Annual Report: Alamo Local Authority (ALA)

ALA client achieves lifelong dream of shopping for a new car, courtesy of Ancira

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The ALA provides access to community services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that live in Bexar County. The ALA works to improve service delivery to individuals in its community interest list by developing meaningful partnerships and providing emergency out of home respite services through Serenity House.

With the implementation of the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) for individuals seeking admission to a Medicaid certified nursing facility; the ALA successfully hired and trained two additional staff to administer the PASRR's in the community.

Despite budgetary setbacks, program year 2013 proved to be quite successful:

  • ALA’s Intake and Eligibility program participated in over 30 outreach opportunities, provided over 500 intake enrollments, and successfully conducted 450 determinations of an intellectual disability. In addition, ALA’s General Revenue program provided service coordination for 900 persons.
  • Community Living Options Information Process (CLOIP) staff successfully assisted 21 individuals in transitioning from the State Supported Living Center into community placement.
  • The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) offered 214 Texas Home Living (TxHmL) services to individuals on the statewide interest list and 151 General Revenue refinanced for a total of 365 slot offers for TxHmL. TxHmL provides selected essential services and supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in their family homes or their own homes.
  • Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) provided service coordination for 1806 individuals. DADS authorized ALA to offer entry into the HCS program to 100 new individuals. HCS provides service coordination and more intensive residential assistance than TxHmL.