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Call for presentation guidelines
ADDP invites you to participate in its Annual Conference & Expo on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester Massachusetts.
The conference theme this year is Taking Charge of Change. It will provide a space for professionals and advocates in the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) community opportunities to hear the latest ideas, trends, and policies impacting services; engage in discussions to generate new solutions; and network.
- Models, approaches, or programs with a proven record of success (Tips or toolkits helpful)
- New approaches, fresh perspectives, and pilot programs demonstrating innovative ways of resolving problems
- Latest updates and upcoming changes to supports and services, programs, policies, human resources and/or business strategies
Primary topics of interest include autism, managed care, behavior health, brain injury, employment, day services, technology, housing, professional development, stress management or self-care (e.g. a fun, stress-reducing activity that can be replicated in the work place), quality workforce, and leadership/management development or building talent in the profession.
- Proposals due on or before January 15, 2016
- Submit completed form to
Don't miss your opportunity to be recognized by hundreds of organizations, businesses, industry leaders, and decision makers.
Participating will increase awareness of your products and services to over 850 attendees and express your organization's commitment to the human services community.
Visit our website here for more information, or contact Adam Berman.
Call For Breakout Session Proposals & Awards
We will be sending out a call for breakout session proposals very soon, and award nomination proposals in January, so please be on the lookout for those announcements.
ADDP to Mass Health:
Be Cautious with ACO Case Management
Mass Home Care Seeks to Extend Senior Care Model
ADDP Urges Caution
Central to the discussion around establishing an effective Mass Health Accountable Care Organization is the issue of case management and care coordination.
In order to effectively manage and integrate health care with behavioral care and other related services, a key task will be to identify coordination, services and models that will ensure individuals have improved opportunities to make informed choices, seeking out best practice options, improve outcomes and help avoid duplications that promote increased costs or confusion for Mass Health members.
Mass Home Care, an association that advocates on behalf of Aging Services Access Point (ASAP) and Senior Care Organizations, is promoting its members as the logical entity most qualified to perform this task, identifying themselves as "free from conflict" as promoted by CMS regulations and the Affordable Care Act.
Clearly ASAPs and SCOs have significant expertise with elders, but for a sizeable segment of the Mass Health LTSS population, having SCOs and ASAPs functioning as their care coordinators may be an inadequate and insufficient choice.
Unique and distinct populations, such as individuals with physical disabilities; intellectual and developmental disabilities; or people with psychiatric disabilities may have a few overlapping concerns shared by elders, but the ASAP/SCO model would likely be ill-equipped to serve their diverse needs.
In fact the Mass Home Care proposal articulates a definition of Long Term Supports (LTSS) and Services that seems inconsistent with how I/DD and other disability groups identify LTSS. Mass Home Care defines LTSS as "post acute services", not acknowledging the community living, employment and community engagement that characterizes I/DD and other disability community long term supports and services. That approach has significant danger to over-medicalize long fought for and achieved community living and employment victories.
ADDP has expressed its reservations to Mass Health leaders, and while the Department has not indicated its decision on this issue, ADDP is of the opinion that Mass Health reform leaders understand that "one size fits all" will not likely work with regard to case management/coordination.
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