Pre-Conference Agenda

"More Questions Than Answers: Waiver Services in Arkansas"
2016 Annual Conference
Pre-Conference Agenda
Wednesday, July 13

10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., (working lunch included)
*Registration at 9:30 a.m.


Option 1:

“Questions: Waiver 101—How to Make it Work for Families” 

In spite of the many, many changes that are coming for the families we support, there will always be a strong need for excellent Case Management and Direct Support. This session is designed for Waiver employees who are new to the system, and will provide an excellent background for you as you begin your career. Our experienced AWA members will guide you through the basics of Waiver supports—from the initial plan to the provision of ongoing supports, you will learn the “how to’s” and the “what not to do’s” of Medicaid Waiver. 

The session will be facilitated by Cindy Alberding: 

Brenda Stinebuck, Director SAILS: The IL Movement & The ID/DD Communities, Making It Work Together To Promote Quality, Integrated Supports

 Roberta Sick, Director, Crime Victims With Disabilities Project - Partners: Violence Prevention In The ID/DD Communities

 Karan Burnette, Associate Director/AAP Director - Partners: Autism Waiver/ Autism Updates/News We Can Use



Option 2:

“Questions: Changes in Home and Community Based Services”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently published a new set of rules for the delivery of Home and Community Based Services through Medicaid waiver programs. Through these rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services aim to improve the experience of individuals in these programs by enhancing access to the community, promoting the delivery of services in more integrated settings, and expanding the use of person-centered planning. 

In Arkansas, the questions surrounding these changes include the concept of “Conflict Free Case Management” and “HCBS Settings”. The “settings” standards: 1) require assurance of specific individual rights; 2) prescribe certain characteristics of the physical plant; and 3) specify steps which must be taken if any of the required conditions must be modified based on a specific assessed need of an individual. In addition, to these burning questions, DDS is working diligently to create a new category of supports through the initiation of a new limited support Waiver. 

This session will focus on ways that existing providers can meet or exceed these new standards, and will discuss Person Centered Planning in depth. 

The session will be facilitated by Josh Wilson, an AWA board member who has been involved in these discussions with the state for months, and will include speakers Charlie Green and Craig Cloud.