Session Schedule

for the

2017 Rehabilitation and Transition Conference

May 3-5, 2017

GLACIER CANYON CONFERENCE CENTER
WILDERNESS RESORT, WISCONSIN DELLS

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Preconference Sessions
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1) Kathy Klicka – Individual Service Plan and Assessment Training
This interactive, fast-paced session will help attendees to complete thorough pre-admission assessments and functional, high quality Individual Service Plans. The attendees will come away with tools and resources that they can immediately put into action in their residential settings.

2) Thomas Godar – A. Changes to Expect with the New Administration

A. Changes to Expect with the New Administration

The first session will describe some of the changes that have taken place under the new administration affecting healthcare in general, and care for the disabled particularly, as well as other changes potentially impacting owners and executives of agencies providing services to the disabled.

Learning Objectives:

Acquaint owners and executives with changes to regulations or statutes impacting healthcare organizations providing services to the disabled.

Allow owners and executives to discuss strategies for finding positive consequences and avoid negative outcomes arising from these changes.

B. Social Media and the Workplace

The second session will examine the use of social media by organizations, as well as employees within organizations, and the opportunities and pitfalls that such technology presents.

Learning Objectives:

Introduce executives and owners to specific issues that might result from employees’ use of social media, with or without employer participation, as it relates to items such as defamation, harassment or positive engagement in the community and creating opportunities for social activism.

Discuss specific policies that organizations may wish to adopt and enforce to regulate and coordinate use of social media by their organization and employees.

 

3) Tedi Winnett – Communicating Across Generations
Never before in our country’s history have so many different generations worked together in one setting. Each generation brings its unique perspectives, values, needs and expectations to the workplace. This workshop will help you understand the multi-generations and increase your capacity to work effectively with diverse working styles.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Keynote
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Dennis Winters – Wisconsin’s Workforce Changes
The labor market has changed. The mix of skills required in the modern economy has changed. Mr. Winters will present the workforce challenges facing Wisconsin and the economic impacts.


Breakout Session 1
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

1) Curtis Cunningham – HCBS Setting Rule
There are many changes occurring in Medicaid long term care due to changes at the federal and state levels. As the Assistant Administrator over Medicaid Long-Term Care, Curtis Cunningham will provide an overview of these changes including: Family Care and IRIS expansion, the status of the current charges to the Long Term Care Advisory Council, the development of a long term

2) Job & Business Development Panel
Panel members: Craig Culver
Presenters/panel will share best practices for building employer partnerships that expand competitive integrated employment options for individuals with diverse abilities.


Breakout Session 2
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

1) Robin Kennedy – Grass Roots Advocacy 101
Session will present an overview of the A TEA.M. Grassroots System. A result driven, methodical approach to engage people at a grassroots level to ignite passion, create awareness and build advisement opportunities for individuals with diverse abilities and their loved ones.

It will introduce the model’s innovate framework based on its 3 A structure; Advocacy, Awareness and Advisement along with what is required to launch it successfully.

2) Dave Varana – Family Care Rate Setting                                          
This session is led by Dave Varana, CFO of Wisconsin’s Long Term Care programs, for a briefing on the State of Wisconsin’s capitated rate methodology for the Family Care and Partnership programs.

3) Shawn Bass – Managing Threatening Confrontations Part One
Managing Threatening Confrontations is designed to assist you in learning how to effectively support adults with developmental disabilities and others who could experience the full range of behavioral escalation. These moments often appear chaotic, when to talk, when to step back, who to call for back up, and “when to duck.” This seminar is designed to put order to the chaos. Stages of escalation are described and each stage is paired with a positive action plan for caregivers as well as teams. The content places strong emphasis on pro-active supports. The principles are taught in a straightforward manner so as to provide a framework for conceptualizing behavior escalation that can readily translate into positive plans of action.

4) Rock Pledl – Legal Landscape
In Wisconsin and other states, disability advocates have been using a variety of legal strategies to address funding limitations and other systemic problems in long-term care programs. The usual remedy is a state administrative hearing, but some courts have been receptive to claims that funding decisions can be challenged as disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This presentation will review the status of this emerging area of law and the implications for future advocacy in Wisconsin regarding provider rates.


Breakout Session 3
2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

1) Forbes McIntosh – State Political Landscape
Forbes McIntosh, a 22-year veteran lobbyist at the Wisconsin State Capitol, will provide an overview of the state political landscape and the top legislative \ state budget issues that impact RFW and RSA members. Mr. McIntosh will explain the importance of member advocacy and building member relationships with state lawmakers.

2) Robin Kennedy – Grass Roots Panel
Session will focus on the proven results of the A TEA.M. Grassroots System across the state of Wisconsin. Panel will consist of A TEA.M. Facilitators who have successfully implemented the A TEA.M. system with stakeholders. Panelists will share their assets, challenges and needs considered when establishing an A TEA.M. initiative.

3) Nancy Molfenter from DPI and Sarah Lincoln from DVR and Janet Estervig DHS - WIOA Forum
This will be a joint presentation between the WDPI, DVR, and DHS to explain the requirements of WIOA along with the steps being taken by all transition partners to ensure not only implementation of WIOA, but also the provision of employment opportunities for all students and youth in Wisconsin. The topics of Pre-Employment Transition Services, ideas for collaboration across systems, Section 511, and intersection with the HCBS Waiver final rule will be covered.

4) Shawn Bass – Managing Threatening Confrontations Part Two
Managing Threatening Confrontations is designed to assist you in learning how to effectively support adults with developmental disabilities and others who could experience the full range of behavioral escalation. These moments often appear chaotic, when to talk, when to step back, who to call for back up, and “when to duck.” This seminar is designed to put order to the chaos. Stages of escalation are described and each stage is paired with a positive action plan for caregivers as well as teams. The content places strong emphasis on pro-active supports. The principles are taught in a straightforward manner so as to provide a framework for conceptualizing behavior escalation that can readily translate into positive plans of action.


Breakout Session 4
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

1) Jess Smith and Elizabeth Watson – WIOA Career Counseling Sessions 511 with UW-Whitewater
Elizabeth Watson
Wisconsin is responsible for implementing requirements of the federally-mandated Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act as it relates to employees paid under 14(c) certificates. This session discusses how the WI WIOA Career Interview Project at UW-Whitewater implemented these requirements using a worker-centric philosophy. Attendees will learn about the interview process and the preliminary findings, as well as best practices from around the state. There will be time for attendees to provide feedback and ask questions about this new project.

2) Kate McSweeny – Federal Political Landscape

 Advocating on behalf of people with disabilities at the federal level — what works best. This session will review current advocacy efforts related to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Home and Community-Based Settings Rule, and will explore the unintended consequences of defining jobs and settings in a way that reduce opportunities for people with significant disabilities.

3) Nancy Molfenter and Robin Kennedy – Success that Crosses Providers and Settings
Teachers, Students, and Providers
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) strengthens requirements for school transition services, provides a set of service categories to work from, and stresses competitive, integrated employment as the outcome for all students with disabilities. While WIOA prohibits schools from operating under a 14 (c) special wage certificate or purchasing transition services that include work typically paid at sub-minimum wage, many schools across Wisconsin – and students who attend them – benefit greatly from vocational support provider services. Individual examples and programs like Project SEARCH can help students, teachers, parents, and employers understand that the path to employment for students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, is often paved with multiple partners, including community rehabilitation providers.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Keynote
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Peter Leidy – Innovation Through Improvisation

Unlocking Creativity, Getting Results, and Having FunWhen many people think of improv, Drew Carey or Second City may come to mind.  But the rules of improv can be practical, powerful and fun “tools” for generating ideas, unlocking frozen brains, and giving a lift to our teams and workplaces.  While this session will be active and fun, it is not about comedy.  Attendees will learn a new way of generating ideas, “Yes, AND” rather than “Yes, But,” and will experience the positive, creative energy that ensues.  This leads to better opportunities for people being supported, AND, greater joy and satisfaction for the supporters.


Breakout Session 1
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

1) Michael Matus – Marketing and Sales
This session will describe Goodwill of SE Wisconsin’s philosophy towards Business Development, our strategy and associated tactics, and how it translates into our collective effort to place people with disabilities into jobs – both internally and externally.

2) Paul Wierzba – Fiduciary Review Retirement Plan
This session focuses on effectively understanding and reviewing your organization’s retirement plan.

3) Janet Estervig – Dignity in the Community

This session will focus on providing support for people with disabilities in community and work settings.   How do you maintain a person’s dignity and space when providing job coach support at the workplace or when providing supports in the community?  How do you use “mindfulness” in your support strategies that result in both the person you support and yourself having positive outcomes?  Learn tips that can give you and your staff more options in supporting people that focuses on respect and mutual understanding. 


Closing Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

1) Peter Leidy – Seven Ways to Prevent a Crisis
Many people labeled with “challenging behavior” spiral into crisis through actions and events that could have been avoided.  Many crises are caused – unintentionally – by the system, the team or the behavior plan.  When people are lonely and disconnected, when life is dull, when a “home” does not feel like home, when a place where someone spends the day is not a good match – the likelihood of unwanted behavior increases.  This is not a session about techniques, but rather about how paying attention to quality of life relates to crisis prevention.

2) Janet Estervig – Personal Care Provision
This session will focus on providing personal care at home and in the workplace. Receive materials to assist in training support staff in the provision of personal care with an emphasis on maintaining the person’s dignity with respectful interactions. Learn tips on providing personal care in community environments as well.


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