Southern Concepts

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12/16/2017
Community Care Counts

Community Care Counts

I've heard the argument time and time again, providers only care about the money or businesses don't spend on people. I can't fault those struggling to care for their loved ones or those who believe what they are told, but I ask you to consider that we are partners with you in this struggle, not the enemy.

I've worked and run non-profit and for profit over my 30 years. All are businesses, most small businesses, that serve community persons with special needs and mental illness. We daily invest in communities and we hire your neighbors or even you. It's not easy anymore, if it ever was, but I understand it pales in comparison to the struggles of our families and individuals. I just ask you to consider.

My business spends on people, as do all providers, honestly we have to and to do a good job we often pay much more than we are given. Currently I spend Over 65% on labor expenses alone, so we hire people and unfortunately primarily due to funding, experience turnover well over 100% and lately at least double that. Our State provides us only $ 8.50/ hr to pay staff, I pay much more to compete, yet due to rates, we still often just compete with fast food and other providers, except pay due to overtime caused by high turnover. We then pay taxes, payroll, sales and then income tax at high rates since I' m a small business and more if I'm a corporation. I buy vehicles, gas to transport, pay mileage, and benefits. I lease offices and buy and lease homes. I buy business and auto insurance...and much more, too much to share here.

I invest in the community over 90% of what I receive and the rest pays interest, loans, and personal expenses. I then provide some free/ discounted services to those who don't have benefits and are " waiting" on services, now well over 200,000 statewide. I know they need some help and can't wait on the government because these are our neighbors and friends, and that is what we should try to do when we can, but thats getting harder to do by the day.

I often provide free services to those that state billing does not allow or not authorize after the service is done or later take back because someone did not dot an "i" or cross a "t" on many of thousands of logs. I continue to provide services for those who lose their Medicaid because of their paperwork, waiting to get paid typically 90 days until they are reinstated. I also fund services when it takes the state 45 or 60 days after the effective (start) date to approve a service plan, so I finally get paid. I pay up to $2000 in dental, up to $ 7500 in adaptive aids and up to $10,000 for minor home modifications a person, up front and then wait to get reimbursed where they add a " requisition fee" that doesn't cover the administrative time or the interest on a loan. Imagine having potential of 50, 100 or more of these to fund.

These are the stories HHSC won't tell legislators. It's the stories you don't hear from your provider, they know its the business of serving in Texas, but you need to know to understand, so I share.

We have been cut now for 12 years running and subjected to countless unfunded mandates. We do need help, so we can continue to serve and we can do it well, which you deserve. We partner with you in every community.

So next time you communicate with your Senator or Representative, please ask them how they voted last session or how they will vote on our rates, funding the waiting lists and tell him or her to support making private & public community providers and services whole again, so we can continue to do what we do, serve you.

This is so true. Natalie, will you print this for me?
02/09/2016

This is so true. Natalie, will you print this for me?

how you regard the child. makes all the difference.
#empathy #childhonouring #parenting #learning

We like to teach our children as well as the people we serve that ALL people should be treated with dignity, love, and r...
10/02/2015

We like to teach our children as well as the people we serve that ALL people should be treated with dignity, love, and respect. Lie is so much better when we do and even when we mess up, we start again!

Others will be posting. We had a grand San Amtonio trip and are headed home.   We are tired but happy
04/10/2015

Others will be posting. We had a grand San Amtonio trip and are headed home. We are tired but happy

Baylor Grace Southern, daughter of Jacci and Jack and Granddaughter of David and Claudia as well as countless Aunts, cou...
12/03/2014

Baylor Grace Southern, daughter of Jacci and Jack and Granddaughter of David and Claudia as well as countless Aunts, cousins, and other SCI family was born at 7:31 pm last evening. She weighed 20 lbs 5 oz and was 20.5 " long. She is gorgeous and can't wait to meet all her SCI family.

Thanksgiving Celebration!
11/20/2014

Thanksgiving Celebration!

10/17/2014

Hello & happy Friday!! Attention Granbury friends: while you're out enjoying this beautiful day be sure to come by, say hello and visit our garage sale! We'd love to see you and help you find a treasure you can't live without!!

Granbury crew enjoying a lovely Texas evening at the Rangers game! Go Rangers!!
09/10/2014

Granbury crew enjoying a lovely Texas evening at the Rangers game! Go Rangers!!

The Sunset Commission has called for the closure of Austin State Supported Living Center first followed by closing five ...
08/14/2014
Commission Formally Recommends Closure of Some State Institutions, by Edgar Walters

The Sunset Commission has called for the closure of Austin State Supported Living Center first followed by closing five more of Texas' 13 SSLC's. This will be a large undertaking but will mean a life in the community for thousands of Texans. What do you think? https://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/13/commission-recommends-reforms-state-agencies/

A Texas commission that reviews government agencies officially recommended Wednesday that lawmakers shutter an Austin-area institution for people with disabilities and identify five more statewide for later closure.

Happy July Birthdays!! Great party & beautiful weather celebrating AWESOME friends!
07/22/2014

Happy July Birthdays!! Great party & beautiful weather celebrating AWESOME friends!

Happy birthday Jack!! You are awesome & we hope you have a fabulous day!!
05/08/2014

Happy birthday Jack!! You are awesome & we hope you have a fabulous day!!

Southern Concepts's cover photo
05/06/2014

Southern Concepts's cover photo

Check out the SCI Cheetahs slaying the cycling on April 26! They did great!
05/06/2014

Check out the SCI Cheetahs slaying the cycling on April 26! They did great!

Happy Easter from all of us at SCI Fort Worth! Today is an awesome & blessed day!
04/17/2014

Happy Easter from all of us at SCI Fort Worth! Today is an awesome & blessed day!

04/10/2014

Today is National Siblings Day! So many members of our Southern Concepts family are blessed with wonderful & SUPPORTIVE siblings, including our own Karen & Claudia! What's your story? Are you a sibling? What is your favorite part about being a sibling? It's not always easy & we have a lot more work to do. But today, and everyday, we celebrate you awesome siblings!

TGIF from SCI Granbury Day Programmers!!
04/04/2014

TGIF from SCI Granbury Day Programmers!!

April is Autism Awareness Month and it's almost here! We are so happy to see Parents Magazine featuring a child with Aut...
03/28/2014
Child with autism featured on mainstream magazine cover for the first time

April is Autism Awareness Month and it's almost here! We are so happy to see Parents Magazine featuring a child with Autism on the cover of their issue this month! We hope to see more and more media coverage like this. I love the teaser, "how every parent can help kids of all abilities thrive!" That's so true - people of all abilities can thrive and achieve great things. This magazine cover is just awesome! Thank you Parents Magazine!!

Autism Awareness Month, the month of April, is just around the corner, and the celebration is already off to a great start! News broke recently that the April 2014 issue of Parents magazine features a child with autism on the cover, something that no other nationally-read parenting magazine has done...

03/19/2014
Avril Lavigne Asks You to Take the R-word Pledge

Avril Lavigne rocks!! March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This is a great way to get aware. Thank you for your support and for being such a cool leader #AvrilLavigneismyhero

Rockstar Avril Lavigne joins our campaign for respect of people with intellectual disabilities and wants you to join too! Pledge now http://www.r-word.org To...

We enjoyed a trip to the store learning to budget & shop til we drop!!
03/19/2014

We enjoyed a trip to the store learning to budget & shop til we drop!!

Today was awesome and almost everyone wore green! Top of the afternoon to you!
03/17/2014

Today was awesome and almost everyone wore green! Top of the afternoon to you!

Happy Saint Patty's Day, from the Southern Concepts FW Day Program! We had a blast today, especially our green ice cream...
03/17/2014

Happy Saint Patty's Day, from the Southern Concepts FW Day Program! We had a blast today, especially our green ice cream floats!

Happy Monday everyone! The time change hasn't stopped our Granbury Day Program from rocking it out today!
03/10/2014

Happy Monday everyone! The time change hasn't stopped our Granbury Day Program from rocking it out today!

Untitled Album
02/12/2014

Untitled Album

02/11/2014

Ok folks, Disney 2014 is sliding toward the end! Just to make sure we go out on a bang, we are having a character breakfast in the morning. We have the rest of the evening to enjoy and pack. We have loved being with your children. We have laughed and cried and been wrapped in awesome hugs. I hope we have relayed part of the joy we have experienced. What you didn't see today b/c we were too busy enjoying ourselves was dancing in the African streets at Animal Kingdom. The drums were playing, the tribesmen singing, and even the wheelchairs were whirling as we danced. Dance on Southern Concepts.... Let's keep on doing what we do best. Dance on.....

02/10/2014

Ok some more pictures have posted on my page. We have been on safari , seen the Floght of Birds ( gorgeous), seen the Nemo musical and riden a couple of rides.

02/10/2014

Good morning everyone. I wish you could see and hear your family members as they care for each other. Tommy makes sure everyone is "doing all right ." He also wants to help push the wheelchairs. Kevin has joined us in "head count " making sure we are all together. Elvis will hold your hand and let you squeeze hard, if you are scared. Robert keeps up with the weather both here and in Texas. Heather reminds us to take our meds and wear our name tags Chad makes sure all
Bathrooms are clean and ready for us. Laura keeps the conversation flowing. Today, we begin early at the Kilamangerio Safari. We are in the park of Amimal Kingdom at the back by 9:30 so we can see the most animals. Not a single complaint as we wait!!

02/10/2014

I have posted 60 something picture but it is taking a while to load. Will allow the page time to catch up so it may be morning

02/10/2014

Okay, two things I have to tell you b/4 posting dinner pictures tonight. We had a little concern earlier in the day over someone (matters not who) leaving the group to try and find me. Heather works for SCI so feels responsible. "I tried to keep us all together, " she says, "it's my responsibility!" The incident was no big deal. Heather's response was mammoth. As we were leaving the park, Robert engages the monorail worker in conversation. "We're Southern Concepts," he says, "we're from Texas." Just a little proud of these guys, I am. I hope you are also. Now flip to my page for awesome pictures!!

02/10/2014

We Are having an awesome day at Magic Kingdom. I hope you are seeing the pictures on my FBI page- Claidia Parrish Soiuthern. We have
Been to lots of show and rides. Almost time for dinner with Winnie the Pooh in the Crustal Palace. Animal kingdom tomorrow.

02/09/2014

So why travel? It goes to my deepest roots in my family. Our parents believed you can learn more through travel than anything. What do you learn? Depends on what you need to learn. This week we are in a different environment. We are talking about fears.... Of the dark, of loud sounds , of things that may go too high or too fast. Is is okay not to ride? Of coarse but we must respect those who choose to ride. We may have to wait and enjoy people watching. We try to teach that SCI staff will not ask you to do anything that will hurt you

02/09/2014

My page has new Magic Kingdom pictures

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3451 Boston Ave
Benbrook, TX
76116

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We have over 30 years experience working with individuals, children and families impacted by intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We provide long term, loving care in the community for the individuals we serve so that they can achieve their fullest potential and live, work and play in the community where we all belong! Call us today for more information and to get involved. You'll be so happy you did!

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Monday 07:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:30 - 16:30
Thursday 07:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:00 - 12:30

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(817) 457-7997

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