2016 Directors Forum & Annual Conference

2016 Directors Forum & Annual Conference

National Trends:
Moving from Plans to Practice

November 9 – 11, 2016
The Westin Alexandria Hotel
Alexandria, Virginia

CONFERENCE THEME

National Trends: Moving from Plans to Practice
Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) play an important part in the lives of millions of people and states have a key role in promoting community integration and reassessing current services and settings to comply with the new federal HCBS requirements. As states continue to restructure and engage others to implement state specific transition plans, they continue to focus on innovative approaches to help solve complex system challenges.

Come learn from federal and state partners about their work in both helping to shape policy guidance to states regarding transition plan implementation as well as identifying the policy trends that aid in moving systems forward.

The conference will provide opportunities to:

  • Hear from federal leaders about initiatives that assist states in making sustainable changes both at the program and policy levels.
  • Learn the latest information on trends in long-term services and supports (LTSS) including supporting people with dementia. 
  • Engage with national experts on the workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and using National Core Indicators data.
  • Learn about the new legislative forecasts.

HIGHLIGHTED SPEAKERS

Nina TotenbergKEYNOTE
Nina Totenberg
NPR Correspondent, Legal Affairs

Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Serena LoweSerena Lowe
Senior Policy Adviser
Administration on Community Living
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Ms. Lowe's primary responsibilities are with the CMS HCBS implementation team, which is responsible for supporting states in the successful implementation of CMS' 2014 final rule on home and community-based services. Prior to joining ACL, Serena served as a Senior Policy Adviser at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). In this capacity, Serena was responsible for a number of federal policy initiatives focused on promoting the socioeconomic advancement of citizens with disabilities, including the department's Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP).

Mike NardoneMike Nardone
Director
Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Mr. Nardone's group has primary responsibility for policy development and regulatory oversight over Medicaid HCBS programs. He has a wealth of state government experience holding multiple positions in Pennsylvania, including; acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Melissa HarrisMelissa Harris
Senior Policy Advisor
Disabled and Elderly Health Policy Group
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

At CMS, Ms. Harris is focusing on Medicaid benefit provision, delivery system issues, and home and community-based services (HCBS) regulation implementation. Prior to this role at CMS, Ms. Harris was the director of the Division of Benefits and Coverage, and responsible for overseeing implementation of most Medicaid benefits, including benefits provided to individuals in the Medicaid expansion population, and the establishment of national benefit policy.

Valerie BradleyValerie Bradley
President
Human Services Research Institute

Val and HSRI were there at the inception of National Core Indicators (NCI) in 1997 and have been partners with NASDDDS in this endeavor ever since. Ms. Bradley was part of the National Quality Enterprise for 12 years and provided technical assistance to states regarding waiver quality assurance. She is currently working with the states of Georgia and Florida to support statewide quality councils composed of a wide-range of stakeholders including self-advocates and families.

Alixe BonardiAlixe Bonardi
NCI Project Director
Human Services Research Institute

Alixe is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and is a faculty member in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability (LEND) program at the UMMS Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center. Until 2014, she directed the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) at the Shriver Center where she developed quality improvement projects to support state developmental disabilities systems.

Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D.Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, U.S. National Task Group on
Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices;
Research Associate Professor
Department of Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago; and
Director for Technical Assistance
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health University of Illinois at Chicago

Mr. Janicki was also the former director for aging and special populations for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and was the project director of an effort that provided the World Health Organization with a series of background reports on promoting longevity among adults with intellectual disabilities throughout the world. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities.

 

Schedule:

2016 Annual Conference Program Cover





CONFERENCE
PROGRAM

(PDF)

Directors Forum
Wednesday, November 9
(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Annual Conference
Thursday, November 10
(8:30 AM - 4:45 PM)

Annual Conference
Friday, November 11
(8:30 AM - 12:45 PM)

Presentations

Thursday, November 10, 2016

PLENARY PANEL

Where the Rubber Hits the Road:
Update on the Status of Implementation Efforts Around the HCBS Settings Regulations

NASDDDS_HCBS_Rule_Current_Issues_and_Future_Directions.pdf

Melissa Harris
Senior Policy Advisor
Disabled and Elderly Health Policy Group
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Serena Lowe
Senior Policy Adviser
Administration on Community Living (ACL)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 

Ms. Harris and Ms. Lowe discussed implementation of the home and community-based services final regulation.  Specifically, they will provide a status report on Statewide Transition Plan analysis and approval, along with a discussion of policy and operational issues of interest to states, providers and other stakeholders.

PLENARY PANEL

Caregiving in Congress
NASDDDS_Panel_Presentation_kerster.pdf

Courtney Kerster
Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor
Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)

This presentation covered information on the vast majority of care that is being provided by family caregivers in the United States.  

PLENARY PRESENTATION

What NCI Tells us About Components of the HCBS Settings Rule
Bradley.pdf

Valerie Bradley
President
Human Services Research Institute

Ms. Bradley spoke about using NCI national data on individual outcomes, this presentation will highlight particular aspects of the new rule including information on choice and control, self-direction, privacy, community inclusion and employment.  This is data that should be continually mined to monitor whether the HCBS rule, now two and a half years into implementation, is having an impact on individuals receiving services and supports funded through waiver and state plan authorities.

PLENARY PRESENTATION

Employment First State Leadership Program (EFSLMP)
Gonzalez_ODEP_EFSLMP_.pdf

Amy Gonzalez
Senior Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Ms. Gonzalez provided a high level overview of the United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program. Additionally, she explained how ODEP is supporting states to comply with HCBS Transition Plans and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to ensure that citizens with disabilities are given the opportunity to participate in competitive integrated employment and meaningful integrated day activities.

Friday, November 11, 2016

PLENARY PRESENTATION

DD Council Trends in Five-Year Plans
Meltzer.pdf

Donna A. Meltzer, CEO
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Ms. Meltzer provided a look into the trends in DD Council Five-Year Plans from the perspective of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.

PLENARY PANEL

Identifying Services to Address Dementia in Aging Adults
Janicki_Bonardi_Walter.pdf

Alixe Bonardi
NCI Project Director
Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)

Matthew P. Janicki, Ph.D.
Co-chair, US National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices
Research Associate Professor, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago
Director for technical assistance for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University

Kelsey Walter
NCI-AD Project Director
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)

This presentation covered the National Alzheimer’s Project Act and the federal/national efforts being undertaken to address Alzheimer’s disease.  It also covered the supports needed to identify and diagnose adults with suspected mild cognitive impairment or dementia, and prevalent service models for day and residential supports.  In addition, data collection activities were discussed to understand outcomes for people diagnosed with dementia in the NCI and NCI-AD surveys, as well as implications for care and supports planning.