PAR Solutions Conference
october 22, 23, 24 | Hilton® Harrisburg, PA
It's About Relationships
PAR Solutions Conference | October 22, 23, 24, 2018
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Monday Keynote: Frank Pastizzo...........................................................................7
Monday Afternoon: Relationships in Action! and Networking Social.............12
Tuesday Keynotes ..........................................................................................14-15
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2018 Solutions Conference Sponsorships offer the opportunity for your organization to be highlighted as a key supporter of PAR. The PAR Solutions Conference provides many opportunities for sponsors to meet decision makers and stakeholders from the across Pennsylvania's disability industry, as well as national presenters. Sponsorships are available to PAR Members on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Please consider joining us in attendance at the PAR’s 2018 Solutions Conference, It’s About Relationships!
Assure that you are on the right path….
A person’s ability to establish enduring relationships is a proven method to help achieve both personal and professional goals. This year’s conference theme, It’s About Relationships, will help conference attendees discover, learn and enhance their abilities and opportunities to establish and improve relationships. Positive relationships help build strong foundations.
In today’s changing world, the relationships we build affect all that we do. Whether the relationships are with the individuals and families we serve, peers and co-workers, support service teams, community members and businesses, or with persons on a local, state, federal and international level, when properly fostered, each relationship helps us attain any goal. Relationship-building that emphasizes listening, acceptance of varied ideas and views, respect for others, mutual collaboration, and partnership will help those we serve as well as each of us to achieve goals and outcomes that we may not reach alone.
The Conference Committee is proud to share this year’s slate of conference speakers, plenary sessions and panel presentations. Unique information focused on policy, leadership, relationship-building, employment, technology, innovative solutions and much more are packed into the two regular conference days and a third post-conference day, which hosts focused learning tracks.
Keynote speakers include author of “Warm up the Work Place”, Frank Pastizzo, ODP Acting Deputy Secretary Kristen Ahrens and Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale. As you examine this year’s conference offerings, our conference committee is confident you will be pleased and excited to attend.
As PAR’s 2018 Solutions Conference Chair, I invite you to register now for this exceptional learning experience. On behalf of PAR and the conference committee, we hope to see you October 22 - 24. Let’s learn how to build enduring relationships, collaborate and help foster mutual goals.
- Carrie Kontis
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Seeing all services as human services, Frank draws upon over thirty years of experience as
an Emergency Room Technician, a high school English, Drama and Special Education Teacher, a Health Care Administrator, Marketing Executive, Professional Actor, Comic, and Musician. His energetic programs are sparked with comedy, live music, and poignant stories from the arenas of business, social services, health care, and education.
During his keynote, Frank will use a wonderful mix of music, comedy, and storytelling from his diverse career to capture the audience, helping us to reflect on the values of kindness and respect in all of our relationships.
Exploring the dynamics of diverse workplaces, he will present clear and concise directions on how all of us can contribute to making our jobs rich with humor, humanity, and joy.
Frank draws on a quote from Louis Lamour, which says: Masters in the art of living know no clear distinction between their work and their play, their labor or their recreation. They hardly know which is which. They simply pursue their vision of excellence through whatever they are doing and leave others to determine whether they are at work or at play. To themselves they always seem to be doing both.
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Warming up the workplace
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Frank Pastizzo | President, Warm Up The Workplace, Inc.
Gold Sponsor: Lakeshore Community Services, Inc.
Monday | 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Shirley Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer, PAR
The PAR Solutions Conference is open to EVERYONE! - PAR Members, non-members, and anyone who has an interest in supporting individuals with intellectual disability or autism. The conference will host local, state, and national speakers. For information about how to register for this year's conference, see page 30.
We look forward to returning to the Hilton Harrisburg in downtown Harrisburg. PAR has a block of rooms reserved from Sunday, October 21- Thursday, October 25 at a discounted rate. For information about how to book your room at PAR's special rate, see page 30
Sponsors & Exhibitors
The Solutions Conference hosts a networking-rich experience for sponsors and exhibitors. If you would like to support the 2018 Solutions Conference, email email@example.com. All opportunities are first come, first served. You can also become a sponsor by donating to our Silent Auction (pg. 12)!
We look forward to welcoming Frank Pastizzo as this year’s Keynote Speaker at the PAR Solutions Conference on Monday, October 22!
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Continuing Education Available
Pending agency approval, PAR is offering the following Continuing Education (CE) credits free of charge to conference attendees*. If you are planning on receiving credit for any of the CEs listed below, please indicate it on your registration form. Stop by the registration table at the conference to pick up your packets.
PAR has submitted the 2018 PAR Solutions Conference to the following accreditation agencies for approval:
State Board of Accountancy (Approved)
Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)
(Pending – Approval Expected)
Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) (Pending – Approval Expected)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW), PA Chapter
State Board of Nursing
Certificates of Participation, which
can fulfill agency and regulatory requirements, will also be available
at the Registration Table.
*Some CEs may include a fee to be paid directly to the accreditation agency. PAR does not charge any additional fee.
October 22, 2018
During this session, Frank will discuss concepts from his book Warming Up the Workplace, which is focused on encouraging us to take an honest look at how we either connect with or detach ourselves from those around us. This session will inspire us to stay kind, do good things for one another, and practice positive engagement in order to promote our most confident work and our best results as humans. Frank will use humorous and serious anecdotes from schools, human service organizations, and healthcare organizations to highlight excellent ideals and values put into quality practices across the U.S.
This workshop will explore the benefits of relationships with faith communities to foster meaningful, practical and realistic supports that respond to the spiritual needs, religious preferences and goals of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Respecting and supporting these relationships enhances the inner emotional and social life of individuals with IDD. The individual, provider organization and faith community all benefit from this relationship. (Rumors of prizes to worthy participants remains under scrutiny)….
A-2 Coach Approach To Person Directed Services
Lisa Svidron, Employment Supports Supervisor, InVision Human Services
Sr. Kathleen Schipani, Director, Office for Persons with Disabilities, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
A-7 The Periodic Risk Evaluation: A New Tool for Identifying Risk and Service Need among Adults with Autism
Frank Pastizzo, President, Warm Up The Workplace, Inc.
A-3 Faith Communities: A Vehicle for Fostering Relationships
A-6 "Romancing" the Employer
A-1 Warming Up The Workplace
You need a job and they need a worker! So how can you build a relationship with the employer so that the job is yours? Whether it's a customized job that you seek or a job in the desired field, learn what to say, how to say it and how to build a good relationship with an employer. Learn how to be a successful job developer for your client.
A-4 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: A positive, proactive approach for reducing challenging behaviors and restrictive procedures for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Limited valid and reliable options exist to assess service needs of adults with autism. The lack of tools is especially concerning with respect to identifying those with the most complex needs that, if unidentified and unaddressed, escalate to crises such as hospitalization, homelessness, and police interactions. The Periodic Risk Evaluation (PRE) was designed to identify risk factors in order to mitigate, flag for additional services and intervention, and allocate resources. The PRE has been implemented in two programs administered by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services: the Adult Autism Waiver and the Adult Community Autism Program. This presentation will define the process used to design the PRE and demonstrate initial results of the PRE in identifying adults with autism with complex needs. The PRE represents among the first efforts to establish a tool of this kind for adults with autism, and the potential adaptation of the PRE into other populations and age ranges will be discussed.
Dolores Frantz, Director, Division of Quality Management, ODP and Celia Feinstein, Executive Director, Temple Institute on Disabilities, will review progress made in developing ODP’s Provider Profiles, including next steps for posting the first set of ODP's Provider Profiles online. Major components of each Provider Profile are a Provider-generated Summary describing the Provider’s mission, values, services and supports, and a Provider-specific Data Presentation using IM4Q data compiled by staff of Temple’s Institute on Disabilities. Dolores and Celia will discuss how ODP’s Provider Profile Workgroup has chosen the content of Provider Summaries and Data Presentations with the input of stakeholders.
Dolores Frantz, Quality Management Director, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Celia Feinstein, Executive Director, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University
Stacy Nonnemacher, Clinical Director, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Amy Alford, M.Ed., BCBA, Senior Clinical Consultant, Bureau of Autism Services, Department of Human Services
Stewart Shear, National Director of I/DD Services, Devereux
Sandra Powell, Coordinator of Clinical Services, Devereux
Volcano Shelton, Program Administrator, Devereux
The Coach Approach says that services for people with developmental disabilities and autism can go beyond person-centered to person-authored and person-directed. A coach approach can make every interaction more effective, more meaningful, and more respectful. Coaching supports people having greater control and direction in their plan. During this session Dr. Monica McCall will share her success story in changing the culture of Creative Options to support person directed services. The Coach Approach has literally transformed how all people at Creative Options work together, at every level. Laura Howell, CEO of MACS, which is Maryland’s provider association, will share her perspective on the Community Settings Rule and how a Coach Approach is key to effective alignment with the Rule. We will share and practice Coach Approach skills so everyone can begin to take a coach approach!
Concurrent session - A
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
A-5 Provider Profiles
Monica McCall, Ph.D., CEO, Creative Options
Laura Howell, Executive Director, Maryland Association of Community Services
This presentation will focus on describing a positive, proactive approach for providing supports and services to adult individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Devereux’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (D-PBIS) is a tiered system that emphasizes teaching appropriate socially acceptable behaviors in order to reduce the individual’s need for the use of challenging behaviors. The key components of this framework and how it is implemented in community residences will be presented along with integrity, satisfaction and outcome data measures to date. In addition, testimonies will be given by key staff that have been involved in the implementation process.
B-4 Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Access and Promote Everyday Lives
As more individuals with autism enter the Adult Services Delivery Systems, understanding how to best support them using evidenced-based strategies is critically important. Interventions based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are well-supported in the literature, and can be used to teach independence in a variety of skill areas. While the use of ABA is common in autism educational services, it becomes less common as individuals transition out of educational services. Part of the reason for this may be a lack of understanding of ABA in the Adult Services systems. This presentation will focus on how to use ABA strategies to promote Everyday lives and ensure that individual rights and preferences are the focus of any strategy that is used. We will also cover common myths and misconceptions that may make providers hesitant to incorporate ABA into their adult programming.
B-1 Enhancing Relationships: Modeling Our Own (Sometimes Inept) Learning Adventures
There have been many changes over the past year within the service of Lifesharing. One of the biggest is birth families being able to provide Lifesharing to a family member. Come get an update on this as well as additional changes, challenges, new regulations and best practices developed over this past year by the Lifesharing Coalition.
Karen Parenti, Executive Director, Melmark
David Dragone, Director of 6400 Homes, Melmark
Maggie Haag, Senior Director of Adult Services, Melmark
Shawn Quigley, Senior Director of Clinical Services, Melmark
B-7 Keeping Up With Lifesharing
Kathy Trumbore, Lifesharing Director, KenCrest
Ron Melusky, Division of Program Operations, Bureau of Community Services, Office of Developmental Programs
B-6 From Data Overload to Data Driven Decision-Making
While Employment is the first and preferred service for all people, Community Participation Supports plays an integral role in developing skills and personal networks that support meaningful employment outcomes. As services move into the community with limited funds and an evolving role of the DSP, providers are seeking strategies to plan community exploration activities that compliment employment goals and build social capital. Come learn and brainstorm strategies for maximizing your organizational resources and building quality Employment and Community Participation Programs. Presenters will discuss ways to create and foster positive relationships with community members and how to maintain established relationships. Additionally, presenters will share success stories that highlight collaborative and innovative supports for people with a variety of abilities, including those with very significant needs. Let’s shake up our thinking and imagine differently about what a meaningful day really looks like!
B-3 Creating Collaborative Partnerships to serve those with Concurring Presentations of IDD and Behavioral health
Monday Concurrent session - B
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mark Davis, President, Ohio Provider Resource Association
B-2 Relationships = Collaboration = Results
B-5 Innovative Practices for Quality Outcomes: A blueprint for Social Capital building through Employment 1st and Community Participation
Matt Hoffman, Managing Partner, Afia
Chris Akerley, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Afia
Jessica Fenchel, Vice President for Adult Behavioral Health, Access Services
Janice Knowlton, Vice President for Intellectual Disability and Autism, Access Services
Often, people are not comfortable with the prospect of learning a new skill or concept, where initial human ineptness is bound to be on display. Many want to retreat into the familiar and stay with what they know. If this attitude is modeled and becomes predictable, a place for learning can become a place of reticence for both learners and leaders. Displaying one’s own willingness to jump into an unknown arena to learn something new provides a model for excellent teaching and learning, and those who openly engage in these adventures inspire courage and growth.
Using several interactive games and activities, Frank assists audiences to once again discover the excitement of the sponge state where enthusiasm flows. He leads them without embarrassment into activities including juggling, multi-tasking, proficiency during chaos, advanced listening, and conceptual logistics. Participants should wear active footwear and clothing. Passive observers are also very welcome.
Chelsea Lutts, Director, SPIN
Antoinette Hinkle, Director, SPIN
Services geared toward the support of individuals who present both IDD and behavioral health concerns are few and far between. So many people need the expertise of both systems, but collaboration across systems has significant challenges. In this session, we will present how we have learned to bridge that chasm across programs and systems to implement interventions that flexibly address the needs of individuals who need the best of two very different systems. We will identify obstacles, practical solutions, and will walk through a case review demonstration.
For years, organizations have been implementing electronic systems to support clinical, financial, and administrative staff and workflows. The focus on selection and implementation is often on getting the right information into the systems for required payer and regulator reports. There’s often just no time nor the expertise to think about how that data can be used to improve clinical and management decisions, as well as how data can be combined from multiple systems. Given the move towards outcomes, pay-for-performance and value-based reimbursement, there is an incredible opportunity available. If leveraged properly, all of this data can be used to drive decision making to improve individual outcomes, make better management decisions, decrease costs, and PROVE the value of your services. Join an engaging workshop to exchange ideas, gain insights from real-life examples of organizations who are using data analytics platforms, and problem solve how to become a data driven organization.
Hear about how one state established and leveraged relationships to form valuable partnerships. Learn about innovative collaborations with self-advocates, school districts, counties, state, families, CMS, health and human services leadership that achieved strategic results.
Visit the Silent Auction tables throughout the Networking Social to bid on silent auction items. Attendees will be able to place their bids on bid sheets while enjoying the networking event. Winners will be announced at the end of the Networking Social. If you have won an item, you can visit the registration table for pick up and payment. Credit cards will be accepted for payment of items.
Zayne Harshaw, Guitarist
& Tuesday Morning
2nd annual Silent Auction
Awards, Networking Social & Entertainment
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Monday Evening Showing | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
PAR Members believe It’s All About Relationships. The way we engage with people with Intellectual Disability/ Autism (ID/A) and their families, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), elected officials and others helps define the success we encounter in our field. For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America in his beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Mr. Rogers kindness and humanity has had a remarkable impact upon leaders in every industry and every field. His lessons have inspired generations of children and their parents. In an age when there is a public thirst for civility and compassion, the recent Mr. Rogers film resonates, with PAR Members and the disability community, with its message for the ages calling for all of us to come together with kindness to build a better world.
Join us for a viewing of the entire movie. This is a regular conference session.
The facilitator will round out the session with an opportunity for reflection on the theme.
PAR will be hosting its second silent auction at the 2018 PAR Solutions Conference. Proceeds will be used first to fund scholarships for self advocates and their families to attend PAR's Solutions Conference and trainings, and for leadership events throughout the year. PAR’s conference is anticipated to exceed 650 attendees this year, who will all have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items throughout the networking social.
PAR invites your organization to donate high-quality items to be included in our silent auction. Donors will be highlighted as Silent Auction Sponsors leading up to and during the conference. Fore more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAR Silent Auction
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | During the Networking Social
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Gold Sponsor: Merakey
Our Networking Social will take place immediately following the Awards Ceremony and will offer a fabulous hors d'oeuvre spread and one free adult beverage per attendee. This always-anticipated event continues the "We Are Worth It." celebration and gives conference attendees time to connect with friends and colleagues from across the state. Musical entertainment will be provided by Zayne Harshaw, a talented guitarist who is passionate about living life through the Spectrum of potential, promise, and purpose. PAR's Silent Auction will also take place during this time. We're looking forward to seeing you there!
We are delighted to welcome Zayne Harshaw back to this year's 2018 conference!
Zayne is an accomplished, self-taught guitarist and band member of Blue Spectrum, which is comprised of young people who share a passion for creating and playing wonderful music. Their love of performing is not the only commonality they share. They are also members of the special needs community. Zayne's mother, Gwen, says that music has transformed her son from a painfully shy boy to an extremely confident musician.
Zayne, along with his band members, are young champions who serve as inspirations, proving that life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose.
Relationships in Action!
"We Are Worth It." Awards
3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsors: Resources for Human Development, SPIN, Inc.,
Delta Community Supports
This fantastic afternoon event will open the door for you to learn from and celebrate the achievements of outstanding peers, community employers, leaders, and individuals who receive services and give of themselves in service. Attendees can expect to leave inspired as they are reminded about the impact that thriving relationships can have in our communities, workplaces, and homes.
Kristin Ahrens is the Acting Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). Previously, Kristin served as the Director of the Bureau of Policy and Quality Management in Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs. Before joining the Office of Developmental Programs, she served as the Policy Director for the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Ms. Ahrens' 25 years of experience working with people with disabilities spans from advocacy and community education to providing supported living, family support and self-directed services and includes development and management of several self-directed models. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Ms. Ahrens was the Director of Self-Determination Resources, Inc. (SDRI), a regional brokerage serving adults with I/DD, in Oregon. Ms. Ahrens has a Masters in Education and Disability Studies Certificate from Temple University.
Auditor general keynote
10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Eugene A. DePasquale | Auditor General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Gold Sponsor: Keystone Human Services
PAR looks forward to welcoming Office of Developmental Programs Acting Deputy Secretary Kristin Ahrens as a Keynote Speaker on Tuesday, October 23.
PAR is pleased that Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, the chief fiscal watchdog for the Commonwealth of PA, will Keynote at PAR's 2018 Solutions Conference on Tuesday, October 23.
The Rain Man Effect
Tuesday Evening Showing | 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Despite growing awareness by professionals about autism, the public’s understanding of autism is mixed. Parents of children with autism often say to each other if you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. Understanding the autism spectrum takes time, effort and research. Much of the public’s understanding has come from popular culture, TV and movies, like the 1988 film, “Rain Man”, which created an inaccurate version that all people with autism behave in a single manner with an uncanny ability to remember numbers or having certain savant skills. “The Rain Man Effect” is a documentary field that explores the stigma, generalizations, stigmas and generalizations that have made it difficult for people with autism to be understood in the general community. The producers of the “Rain Man Effect” hope the film will increase understanding and demystify the autism spectrum.
Join us for a viewing of the entire movie. This is a regular conference session.
The facilitator will round out the session with an opportunity for reflection on the theme.
Eugene A. DePasquale began his second term as Pennsylvania’s 51st Auditor General on January 17, 2017 and his audits have identified nearly $600 million in misspent or potentially recoverable state money including urging the state pension plans to cut another $100 million in Wall Street investment fees.
PAR applauds Eugene's work to prevent abuse and protect vulnerable Pennsylvanians. He is most proud of the work that led to fixing the state’s child-abuse hotline, ChildLine, where more than 58,000 calls went unanswered before his audit; reducing the number of untested rape kits in Pennsylvania and across the nation; and recommending improvements in the state’s response to the opioid crisis. He continues to fight to protect children from abuse, end the backlog of untested rape kits, make college affordable for the middle class, and ensure seniors have access to the services they need.
His audit of the Philadelphia Parking Authority helped crack down on sexual harassment policies creating a safer work environment for women. The audit also helped to ensure the Philadelphia School District is receiving the appropriate funding from the parking authority.
His growing reputation as a national leader in fiscal accountability and government transparency were galvanized by eliminating the department’s 244-car fleet and being the first statewide elected official to put his travel expenses online for public inspection as well as all of his department’s monthly expenses.
Auditor General DePasquale was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he graduated from Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School as a member of the state championship football team. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, where he played baseball and football. He went on to earn his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and his law degree from the Widener University School of Law.
He lives in York County, where he enjoys watching his teenagers, Ben and Sarah, play music and sports.
Before winning statewide election as Auditor General, DePasquale served three terms in the House of Representatives, where he built a proven track record of consistently working to make Pennsylvania government more ethical and open. The first member of the General Assembly to post his expenses online, he also fought for middle-class jobs, education funding and a ban on texting while driving.
Auditor General Keynote | 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
It's About Relationships | 9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
It's About relationships
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Kristin Ahrens | Acting Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Gold Sponsor: InVision Human Services
Genevieve Fitzgibbon, Deputy Director, Keystone Human Services International
Leah Klish, Director of Education – Intellectual Disability Services, Keystone Human Services
Shabina Bano, Program Manager, The Hans Foundation
Chandni Tandon, Program Manager, The Hans Foundation
Panel Moderator: Charles J Hooker, III, President and CEO, Keystone Human Services
Rochelle Von Hof, M.S., Ph.D., Director of Clinical Services and Programming, Barber National Institute
Cecelia Hollands, Senior Clinical Supervisor, Barber National Institute
C-3 Investing in Relationships and Transforming Community Practice in the U.S., India, and Beyond
If we, as a society, really believe in empowering and supporting individuals with disabilities in the community, then there must be opportunities for financial education. Financial education is the foundation for informed and shared decision-making. Pennsylvania has several new initiatives, including Employment First, ABLE accounts and “A Home of My Own”, that integrate financial education as a key component. This session will include information about some of PA’s resources (including PATF’s Cents and Sensibility: a Guide to Money Management and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Your Money, Your Goals) as well as a discussion about the Office of Developmental Programs’ recently released Tech Guide that provides instructions and clarifications for Housing and Tenancy Sustaining Services.
C-6 Financial Empowerment: Making a Difference in Housing and Employment
Services in the intellectual disability field have historically had a care dependent focus, "doing for, instead of with." Follow one company's path to an inclusive partnership in creating a leadership structure where we all have a voice.
C-2 Diving into the Data – Office of Developmental Programs Employment Data
This presentation will focus on the use of solution-focused treatment when working with individuals who have an Intellectual Disability and a history of trauma. During this presentation, attendees will gain an understanding of the definition of trauma and traumatic stressors. Attendees will gain an awareness of the prevalence of IDD in the general population as well as clinical indications for treatment of trauma. Finally, the presenters will teach about current research as to the most effective treatment interventions for the IDD population regarding trauma. Please join us for this informative event!
Concurrent session - C
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We'll engage in discussion and activities that show how and why we should double check our own communications for person-first language. How can this keep our feet on common ground when communicating with colleagues, the public, legislators, and others? How do we keep candid, respectful, and informative dialogue going with them? How do we apply the principles of "person-first language" and "behavior as communication" to make an ongoing positive impact in the professional settings of fundraising and brand management (marketing, communications, public relations)?
Priority Number 11 in the Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations publication is "Collect and Coordinate Data." The March 2017 Executive Order Summary states that "ODP is working to collect and publish [employment-related data]." In November 2017, ODP obtained its first full set of employment data from the individual monitoring questions supports coordinators ask individuals when they meet with them throughout the year. ODP also collects employment-related data for the Department of Human Services' Increase Employment initiative. During this session, audience members can take a deeper dive into the data by asking questions, identifying trends, and considering how they and/or their specific organization can use this data to set targets and goals to help the individuals they support obtain and maintain competitive-integrated employment.
October 23, 2018
Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Ben Laudermilch, Executive Housing Director, Office of Social Programs, Department of Human Services
Jeffrey Cooper, Colonel, USAF, Retired
Parents/caregivers/guardians are under a great deal of stress when raising a child with special needs. Hear one family's story of raising an autistic child into adulthood. A reflection of this journey reveals how large the village population swelled. Participants will develop a better appreciation for their own role in the village of others. It’s about relationships.
C-4 Nothing About Me Without Me, A Strategy for Shared Leadership
Alexandra Canavan, Regional Executive Director, Merakey
John Walker, Philadelphia Advisory Group Member, Merakey
David Schwartz, President Bucks/Montco Consumer Advisory Group, Merakey
Danelle Sunseri, Clinical Specialist, Merakey
Cory Griesbaum, President, CAG Clearfield/Jefferson Co
C-1 It Took A Village
At last year’s PAR conference, we engaged in a conversation about human services organizations working internationally and shared that our answers to the questions “Why?” and “How?” have everything to do with relationships. This year we will bring that conversation full circle, focusing on some of the deep-seated challenges inherent in our work, and demonstrating how we are finding the simplest and most rewarding solutions by shifting outside of our regular mindsets and allowing different ideas to stretch us. Join our panelists from Keystone Human Services (U.S.) and The Hans Foundation (India) in a discussion about building relationships and community with and for people with disability, the organizational strengths we are realizing because of our partnerships, and how new and varied perspectives are bringing renewed clarity to our work, helping to creating a culture of community connection that fosters self-advocacy and relationships in action.
Gwendolyn Harshaw, Marketing Manager, Blue Spectrum
Gene Harshaw, Manager, Blue Spectrum
C-5 It’s All About Relationships! Fundraising and Brand Management
Marjie Foster, Center for Advancement & Partnerships, InVision Human Services
Melissa Fereday, Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager, InVision Human Services
C-7 Using Solution-Focused Treatment When Working with Persons Who Have IDD and a Trauma History
Kelly Arnold, Human Services Program Specialist, Statewide Employment Lead, Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Eric O’Neill, Northeast Regional Program Representative,
Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Brian Dengler, Western Region Employment and Community Participation Supports Lead, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Although many professionals in the field of developmental disability interact with family members on a regular basis, few are skilled in techniques and strategies that support strong parent-professional relationships and open communication on behalf of the people receiving supports. This skill gap can lead to power struggles, mistrust, and animosity that can undermine continuity of quality services. This panel will present positive approaches on ways to engage families, nurture productive and empathetic relationships between families and support staff, and reduce conflict. This session is intended to reframe thinking about “difficult” families, clarify roles and expectations, and develop best practices aimed at improving communication skills that foster collaboration and trust. We will consider ways that providers can work more effectively with families in order to improve the quality of life for people receiving services.
Relationships play an important part in all people’s lives. Relationships with family members, friends, housemates, and staff all have an impact on the quality of lives. Supports Coordinators have a significant role in assuring that people with intellectual disability (ID) are able to live the life they envision and reach for their dreams. Understanding the importance of relationships is extremely important in this role. During the Spring of 2018, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC) facilitated Getting to the Heart of Monitoring – Training on the Basics for Supports Coordinators. The training was provided by Tim Greusel from QEST. While the training covered many issues faced as part of monitoring, relationships were at the heart of much of the discussion during the six hours of training. This presentation is aimed at sharing ways supports coordinators can support relationships – with individuals, their families, friends, and others.
tuesday Concurrent session - D
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
D-1 Engaging Families and Creating Trusting Partnerships
D-3 Exempt Resources and Managing Client Funds
This presentation will focus on a Person-Centered Assessment and Staff Supports inventory for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities including ASD with complex needs. The bio-psycho-social assessment instrument was developed from input by clinical, medical, Direct Support Professionals (DSP), administrators and consumers at Fayette Resources, Inc. The tool is designed to be individualized and person centered, comprehensive, holistic and assists individuals in receiving supports and services that are individualized and tailored to their specific needs. The tool is also designed to assist agency administrators in determining the type and amount of supports and costs associated with the identified supports across a variety of life domains.
Denise Brown, Director of Quality Management & Development, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
Tim Greusel, Director, Quality Enhancement Support Team (QEST)
Mary Kate Parson, Unit Manager, Quality Progressions
Dawn Wolfe, Lebanon County Employment Coalition - “Work With Us”
Michael Barnhart, Employment Coordinator, QUEST, Inc.
Kelly Arnold, Office of Developmental Programs Statewide Employment Lead
Dan Sausman, Dauphin/Cumberland/Perry Employment First Group – “Take Charge of Your Life – Choose Work”
Adam Wiener, Dauphin/Cumberland/Perry Employment First Group – “Take Charge of Your Life – Choose Work”
This presentation gives a comprehensive review of exempt resources as per Social Security and Medical Assistance. Providers are in a unique position as rep-payee to do long-range financial planning on behalf of residents and individuals in their care. Nonetheless, providers may not be up to date on changes in SSA POMS nor may they be aware of the various resources that can help them manage a client's assets and keep them eligible. This presentation will use case studies and Q&A to demonstrate how common and difficult challenges can be overcome.
Jessica Stover, Director of Training and Consultation, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.
Priority Number 9 of the Executive Order 2016-03 Recommendations document is "Expand Public-Private Partnerships." A specific recommendation listed underneath this priority is "Employment Coalitions," which are local-level human service, education, and employment agency groups that come together to develop positive interagency relationships, engage businesses, and share information and resources. Please join our session to learn about statewide initiatives related to engaging and supporting employment coalitions, as well as some of the "ground-level work" that two Central PA employment coalitions are doing to help individuals achieve competitive-integrated employment.
D-5 A Full Circle: Person Centered Planning, Wholistic Practices, Communication and More…
The Full Circle Project is an effort to show benefits and realization of living a full life for everyone, when people are seen, heard, understood as “whole” and areas within their life are not fragmented. Too often, supports for those “most difficult to support” and those who have been labelled as “challenging” are reactionary. Not because we are not well-meaning, but because we, as a system, are trying to find the fastest “fix” to help the person get to their next day or even moment in life. What if there was another way? What if the team was able to move past “now” to understand who the person is, tools which may help them to live in balance, and assist to create a life of control and well-being? Join us as we start to think about this more deeply, share what we’re exploring, and how you can create this, too.
Thomas Tirney, President, Arlington Heritage Group, Inc.
Lea Anne Gardner, National Director Population Health, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Population health addresses improving the overall well-being and health of individuals. Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health uses a population health focus to care for our individuals, including those diagnosed with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (A/ID). This session will introduce population health concepts and review Devereux’s approach to improving overall wellness and health. Attendees will learn basic population health concepts such as the Triple Aim, outcomes, value-based reimbursements, and how Devereux is applying those concepts to preventative healthcare and healthcare maintenance for our (A/ID) individuals in community-based programs.
D-6 Population Health for Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disability
John McGonigle, Ph.D., Director, Pennsylvania Autism Training Institute, LLC
Kelly Knarr, Regional Director, Fayette Resources, Inc.
David Fye, Director of Behavioral Services, Fayette Resources, Inc.
D-2 Understanding the Importance and Outcomes of Relationships in People’s Lives
Cheryl Dougan, Parent Activist, National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, Board
Lisa Tesler, Director, PA Family Network
Sandi Cooper, Executive Director, Neighbours, Inc.
D-7 Employment Coalitions – Bridging the Gap
D-4 The Person-Centered Performance, Acuity, Staffing and Supports Inventory Scale: The PASS is an assessment tool that is in development for determining types and amounts of support for individuals with IDD including ASD with complex needs in residential and community settings
E-1 GFresh and the Party Peach
tuesday Concurrent session - E
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
E-3 And You Thought Only Dorothy Could Have the Ruby Slippers?
Beverly Frantz, Project Director Criminal Justice and Healthy Sexuality, IOD/Temple University
E-5 Dual Diagnosis Capacity Building Initiatives: A Collaboration with ODP and OMHSAS
How do we expand our community to create strong relationships? How do we identify those things we may want to access in our community and then how do we build connections to jobs, interests and those things we are passionate about? Could it be as simple as tapping into connections we already have? Join us as we explore how using a Supports Broker as a partner in the process of creating connections, hiring the right staff and accessing the community could be the best-kept secret out there.
Relationships are like a recipe. Add a little of this and a little of that, mix, cook and hopefully everything will turn out well. Relationships are similar to following a recipe. If the "rules" are followed, a successful relationship will develop. But, that doesn't always happen. This workshop will explore relationships from different perspectives – an individual, parent, care provider, school personnel, and others. Each with their own idea of what type of relationship, if any, an individual can have. Our biases and stereotypes impact how the rights, risks and responsibilities of having a healthy intimate relationship are interrupted and challenged by people with more perceived power/control than an individual with IDD/autism. Healthy relationships are a natural part of the human experience.
E-7 Taking Down Barriers: Community Engagement for People with Complex Needs
What if Sam screams profanity while we’re volunteering at the senior center? What if Kathy throws the food we’re preparing at the Soup Kitchen? What if Joe, a client with paraplegia needs to be changed and there is no adult changing table within miles? It is easy to let the “what if” influence the “what could be” for the people we support who have complex needs. Our willingness to creatively problem-solve around challenges has a direct and significant impact on the quality of life of the people we support. This workshop will explore the internal and external obstacles faced when we work to include individuals with complex needs in the community. Innovative strategies will be explored, and compelling stories will highlight approaches to expanding opportunity for those who often are excluded from community participation. The successful interagency partnership between Indian Creek Foundation and Access Services’ Integrate for Good Project will be featured.
Kaelynne Koval, Program Director, Resources for Human Development
George Casady, Day Services Director, Indian Creek Foundation
Bev Weinberg, Project Director, Integrate for Good, Access Services
JEVS Human Service operates the Suburban Station CareerLink on JFK Blvd in Center City Philadelphia. In April 2017, recognizing that most CareerLinks aren’t designed to accommodate job seekers who require special supports, JEVS developed a process to minimize registration hurdles and make it more welcoming and efficient to people experiencing obstacles to their job search. They trained staff to become more accepting and hired a navigator to facilitate the registration process, assist with service planning and reach out directly to agencies and job seekers with disabilities. Now one year later, come hear about our challenges and successes.
This presentation will discuss current initiatives underway with the involvement and leadership of ODP and OMHSAS to increase the capacity to serve individuals with complex needs in the community. Come and hear how focused projects are increasing services to individuals with dual diagnosis. Learn from examples of current and planned endeavors and think about how you can bring innovative ideas to your local area. See how you can get involved in statewide efforts to contribute to the work on better serving individuals with complex needs.
E-4 Best Practices for Effective Revenue Cycle Management
E-6 Blurred Lines: The Differences Between Relationships Yesterday and Today
Millin Associates will lead a panel discussion with Pennsylvania ODP providers along with Millin’s own Subject Matter Experts focusing on the best practices your agency should have in place to assure efficient and effective billing processes that will assure the ongoing revenue stabilization. The panel will also discuss the technology required to support this process. These technologies include time-keeping, eligibility verification, electronic visit verification (EVV), authorization management and revenue cycle management systems. This discussion will include the topic of selecting “best-of-breed” solutions to implement for each area of the process to assure that the right technology is in place to best handle the challenges each area faces throughout the process.
Using a case study of an individual labeled ‘unemployable’ by some providers, and the reality of multi-layered accommodation building, what are some little-known technologies for those attempting to enter the work force? What constitutes outside the box when it comes to using technology to increase inclusion? Session participants will explore accommodation building while balancing costs, outcomes and the crucial role relationships play in novel, tech-heavy Employment First solutions. Session participants will evaluate their current methodology for assessing person-centered accommodations and build on it with the support of the presentation and the group. "GFresh and the Party Peach" goes beyond an iPhone or iPad to decrease reliance on paid staff.
Joe Cipolla, Executive Director, JEVS hireAbility
Nicki Woods, Site Administrator PA CareerLink Suburban Station, JEVS Human Services
Josh Shusterman, Disability Navigator, JEVS Human Services
Chris Bellias, Manager Customized Employment, JEVS hireAbility
E-2 Moving a local CareerLink to accommodate job seekers with disabilities, JEVS story one year later.
Julia Barol, CESP, President, Transition Consults, LLC
Stacey Figueroa, CESP, Certified Supports Broker, Transition Consults, LLC
Susan Rzucidlo, CESP, Certified Supports Broker and Parent, Transition Consults, LLC
Julie Sozio, Certified Supports Broker, Transition Consults, LLC
Gregory Cherpes, MD, Medical Director, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Jim Wisz, Executive Director of Operations, Millin Associates, LLC
Deborah Bennett, Fiscal Director, Futures Community Support Services, Inc.
Joseph Samet, Senior EDI Business and Regulatory Analyst, Millin Associates, LLC
F-5 Life After 14c: Do We Really Know Whether People Will Be Better Off?
F-7 Learning to Sail My Ship: The Impact of Trauma on People with Disabilities
tuesday Concurrent session - F
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
F-3 Welcome to Belonging
It has been our experience at Community Interactions, a comprehensive support program for adults who are diagnosed with a developmental disability/autism, that individuals often experience difficulty in either finding a job or keeping a job. The major reason for this is not their willingness to work or their ability to learn to do a job. Very often a person’s inability to develop social skills can be the roadblock to developing relationships that can lead to employment. An efficient sensory/motor system is critical in developing social skills and being successful on the job. Understanding the importance of how these systems work in harmony can support a person’s goal of improving their Quality of Life.
This session addresses the profound and widespread impact of traumatic experiences on the people we support. We'll explore the nature and symptoms of trauma, the power of verbal and emotional abuse and provide an introduction to trauma informed thinking and trauma informed organizations.
F-1 Remote Supports for People with ID/A
Mark Bernstein, Self-Employed
Leland Sapp, CEO, Peaceful Living
Kevin Stinson, CEO, Stinson Group
Lisa Musselman, COO, Peaceful Living,
Georgiann Fisher, Vice President of Human Resources, Peaceful Living
People who have IDD and or Autism are straight, gay, bisexual, transgender or simply trying to figure it out. In addition to supporting people in developing healthy relationships, we also need to consider LGBTIQ identities. Meanwhile families, friends and supportive others are also trying to figure out new terms and identities while they educate and provide opportunities for people to experience rich meaningful lives. This session will provide a current list of terms related to LGBT identities and opportunities to discuss, including correlations (intersectionality) between Autism and Transgender. It is critical that all people understand their bodies, relationships, peer pressure, the difference between sex and intimacy, and the impact of past experiences, and have opportunities to ask questions and get answers related to difficult questions.
Providing round the clock supervision for people with intellectual disability and autism can be done in many different ways. Some people require a traditional shift service model which requires Direct Support Professionals to be on-site in a residence on a rotating shift basis 24 hours a day 7 days a week. That type of support can be very costly and hard to maintain, particularly as the DSP Crisis continues with providers unable to fill vacant positions. Some individuals in their own residences don’t require supports for every activity of daily living; and some providers are moving towards the use of Remote Supports or monitoring that allows an individual to have more privacy, greater independence and less overall cost to the system. At this session, learn from two providers of remote supports how these systems operate, hear from an ODP top official how the state’s waiver can promote this model, and hear from a residential provider how this model may help an agency deliver innovative services.
F-6 Stepping out of our comfort zones: Sex, Relationships, Disabilities, Gender, Orientation, Sexual Identity
Sheila Theodorou, Bureau Director of Community Services of the Office of Developmental Programs
Ken Smith, Director of Development, Rest Assured
Tom Jost, Residential Director-Erie County, Lakeshore Community Services
There is no mystery to how relationships and friendships form, grow, and thrive – we have a deep and rich human history of a society which holds together through human relationships. Why is it, then, that freely-given friendships and relationships often elude people experiencing developmental disabilities, often resulting in lifelong, deep, and wounding loneliness? In this session, Pam Seetoo and Betsy Neuville will discuss some of the reasons for this through the lens of Social Role Valorization and offer up a gem of a concept to assist people with disability and those who stand by, with and for them to create the conditions for authentic relationships to grow strong. The Culturally Valued Analogue, a concept developed and taught by Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, will be presented, discussed and practiced as a way to help people enter into the natural pathways to forge relationships.
F-4 A Gem of a Concept: Using the “Natural Pathways” to Foster Integrative Relationships
James Conroy, Chief Scientist, Center for Outcome Analysis
Sharon Potter, Sexuality Consultant, Specializing in Intellectual Disabilities
Elizabeth Neuville, Executive Director, Keystone Institute
Pamela Seetoo, Associate Director, Keystone Institute
Studies show that employees are less engaged in the workplace than ever before. Initiatives to motivate employees through bureaucracy and control or superficial team building continues to yield substandard results. Welcome to Belonging! You will learn what the belonging model is and how you can apply it to the men and women we support, staff and stakeholders. Come see how interactions of belonging can increase employee engagement in your organization.
Parallel to the great deinstitutionalization movement that began in the 1970s, we are now in a period of deconstruction of the sheltered employment settings and systems that we built over the past 70 years. But we are doing this without the firm knowledge that the people will be “better off” – no one has yet done the solid science necessary to proceed with confidence. Some states have ended 14c programs, which allow for subminimum wages, entirely, bills are being introduced regularly in Washington, and lawsuits have brought a few state systems to the brink of ending the option completely. We have the necessary solid science for deinstitutionalization. We have not done it for the current move toward deconstruction. This presentation will explain how badly we need good research on this question, immediately, and how to do it rigorously, quickly, and inexpensively.
F-2 Employment in Relationships:
The Impact of the Sensory Motor System
Donald Szegda, President/CEO, Community Interactions, Inc.
G-2 Living the Dream: Creating a Culture of Health & Wellness
Over half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana with some limitations. PA’s Medical Marijuana law was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 16, 2016, limiting its use to patients with a serious medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism and other conditions. In the ID/A community many heroic parents of kids with autism fought for the law; however, the law’s implementation is not without complications. Despite growing consensus that medical marijuana has positive medicinal value, the federal government continues to regard cannabis as a prohibited substance. For programs that support people with autism and intellectual disability who wish to use medical marijuana, there are serious obstacles in the way. Providers dependent upon Medicaid funding worry that they may lose funding for helping to assist anyone using medical marijuana, despite having the approval of the state. This session will address the efficacy of medical marijuana and the complications for families and providers facing this issue.
Colleen Horcher, Director of Nursing, SPIN
Jennifer Hughes, Chief of Staff, SPIN
Judy Dotzman, Executive Director, SPIN, Inc.
Post-Conference | October 24, 2018
Nursing & Health Services Workshop - G
Silver Sponsor | Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
Craig Escudé, MD, President, Health Risk Screening, Inc.
People with IDD have shorter life expectancies, higher rates of chronic medical problems, take medications with significant complications - all of which are often complicated by challenges in communicating pain and other physical symptoms. This combination can lead to significant risks to a person’s health and well-being. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to mitigate this risk. This presentation will focus on ways to identify and reduce health risks including using the Health Risk Screening Tool to create person-centered health pathways to train staff and to direct healthcare to improve the health and well-being of people with IDD and other vulnerabilities.
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
G-4 Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Law and Implications for the ID/A Community
G-3 Problems with Solutions: Mitigating Health Risk in People with IDD
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
G-1 All Things Medical
SPIN’s D.R.E.A.M. Team is an inclusive wellness strategy to engage our employees, those we support and their families to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The DREAM Team defines health as complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease. All departments within the organization are represented and work together to provide resources on healthy living across the lifespan. The DREAM Team educates and promotes the following health initiatives: Drink Water, Relaxation & Mindfulness, Eat Healthy, Awareness of Health Risks & Move Your Body. Through our relationships with external partners, nursing students from local colleges and universities, healthcare providers, and networks with various organizations, we have identified new and exciting ways to share our dream of a healthy organization and community and make it a reality while having fun and building relationships. This presentation will discuss real ideas and outcomes in living a healthier lifestyle including events, activities, promotions and incentives in supporting everyone in “Living the DREAM”.
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Wednesday's Post-Conference offers four all-day tracks:
Nursing & Health Services, Fiscal, Leadership Summit, and Human Resources
John Collins, Director of The Office of Medical Marijuana, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Lolly Bentch, Patient Liaison of the Office of Medical Marijuana, Pennsylvania Department of Health
Jeremy Haloskie, Parent Advocate
John Barber, President and CEO, Barber National Institute
This session will cover a variety of topics related to physical and mental health for individuals with I/DD, including areas of health risk and wellness. Current initiatives underway by the Office of Developmental Programs as well as future plans will be discussed. The session is focused toward health care professionals such as nurses and medical directors; however, the general public is also welcome.
I-3 A Brief History
Dennis Felty, Founding President, Keystone Human Services
H-4 EHR Selection and Implementation
Kathy McHale, President and CEO, SPIN, Inc.
Rick Smith, Director, Bureau of Financial Management and Program Support, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Lynn Breedlove, Co-Chair, Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
H-3 DSP Staffing
Optimization - a Case Study
Leadership Summit - I
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shelly Chandler, CEO, Iowa Association of Community Providers
This will session review of the key elements of managed care, with particular focus on people with I/DD, using the story of Family Care, the Wisconsin managed care program, from 2001 to date as a case study. We will discuss an explanation of the potential opportunities and pitfalls of managed care, with accompanying advocacy strategies for both. The session will describe Wisconsin's nationally recognized Medicaid-funded managed care ombudsman program.
Fiscal Workshop - H
Silver Sponsor | Maher Duessel
The January 1, 2018 implementation of the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) residential reimbursement system has changed how providers need to look at their DSP staffing models. For years. providers being paid on an average cost basis has, quite frankly, lead to some inherent inefficiencies. For example, one individual in a home makes it staffed 2:3. As the SIS system basically reimburses providers based on the individual needs of the residents, sometimes the hours allotted to individuals in a certain home will not support the hours specified in the Individual Support Plans. Verland engaged a consulting company to perform a DSP Staffing Optimization study where based on our existing homes, our residents, their ISP dictated hours, and their SIS needs based assigned hours, were used to come up with a plan to match as closely as possible our DSP staffing to the SIS based hours assigned to the individuals.
You will learn of the methods taken and results of three iterations of the optimization study, view the database as well as the “Home Fulfillment Calculator.”
H-2 Focusing Your Advocacy Energy in Managed Care
Bill Harriger, President and CEO, Verland
John Jabour, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Keystone Human Services
Richard Follett, Senior Consultant, Northland Consulting Associates
Robert Patton, Senior Director of Operations, Qualifacts
I-2 Keep Calm and Managed Care On!
I-1 Focusing Your Advocacy Energy in Managed Care
Rick Smith, Director, Bureau of Financial Management and Program Support, ODP, will provide an update on fiscal operations and fiscal policies and respond to Q and A.
10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
H-1 All Things Fiscal
I-4 Executive Roundtable
Get together with some of the best minds in the state to talk about the major issues facing Intellectual Disability and Autism services, including the national DSP workforce crisis and system design. Come prepared to bring up your most pressing issues for this collaborative roundtable session with other executives in the field.
Lynn Breedlove, Co-chair, Wisconsin Long Term Care Coalition
Using a structured approach to engage key stakeholders in the search for a new Electronic Health Record is a time consuming but critical process. A multi-disciplined selection team is essential in selecting the right software. This session will detail the 8-month long process that Keystone Human Services used to select its EHR.
As more states are considering managed care systems for LTLSS, hear one state's perspective and what you can learn from Iowa's transition into managed care. Transitions are an important consideration for providers, state administrators, and state legislators.
From the time when humans first began our walk on earth, disability and variations in capacities, intellect and skill has been an inherent aspect of the human experience. As each of us passes through our inevitable life stages we personally experience continuous changes in strength, ability and disability.
This presentation explores this long history of how people experiencing disabilities were perceived and treated by society through the ages. Much of this history is a dark history of 2,500 years of pervasive rejection, marginalization and extermination. The story did not change until 1970 when for the first time government began to fund community alternatives to congregate care and repeated failed attempts to reform institutions.
The ensuing 50 years forged astounding changes that were led by family members, self-advocates, appointed officials, elected officials and private providers.
This presentation explores how leadership was at the core of this remarkable change and how critical personal decisions were of people who encountered the horror and made a decision to use their personal freedom to engage and change reality.
These personal inflection points would have great consequence and would change the world.
J-4 DSP Staffing
Optimization - A Case Study
Jim Bryan, Founder, The Professional Humanitarian Project
Jason Sisock, HR Strategic Partner, Merakey
Jocelyn Vega, HR Strategic Partner, Merakey
J-2 Enhancing the Employee Experience: Promoting a retention-focused culture through collaborative efforts with HR Partnerships and Data Utilization
Workforce Development Workshop - J
Silver Sponsor | Barber National Institute
Jackie Stevens, Chief Operations Officer, Penn-Mar Human Services
J-3 Are Your DSPs Committed to Your Organization or Window Shopping at Others? Developing a Committed and Engaged DSP Workforce
How can we retain our talent? It is the million-dollar question asked in about every organization, regardless of industry. There is no ‘one-size fits all’ approach or solution. This session will focus on how to effectively leverage your HR and data resources to develop and implement retention strategies that are measurable and aligned with business needs and objectives.
A Look Back at our 2017 "We Are Worth It." Award Winners!
During this session you will learn about the ways Penn-Mar Human Services is improving commitment through DSP credentialing and front line leader development. A comprehensive presentation was given at the 2017 PAR conference regarding Penn-Mar’s efforts to credential DSP staff through the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). We will provide an update on the program and share current metrics. Presenters will also describe leader development efforts, including front line supervisors and why we believe these investments will improve our employee value proposition and drive DSP retention.
J-1 Leading from in front, not above.
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
The call for leadership extends beyond any one organization or even field of work. Our healthcare companies, manufacturing companies, and even churches yearn for capable leaders to drive communities forward. Effective leadership takes time to develop but it also takes a great deal of personal belief and self awareness. This session will focus on simple principles to help leaders examine their own growth and goals.
To register for the 2018 PAR Solutions Conference, visit par.net/par-solutions-conference-2018. If you have any questions about registration, please contact the PAR office at (717) 236-2374 or email email@example.com.
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PAR Member Post Conference Day (Wednesday ONLY)
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Non PAR Member Single Day (Monday OR Tuesday)
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Family Member and/or Self Advocate Full Conference (Monday and Tuesday)
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Hotel Room Block
HILTON HARRISBURG: PAR has a discounted room block available at the Hilton Harrisburg for $138 a night.
The special room rate is available until the group block is sold out.
The Radisson: The Raddison (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, PA 17011) which is a short drive from the Hilton, but not within walking distance, has given us an overnight room rate of $94 per night. Call 717-763-7117 and use the group name "Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability" to book your room under the discounted rate. Do NOT use PAR as the group name as the Pennsylvania Realtors Association is registered under that name. The Radisson will offer a free shuttle service back and forth to the Hilton for those who request this arrangement when they book their overnight room.
The SHERATON: Receive a 20% off room discount by booking at The Sheraton (4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111). To make reservations and access your rate on line, you may go directly to our website at www.sheraton.com/harrisburg, enter your dates and click on "Book Now". Then, click on "Change Rates" and enter the PAR promo code 346472 and click "Update". Now your 20% off discount will appear. Select your room type and complete your reservation.
CROWNE PLAZA: PAR has a discounted room block available at the Crowne Plaza for $138 a night.
(23 South Second Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17101). Book online or reference code "PAR" if calling.
2018 PAR Solutions Conference Story Room
PAR is excited to be partnering with our national association ANCOR to gather stories at the 2018 PAR Solutions Conference. The stories and interviews we gather will be used in PAR’s and ANCOR’s state and federal advocacy and the ANCOR Foundation’s Included. Supported. Empowered. public awareness campaign. If you are interested being an interviewee please email email@example.com!
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Chief Executive Officer, Friendship Community
MSA, FAAIDD, Director, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC)
Chair, PAR 2018 Solutions Conference Committee,
Vice President for Intellectual Disabilities,
The Barber National Institute
We are grateful for you.
Chief Executive Officer, Prospectus Berco
Thank you to the PAR Conference Committee
for working hard to provide a conference that will inspire us all to remember that It's About Relationships!
Associate Director of Human Resources, Friendship Community
Manager of Executive Administration, InVision Human Services
PAR is a nonprofit organization that represents home and community-based service providers in Pennsylvania. PAR members provide services and supports to tens of thousands of individuals in Pennsylvania with autism and/or intellectual disability. PAR’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of its membership to provide person-centered services to Pennsylvanians with intellectual disability and/or autism.
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