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Leading the Charge for Compassionate Care: A Day for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Residential Services Providers

Sunday, October 5   •  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

This is a separate ticketed event.

8:00 am – 8:30 am


8:30am – 9:00am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Parkinson, President & CEO, AHCA/NCAL; Renee Naylor, Chair, AHCA ID/DD Committee

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Tony Decker

Keynote Session: A Meaningful Life – Moving Beyond Care and Amusement
Speaker: Tony Decker, MA, Vice President, Westcare Management Inc., Salem, OR

Session Description: For the last 40 years the health care industry has done really well at providing care and amusement for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Anyone living in an environment where things are primarily “done to them” or “done for them” makes them receivers not doers. The balance changes when providers pay close attention to ensuring that an individual’s life is highly meaningful. A meaningful life or moment is when an individual’s strengths or abilities are connected to a cause outside themselves to which they are needed and necessary to the outcome. In this session, we will explore and examine the conditions necessary for meaningful life and the significance of being a doer more than a receiver.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Title: CMS Update on the ICF/IID Program
Speaker: Peggye Wilkerson, Deputy Director of the CMS Division of Continuing Care Providers, Baltimore, MD

Session Description: Hear from a CMS expert on the Agency’s work on the ICF/IID program. Have the opportunity to discuss those regulatory areas that appear to be the most challenging for you as a provider, and get your questions answered.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Title: Implementing Positive Behavior Supports in Programs Serving Individuals with IDD and Challenging Behavior: A Primer for Managers and Clinicians
Presenter: Joseph N. Ricciardi, Psy.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Seven Hills Foundation, Seven Hills Clinical Associates, Worcester, MA

Session description: Positive behavior supports (PBS) is an approach to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that emphasizes system development, quality of life for individuals served, and prevention, as well as individual behavior support. This session will focus on how to move an organization from former approaches to behavior management that emphasize “restriction and control,” to an approach that emphasizes support, teaching new skills, positive relationships, and lowest utilization of restrictive interventions such as seclusion or restraint.

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Title: DOJ Update for ID/DD Residential Services Providers
Speaker: DOJ Confirmed, Speaker TBA

Session Description: Hear from a DOJ expert on the Department’s work on policies and issues, such as Olmstead implementation and sheltered workshops, impacting ID/DD Residential Services Providers. Have the opportunity to discuss topics that appear to be the most challenging for you as a provider and the individuals you serve.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Session Title: Providers as Employers: ACA Compliance Challenges
Speaker: Barbara Merrill, Vice President for Public Policy, American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), Alexandria, VA

Session Description: Are you concerned about how the obligations imposed on employers by healthcare reform will affect Medicaid-funded providers of long term care services? This issue cuts across all providers of long term care and community supports and services. Join this session to get the latest on advocacy efforts to address this issue, and how policy makers are responding.


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