2020 Leadership Conference - Now Virtual!

    December 01, 2020 10:00 AM EST to December 03, 2020 4:15 PM EST
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    The 2020 Leadership Conference will be held using a virtual platform to share presentations, panel discussions, technical assistance opportunities and trainings that are Focusing on the Future of the provider network and the system of supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Although we cannot meet in Saratoga Springs, we can gather online, as a sector, to hear from

    • national experts
    • policy and research institutes
    • government officials
    • partners in the business community 
    • colleagues other states
    • self-advocates and family members


    This next level learning experience will include topics such as

    • Crises & Opportunities of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Emerging Trends to Shape Public Policy & Programmatic Directions
    • Medicaid & Managed Care
    • System Innovations and Technical Tools
    • State & Federal Initiatives
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    • Workforce & Employment


    Please join us on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

    Tuesday, December 1st – EMERGING TRENDS: THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
    Keynote Presentation: Leadership in the Time of a Pandemic

    Chris Gibson, President, Siena College

    The Crises and Opportunities of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Melinda K. Abrams, MS, Senior Vice President, The Commonwealth Fund

    New York's Experience: People with I/DD and COVID
    Scott Landes, Associate Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University
    Ryan Cox, Vice President for Analytics and Financial Business Strategies, New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation

    Medicaid Waiver Authorities: What They Mean and How They're Used

    Megan Sherman, Associate, Manatt Health
    Mindy Lipson, Director, Manatt Health

    Mergers, Consoidations & Strategic Partnerships
    Kate Henry
    , Regional Managing Director and Northeast Benefits Leader, NFP
    Tom Sheffield, Managing Director and Head of Management and Professional Lines, NFP
    Mike Hutcherson, Senior Vice President, NFP (Previously Rose & Kiernan)

    Changes in Medicaid Telehealth Policies

    Jenna Libersky, Senior Researcher, Mathematica

    Racing Against the Clock; Preserving Disability Supports During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Doris Parfaite-Claude, Federal Advocacy and Research Manager

    Session 1: Doing it Best and Making it Happen: The Direct Support Professional Workforce
    Edgardo Velez
    , Senior Program Coordinator, Heartshare
    Maxine Bosnick
    , Residential Manager, Arc Monroe
    Amy Hewitt
    , Director, Institute on Community Integration; Research & Training Center on Community Living & Minnesota LEND
    Kirsten Sanchirico
    , Senior Director of Workforce Advancement, New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation and Project Director, Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT)

    Session 2: ADA 30th Anniversary and Employment Services
    Andrew Karhan, MPA, MA, Program Director, Workforce Development, Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
    Stanfort Perry, Executive Director, AHRC Nassau & Chairman of the Board, NYSID
    Ed O'Donnell, Senior Vice President, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey
    Alicia McGrath, Executive Vice President of Mission Services, Goodwill Industries of Greater New York & Northern New Jersey
    John D. Kemp, President & CEO, The Viscardi Center & President, Henry Viscardi School

    Annual Update from the OPWDD Commissioner: Vision for 2021 and Beyond

    Theodore A. Kastner, MD, Commissioner, NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

    Impact of 2020 Election: National & State Perspective
    James Lytle, Senior Advisor, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

    New York State Budget Panel Discussion
    Dave Friedfel, Director of State Studies, Citizens Budget Commission
    Bill Hammond, Senior Fellow of Health Policy, Empire Center for Public Policy
    Andrea Smyth, CEO, A. Smyth Advocacy
    Facilitated by: Al Kaplan, Senior Policy Advisor, AHRC NYC

    Closing Plenary: Integrating Diversity, Equity & Inclusion into Organizational Culture
    Kesha Carter, Chief Diversity Officer, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

    If you are unable to join a live presentation during this conference, register any way and you will receive links to the recorded presentations and any available handouts. Register today!

    Thank you to our Sponsors!



    $129.00 Member Registration (Per Person)

    $209.00 Non-Member Registration (Per Person)

    $2,000.00 Vendor Ticket