be participating in the ARCA Forensic Task Force from 10 am to 2 pm at
the Sheraton Grand Hotel chaired by Carlos Flores, Director of the San
Diego Regional Center. The task force will discuss Grant Progress and
issues beyond the grant such as Porterville Developmental Center,
Incompetent to Stand Trial issues, and Lack of resources. To learn more
about ARCA initiatives click here.
Wednesday July 27, 2016
The Catalyst Center and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health will be hosting a webinar, Coordinating Care for Children in Families with Complex Social and Health Needs-Research and Practice from9:30
to 10:30 a.m. "The lives of children and youth with chronic or complex
medical conditions often are complicated by psychosocial issues and
family problems such as poverty, poor parental health, substance abuse,
domestic violence, and homelessness." Read more and register.
Disability Rights California and Western Center on Law and Poverty will
provide information for families who reside in one of the 21 counties
where children in CCS may be transferred into managed care. This
webinar, "Family Protections and Continuity of Care in the New 'Whole-Child Model' for Children in California Children's Services"is sponsored by Family Voices of California and will begin at 12 pm Read more and register.
be meeting with some stakeholders of the Tarjan Center at UCLA as part
of the extensive strategic planning review of the center and will
prepare a report that will help inform the center of stakeholder's views
and ideas for future work. To learn more about the Tarjan Center visit their website.
Thursday July 28, 2016
Arc will be hosting a webinar, Mental Health Courts and Individuals
with I/DD: A Criminal Justice Solution? From 10:30 to 12 pm (PDT).
"Mental health courts were created to divert offenders from prison into
long-term community based treatment. These courts rely on assessments,
treatment plans, and ongoing behavior monitoring to address both the
mental health needs of offenders, as well as safety needs of the
community. But, are they appropriate for people with I/DD? NCCJD will
discuss the results of a recent survey of mental health courts serving
people with I/DD. A historical perspective of mental health courts will
be provided, and their role and purpose in the criminal justice system
defined. We will discuss how the Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities Court specifically addresses the needs of individuals with
I/DD and the benefits of serving them. Negatives of mental health courts
and whether they are adequate to serve those with I/DD will also be
addressed." Register here.
The LEAD Center will be hosting a webinar, Implementing the WIOA Final Rule (Title I) from a Disability Perspective: What Workforce Professionals and Partners Need to Know!,
from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (PDT). "On June 30, 2016, the Departments of
Labor (DOL) and Education (ED) issued a Joint Final Rule to implement
the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As noted by the
Department of Labor (DOL), WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed
to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help
get Americans, including youth and people with significant barriers to
employment, into high-quality jobs and careers. WIOA also assists
employers in hiring and retaining skilled workers. Join this webinar to
learn about the provisions in Title I of the Final Rule that create
opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.
Friday July 29, 2016
be participating in the California Collaborative for Long Term Services
and Supports, a coalition of statewide organizations that reach
millions of seniors and persons with disabilities. Learn more about the CCLTSS coalition here.
Saturday July 30, 2016
be attending Laurie Hoirup's Celebration of Life which will be held at
her favorite place, the Old Sugar Mill Winery in Clarksburg, CA from 1pm
- 4pm. Like so many of us in the disability community we were shocked
and saddened to learn of Laurie's death reported in the Sacramento Bee after the 4th of July weekend. Laurie inspired leaders of The Arc of California with her story (I Can Dance, My Life with a Disability) and her view of disability advocacy. Laurie Hoirup, our friend and colleague, will be missed but not forgotten.
THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION: Public Policy Reports
community providers of developmental services have now been notified of
the rate increases they will be receiving as a result of the two-year
campaign to stabilize the community service system. The increases are
effective as of July 1, 2016 which means the first payments will come to
the providers sometime in August 2016. We have learned from our
chapters and from many other community providers that there are details
about how to pass through and direct these funds that are unclear to
them. Meetings with stakeholders and the department of developmental
services have been ongoing to help clarify, meanwhile DDS is confident
that the statute contains good guidance for how to direct the funds to
be prepared for the October 2017 compliance audit. Below is part of that
statute explaining the determination of the rate increases and the
implementation (ABX2-1 - Page 95 of the PDF version).
SEC. 9. Section 4691.10 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:
(a) (1) Notwithstanding any other law or regulation, and to the extent
funds are appropriated in the annual Budget Act for this purpose, the
department shall provide a rate increase for the purpose of enhancing
wages and benefits for staff who spend a minimum of 75 percent of their
time providing direct services to consumers. The department shall not
allocate more than one hundred sixty-nine million five hundred thousand
dollars ($169,500,000) of the amount appropriated in the act that added
this section for this purpose, plus any associated matching funds. The
rate increase shall only apply to services for which rates are set by
the department or through negotiations between the regional centers and
service providers, and to the rates paid for supported employment
services, as specified in subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 4860, and
vouchered community-based services, as specified in paragraph (7) of
subdivision (c) of Section 4688.21. This section shall not apply to
those services for which rates are determined by other entities,
including, but not limited to, the State Department of Health Care
Services or the State Department of Social Services, or are usual and
For the purposes of this subdivision, "direct services" are services,
supports, care, supervision, or assistance provided by staff directly to
a consumer to address the consumer's needs, as identified in the
individual program plan, and include staff's participation in training
and other activities directly related to providing services to
consumers, as well as program preparation functions as defined in
Section 54302 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations. State
employees participating in the Community State Staff Program are
ineligible for the wage increase described in this section.
(b) The rate increase specified in subdivision (a) shall be implemented in the following manner:
With regional center participation, the department shall conduct a
survey of a random sample of service providers in each service category
eligible for the rate increase. The survey shall request information
regarding all of the following and shall be returned to the regional
center and department by April 15, 2016:
Number of employees who spend a minimum of 75 percent of their time
providing direct services to consumers and their total salary, wage, and
Administrative costs as specified in subdivision (b) of Section 4629.7,
including the number of employees and total salary, wage, and benefit
costs associated with those administrative costs.
(C) Any other staff and their total salary, wage, and benefit costs that are not included in either subparagraph (A) or (B).
(D) Any other costs to the provider, other than the costs described in subparagraphs (A) to (C), inclusive.
(E) Any additional information, as requested by the department, to assist in the determination of rate increases.
The vendoring regional center shall certify that, to the best of its
knowledge, the survey results accurately reflect the services provided
by each surveyed service provider. The results from the survey shall be
used by the department to determine the rate increase to be applied, by
service category. The rate increase shall be the same for all eligible
providers in each service category and is intended to provide comparable
increases across service categories for staff providing direct services
as described in subdivision (a).
(3) By July 1, 2016, utilizing the data derived from paragraph (1), the department shall do both of the following:
For those service providers whose rates are set by the department,
notify those providers and the associated regional centers of the amount
by which the rates are to be increased.
For those service providers whose rates are set by negotiation with the
regional center, notify the regional center of the amount by which the
rates are to be increased.
With regional center participation, the department shall conduct a
survey, in a format determined by the department, of all providers who
received the rate increase described in subdivision (a). Providers shall
submit the completed survey to the department by October 1, 2017. The
survey shall request information on how the rate increase was used by
providers and shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
(A) Number of employees and their salary, wage, and benefit costs, and increases provided as a result of this subdivision.
(B) Percentage of time each employee spends providing direct services.
(C) Administrative expenses, consistent with subdivision (b) of Section 4629.7.
(D) Any additional information as determined by the department.
Providers granted a rate increase pursuant to this section shall
maintain documentation, subject to audit by the department or regional
center, that the rate increase was used solely to increase wages,
salaries, and benefits of eligible staff members spending a minimum of
75 percent of their time providing direct services to consumers.
The rate increases calculated by the department pursuant to this
section shall be effective July 1, 2016, and implemented as described in
Any provider that fails to report the information required by paragraph
(4) of subdivision (b) to the department by October 1, 2017, shall
forfeit the increases described in subdivision (a).
In its 2017-18 May Revision fiscal estimate, the department shall
describe the implementation of the increases provided pursuant to this
DC - The Arc, the nation's largest civil rights organization for people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their
families, released the following statement on the news that Charles
Kinsey, a caregiver (commonly known as direct support professional) for
people with disabilities, was shot while supporting a young man with
this week Charles Kinsey, a direct support professional for individuals
with developmental disabilities, was shot in a situation that
needlessly escalated. Individuals like Charles play an invaluable role
in the lives of those they support. It isn't uncommon for their clients
to see them as extended family and often direct support professionals
put the wellbeing of those they are supporting ahead of their own, as
was the case in this situation.
all the details of this incident have not been released, this case
highlights a growing issue in our nation - the lack of training for law
enforcement on how to safely and effectively interact with people with
intellectual and developmental disabilities. From Ethan Saylor to Neli
Latson and now Charles Kinsey, we continue to see how lack of training
on supporting individuals with disabilities can pose a threat to the
safety of our extended community. The fact of the matter is this
incident was preventable. Collaboration between law enforcement and the
disability community is the key to preventing future cases like this. We
welcome the opportunity to work with law enforcement to help improve
our criminal justice system and prevent future tragedy and injustice,"
said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.
staff are sometimes injured performing their job duties, we do not see
them injured by law enforcement who so often answer our calls for
assistance in our work. While we do not yet know all of the facts, it
appears that Mr. Kinsey, like so many staff working with persons with
disabilities would do, tried to protect the person he was charged with
caring for. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for Mr. Kinsey," said
Deborah Linton, CEO, The Arc of Florida
The Arc's National Center for Criminal Justice and Disability®
was established in 2013 to address situations like this, and the
critical need for effective, evidence-based training for law enforcement
and others in the criminal justice system. Funded by the Bureau of
Justice Assistance, The Center created Pathways to Justice,™ a
comprehensive training program facilitated through chapters of The Arc,
which assists officers to both identify disability, and know how to
respond in ways that keep all parties as safe as possible. This
innovative training emphasizes a shift in thinking away from "crisis
intervention" alone, to "crisis prevention" which promotes a
problem-solving attitude among officers and helps them to define what is
truly a crisis, and what is not. Piloted in five states to date, the
training is being rolled out in six additional states in 2017.
Greg deGiere, Director of Public Policy The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
Bill File: The Arc California
We're still waiting for the governor's action on AB 1272, click here to urge support for AB 1272,
a bill to allow the courts to schedule specially trained prosecutors
for cases involving people with intellectual and developmental
Current AB 1272 Alert:
We once asked police and prosecutors to tell us what would help ensure
people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) get the
justice they deserve for the crimes committed against them. One of their
answers is being addressed in Assemblywoman Shannon Grove's bill AB
with developmental disabilities are victimized by sexual assault and
other violent crimes at much higher rates than the general population.
Too often, the criminals who commit these heinous crimes are never
convicted, and are set free to continue to prey on some of the most
vulnerable people in society. But now, Assemblywoman Shannon Grove from
Bakersfield has won unanimous passage of a bill to remove one big
barrier to convicting these criminals. It's AB 1272, which she
introduced and carried through the Legislature at our request.
take 20 seconds to send one email to Governor Brown to ask him to sign
the bill. This bill was enrolled yesterday and presented to the Governor
at 4:30 pm so we need your help now! Then pass this alert along to your
friends who also want to make a difference today!
What Does AB 1272 Do?
allows the courts to schedule specially trained prosecutors for cases
involving people with I/DD so they don't conflict in the schedule with
other cases they are prosecuting.
criminals in one of these cases can be a tough job. It takes a
prosecuting attorney who's trained and experienced, who understands that
people with developmental disabilities can be very believable witnesses
when questioned properly, and who has taken the extra time to work with
the victim as much as necessary before the trial.
problem comes when the judge sets the trial date when that specially
trained and experienced prosecutor already has another trial scheduled. A
less skilled and prepared prosecutor may be assigned to the case of the
victim with the developmental disability, and as a result the criminal
may never be convicted.
already is the same requirement for some other complex, difficult
cases. Since judges follow the law and almost always avoid these
scheduling conflicts why not put in place the same protections for a
group of people who are victimized at one of the highest rates with one
of the lowest conviction rates for their perpetrators?
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
Advocacy and Community Organizing
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
Community Organizing and Collaboration Plays Major Roll in This Year's Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).
SLI is a national professional development conference for providers who
support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and
their families. Most professional development events like this focus
solely on issues that help executives provide quality services and to
stay in compliance with a variety of regulatory issues related to human
resources, Medicaid waiver rules, and fund raising. These are all
important and necessary but advocacy and community organizing is equally
important to our community.
Organizing sessions included efforts to create a developmental
disabilities caucus in Connecticut, a campaign to focus on direct
support professional's wages in New York, outreach to more volunteers
including college students to expand reach for our community in
Maryland, a long and sustained effort in Bakersfield California to
improve access to public transportation, and of course our very
Lanterman Coalition "10 Campaign". NCE has been consistently working on
organizing since Barry Meyer, Executive Director, of The Arc Louisiana
brought Mary Gonzales to train us during our national convention in San
Diego in 2006.
Baldwin, CEO of the Bakersfield Arc chapter, had one goal for himself
when it comes to advocacy. If elected officials in Kern County have
questions about intellectual and developmental disability issues, they
will contact him! He related this goal to his fellow members of the
National Conference of Executives 'Summer Leadership Institute', last
week in Palm Springs, California. Over 150 CEO's and Senior Executive
Managers from around the United States listened. Then Jim gave a great
example of 'when Baldwin speaks, legislators listen'! He got a text
message from Republican Assembly Member Shannon Grove, Dist. 34. She had
a guy in her office asking for support of a 10% increase in state
funding for people with I/DD. That guy was our own Tony Anderson,
Executive Director and lobbyist for The Arc of California! Baldwin
texted her back, he is an OK guy, listen to him!
and Tony were on the same panel, Community Organizing for Impact-A View
from the Field. I was so proud to have two of our top advocates on this
impressive national panel. Jim addressed the local impact of community
organizing in Bakersfield and Kern County. He explained how he used
organizing techniques that he learned from the Gamaliel Foundation,
gathering together other disability groups in his area. They formed a
larger more powerful organization called VOICED (Voices of Integration:
Communities Empowering the Disabled) in order to get the county to make
bus stops accessible. He is now on the Transportation Planning Committee
for the County!
on the other hand, spoke about our statewide community organizing
efforts. He explained how we had started with Partners in Policymaking
training, as well as Community Organizing Leadership workshops. He had
previously given a separate 2 hour workshop explaining all of the "10
Campaign!" details, including the communication campaign. But he
emphasized to this plenary session how the "Lanterman Coalition" of 25
organizations was formed, and the statewide coordinated rallies. Then he
had the Governor and legislators coming to us to finally get the
legislation passed increasing the state Developmental Disability budget
by $550 million!
Great job sharing our local and statewide successes!
how to better serve children and families affected by prenatal
substance exposure and substance use disorders by attending the CWLA
2016 National Conference. Are you serving infants, children and families
affected by prenatal substance exposure and substance use disorders in
your community? Join us at the CWLA 2016 National Conference, Advancing
Excellence in Practice and Policy: What Works for Families Affected by
Substance Use, to hear presentations on lessons learned from recent
collaborative efforts, including best practices that improve outcomes
for infants, children and families affected by prenatal substance
exposure and substance use disorders.
communities are facing an increase in the number of infants with
prenatal substance exposure and children and families affected by
substance use disorders. Child welfare systems are reporting increases
in caseloads, primarily among infants and young children coming into
care. Hospitals are reporting increases of infants born with Neonatal
Abstinence Syndrome. Substance use treatment systems are reporting
increases in the number of individuals seeking treatment for opioid and
other substance use disorders. This mixture of service systems often
brings a considerable range and variety of approaches, affecting service
coordination and sometimes further exacerbating the challenges faced by
our most vulnerable children and families.
and Family Futures (CFF) is pleased to offer several sessions at the
CWLA National Conference focused on the topics of best practices in
serving infants, children and families affected by prenatal substance
exposure and substance use disorders including:
a Plan of Safe Care for Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure,
their Mothers and Caregivers: Collaborative Approaches Learned in a
Linda Carpenter, M.Ed. and Jill Gresham, M.A. (CFF), Mishka Terplan,
M.D. (University of Maryland) and Mollie Greene (New Jersey Department
of Children and Families)
with Prenatal Substance Exposure: Developing a Plan of Safe Care
for Infants and Mothers. Expert: Nancy K. Young, PhD, MSW (CFF)
Services and Parenting Interventions for Families Affected by
Substance Use and Child Welfare. Experts: Linda Carpenter, MEd
(CFF) and Russ Bermejo, MSW (CFF)
Collaboration: Lessons Learned from the Regional Partnership Grant
Program. Presenters: Ken DeCerchio, MSW, CAP (CFF) and Elaine
Voces Stedt, MSW (Children's Bureau Office on Child Abuse and
and Enhancing Services to Children and Their Families Affected by
Substance Use Disorders in Family Drug Courts: Outcomes and Lessons
Learned from the Children Affected by Methamphetamine Grant.
Presenters: Sharon Amatetti, MPH (Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration) and Russ Bermejo, MSW (CFF)
the Strengths and Meeting the Needs of Families Affected by
Substance Use Disorders. Presenters: Theresa Lemus, MBA, BSN, RN,
LADC (CFF) and Ashay Shah, MSW (CFF)
2016 National Conference takes place August 1-3, 2016 at the Hyatt
Regency Orange County. For more information about these sessions and to
register for the conference, please click here.
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
July 31-August 2, 2016
Registration Open for Reinventing Quality.
The 2016 Reinventing Quality conference, Assuring Quality Lives for
Everyone: Moving from the Why to the How, will be held July 31-August 2,
2016 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harbour place Hotel, in Baltimore,
Maryland. The 2016 Reinventing Quality Conference is jointly hosted by
the National Association of State Directors of Developmental
Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), Research and Training Center on
Community Living at the University of Minnesota, Human Services Research
Institute (HSRI), University of Delaware National Leadership
Consortium, American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR),
TASH, and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental
October 21 and 22, 2016
for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction will be hosting.
"Takin' It to the Streets: Skills to Further Enhance Your Practice of
Travel Instruction ". ACVREP Credits Available, at RTC of Southern
Nevada, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350, Las Vegas, NV 89106
(Space is limited to 100 attendees!). A few of the keynote sessions
include: "The American with Disabilities Act - 25+ Years of Providing
Freedom". Anthony A. Anderson, JD; "Boots on the Ground: 13,140 days as a
career Travel Instructor and Certified Orientation and Mobility
Specialist or Why my Hair Turned White at 30".Lydia Barden Peterson, MS;
"Influencing Drivers and Reducing Street Crossing Risk: What Research
Tell Us". Conference Registration: Early Bird (by 7/31) - $125, Advanced
(8/1-10/14) - $150, On-Site (after 10/14) - $175. To register by mail
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October 27-29, 2016
2016 National Convention & International Forum "Shaping the Future" will be in Orlando, FL this year and will be a joint disability event with The Arc of the United States and Inclusion International.
"Join the global conversation as people from all over the world share
best practices, struggles, successes, and hopes for the future. Our
collective work is toward a common goal-to protect and promote the human
and civil rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. Attendees can expect to make
enduring personal and professional connections while learning how to
shape the future for the better.
By National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)
to a recent article in Governing magazine regarding government data, it
was recognized that data without good people who can wisely and
attentively use it produces little real value. As indicated in the
article, "Strong leaders recognize the importance of recruiting,
training and retaining valuable employees."
Highlights from the article include:
Use data to efficiently enhance staff skills and maximize their impact.
Leverage data-driven management and create a "culture of continuous improvement."
Use data to find and validate improvement opportunities through performance reporting and data analytics.
Share data with stakeholders to have meaningful evidence-based discussions about performance.
Provide data to the public, businesses, and researchers to gain additional insights and develop community-driven solutions.
Establish a clear and consistent channel to communicate successes (and areas needing improvement).
deserves a chance to succeed. And by my estimation, no group has been
refused that opportunity more than people living with disabilities
(PLWD). Sadly, less than one-fifth of this population is employed. Even
though I've made expanding opportunities for PLWD my life's work, I
nearly denied my first PLWD hire, Andrew, a fair shake. My company sells
wine and donates all profits to nonprofits, so we host tastings at
grocery and liquor stores. Now one of my top employees, Andrew began his
first tasting in 2015 like a pushy car salesman. "Too many employers
see inability before giving PLWD a chance." Within minutes, I was
reconsidering my hire, anxiously coaching him between interactions. And
something happened that, in hindsight, I should've expected: Andrew
listened to me, improving his approach with each customer. After all,
nobody gets a new job right on the first shot. By tasting's end,
customers were lining up to speak with Andrew. We wound up selling twice
our normal volume that day. Something else happened, too. I discovered
the true value of employing PLWD-not as token employees but as real
members of my team. Now, three of my 10 employees are PLWD, and as I've
learned, integrating PLWD into a workforce takes a little finesse but is
well worth the effort. If you're an entrepreneur or business leader,
these are a few ways you can hire and prepare PLWD to become some of
your most indispensable employees.
1. Start With An Introductory Program
Andrew's first day, I mistakenly threw him into the fire with little
preparation. Instead, take some time and care with the on-boarding
process. You can even progressively acclimate newly hired PLWD through
internships, on-location work trials, or job shadowing. The Institute
for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that nearly three-quarters of
employers participating in these programs saw positive results; only 8%
said support needs were greater than anticipated. In 2009, AMC
Entertainment began hiring PLWD. To integrate its new talent, the
theater chain collaborated with the Autism Society in Bethesda,
Maryland. When asked about the program's results, AMC's chief people
officer told Bloomberg, "You end up being a healthier company from a lot
of different perspectives: innovation, engagement, morale,
productivity." So while your crew flourishes because of your inclusion
program, rest assured knowing your company will benefit, too. The i4cp
study found that employing PLWD increased customer satisfaction by 44%
and enhanced brands by 34%.
2. Find The Best Fit
is true for any employee, PLWD on your team thrive when their roles
match their skills. Fortunately, PLWD have succeeded across employment
categories, including administrative work, facility maintenance, food
service, and patient care. "In one exercise [meant to highlight
unconscious bias] . . . some highly educated PLWD were judged to be
unfit for the very roles they were working in." If you're not sure which
roles within your organization might work for PLWD, contact local
agencies that specialize in connecting employers with PLWD candidates.
While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission forbids
discrimination-positive or negative-based on disability, these agencies
can recommend PLWD candidates who might fit with open roles. St. Louis
Arc, for example, pointed me toward Andrew as a candidate for wine
tastings. I've also received great recommendations from the St.
Louis-based United Cerebral Palsy Heartland and The Center for Head
Injury Services. If you choose to hire a PLWD, consider customized
employment. A Seattle man with disabilities, whom I'll call John, and
his employer tapped into his full potential using this approach. Once a
low-wage workshop employee, John told Carol Salter, who works for a
disability advocacy organization, that he wanted to build engines. Carol
knew John couldn't earn the necessary certifications for the job, but
as she watched mechanics hauling equipment, breaking down boxes, and
cleaning spills, Salter realized John could tackle these tasks. Now John
makes $11 per hour as an essential member of the shop, allowing
higher-paid specialists to spend more time fixing engines.
3. Question Preconceptions At Every Turn
all like to think we're sensitive and self-aware, but it takes constant
vigilance to see how unconscious biases color our perceptions of
others. Just as I reacted poorly to Andrew's initial performance, too
many employers see inability before giving PLWD a chance.
employing PLWD can make your company look good, the initiative can't be
about appearances." Mercy Healthcare, a local leader in hiring PLWD,
earned my support by demonstrating how biases unfairly restrict this
population. In one exercise, Mercy's facilitators showed photographs of
individuals and asked participants what jobs they appeared qualified
for. Unsurprisingly, some highly educated PLWD were judged to be unfit
for the very roles they were working in. Our first instincts can often
be wrong, and that limits both employers and employees.
4. Praise With Honesty And Precision
somebody for working as expected isn't the same as celebrating a
serious accomplishment. Consider how insulted you'd feel if you were
told, "Congratulations, you met expectations." Instead, acknowledge
specific significant achievements, such as "You've packaged more parts
than anyone on the floor this month, John. That's a big deal." The late
Stella Young, a disability rights activist known for her journalism and
comedy, took aim in a TEDx Talk at the way PLWD are praised for minor
efforts, such as simply going to work-arguing that modern culture
(especially in the social-media age) patronizingly holds up disability
as a source of inspiration for those who don't experience it. Academic
and PLWD Tom Shakespeare says this occurs because perceptions of the
community are so low to begin with. By praising only when it's truly
deserved-much as you would any employee-we can break that mindset. In
fact, we need to in order to integrate more PLWD meaningfully not just
into the workplace and, hopefully, build a more inclusive society in the
process. But remember: While employing PLWD can make your company look
good, the initiative can't be about appearances. Top-performing
companies, as i4cp found in its research, don't hire PLWD for positive
press or compliance. They do it-successfully-as a competitive strategy.
Including PLWD in your workforce can benefit your bottom line, but it's
all in the way you do it. And who knows? You may even find your own
Medicaid dollars are going toward community-based services as opposed
to institutional care, but some states are moving in that direction more
rapidly than others. Of the $152 billion spent on long-term care
services across the country during the 2014 fiscal year, 53 percent was
directed to community-based services, according to a new report produced
for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That's an increase
over the 51 percent seen in fiscal year 2013, which marked the first
year that the majority of Medicaid long-term care dollars went to
community-based services. Such funding has ticked up 1 to 3 percent
nearly every year since 1995, the report indicated. Evolving ideas about
how to best serve people with developmental disabilities appear to be
driving the trend toward community living, the report suggests, with 75
percent of dollars targeted to this group going to integrated care. By
contrast, the majority of funds to care for older people and those with
physical disabilities as well as individuals with serious mental illness
or emotional disturbance went to institutional settings. Overall, the
report shows that spending on community care grew 7.7 percent to $80.6
billion in 2014 while funding for institutional services was relatively
flat at $71.2 billion.
spending priorities are far from level across the country with 24
states continuing to allocate more dollars for institutional care.
Funding for community-based services was lowest in Mississippi,
representing just 27.2 percent of that state's Medicaid long-term care
allocation, and highest in Oregon where it accounted for 79.2 percent,
the report found. "(Home and community-based services) continued to grow
as a percentage of Medicaid (long-term services and supports)
expenditures, reflecting continuing federal and state efforts to shift
the balance of expenditures from institutional services to HCBS," the
authors note in their findings. "The shift toward HCBS continues a
long-running trend with no indication that HCBS has reached a natural
limit beyond which it will be difficult to expand further."
(CBSMiami) - Cell phone video captured a portion of the verbal exchange
between an assisted living facility employee and North Miami Police
moments before the man was shot Monday afternoon. "There is no
justification to shoot a man who's laying on his back telling you that
he's unarmed," said Hilton Napoleon, who represents Charles Kinsey, the
man who was shot by police. Napoleon is demanding answers after Kinsey
is seen on the ground with his hands in the air. Kinsey says the man
sitting next to him on the ground with a white toy truck in his hand is
an autistic man Kinsey cares for at a group home nearby. As Kinsey tried
to explain that to police, he also tried to calm down the autistic
patient but an officer opened fire, striking Kinsey. A group of men who
work together to perform acts of community service and crime prevention
are also demanding answers. The group, Circle of Brotherhood, which
Kinsey is also a member of, gathered Wednesday evening in front of the
police department's headquarters to raise concerns about the shooting.
"We found out bits and pieces and we're still finding things out. So
we'd just like to go see him," said Circle of Brotherhood member Lyle
Muhammad, as members visited Kinsey at Jackson Memorial Hospital where
Kinsey is recovering from a gunshot wound to his leg.
Monday, officers were sent to NE 128th Street and 14th Avenue after
someone called to report a man with a gun threatening suicide, according
to a statement by North Miami Police. "To our understanding is, is the
individual, who lives here, was walking down the street with a toy in
his hand and somebody called the police, saying somebody had a weapon,"
said Clint Bower, president of the nearby Miami Achievement Center for
the Developmentally Disabled, where Kinsey works as a caregiver. Bower
says the man who lives at the group home was autistic. "He happens to be
24 years old," said Bower. "He's autistic, non-verbal so the police
couldn't get anything out of him because he can't speak." Police said
sometime during the on-scene negotiations, an officer discharged his
weapon, striking Kinsey in the leg. He was taken to the hospital. The
Circle of Brotherhood said the North Miami Police Department is just the
latest law enforcement agency, in a string of national events, to be
called to task for the shooting of an unarmed black man. They want
answers and the officer who shot Kinsey to be held accountable for
Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section
every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality
candidates to professional positions that support people with
disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support
Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen
State Director, The Arc Wisconsin will build and lead a growing,
vibrant and effective movement of people with intellectual and
developmental disabilities (I/DD), their parents, siblings and family
members, and the professionals and organizations that serve them, to
promote and protect the civil rights of people with I/DD and to actively
support their inclusion and participation in their communities
throughout their lifetimes. The State Director will build a new State
Office of The Arc Wisconsin that will advance the vision, goals and
strategies set forth in Strategic Framework for the Future of The Arc,
2010-2019. The State Office is charged to influence public policy
developments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of
government which affect people with I/DD, promote public awareness about
their needs, issues and concerns, and encourage, assist and support
local chapters of The Arc.
the direct supervision of the Director and with delegated authority,
the Chief of the Branch will be responsible for the following duties:
*Formulates, supervises and implements the substantive work programme of
the Branch in the areas of ageing, family, youth and disability as well
as social integration and social inclusion. Oversees the management of
activities undertaken by the units of the Branch, ensures that
programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and
co-ordinates work in assigned areas both within the Division and
Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System,
as well as liaises with other agencies and bodies of the United Nations
system as appropriate. *Leads and undertakes research and analysis of
issues and trends on ageing, disability, youth and family and provides
programmatic and substantive reviews of the drafts prepared by
Resource Center of Santa Barbara seeks a Manager of Development and
Marketing who can manage strategic communications and lead the
acquisition of financial and other resources to sustain the work and
fulfil the Mission of Alpha. The Manager of Development and Marketing is
responsible for all fundraising initiatives and activities for the
organization including fundraising events, planned and annual giving
campaigns, individual donor identification and cultivation, grant
writing, foundation and corporate development as well as marketing.
The position will create and execute tailored communication strategies
for multiple audiences; corporate and cash donors, media, foundations,
and the general public. This position develops relationships within the
community to achieve visibility and participation in reaching Alpha's
goals. The position manages the department's budget, participates as a
member of the management team, participates in strategic planning,
provides leadership to the Development Committee and assists the CEO and
Board of Directors to formulate and implement the organization's short-
and long-term marketing and development goals. We have a beautiful
campus in the foothills of Santa Barbara with a dedicated staff and a
competitive benefits package. Interested parties can contact the HR
Manager at email@example.com. Salary $50K to $80K DOE
Resource Center of Santa Barbara is hiring an Assistant Manager for our
Adult Services programs. This position will assume responsibility for
development, coordination, implementation and maintenance of
client-centered curriculum, including development of work and community
opportunities. We seek a well-organized individual experienced with
working with people with developmental disabilities or delays, who can
take responsibility for effective on-going communication with agencies,
families, care providers and consumers regarding service plans. This
position will establish, coordinate and maintain responsive admission
procedures including assessments. Along with the Program Manager they
will track and do billing for state funded programming as well as
managing and overseeing an internal budget. They will be responsible for
coordination of consumer transportation, attendance and departures.
Under the direction of the Program Manager, they will coordinate of
staff duty schedules during unstructured time and contribute to staff
development including training and evaluations. We have a beautiful
campus in the foothills of Santa Barbara with a dedicated staff and a
competitive benefits package. Interested parties can contact the HR
Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Salary $40K to $60K DOE
Arc of Illinois is the leading advocacy organization supporting
individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout
the State of Illinois. Terri Devine, Arc of Illinois Board Chair, has
announced that Tony Paulauski will be retiring after 25+ years as
Executive Director. She will be leading the board search committee to
find a visionary leader who will continue the good work of the Arc of
Illinois. The candidate for this position will be an experienced
professional advocate for people with intellectual/ developmental
disabilities and their families. Additionally, S/he will have a
demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with Arc Chapters, other
disability providers, associations, funders and political leaders.
Candidates must have senior administrator experience in a disability
related organization, hold a Bachelor's Degree (Masters preferred) in a
related discipline and have proven background in governmental affairs,
finance, development and personnel management. The Executive Director
will represent the organization throughout the State of Illinois. The
Executive Director reports to a volunteer Board of Directors.
of the responsibilities include: Ideal candidate will have experience
in inpatient setting; written and oral communication skills, knowledge
of utilization management & skills in case management, time
management, and crisis intervention common to acute psychotic as well as
to non-violent crises intervention practice. Candidate must have
knowledge of acute psychological disorders; advanced principals of
abnormal psychology as specifically applied to adults, geriatrics, and
adolescents; familiarity with follow-up resource services; skills in
conducting group therapy. Skills in maintaining information as highly
confidential. Ability to clearly summarize pertinent clinical
information via written correspondence and medical records
documentation. Providing quality case management to psychiatric
patients; to serve as a member of the interdisciplinary team supporting
the organization s treatment program and philosophy and assure the
deliverance of quality treatment to psychiatric patients and their
families. Requirements: Education: Master s Degree from an accredited
college or university in social work, counseling psychology, mental
health or a related field preferred.
of Ventura's Human Services Agency, is currently seeking a Chief Deputy
Director. The ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational,
budgeting, administrative/ management, supervisory skills and extensive
leadership experience in in a large, complex, multi-disciplinary public
human service delivery system. The ideal candidate will further be a
highly motivated executive with excellent communication and
interpersonal skills, and a passion for providing the highest quality of
services to the community. The individual will also have a successful
track record of establishing and maintaining successful collaborative
relationships among a variety of stakeholders in a comprehensive public
human service system.
UC Davis Health System, MIND Institute Physician Clinic Director is
responsible for patient care and administration in the Massie Clinic; an
outpatient health care clinic serving individuals with
neurodevelopmental disorders. The Physician Clinic Director will ensure
efficient and effective patient care through joint planning and problem
solving with the practice manager, CAO, and Executive Director and
provide care consistent with medical best practices and the policies and
procedures of the organization. This position will utilize professional
skills in providing diagnosis, assessments, and treatment to
individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Additionally, this
position will assist in the development and coordination of systems for
clinical care for the Massie Family Clinic, which assures a
multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, patient-oriented approach to patient
care. The Physician Clinic Director is accountable for the overall
quality, appropriateness, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care
delivered within the clinic.
the general direction of the Deputy Director, Developmental Centers
Division (Division), the incumbent provides executive-level leadership;
assists the Deputy Director with statewide clinical and program
administration, policy formulation and implementation, program
evaluation, and quality management for the Division, consisting of
24-hour State-operated developmental centers (DC) and community facility
(CF), and the headquarters (HQ) support services operation. Routine
communications and work with Executive Management at each of the
24-hour/7 day facilities managed by the Department of Developmental
executive search firm of Saenger Associates has been exclusively
retained to conduct a search for an Executive Director for our client, a
pioneer in providing services to Seniors and their families for more
than 40 years. Our client provides comprehensive services for more than
10,000 seniors annually, including 500 daily meals; 200 home delivered.
Additionally, the organization oversees 3 contracts for affordable
senior only communities. Our client plans to open a new central facility
in late 2017 that is triple the size of their present facility.
Position responsibilities: Reporting to the Board of Directors, provide
overall leadership for the agencies' continuing evolution and
significant growth, Successfully lead, manage and execute a continued
transition to balance business needs and expanded programs, Continue the
company's partnering with other 501 (c) (3) organizations, Act as the
FACE of the organization. . . We would welcome your comments and
appreciate any thoughts you have on this truly unique and outstanding
growth opportunity. Interested candidates, please send your resume to email@example.com.
Chief Executive Officer will lead PRRC to an increased sense of
community engagement, both inside and out. This position offers an
exceptional opportunity to set the agenda and lead PRRC, together with
the Board of Directors, to achieve its strategic vision. The CEO directs
and oversees all aspects of the agency, including strategic planning
and achievement of the mission and goals. In addition, the CEO is
responsible for fiscal and budgetary management, program and service
development, community relations and fundraising, operations, and the
development of a skilled workforce. The CEO manages the resources of a
$6.5 million annual operating budget, a staff of approximately 120, $10
million in assets and the provision of services to over 420 clients in
San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Scott E. Miller, Direct: (415)
613-1354, Scott@ScottMillerExecutiveSearch.com, Scott Miller Executive Search, 1231 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94123.
the direction of the Deputy Director, Developmental Centers Division
(DCD), the Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of
Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) and is delegated responsibility for
all clients and staff within SDC. The Executive Director is responsible
for providing the leadership necessary to assist SDC in maintaining
certification and the ongoing relationships with the local community;
works as member of the DCD management team to achieve organizational
goal sand works to support the DDS in fulfilling the Department's
vision, "Building Partnerships, Supporting Choices." The Executive
Director has twenty-four hour overall responsibility for the management
and oversight of all DC operations and programs, including the health
and safety of residents and staff.
Assistant Executive Director for Employment and Day Services (AED) is a
senior level position that reports directly to the Executive Director.
The AED is responsible for planning and oversight of all operations in
the Employment and Day Services division, the agency's largest division.
The AED seeks to fulfill The Arc Baltimore's commitment to maximizing
employment outcomes for all people supported by leading and managing The
Arc Baltimore's strategic efforts to best align its supports to enable
each individual's desired employment outcome. The position is also
responsible for ensuring access to innovative, meaningful and integrated
(i.e. community-based) activities for those who choose not to work
(e.g. are retired).
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Advocates for people with intellectual and all other developmental disabilities and their families since 1950.