Upcoming IDD Waiver Provider Conferences

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Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Waiver Provider Conferences

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is hosting five regional conferences for IDD waiver providers in July and August 2013. The IDD waiver programs include the Home and Community based Services (HCS), Texas Home Living (TxHmL), Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS), and Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) programs.

The main focus of the conferences is on direct support workers. Sessions have been designed specifically for direct support workers. The conferences are being offered regionally to facilitate their attendance. Other sessions will be available for management staff. Registration for the conferences is free. A limited number of stipends will be offered for direct support workers to offset the cost of travel and lodging.

The dates and locations of the conferences are:

    • JULY 9-10 | HOUSTON: Crowne Plaza, 8686 Kirby Dr. Houston, TX 77054
    • JULY 15-16 | SAN ANTONIO: Norris Conference Center, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd. A-100, San Antonio, TX 78201
    • JULY 29-30 | AUSTIN: The Commons Building #137, J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78758
    • AUGUST 6-7 | ABILENE: MCM Elegante, 4250 Ridgemont Dr., Abilene, TX 79606
    • AUGUST 13-14 | FT. WORTH: Norris Conference Center, 304 Houston St., Ft. Worth, TX 76102

Our keynote speakers are Amy Hewitt, Lori Sedlezky, and Sheryl Larson from the University of Minnesota.  They will be speaking on “Direct Support Professionals Workforce National Trends and Issues”.  The will also be doing two break-out sessions:   “Recruitment Strategies: Building a Quality Workforce” and “Retention Strategies:  Keys to Promoting a Quality Workforce”.

We are very excited to have Karyn Harvey, the Assistant Executive Director of Quality Supports for the Arc of Baltimore, speaking about Trauma Informed Care.

And we will also have Laura Buckner, Shelly Dumas and Sheryl Baker, from the Institute for Person-Centered Practices, presenting the Overview and Philosophy of Person Centered Thinking.

Other break-out sessions will also be offered throughout the two day events. The registration site can be reached via the following link: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1068101-UdF2qGLACw

For more information contact: WaiverSurvey.Certification@dads.state.tx.us

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