2015 Directors Forum & Annual Conference

2015 Directors Forum & Annual Conference

National Vision for Strong Communities

November 18 – 20, 2015
The Westin Alexandria Hotel
Alexandria, Virginia


National Vision for Strong Communities.
Over the past several years, federal agencies have launched new initiatives, policies and regulations that are shaping our present and future practices for publicly funded supports for people with disabilities and their families. At the same time, states continue to keep the pace of striving to redesign their systems to meet these new requirements. Come learn from federal and state partners about how these initiatives are turning into opportunities for strengthening local communities.

Please join us as we review our history, take a moment to reflect on today and launch into the future. The conference will provide opportunities to:

  • Hear from federal leaders about initiatives and policy changes and how they are shaping the systems of supports for many years to come.
  • Gain an understanding of how 'No Wrong Door' and 'Person-Centered Planning' can strengthen and create welcoming communities.
  • Learn the latest information on trends in long-term services and supports (LTSS), and family care giving.
  • Engage with national experts on housing, community building and the workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).
  • Listen and learn from state leaders on their experiences with these topics.


Jennifer Leimaile HoJennifer Leimaile Ho as the Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this role, Jennifer manages the department's work to connect housing with health and social services.

Jennifer will speak about her work within and across federal agencies and the very pressing issue of housing for people with disabilities.

Howard Gleckman is a senior fellow in the Urban-Brookings Tax PolicyHoward Gleckman Center at the Urban Institute, where he edits the fiscal policy blog TaxVox and the daily news summary The Daily Deduction. He is also affiliated with Urban's Program on Retirement Policy, where he works on long-term care issues. He was a 2006–2007 media fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation and a visiting fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College from 2006 to 2008.

Mr. Gleckman writes two regular columns for Forbes.com, on tax policy and elder care. He is author of the book Caring for Our Parents and speaks and writes frequently on long-term care issues. Mr. Gleckman will provide a national perspective on Long term services and supports.

Robert AgranoffRobert Agranoff, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington, U.S.A. and Cathedrádico, Government and Public Administration Program, Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, Madrid, Spain. He joined Indiana University in 1980 from Northern Illinois University Political Science/Public Affairs (1966-1980) and began at Ortega y Gasset in 1990. At Indiana University he served as a faculty chair, Ph.D. director, and as Associate Dean for Bloomington.

Dr. Agranoff continues to be professionally active, specializing in public administration, intergovernmental relations (IGR) and management, and public network studies along with teaching a Ph.D. class in qualitative/multi-method research at Indiana University and IGR/networks at Ortega. His published work includes books, journal articles, book chapters, research reports, encyclopedia articles, and government sponsored studies. Robert will talk about how intergovernmental networks in I/DD are formed, operated and involve both vertical and horizontal factors.

David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability andDavid Mank Community at Indiana University, Indiana's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and Full Professor in the School of Education.

As a writer and researcher, Dr. Mank has an extensive background in the education and employment for persons with disabilities. He has authored or coauthored numerous articles and book chapters. His interest also includes a focus on the transition of persons with disabilities from school to employment and community living. Dr. Mank is the Chair of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity David Mank, Ph.D., is the Director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University, Indiana's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, and full professor in the School of Education. Dr. Mank is also the chair of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Advisory Committee and will speak about the committees recent recommendations.


Conference Program

Directors Forum
Wednesday, November 18
(8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)

Thursday, November 19
(8:30 AM - 5:00 PM)

Friday, November 20
(8:30 AM - 12:45 PM)


Thursday, November 19, 2015


Using NCI Data to Assess Trends in Housing for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Valerie Bradley
Human Services Research Institute

2015AC-Bradley.pdf (1MB)                                       

Ms. Bradley spoke about the National Core Indicators (NCI) as a valuable resource to assess trends in living arrangements for people supported in state I/DD programs. Specifically, she described how the analysis of NCI data provides a picture of the characteristics of individuals living in a range of settings and how states can use the data to help ensure residential environments both promote the best possible outcomes and comport with the CMS rule.


Person-Centered Planning – Entering No Wrong Door Initiatives One Person at a Time

Joseph Lugo
Team Lead
Aging and Disability Resource Center/ No Wrong Door System
Office of Consumer Direction and Self-Direction
Administration for Community Living

2015AC-Lugo.pdf_5.8KB.pdf (6MB)

Joseph presented on the essentials of embedding person centered planning and processes into the No Wrong Door options, and how public I/DD systems can make strides in systems improvements through these efforts.

Laura Nuss
NASDDDS Board President and
Director of the D.C. Department on Disability Services

2015AC-NUSS.pdf (729 KB)

Laura talked about the extensive person-centered thinking investments D.C. has made in the last several years, their No Wrong Door initiative, how these adaptations sync with federal regulations, and strategies to further positive systems change.

Bernard Crawford
Certified People Training Together Trainer and Advocate
District of Columbia

Erin Leveton
Program Manager
D.C. Department on Disability Services

2015AC-Crawford-Leveton.pdf (720 KB)

Bernard and Erin talked about Bernard's experience in D.C. with his chosen provider agency that became a person-centered organization, and how this resulted in positive changes in his life.


A Different Viewpoint: How Bureaucracy Builds Community

Robert Agranoff, Ph.D.
Professsor Emeritus, Bloomington School of Public Affairs
Indiana University
2015AC-Agranoff.pdf (1MB)

Dr. Agranoff provided an overview of how I/DD disability systems now involve extensive networks. He described how networks that involve intergovernmental agencies, national government organizations, self-advocates, families, and providers create a foundation for bureaucracy success.

Friday, November 20, 2015


Fiscal Challenges and Opportunities: Implications for Medicaid and Entitlement Programs

Ellen Nissenbaum
Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

2015ACNissenbaum.pdf (259 KB) 

Ms.Nissenbaum provided an update and an important perspective on the federal budget and tax issues, as well as federal policies concerning Medicaid and health care as state I/DD agencies look to the future.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Advisory Committee:
Let's Talk About the Preliminary Recommendations

David Mank, Ph.D.

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community
Indiana Center for Excellence on Disabilities

2015AC-Mank.pdf (1MB)

Dr. Mank is the chair of the WIOA Advisory Committee and discussed the committee's charge and preliminary recommendations.


Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) – Impacts, Opportunities and Questions

Marty Ford
Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy
The Arc of the United States

Chris McGee
General Counsel, Virginia 529 College Savings Program
Virginia Treasury

2015AC-FordandMcGee.pdf (1MB)

Ms. Ford talked about opportunities and concerns regarding the ABLE Act from the disability community's point of view, and offered considerations for public I/DD systems to keep in mind as people open ABLE accounts in their states. Mr. McGee talked about how ABLE accounts are designed to work, concerns and opportunities with implementation of the Act, and how state I/DD systems can work together with 529 plan administrators.