should contact Blanton at 512-380-4372 or Jimmy.Blanton@hhsc.state.tx.us at least 72 hours before the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.