Quality Assurance For The Care Coordinator in The HCS Program- Updated ” (Austin, TX) @ Staybridge Suites- Austin South IH 35
Jul 23 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Day 1 (July 23rd, 2018)  9:30 am-4:30 pm    

Location:  901 Little Texas Lane Austin, TX   Staybridge Suites S. IH 35 Location  (Bldg #F -Conference Room)

Bring the family and stay longer and enjoy a mini-summer vacation in Austin or travel on to nearbye New Braunsfels or San Antonio.  This location is only 45 min. from New Braunsfels & 1 hr from San Antonio along IH-35!                                 ( 360 Amphitheater, Barton Creek, Zilker Park Rose Gardens, Schlitterbahn, Gruene Hall, River Walk, Fiesta Texas, Sea World, White River Amphitheater…)

For: Program Directors, Care Coordinators/Case Managers, RN Case Managers/Care Coordinators, & New HCS Providers

Topics: Provider Responsibilities & Timelines, Tips For Preparing For Your Annual PDP Meeting with Service Planning Team as well as the Annual IP/IPC Meetings,  Quality Assurance Tool for the Care Coordinator, Updated Quality Assurance Tool for the Nursing Staff, Commonly Cited Items at Survey (Including Nursing), Review of Specific  HCS  TAC code changes (We will be concentrating on  HCS TAC 9.178 and 9.174), Billing Audit Changes and Preparation    **All attendees will receive handouts, recommended forms, and resources.                                  

You must contact Meghan Jones at:  or call:  361-649-5104  to complete registration.  Even if you are paying online you must contact her to provide the following information:   the names of persons attending, the name of your facility, and how you are making your payment.  Cost goes up to $225 as of 7/18/18.

If you have more questions about the class or other services from Twogether Consulting you may contact Julie Blacklock by phone at: (512) 294-8032.    





“Satori Alternative To Managing Aggression (SAMA)” 2-Day Certification (HOUSTON, TX) @ "The Harris Center For MH/IDD Services"
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm

“Satori Alternative to Managing Aggression (SAMA)”

For IDD Waiver Providers, Family Members, and Day Hab Providers

Stacie Coligan/IDD Consultant & Certified SAMA instructor for Twogether Consulting

will be presenting a 2-day (16 hr) certification course in SAMA



Dates:  Day 1:  July 30th, 2018   9 AM to 4 PM                                                                                                                                                              Day 2:  July 31st, 2018   9 AM to 4 PM

Location:  “The Harris Center For MH/IDD “Services  Room 104
Cost:  $250 per person  (please contact us for discounted rates for family members/group rates)
Class is limited in size, so sign up soon! 
Who Should Attend: 
Direct Care Staff (Group Home, Host Home Provider, Foster Parent, Day Hab Providers, PAS/HAB Providers, etc…) Parents, Family Members, & Any other Staff who may be working directly with individuals with aggressive behaviors.   
Satori Alternative to Managing Aggression (SAMA)

Participants learn safe and least restrictive interventions designed to help manage an individual in crisis until they can regain physical and emotional control. Great emphasis is placed on early verbal intervention (the Assisting Process).  The Assisting Process is role-played in all class interactions and is demonstrated in all four programs.  Using the Facilitator Manual and SAMA videos, a certified facilitator leads participants through skills practice followed by performance assessments at the conclusion of each program, which are:

  • Principles and Assisting Process
  • Protection of Self and Others
  • Containment
  • Object Retrieval

The SAMA certification course is 16 hours (2 days) and participants who demonstrate competency in all skills will be certified.  SAMA meets all critical attributes as defined in TBSI (Texas Behavior Support Initiative) for verbal and physical de-escalation.

SAMA Assisting Process- The SAMA Assisting Process course is designed to assist staff in providing effective verbal intervention for individuals in emotional crisis, guiding them verbally until they can regain emotional control.  Participants will learn how anger affects the body, thoughts and perceptions; the necessity of being calm, aware and respectful toward a person who is in crisis; and how to identify the characteristics they must demonstrate in order to effectively assist a person with his/her anger.  Using the Facilitator Manual and SAMA videos, a certified facilitator leads participants through skills practice followed by performance assessments. The 5 basic principles of the Assisting Process are:

  • Take the Person Seriously
  • Join and Follow to Lead
  • Take Action to Get a Beneficial Reaction
  • Proceed Step by Step
  • Act Without Hesitation

The SAMA Assisting Process course is a one-day course and participants who demonstrate competency in all areas will be certified in the SAMA Assisting (Verbal De-escalation) Process.

You must contact Meghan Jones at: or 361-649-5104
to complete registration and for any additional information or to arrange payment by check
Mailing address for checks:  Twogether Consulting  P.O. Box 90426 Austin, TX 78709
 Please register as early as possible.  Cost of Training Increases to $275 after July 25th, 2018!