2020 Keynote Presentations

Keynote Interview with Judith Heumann

Conference attendees will experience an interview with the internationally recognized Disability Rights activist, Judith Heumann, as one of two keynote sessions during the conference.

Read Judith Heumann's full biography here.

Judith Heumann International Disability Rights activist. Author (with Kristen Joiner), Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist. Featured in Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution, a 2020 American award winning documentary film, directed by James LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, produced by the Obama Higher Ground Production. Senior Fellow, at the Ford Foundation (2017-2019), wrote Road Map for Inclusion: Changing the Face of Disability in Media. Served in the Obama and Clinton Administrations.

Keynote Discussion Panel: Post Disruption – Rebuilding a Better Community

The last few years has brought disorder at all levels of our community - economic, social, political, environmental. Yet as old systems get torn down, social disruption can usher in radical transformation.

Three leaders discuss the past, present challenges and opportunities emerging that have the potential to reshape our landscape into a more equitable and cohesive future that allows people to thrive.

Workshop Sessions

Thursday, December 3, 2020

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM | Session 1

Making the Shift to Technology First: Critical First Steps

Provider organizations and state agencies have begun labeling themselves as "technology first" indicating a commitment to technology integrating as a natural support for community living. But what does "technology first" really mean, and what outcomes indicate a successful tech first model?

This presentation identifies standardized best practices while exploring how education and reskilling are vital to successful implementation. Learn how two organizations made the shift to Tech First and the overall impact it has had on the culture and health of their organization AND the individuals they support.

Cameron Kempson, M.Ed.
Director of Education
SimplyHome, LLC
North Carolina

Nick Filarelli

Program Director
Core Services of Northeast Tennessee

Amanda Carroll
Manager, Community Day Services
Kreider Services Illinois

Integrating Racial Equity Within Supportive Housing

A panel and audience discussion on structural racism and opportunities in New Jersey to strengthen racial equity policies and practices, with a focus on homelessness and housing systems. Leaders from across the state will share their knowledge and experience with anti-racist strategies that will inform future supportive housing development, operations and services.  The audience will be encouraged to join in the conversation in sharing examples on how their organizations are integrating racial equity into their work.

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Cassondra Warney, Senior Program Manager from CSH will moderate a panel will the following New Jersey leadership:

Taiisa Kelly
Monarch Housing
Dr. Nichole Nelson
 Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow &
Policy Analyst from the
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Rebecca Rhoads
Office of Homelessness Prevention, Department of Community Affairs

Thursday, December 3, 2020

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Session 2

From Fee-For-Service to Value-Based Care; Demonstrating Value and Protecting Critical Programs

You’ve worked hard to develop the important programs that serve your community, and some regulated changes can feel like a threat to the quality and viability of your work. As the country moves from a Fee-For-Service approach to a Value-Based Care model, how can you identify and showcase the value of your services to ensure you receive the funding you need to continue supporting your community?   In this interactive session, we’ll talk through four critical areas of consideration for survival in the new Value-Based Care world including the importance of accountability in your services, how to make sure your hard work is aligned with the priorities of the Value-Based model, and ensuring that the funds available will offer the highest possible service in the most cost effective manner. Through all of this, we will share what we’ve learned from our experience with the service world’s journey towards Value-Based Care.

David Bucciferro
Senior Advisor
Foothold Technology


Capital Investment for Special Needs Populations: How Other States Create Housing

For the last twenty years, moving people with disabilities away from institutional like settings and into homes integrated in the community have afforded people a greater level of independence and quality of life.   But capital funding for supportive housing development is always in short supply, impeding this goal for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  While New Jersey has made progress, more can be done. Stakeholders in New York and Connecticut share their State’s implementation strategies that show the variety of ways housing development investments are creating accessible, affordable homes and changing the lives of people with IDD.

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This panel will be moderated by Ken Regan, Vice President, Regan Development Corporation.

Alexander Brooks
Administrative Analyst
New York State OPWDD

Stephen Morris
Executive Director, FAVARH
The ARC of the Farmington Valley, CT

Patricia Downes
Senior Policy Analyst, Home and Community Living
New York State OPWDD

Joshua Scalora
Director of Service Development and Support
Department of Developmental Services, CT

Friday, December 4, 2020

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM | Session 1

Telehealth: The New Frontier, Achieving Superior Care for Vulnerable Populations

Quality medical care can be provided to vulnerable populations using a telemedicine service. This service can minimize risk and improve health outcomes for individuals during the health crisis and beyond. Immediate access to physicians 24/7, can create a safer, often superior, and far less disruptive medical solution than a traumatic trip to the ER, urgent care or doctor's office and enhance the value of care provided by an organization. During this session, learn the benefits of telemedicine and how one agency implemented a telehealth solution to support both the individuals under their care and support staff, and why it is likely to become the new normal going forward.

Kathy Cohen

Arc of Essex
Rebecca Lorusso
Senior Director

Residential Services Arc of Essex

Dr. Maulik M. Trivedi, MD, FACEP
Chief Strategy Officer


Supportive Housing for Reentry Clients - Improving Success for People Transitioning from Prison

In order to successfully reenter the community many people leaving the correctional system will require permanent supportive housing and services.  Re-entry housing is a cost-effective approach that can avoid homelessness and improve recidivism. This workshop will discuss the support open to people returning from incarceration.  Challenges, gaps and recommendations will be explored to improve the outcomes of successfully transitioning people from prison to community.

Jacob Day
Community Investment
Business Development Associate
Federal Home Loan Bank of New York

Dan Lombardo
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley

Daniel Hafetz
Consultant & Former Executive Director
New Jersey Reentry Corporation

James C. Williams
Director of Racial Justice Policy
Fair Share Housing Center


Friday, December 4, 2020

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | Session 2

Managed Care Organizations Invest in Housing – Critical Partnerships in Health Outcomes

Understanding the strong connection in housing as a social determinant of health has led the way for insurance carriers to partner with service providers to improve successful outcomes for many years.  But new and creative public/private partnerships are emerging that have expanded to include MCO investment in making housing affordable. The panel will discuss this exciting evolution and the strategies that are providing thousands of homes for peoples struggling with disabilities.

Brandi Calvert

Senior Director Housing Operations
Center for Housing and Health
Chicago, Illinois

Jo Ellen McNamara

National Housing + Health
Growth Lead

Anya Nawrocky

Planning and Performance Director

Housing Navigator – What’s In A Name?

Many different venues across the country are rolling out Housing Navigator programs – SHA included! Housing navigators have been promoted across the spectrum of providers to find supportive housing for veterans, seniors, Medicaid recipients, and those who work in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Community. Housing Navigators from across the region will discuss their roles and the benefits, resources, and challenges in connecting people with housing opportunities and supports.

Maureen McCormick
Housing Navigator
Bergen County Division of Senior Services

Lisa Roland
Housing Specialist
Horizon New Jersey Health

William S. England
Disability Services & Advocacy, LLC

Deborah Wehrlen
DTW Consulting Group

The conference may be virtual, but you'll still get to experience many familiar features including:

– Two half-days with Access to All Workshop Recordings –
A Robust and Engaging Online Conference Platform
Keynotes, Excellent Presenters, & Insightful Workshops
Ample Networking Gatherings & Lively Exhibit Hall
And Reach A Wider Audience Than Ever Before

SHA Members: $125
Non-Members: $175
Family Members: $75
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