October 19 // 20 // 21
Thank You Sponsors
03 Thank You Sponsors
04 Welcome Message
05 Guidebook Mobile App
06 CEUs // Social Media
07 Monday Keynote
08 Monday Sessions
12 Awards Celebration // Zayne Harshaw
13 Tuesday Keynotes
14 Tuesday Sessions
22 Wednesday Post-Conference Sessions
26 Registration // Conference Pricing
27 Exhibitor Information
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I am inviting you to join us for this year’s PAR 2020 Solutions Conference – Celebrating 50 Years! PAR was incorporated in 1970 and this year we are proud to reach the milestone of advocating for services for individuals with intellectual disability or autism (ID/A) for 50 years.
This year has been one of surprises and turns but it is remarkable how the ID/A system has responded, showing flexibility in moving with the changes to keep supporting individuals with ID/A despite the challenges that have come our way. While we can’t have a PAR-ty together in person for our 50th Anniversary, we hope you will join us for our first-ever Virtual PAR Solutions Conference! Our medium has changed but our rich and diverse offerings of sessions, speakers, plenaries, and keynotes will still provide you with information, innovative ideas, and unique approaches you need to help address some of the challenges we’re facing and continue to grow and improve services for people with ID/A.
Once again we are excited to offer one of the best parts of the conference – the PAR “We Are Worth It” awards, where we celebrate and honor recipients from each region across Pennsylvania in the categories of Direct Support Professional of the Year; Frontline Manager of the Year; Self Advocate of the Year; and Community Employer of the Year. While we will be honoring just one DSP from each region, I want to take a moment to recognize the thousands of Direct Support Professionals who have been heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have proven their dedication to the individuals we support and have sacrificed their own needs to save lives and keep the individuals we support healthy, happy and safe.
On behalf of PAR and the Conference Committee, I invite you to register now. We hope to “see” you October 19-21. Be open to becoming a catalyst for change!
Chair, PAR 2020 Solutions Conference Committee
Vice President, Intellectual Disabilities Services for Adults, Barber National Institute
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Amberley Snyder is a barrel racer and inspirational speaker who has fought her way back from tragedy. Amberley now is inspiring thousands across America by telling her inspirational story and competing in rodeos across the western United States. She has let the challenges she faces refine her, not define her.
On January 10th, 2010 Amberley was on her way to the Denver Stock Show and Rodeo. As she was passing through Sinclair, WY she took a look down at her map. After only seconds she looked up and realized she had faded into the other lane, headed towards a metal beam. In an effort to get back in her lane, Amberley overcorrected. Her truck slid off the road and rolled and she was ejected from the vehicle. She was slammed into a fence post that broke her back and immediately she lost feeling in her legs.
After five hours of emergency surgery the doctor’s prognosis was she would never regain use or feeling below her waist. He told her if she had worn her seatbelt, she would still have use of her legs. The one mistake she made that day changed her life forever, but it has not defeated her competitive spirit. The top priority for Amberley was not even to walk, but to ride her horses again. Remarkably after only 4 months after the accident, she was back on her horse.
PAR is excited to host our highly-anticipated three-day Solutions Conference VIRTUALLY! And we are proud to announce that this year's PAR 2020 Solutions Conference marks 50 years of service to individuals with intellectual disability or autism.
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 26.
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Annual Report 2020
Monday // 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Conference Welcome & Membership Vote on 2020/21 Board of Directors and Officers
Terrence McNelis, Chair, PAR Board of Directors
Mark Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, PAR
Keynote // Amberley Snyder
Barrel Racer & Inspirational Speaker
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Keystone Human Services
Monday Morning October 19 // 2020
sessions // October 19 // 2020
A-4 ICF/ID Discussion with ODP
Speakers: Steve Evitts, Chief, Division of Provider Assistance and Rate Review, Office of Developmental Programs; Rick Smith, Director of the Bureau of Financial Management, Office of Developmental Programs
Representatives from the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will provide updates on Intermediate Care Facilities for individuals with Intellectual Disability (ICF/ID) fiscal and billing policies as well as important policy changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Come with your questions for the Q&A portion of this session!
A-5 Making the Shift to Technology First: Critical First Steps for States and Organizations
Speaker: Cameron Kempson, M.Ed., Director of Education, SimplyHome
Provider organizations and state agencies have begun labeling themselves as “Technology First", indicating a commitment to technology integration as a natural support for community living. But what does “Technology First” really mean and what outcomes indicate a successful Technology First model? This presentation identifies standardized best practices that support the transformation to Technology First while exploring how education and reskilling are vital to successful implementation. Learn the overall impact that becoming "Tech First" can have on the culture and health of an organization. Participants will also explore the questions, barriers, and solutions that are imperative for success.
A-6 Innovative Strategies for Retaining and Supporting our Workforce
Speakers: Tine Hansen-Turton, President and CEO, Woods Services, Inc.;
Dawn Diamond, SVP of Operations and Residential Life, Woods Services, Inc.;
Valerie Durden, Manager of Employee Development and Enhanced Benefits, Woods Services, Inc.
The U.S. is experiencing a direct care workforce crisis as a result of demographic and economic pressures, a crisis which will only worsen in the future. High turnover and vacancy rates put the people we serve at risk. Woods has put into place several innovative employee engagement strategies to retain and support our workforce, including developing six career ladders with professional development milestones along the way; subsidized on-site and other higher education degree programs; free on-site health care for employees; an equity, diversity and inclusion initiative designed to develop and support emerging leaders; and an enhanced 403b plan with corporate match. In addition, employees are invited to participate in a 10-week Social Innovation Lab in which they can develop an innovative program idea and pitch it to the Woods Foundation Board of Trustees for seed funding. More than 80 employees have participated, and several new initiatives launched as a result.
Concurrent session - A
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A-1 Removing the Extra Glove: Empowering Individuals with Disabilities to Lead
Speaker: Bev Weinberg DOT, MS, OTR/L, Founder and Executive Director, Integrate for Good
Maya Angelou said, “You can’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” Learn how Integrate for Good helps remove that extra glove by empowering people with diverse abilities to get in the game as pitchers as well as catchers by sharing their talents as leaders on college campuses, in community organizations, within corporations, on boards of directors, and in the virtual space. This presentation will include video case studies and user-friendly, simple recommendations to make leadership opportunities come alive for people of all abilities.
A-2 Trauma Informed Care in Today's Climate
Speaker: Nicholas DeMarco, Director of ID & MH Supports, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
Trauma comes in many forms. Research suggests that individuals with disabilities are two to ten times more likely to experience a traumatic event than the general population. These individuals face barriers related to trauma including increased risk of abuse just for being in service settings, inability to report assault or trauma, and a lack of follow through when traumatic events are reported. This session will help to define trauma, inform providers on how to create a trauma informed practice, and give an overview of empirically supported trauma interventions.
A-3 Privacy and Security Lessons from COVID-19
Speaker: Diane Evans, MyHIPAA Guide
HIPAA is about privacy and security, and the COVID-19 pandemic teaches lessons about both. The presentation will cover:
When the protection of public health overrides privacy and to what extent;
Best practices for securing private information when telecommuting;
Simple privacy and security measures for tele-healthcare visits;
How to prevent hackings due to an ill-advised click of an email or malicious link.
In addition, the presentation will cover points from a landmark report that likens small steps -- akin to the use of hand sanitizer -- as effective in preventing big data intrusions that disrupt the delivery of client services.
Monday Concurrent session - B
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
B-1 PA DHS Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)
Speakers: Britte Earp, Executive Assistant, Department of Human Services; Chuck Frick, Section Chief, Division of Program Operations, Bureau of Community Services, Office of Developmental Programs; Jennifer Grimm, Section Chief, IT and Contract Management, Office of the Deputy, Office of Developmental Programs
Join representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) for a session about everything you need to know about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). Speakers will provide information and updates related to EVV implementation in Pennsylvania and how to prepare for the implementation deadline of January 1, 2021.
B-2 Somatic Therapy and Quality of Life for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Speakers: Sally Gould-Taylor PhD, Interim Executive Director, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University; Grace Cooper, Research Assistant, Institute on Disabilities at Temple University; Marianne Roche, Holistic Therapist
This presentation will show data and findings from our project that documented the experiences of people with intellectual disabilities who participated in somatic therapy and to how that participation impacted their quality of life. This project was completed by Temple University’s Institute on Disabilities in partnership with SPIN Community & Fitness in Philadelphia, PA. Somatic therapy focuses on the connection between the mind and the body for holistic healing through non-invasive touch. This project offers insights for current and future practitioners using somatic therapy as well as staff, family members, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are interested in therapeutic touch. Also, this project contributes to the small but growing number of empirical studies designed to better understand the experiences of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who participates in holistic therapies.
B-3 Why Diversity & Inclusion Matter to YOU
Speaker: Stacey Nybeck, Chief Operating Officer, Serve, Inc.
"The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people." Diversity is about more than race or ethnicity. It also includes culture, religion, age, gender, orientation, and abilities. Diversity & Inclusion is ultimately a personal conviction. Knowing the natural role you play in building diverse and inclusive environments is essential to bringing about lasting change in our workplaces and our world. As leaders we must cast the vision for our organization. We can't have a "wait and see" approach or watch from the sidelines. This training will help you self-identify the role you play and help you understand how each person as an individual is an integral part in this bigger picture process.
B-4 ICF/ID PAR Member Panel: Hot Topics in ICF/ID
Speakers: Tom Crofcheck, Vice President and CFO, Melmark; Bill Harriger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Verland; Mary Ann Haschert, President, AZTAC
In this session for ICF/ID providers, a panel of PAR members will share what they are doing to address hot topics in ICF/ID and will reflect on the ODP ICF/ID session from the previous hour. Learn how other providers are dealing with changes due to COVID-19 and what they are doing to keep individuals safe. Other topics include a discussion on waivers, streamlining the ICF rate setting process, and what providers are doing to raise ICF/ID DSP wages.
B-5 ODP Technology Update: The Acceleration of Technology in a Global Pandemic
Speakers: Sheila Theodorou, Director of the Bureau of Community Supports, Office of Developmental Programs; Jeremy Yale, Director of the Bureau of Policy and Quality, Office of Developmental Programs
This session will provide important updates on the expanding role of technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. From remote supports to telehealth, technology is rapidly changing the service delivery system for people with intellectual disabilities and autism. Join the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) in a discussion about innovative practices and what's next in Technology.
B-6 2020 Employment First Oversight Report and Discussion
Speakers: Mary Hartley, Principal, 446 Bridges; Steve Suroviec, President and CEO, Achieva
On October 1st 2020, the Pennsylvania Employment First Oversight Commission will release their second report. Chair Mary Hartley and Co-Chair Steve Suroviec will talk about Act 36 of 2018 (the “Employment First Act”), its potential impact, and the role of the Commission in ensuring Pennsylvania moves further toward Competitive Integrated Employment. They will share high level results, discuss the Commission’s Objectives and Recommendations, and relay some of the structural changes that are already happening in Pennsylvania as the result of the law. Feedback on the report and discussion is encouraged and will be shared with the Commissioners.
Tuesday Morning October 20 // 2020
"We are worth it." Awards
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Monday Evening October 19 // 2020
Blue Spectrum featuring Zayne Harshaw
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
We are delighted to welcome Zayne Harshaw back to PAR's 2020 Solutions Conference! But this year Zayne will be playing with his band, Blue Spectrum, virtually on Monday evening. 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.
Keynote // ODP Updates
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
Sponsor: Delta Community Services
Kristin Ahrens is the 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. Deputy Secretary 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. Deputy Secretary Ahrens has a Masters in Education and Disability Studies Certificate from Temple University.
This inspiring 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. We hope this year's virtual awards ceremony leaves you inspired as we are all reminded of the impact that thriving relationships can have in our communities, workplaces, and homes.
Keynote // CMS Updates
10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Melissa Harris, Deputy Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Sponsor: Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care
Melissa Harris has been with CMS since the summer of 1995, and is currently the Deputy Director for the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG). Prior to this role, Melissa was a Senior Policy Advisor in DEHPG, developing and implementing a myriad of policies advancing home and community-based services as an alternative to institutional placement.
Before joining the Office of the Group Director, she was the Director of the Division of Benefits and Coverage from 2012 to 2015, in which she was 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.
Concurrent session - C
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
sessions // October 20 // 2020
C-1 Compensation Planning Opportunities and Challenges for Tax-Exempt Organizations
Speaker: Sarah K. Ivy, Esq., Attorney, Saxton & Stump LLC
Executive compensation planning is a necessary process for nonprofit organizations to recruit and retain key executives to support the organization’s success and to prepare for successor leadership. However, IRS requirements regarding executive compensation can be a challenge to navigate. Attorney Sarah Ivy gives an overview of considerations when structuring executive compensation packages that are both competitive and attractive for executive level employees while maintaining compliance with tax laws. She’ll discuss the complexities of intermediate sanctions; rebuttable presumption of reasonableness; the role of a compensation committee in establishing compensation policies and procedures; and the new excise tax imposed on excess remuneration and excess parachute payments. She will also discuss the potential impact of public opinion and watchdog organizations as well as integrating compensation policies into your organization’s succession planning.
C-2 Licensing in the time of COVID: What to Expect when You’re Inspected
Speakers: Ronald Melusky, Director, ODP Division of Program Operations; Alisa Hendrickson, Regulatory Administration Program Representative; Nora Campanella, Regulatory Administration Program Representative
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all areas of the developmental programs services system, including licensing and regulatory administration. The six-month suspension of annual inspections and the Commonwealth’s efforts to stop the spread of the virus required ODP to rethink its approach to the licensing process. During this session, presenters will discuss how providers should prepare for annual inspections, alternative compliance measurement techniques such as remote and “hybrid” inspections, and the precautionary measures licensing staff will take when physically present in licensed settings.
C-3 Autism and Police Interactions: Keeping Everyone SAFER
Speaker: Kathy Hooven M.S., ASERT Collaborative Eastern Region;
In order for there to be positive interactions between individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and law enforcement, not only do members of the law enforcement community need to understand how to safely interact with individuals with autism, but individuals with autism, their families and support staff need to understand how to safely interact with the law enforcement community. Attendees of the session will learn what it means to break the law and what may happen if a law is broken. They will have a better understanding of what to do and what not to do if stopped by a police officer. Providers and support staff as well as individuals with ASD and their families will discover various resources such as social stories that will help prepare them for an interaction with law enforcement. All attendees will have a better understanding of how they can help individuals with autism PLAN (Prepare, Learn, Advise and Notify) for a positive interaction with law enforcement.
C-4 Philadelphia’s Employment First Initiative
Speakers: Michelle Sparling, Director of Program Development, Networks for Training and Development, Inc.; Charlotte Wroton, Interim Director, Philadelphia Office of Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
Despite the pandemic, Philadelphia’s most recent two-year Employment First Initiative is in high gear! Now more than ever, we need to move employment forward, and do so in creative ways. Led by Philadelphia’s Employment First Steering Committee, five strategic workgroups have been meeting remotely and are producing outcomes based on goals developed during a 2019 Employment Stakeholder Event, kicking off the new Initiative. The best part? Most goals and outcomes include the creation of tools and resources that can be used throughout Pennsylvania! Come to this session to learn about the initiative and tools and resources you can use to help further Employment First in Pennsylvania.
C-5 Navigating Value-Based Care: Demonstrating Value and Protecting Critical Programs
Speaker: David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology
You’ve worked hard to develop the important programs that serve your community, and some regulated changes can feel like a threat to the quality and viability of your work. As the country moves from a Fee-For-Service approach to a Value-Based Care model, how can you identify and showcase the value and of your services to capitalize on new opportunities and partnerships and ensure you receive the funding you need to continue supporting your I/DD community? In this interactive session, we’ll talk through four critical areas of consideration for survival in the new VBP world. We’ll talk about the importance of accountability in your services and how to make sure your hard work is aligned with the priorities of the guiding principles for VBP. We’ll also discuss methods for ensuring you are using the funds available to offer the highest possible value of services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner. We’ll talk about how to build continuous quality improvement practices into your current processes, and we’ll offer thoughts on how to market yourself to funders when dealing with VBP approaches. Through all of this, we will share what we’ve learned from our experience with the payment models moving towards VBP.
C-6 Bridging the Divide – ANCOR’s Fall 2020 Policy Agenda and Beyond
Speaker: Barbara Merrill, Chief Executive Director, ANCOR
With all eyes on the November election, what policy initiatives have been scrapped or paused, progressing, or actually accelerating? What can we expect moving forward if the President Trump administration is given a second term, or if 2020 ushers in a Biden Administration? How will the national COVID experience impact policy specific to people with disabilities – will we see any lame duck Congress action? Join Barbara Merrill, CEO of ANCOR, for a frank assessment of what is and isn’t on the short, mid-range, and long term advocacy agenda – and how ANCOR continues to bridge the political divide.
D-4 Building Resilience through Virtual CPS and Employment Services
Speakers: Andrea Consigny, Division Director, SPIN Inc.; Chelsea Lutts, Director of Employment Services, SPIN Inc.; Laura Silsby, Director of Community Participation Supports, SPIN Inc.; Toni Hinkle, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, SPIN Inc.
During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever for people to maintain connections and build resilience. Resiliency is the process of adapting well when faced with sources of stress and is the cornerstone of virtual services during COVID-19. Through virtual Employment Services and virtual Community Participation Supports, we have the unique opportunity to slow down, establish new priorities, and create a vibrant virtual community. For the people we support, this may mean a new interest, new career they want to explore, building new relationships, maintaining good health and wellness, and increased emotional awareness. The resilience established now will have lasting impact on people as they experience future successes and challenges. In this session, presenters will highlight how to support people in service and staff to develop resiliency through positive thinking, problem solving, goal setting, and recognizing when to ask for help while still focusing on high quality, person first services.
D-5 Music Therapy and Telehealth: A COVID Counterpoint
Speakers: Joshua Stevenson MT-BC, Music Therapist, Living Unlimited Inc.; Ashley Howson MT-BC, Music Therapy Manager, Living Unlimited Inc.; Lauren Rowe MT-BC, Music Therapy Director, Living Unlimited Inc.
Join us for a discussion on telehealth music therapy services, in response to COVID-19 as well as a viable and sustainable solution to increase access. Telehealth presents a variety of challenges while also offering unique opportunities through technology. This presentation will explore challenges, such as technology barriers, holding the attention of participants during a video call, and responding to how technology changes the style of communication used by both therapists and the clients we serve. Additionally, learn how music therapists are adapting to use technology to provide opportunities for creative expression, learning, and increased self-esteem.
D-1 Measuring What Matters Most: Leveraging the Power of Business Intelligence to Manage with Data
Speakers: Scott Bachik, Chief Executive Officer, Enkompas BI; Kristine Koontz PhD, Vice President of Quality and Clinical Services, Keystone Human Services; Jodie Esper, Chief Fiscal Officer, Mainstay Life Services
The presentation will highlight two case studies of how Human Service Providers leveraged the power of Business Intelligence (BI) to organize cross-functional data, visualize and communicate that data, and create insight and knowledge to move their organizations forward. The presentation will outline their journey from their organization’s initial state through the transformation to having a functional decision support system with timely information. We will review what worked, what did not work, and outline the keys to success. The presentation will also review the methods and techniques used to better understand the two cornerstones of Value-Based Healthcare (Quality and Financial Performance). This review will include deep dives into each of these areas and share how the specific solutions were structured and why.
D-2 Hot Topics with Kristin Ahrens
Speaker: Kristin Ahrens, Deputy Secretary, Office of Developmental Programs
In this session Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Deputy Secretary Ahrens will provide updates on initiatives such as Quality Improvement of Supports Coordination and changes in the strategies associated with the 12 Everyday Lives recommendations. Come to hear key updates from ODP and bring your questions for Deputy Secretary Ahrens!
D-3 Guidance and Updates for Lifesharing Providers
Speakers: Ronald Melusky, Director, Division of Program Operations; Katie-Marie Wilson, Supervisor, ODP Division of Policy
This interactive session will summarize Lifesharing-specific guidance released by ODP during the COVID-19 pandemic, address frequently-asked questions about Approved Program Capacity and use of Respite in Lifesharing Homes, and answer general questions from attendees.
Concurrent session - D
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent session - E
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
E-4 Engaging Families in LifeCourse Through Team Mentoring
Speakers: Francine Hogan, Director, Vision for Equality; Diana Morris Smaglik, Program Manager, PA Family Network
Families provide essential information and contributions to the success of an individual. Engaging families in that success is imperative. Creating a Team approach – where everyone shares their knowledge and resources – is both productive and respectful of the lived experiences of the family unit. In addition to successful person-centered planning, the “team approach”, a successful tool of the PA Family Network, builds relationships between families, providers, the system, and DSPs, enabling better communication, more successful outcomes, and consistency in services.
E-5 Federal Updates
Speaker: Mark Davis, President and CEO, PAR
Intellectual Disability/Autism providers in Pennsylvania are deeply impacted by changes made on the federal level. Join PAR President and CEO for updates on PAR’s federal advocacy, key policy changes that providers need be aware of, the impact of COVID-19 on the federal landscape, and how you can help advocate to our federal partners.
E-1 Health Care Inequities and Strategies During COVID-19
Speakers: Karen Boyce R.N, C.D.D.N., Interim Acting Director of Nursing, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC); Patricia D. Graves, BSN,RN-BC,CDDN, Community Based Nurse, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC)
People with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) often have more health concerns than the general population. They also may experience various barriers when accessing health care resulting in inequalities and inequities. These occur in various situations, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of managing the outcome of this, these inequities seem to be occurring more frequently and at the greatest time of need. This session will review some of those health inequities and discuss practical strategies for change which may be currently underway or might need further advocacy to achieve.
E-2 A The Voice of Families: What we look for in a provider for our loved ones
Speakers: Kim Booz, Family Member, Co-Chair of PAR’s Family Collaborative, Cheryl Dougan, Parent Activist; Facilitator: Kathy McHale, President & CEO, SPIN, Inc.
As we all strive to focus our work toward the achievement of quality outcomes that are relevant to individuals and their families, we need to consistently ask two questions: 1) “What are you looking for in a provider of services?” and 2) “How can we support you and your family to have your best life?” The panel will confront these urgent questions in this session.
The PAR Family Collaborative has developed an “Indicators of Best Practice” document that will be shared and referenced through this panel discussion. An open, interactive discussion between providers and families is the goal of this session which is a continuation of the session on this topic from 2019’s conference.
E-3 ODP Update: Community Participation Support
Speaker: Jeremy Yale, Director of the Bureau of Policy and Quality, Office of Developmental Programs
Attendees will discuss important updates related to Community Participation Support (CPS), including the ongoing impact and innovation around CPS due to COVID-19. Explore how CPS providers are developing new approaches to address the needs of individuals and families throughout the remainder of the pandemic while incorporating strategies to support wellness, develop and maintain skills, and combat isolation.
Concurrent session - F
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
F-1 Racial Justice - A Highlight of SPIN's United Coalition
Speakers: Frank Brown, Corporate Officer, Residential Services, SPIN, Inc.; David Elker, Director, SPIN, Inc.; Vanessa Freeman, Recruiter, SPIN, Inc.; Sarita Garg, Assisting Director, SPIN, Inc.; Antonio McCall, Lead DSP, SPIN, Inc.; Kathy McHale, President & CEO, SPIN, Inc.; Alvina Smith, Division Director, SPIN, Inc.
After the brutal police killing of George Floyd became the tipping point and protesters across the nation took to the streets with the message of no more structural racial injustice, we all scrambled to get our messages of equity, diversity and inclusion out to our stakeholders. At the same time, we wondered how to make it happen given that we believe we have been trying to achieve diverse, equitable workplaces for decades. The answer lies in being real. We must acknowledge the value gap that society (which includes us) values white people over black people. Eddie Glaude, Jr. says that “Because of society’s inability to admit to this, its vision of democracy is distorted.” Our vision of the equity in our organizations is distorted and it is time to begin again. SPIN will present a panel from its SPIN United Coalition for Racial Justice to talk openly about how SPIN is beginning again and taking a long term systematic team approach to ending the value gap and achieving racial equity.
F-2 Implementing a Meaningful Day Curriculum
Speakers: Lacie Parker, Regional Vice President of Pennsylvania, Community Options;
Angeline Duffy, Lead Director of Day Services, Western PA Region, Community Options; Elliott Howe, Program Manager of Day Services, Community Options; Lisa Smith, Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, Community Options
Meaningful Day is a hands-on manual for DSPs working in day programs as well as residential services. We recognized that there were limited resources available to guide day program managers and staff on meaningful and dynamic activities. The quality of the day program was dependent on the creativity and commitment of the individual managing the program. Learn how this 40-unit curriculum will fill the resource gap and set the standard for day program staff in developing meaningful and engaging activities to positively impact people with disabilities. The presenters will share their stories and discuss how to implement the curriculum into both day and residential programs. Learn how the curriculum was modified to include a virtual component to meet the needs of individuals no longer able to attend day program or work due to the closing of day programs during COVID-19.
F-3 Interdisciplinary team approach to successfully supporting Individuals with Dual Diagnosis (IDD/MI) and complex needs in Residential and Community Programs.
Speakers: Tim Pearl, COO, Fayette Resources Inc; Dr. John McGonigle, Director, PA Autism Training Institute, LLC.; David Fye, Director of Behavioral Services, Fayette Resources, Inc.; Julie Dunmire, Program Specialist, Fayette Resources, Inc.
Join a team of Fayette Resources’ employees as they share their experience in successfully supporting individuals with complex needs. The session will include a case review to illustrate the key components required to support individuals with dual diagnosis of Intellectual or Developmental Disability and Mental Illness (IDD/MI). Fayette Resources, Inc. was established in 1991 and has grown into one of the larger residential providers in western PA. An Interdisciplinary team approach, extensive employee training in Dual Diagnosis along with national Accreditation and Certifications are a few of the components that have improved successful outcomes. Fayette Resources is frequently identified at local and national conferences as a leader in providing comprehensive supports that improves the lives of individuals with challenging reputations. The presentation and discussion is designed to help improve the outcomes for organizations who support individuals and families with complex needs.
F-4 Employment First and COVID-19: A Conversation with ODP and OVR
Speakers: Laura Cipriani, Policy Supervisor, Bureau of Policy and Quality Management, Office of Developmental Programs; Ralph Roach, Bureau of Central Operations Manager, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Gary Smith, Statewide Employment Lead, Office of Developmental Programs; Susan Soderberg, Senior Vice President of Mission & Business Services, Goodwill Keystone Area; Judy Dotzman, Executive Director, SPIN Inc.
Our shared goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for people with intellectual disability or autism to gain competitive, integrated employment. The COVID-19 Pandemic has added challenges and changes to this goal of providing competitive, integrated employment. The Office of Developmental Programs and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will provide updates on how they are managing employment services during the pandemic and as well as updates on employment data during COVID-19 for people with ID/A. Judy Dotzman of SPIN, co-chair of the PAR Employment First Committee, and Sue Soderberg of Goodwill Keystone Area will moderate a discussion on how ODP, OVR, and providers can partner together to ensure seamless transition between services and better access even during a global pandemic.
F-5 A Deep Dive Into Exempt Resources and Managing Client Funds
Speaker: Thomas Tirney, President, Arlington Heritage Group
Managing client funds can be a complex matter. This presentation reviews exempt resources in detail and explores the many different situations and decisions a provider must make with respect to a consumer’s funds. Topics will include best practices for the CARES Act/Stimulus Check, cash accounts, life insurance, ABLE, trusts, and others deemed exempt by the Social Security Administration. We will also examine other underutilized resources, such as home and car ownership.
sessions // October 21 // 2020
Workforce Development Workshop - H
G-1 Sixteen Reasons Why Your Business Sucks, How To Be Freakin’ Awesome At Every Level of Your Business, Leadership, Finances, & Build Your Own Dream Team!
// 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Mark Minard, Owner, Dreamshine at Autumn Lakes + Elevating Beyond Podcast
Until you learn to master leadership, you will never be successful as an entrepreneur or business leader. 16 Reasons Why Your Business Sucks: How to Be Freakin’ Awesome at Every Level of Your Business, Leadership, Profits, & Build Your Own Dream Team is the latest release from best-selling author, business owner, thought leader, and host of iTunes Top-100 ranked podcast “Elevating Beyond,” Mark Minard. Mark started his business at the height of the 2008 recession, with his office literally in a barn, and after 13 years of entrepreneurship, he has seen it all. Lawsuits, contractor issues, hiring, firing, conflict, doubt, challenges (internal and external) financial ups, financial downs, failures, and successes. Mark shares his proven strategies through his personal experiences on how he’s built a multi-million dollar business and his world-class Dream Team. Mark's presentation is a mind-blowing adventure challenging you and your business to go from sucking, to becoming freakin’ awesome! Check out Mark’s #1 best-selling book which he will reference through the session. All sales from the book benefit Dreamshine’s adult day program!
G-2 Maximize Your PAR Membership // 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Speakers: Sr. Maryalice Jacquinot, President and CEO, Saint Joseph's Center; Kammi Bredbenner, Marketing and Member Services Director, PAR
Join members of PAR's Membership Committee to learn about all of the benefits of PAR membership. Ensure that you are making the most of your membership and ensure that you are making your voice heard!
G-3 Supporting Families and Caregivers Around Community Service During the Pandemic and Beyond // 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Donna Bouclier, Consultant, Vision for Equality; Francine Hogan, Director, Vision for Equality
Vision for Equality produced an independent state-wide survey of family caregivers, self-advocates and Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 111 families and self-advocates as well as 210 DSPs responded to the survey. This session will present the survey findings while facilitating a solution-based discussion to better serve and support Self-Advocates, Family Caregivers and Direct Support Professionals.
G-4 Leadership During a Pandemic // 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speaker: Terrence McNelis, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of IDD Services, Merakey
Join Terry McNelis, PAR’s Board Chair, for a presentation on human services leadership throughout a pandemic. What critical leadership strategies were important to help an organization survive a pandemic to keep their services going? What lessons have we learned throughout the pandemic that could help strengthen our leadership moving forward? A pandemic can cause an organization to shift their current strategies that can benefit an organization even after the pandemic is over.
Leadership Summit - G
H-1 Achieving A Balanced Compliant Workplace // 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Speakers: Morgan Hays, Esq., Attorney, Saxton & Stump LLC; Sarah K. Ivy, Esq., Attorney, Saxton & Stump LLC
The FMLA, ADA and state workers’ and unemployment compensation laws can be a challenge for employers to navigate alone. On top of that, due to COVID-19, employers must also get up to speed on the newly-enacted FFCRA, the CARES Act, the ever-changing EEOC guidance, and what that means for the workplace as we know it. This presentation is an overview of the interplay between old and new federal and state requirements and how your organization can balance each of them effectively to achieve a compliant workplace. This presentation will also address the CARES Act provisions impacting retirement and health benefits tax-exempt organizations sponsor for their employees.
H-2 HIPAA and Staff Terminations: Managing Access to Prevent Breaches // 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Cynthia Haines Esq., Principal, Post & Schell
Healthcare employers invest time and money in training employees on appropriate cyber security habits and online and offline behaviors. Employers must ensure that terminated employees immediately lose their access to company files or their work computer. Unfortunately, the vast majority of employers only think about offboarding when it becomes a problem. If offboarding is not addressed proactively, the results are potentially devastating. A simple offboarding error can cost people their jobs. This session will help healthcare employers understand how to appropriately prepare for employee terminations to avoid disaster. Knowing the risks and taking preventative and proactive actions to protect data will protect the employer, employees and those they serve. This information is critical for employers so they can ensure that they do not find themselves on the Office for Civil Rights Compliance “Wall Of Shame”.
H-3 Workforce Crisis in Intellectual Disability // 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Scott Spreat, Ed.D., Vice President for Evaluation & Research, Head of Wood Research Institute
This session will summarize Direct Support Professional turnover and vacancy data collected over five years in Pennsylvania. Data will also be presented regarding the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on Direct Support Professional staffing. Reasons for the workforce crisis will be suggested, and the role of the law of supply and demand will be examined within the context of the workforce crisis.
H-4 Workforce Investment - Building Leaders // 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Antonio McCall, DSP, SPIN, Inc.; Nicholas Smith, DSP and member of ISAC, SPIN, Inc.; Al Toure, Residential Lead Assisting Director, SPIN, Inc.; Janelle Zack, Frontline Supervisor, SPIN, Inc.; Judy Dotzman, Executive Director, SPIN, Inc.
The devaluing of the role of direct support has involved consistent lack of recognition, appreciation and most unfortunately a failure to invest in the direct support workforce as a respected profession as evidenced by reimbursement rates that set DSP wages below a living wage. This has led to an overall lack of career development and the pervasive sense that this is a dead-end job and not a career. Now more than ever we have learned that the role of the Direct Support Professional is not just essential, it is life sustaining. Aside from the health and safety of all, career and professional development of DSPs must be the highest priority in our organizations.
SPIN will present a panel of DSPs, Front Line Supervisors and the Executive Director who will highlight the professional development and career development opportunities at SPIN. With over two thirds of their employees working in entry level positions, SPIN assures that every position and every employee has the opportunity to avail themselves of education, training and development that will enable their leadership development and advancement.
I-1 Alternative Payment Models // 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Mark Davis, President and CEO, PAR
CMS is promoting “value-based payments”. Payers (states and managed care entities) are moving toward “paying for value, not volume”. Individuals with ID/A are interested in living better lives. The trend lines for our current fee-for-service systems, demand for services and demand for an adequate workforce indicate the current system is unsustainable over the longer term. How will ID/A providers best position themselves to thrive in this new payment and service accountability environment? How do ID/A providers leverage performance-based contracting to deliver better outcomes and retain staff? What have we learned from potential APM models regarding applicability to the ID/A field? Join this session to discuss these questions and more!
I-2 Accounting and Auditing for the Provider Relief Fund // 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Lisa Ritter, CPA, CFE, CITP, Partner, Maher Duessel
Providers have a lot to keep up with during the pandemic with various funding streams, grants, and relief programs available due to COVID-19. One of these funding streams is the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). Join Lisa Ritter, Partner at Maher Duessel, to hear updates related to accounting and auditing for the PRF to make sure your organization is prepared.
I-3 ODP Fiscal Policies and Updates // 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Rick Smith, Director of the Bureau of Financial Management, Office of Developmental Programs
Join Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Director of the Bureau of Financial Management Rick Smith for updates on ODP’s budget performance, year to date expenditures versus budget, trends by service category, year over year changes, changes due to COVID-19, and more.
I-4 Property/Casualty and Liability Insurance Market Update: What’s Next – Locusts? // 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Thomas Morrin, Senior Vice President, The Graham Company; Charles Sweeder, Executive Vice President, Keystone Human Services
The Property/Casualty and Liability insurance marketplace continues to “harden”, with significant price increases just one of many obstacles facing human services providers. As COVID-19, civil unrest, natural disasters and “social inflation” of jury verdicts continue to drive insurance carrier losses, dangerous coverage limitations and exclusions are being added to policies. This can leave not only provider organizations exposed to greater liability, but also individual directors, officers and company executives. This session will give an overview of what providers can expect at upcoming insurance renewals, as well as different strategies to help differentiate your organization in the eyes of insurance carriers to achieve better results.
Fiscal Workshop - I
J-1 Telehealth: The New Frontier Achieving Superior Care for Individuals with IDD // 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Speakers: Dr. Maulik Trivedi, MD FACEP, Chief Strategy Officer, StationMD; Alicia Schnare, RN, Manager Health Services, Emmaus Homes
Quality medical care can be provided to individuals with IDD using a telemedicine service. This service can minimize risk and improve health outcomes for individuals during the health crisis and beyond. The use of a specialized telemedicine service, with immediate access to physicians 24/7, can create a safer, often superior and far less disruptive medical solution than a traumatic trip to the ER, urgent care or doctor's office.
An effective telehealth solution eliminates geographic barriers to care and not only allows the individual to stay safe in their home environment but also can enhance the value of care provided by an organization. During this session learn the benefits of telemedicine and how one agency implemented a telehealth solution to support both the individuals under their care and support staff.
J-2 New Drugs in 2020 for Individuals with I/DD // 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Nanette Wrobel, RPh, Director of Business Development/Clinical, TarryTown Expocare Pharmacy
This talk is a review of new drugs marketed for the population of I/DD including Alzheimer’s disease, seizures, mental health, Parkinson’s disease and others.
J-3 Harnessing the Power of the HRST: Accurate Screenings, Clinical Reviews, and the Considerations // 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dina Pizzurro-Smith, BSN, RN, Director of Client Services, HRS, Inc.; David Toback, Lead Southeast Service Representative, HRS, Inc.
Helping someone avoid unnecessary health risks is possible. It begins with an accurate HRST. The clinical review is an important quality assurance step that can help ensure the most accurate scores are chosen. But it doesn’t end there…the key is taking action! Using the considerations can help steer the team in the right direction to take the vital steps necessary to actually avert risk or even unnecessary death.
J-4 Clinical Topics from the Office of Developmental Programs
// 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Gregory Cherpes, Medical Director, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services; Rhonda Gengler, Chief Nursing Office, Office of Developmental Programs, Department of Human Services
During this session, the Medical Director of the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) will review current and planned clinical initiatives including policy changes due to COVID-19. Topics pertaining to health and wellness from both physical and behavioral health perspectives will be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to come prepared with your questions for ODP!
Nursing & Health Services Workshop - J
Registration & Pricing
Carrie Kontis // Chair, PAR 2020 Solutions Conference Committee // VP for Intellectual Disabilities // The Barber National Institute
Melissa DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD // Director // Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care (PCHC)
Judy Dotzman // Executive Director // SPIN, Inc.
Kelly Knarr // Director of Program Development // Fayette Resources
Rachel Murphy // Director of Executive Administration // InVision Human Services
Gwen Schuit // Chief Executive Officer // Friendship Community
Jody Wagner // Chief Executive Officer // Prospectus Berco
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Non PAR Member Post Conference Day (Wednesday ONLY)
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Family Member and/or Self Advocate Full Conference (Monday and Tuesday)
Family Member and/or Self Advocate Single Day (Monday OR Tuesday)
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Exhibitor Lunch & Learn
Enjoy networking virtually with this year's exhibitors!
Exhibitors have the chance to secure a half hour time slot during the lunch hours and breaks throughout all three days of the conference. All conference attendees are welcome to join the Lunch & Learn Exhibitor presentations and informative sessions. Meet and greet while you eat and learn something new!
Thank You // conference committee
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