Conference Agenda

"More Questions Than Answers: Waiver

Services in Arkansas"

2016 Annual AWA Conference

Thursday, July 14

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.




8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.                Registration    Sign-In

8:30 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.    Welcome: AWA President Keith Vire, CEO, Arkansas Support Network

8:45 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.    The Changing Landscape of Human Services in Arkansas

    Cindy Gillespie, Director, Arkansas Department of Human Services 

10:00 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.            Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.            General Session: HCBS Transitions—Effectively Advocating                         for Quality Supports

                        Elizabeth Edwards,     Staff Attorney, National Health Law                             Program

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.             Lunch in Exhibit Hall A: Video—Waiting in Arkansas 

1:30 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m.                1: Breakout Session: When Waiver Supports are Denied:                                 How to Effectively Appeal Adverse Decisions  

                            Disability Rights Arkansas        

2: Breakout Session: Employment First—SE in Arkansas

                             DHS/DDS Special Program Administrator

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.                1: Medicaid Managed Care: What does it mean for our                                 State? 

                            David Jacobson, Vice President, Medicaid Business                                    Development and Strategy, Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield                               

2: SE Update: Transitioning from sub-minimum wage

 Chris Paslay, Production Manager, Abilities Unlimited,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jonesboro; Keith Vire, CEO, Arkansas Support Network


4:45 p.m.                    Wrap up and Final Questions

5:00 p.m.     AWA Membership Meeting followed by the AWA Board Meeting

5:00 p.m.                    ICM Open House

7:00 p.m.                     Dance, dance, dance (sponsored by ICM)



"More Questions Than Answers: Waiver

Services in Arkansas"

Friday, July 15

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.    Cindy Alberding, Penny Castilaw, and Melissa Stone

Kellie Jennings Memorial Award

Linda White & Chris Tebbetts

Wayne Fulmore/Tim Corbitt Self-Advocate of the Year Award

Presenter Here

Arnold Hurst Parent Advocate Award

10:00 a.m. -  10:15                 Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.            Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning: Margaret Ward                             and Timothy Russell

11:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.             Q & A with DDS Director, Melissa Stone

Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

12:00     Adjourn