Marlborough, September 26th, 2017. The “Growing Strong Together” conference will feature Emily Perl Kingsley, author of “Welcome to Holland”, and who has a son with Down Syndrome. She is also a writer for “Sesame Street”, and her experiences inspired her to include people with disabilities into the Sesame Street cast.
The conference’s mission is to educate and promote best practices of all forms of community living options through a national annual conference. Find workshops and exhibitors that will share with you practical information and innovative ideas to promote solutions for community living. The goal is to explore and find choices available for people to live in a dignified, normative living arrangement.
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1. 43 Years a Caregiver…45 Years a Writer―Messages Sent, Lessons Learned, Emily Perl Kingsley
Working and challenges while being a full-time caregiver.
2. AFC Regulation Review -Allison Ananis, Mass Health; Lisa Hella, Alternatives, Review of Adult Foster Care regulations promulgated in May 2017. Attendees have the opportunity to present questions to Mass Health representatives to seek clarity.
3. Estate Planning -Fredrick M. Misilo, Jr, Esq.Na vigating the options of guardianship and alternatives,
wills and special needs trusts. Addresses the unique needs of families in planning the financial and legal
future of their relative with a disability.
4. A DDS Forum on Brainstorming & Solutions for Shared Living. Gail Gillespie, Regional Director; Larry Tummino, Deputy Commissioner; Jane Ryder, Deputy Commissioner; Moderated by Jeffery Keilson
Brainstorm with senior DDS representatives about current issues, concerns and barriers with Shared Living
as a residential service model; discuss solutions.
5. Life Like Any Other, A History of Services – Ramzi Makim, NE Regional Trainer. Overview of how society has identified and responded to people who live with disabilities; history of services, societal attitudes, and practices.
6. Recognizing, Reporting, & Responding to Abuse: When to call the DPPC. Susan Love, Disabled Persons Protection Commission . Assist mandated reporters and others in recognizing and responding to suspicions of abuse or neglect of a person with a disability
7. Emotional Intelligence: Recognize & Embrace Your EI. Peter McLean, Training & Development Manager,
8. The Who, What, Where, Why & How of Adaptive Sports & Recreation. Kathleen Salas, PT, MHA, Spaulding Adaptive Sports.
1. DDS OQE—Regulation & Audit Tool Review. Doreet Goldhaber, Statewide Director of Quality Enhancement and Steve Saunders, Central-West Regional Director of Quality Enhancement. An overview of the licensure and certification expectations for shared living, concentrating on new and revised changes.
2. AFC Plan of Care. Kitty Curtin, Executive VP of Operations, Nonotuck Resource Associates. Participants are encouraged to bring their own Plans of Care and engage in interactive dialogue that addresses this evolving document and its critical components.
3. Mass Health Roundtable – Daniel Tsai, Assistant Secretary for Mass Health. Health representatives panel will respond to participant questions (submitted at morning registration) and audience follow up questions.
4. Acquired Brain Injury & Money Follows the Person 101. Susan Banks, Community Systems Director, DDS, Kara
Caillouette, Program Coordinator, Adam Holst, ABI/MFP, Risk Manager. An overview and history of ABI and MFP waiversand review of outcomes expected for each and how measurements can be met in a Shared Living model.
5. Boundaries & Relationships: Teaching Sexuality – to Children, Teens, & Young Adults with ID. Margaret Rice, Director, Pathlight Brian Melanson, Program Assistant, Pathlight.
6. Supported Decision-Making: An Alternative to Guardianship. Robert Fleischner, Esq, Center for Public Representation;Elizabeth Pell, Director of Policy Advancement.
7. ACO, MCOs & TPAs -Jeffery Keilson, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Advocates; Anne Pelletier Parker, Senior Vice President, Health Systems Integration, Advocates. An overview of ACO/MCO; the most recent updates on the entities; how services will be funded, authorized, and executed; how service providers will work with the ACOs/MCOs third party administrator (TPA) and CPsInfomation on new long-term services and supports
(LTSS) Community Partner (CP) request for response (RFR) due by May 31, 2017.
8. OT—Functional Assessments – Evelyn Brown, Occupational Therapist, Tempus Unlimited.
This workshop is presented by a licensed Occupational. Therapist skilled in functional evaluations of people will
all types of disabilities.
9. Planning for a Loved One with Special Needs – Allyson Hope Cohen, Esq, Cohen Law Services. Learning how to create a meaningful legal, financial and personal plan for your special needs loved one which will enhance the quality of their life while insuring they remain eligible for their public benefits. This workshop will also include a review of the ABLE accounts.
Afternoon Workshops 3:15-4:30 (1-9)
1. DDS OQE—Regulation & Audit Tool Review – Doreet Goldhaber, Statewide Director of Quality Enhancement and Steve Saunders, Central-West Regional Director of Quality Enhancement. An overview of the licensure and certification expectations for shared living, concentrating on new and revised changes.
2. Understanding Behavioral Health Issues: An Intro to PBS in the AFC World – Dan Shafer, M.Ed, and Julie Chartier, RN, Nontouck Resource Associates.
3. Political Advocacy – Leo Sarkissian, Executive Director, and Maura Sullivan, Arc of Massachusetts. An overview of the Arc of Massachusetts and its ongoing advocacy. Learn how to build relationships with legislators and to team build for advocacy goals.
4. Music & Memory in a Home Care Setting – Rory Silvia, AFC Operations Manager/Music & Memory. Coordinator; Jeanne Leyden, RN, AFC Program Director, Cambridge-Somerville Elder Services
Learn about the use of personalized music in a home care setting via the tools provided by becoming a
certified Music & Memory organization.
5. Person Centered Planning – Cheryl Chan, Founder and Principle at Person Centered Planning Partners.
6. Chapter 688/Transition Services (18 – 22 years) – Beckey Gow, Worcester DDS HSC Supervisor; Kathe Coll,
Worcester DDS Transition Service Coordinator.
7. Caregiver Recruitment—Best Practices. Moderator: Rich Niedel MSW, LSW, NLP, Pathlight,
Suzanne Robichaud, Placement Specialist, Nonotuck Resource Associates, Jessica Loring, Seven Hills
Foundation; Sarah Pike, Riverside, Michael Diggs, HMEA; Facilitator, Group
8. What do People with Autism/ID REALLY Need to Know about Sex/Sexuality? Rhonda Ward, LCSW, MSW, Behavioral Health Network; Joanne Murphy, LICSW, MSW, Behavioral Health Network.
9. Quality Dementia Treatment in the AFC World: A Person Centered Approach Kristen Kocot, M.A., LMHC, CEO of Therapeutic Behavioral Interventions.