Professional Development Workshops

​Introducing IPMG’s Professional Development Workshops - Now Open to the Disability Community!

IPMG has been offering professional development training opportunities to our employees since 2006. In 2014, we opened our trainings to other stakeholders within the disability community who might benefit from the information presented. Our Professional Development Workshops (PDWs) are designed to be useful to a diverse audience that includes Case Managers and other professionals in the disability field, as well as family members of individuals with disabilities. Topics are typically related to the waiver program, or to the needs of individuals with disabilities who participate in that program.  Participants may attend the live webinar and participate in the Q&A session, or view the recorded presentation and materials after the webinar has taken place. PDWs are typically held on the third Friday of each month. 

Trainings are offered online, in a one hour webinar format. Please register ahead of time for the trainings. Once registered, participants will receive an email invitation. On the day of the webinar, use the link within the email to join the training. Please plan to log in about 15 minutes early to ensure that you have time to download GoToWebinar if needed. All training materials will be posted on the IPMG web site and on our YouTube channel subsequent to the presentation.


Case managers can receive credit hours for those trainings that are approved by DDRS for that purpose. 1 hour credit, approved through Advocare. Participants will receive an email confirmation after the training to obtain credit for this event. Case Managers must upload proof of attendance and request credit in Advocare. 

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PDW Archives:

2018 Legislative Update: What You Need to Know

Please join IPMG and Michael C. Leppert, IPMG's Legislative Liaison and Director of Public Affairs for the law firm Krieg DeVault for an informational session on the status of 2018 legislation that could impact Medicaid Waiver Recipients, families, and service providers. Things can change quickly during a legislative session and Mr. Leppert provides information on the status of current legislation and suggestions on how Hoosiers can contact their representatives to make their voice heard.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Medicaid: Tools to Maintain Eligibility

Diane Buff, IPMG's Medicaid and Intake Support Manager, provides information that will assist attendees with a basic understanding of Medicaid as it relates to individuals on the waiver, identify and monitor annual Medicaid re-determination, reestablish Medicaid following a lapse, and to know where resources are and how to utilize them. 

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Division of Aging Home and Community Based Waiver Services

Vanessa Convard, Division of Aging PASRR Manager, and Karen Wolfe, Division of Aging Working Team Leader of the Care Management Consultant Team, provide information on the Division of Aging's Home and Community Based Waiver programs and the person-centered practices related to the Aged and Disabled and Traumatic Brain Injury Waivers. 

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Understanding the Medicaid Waiver Request for Approval Process

Ruth Roberts, IPMG Executive Assistant and Request for Approval Specialist, provides participants with the information needed to have a basic understanding of how to apply for waiver funding for environmental and vehicle modifications and specialized medical equipment through the Medicaid Waiver Request for Approval (RFA) process. The training also covers allowable and non-allowable coverage for Request for Approval (RFA) services and the lifetime caps for these services for the Family Support, Community Integration and Habilitation, Aged and Disabled, and Traumatic Brain Injury Waivers.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A Additional Resources

Charting a Course to a Good Life

IPMG Assistant Directors Carolyn Underwood and Heather Sorrells share information on Charting a Course to a Good Life, which will incorporate the Guiding Principles of the LifeCourse Framework. Objectives of the workshop include: 

• An overview of the current status and emerging national trends in supporting families and individuals with ID/DD including the Community of Practice (CoP) Project. 
• Looking at the trends in Indiana for waiver services by age groups and living arrangements. 
• Learn about Indiana’s current needs within age groups. 
• Explore the current conversation: “What does it really take to support families to have a good life?” 
• Obtain further resources from the national movement “Supporting Families throughout the Lifespan.” 

PowerPoint Slides Video References & Resources

LifeCourse Framework

Please join IPMG as we welcome Julie Reynolds, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Director of Strategic Initiatives and Kim Opsahl, Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services Consultant. 

Ms. Reynolds and Ms. Opsahl share information on DDRS's vision for supporting individuals with disabilities in Indiana. Rooted in the LifeCourse Framework developed by the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, DDRS’ vision brings together commonly held values and beliefs into a comprehensive approach to developing integrated supports that empower individuals with disabilities and their families to chart a LifeCourse consistent with their needs and aspirations.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Supporting Older Adults in Talking with HealthCare Providers

Join IPMG RN Nurse Consultant, Donna Riedle, as she provides information, in conjunction with the National Institute on Aging, on helping older adults make the most of their medical appointments. This workshop features tips on how to:

  • Get ready for a doctor’s visit
  • Effectively talk with a clinician about health concerns
  • Make collaborative decisions about treatment
  • Remember what was discussed following the appointment

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A Additional Materials

A Virtual Tour of IPMG Resources

Join us as we take a virtual tour of the many resources available to the public on the IPMG website. The tour includes information related to the Community Integration and Habilitation, Family Supports, Aged and Disabled, and Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waivers. Learn about community resources, publications, Spanish resources, the new iConnect with Friends, and more!

Video Q&A

Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project

Easter Seals Crossroads has been providing assistive technology solutions in Indiana since 1979. In 2007, Easter Seals Crossroads partnered with the State of Indiana, Bureau of Rehabilitative Services to establish the Indiana Assistive Technology Act (INDATA) Project. The INDATA Project is one of 56 similar, federally-funded projects designed to increase access and awareness of assistive technology. In this session, Brian Norton, Director of Assistive Technology at INDATA Project Easterseals Crossroads, discusses the core services provided by INDATA. These core services include Information and Referral, Funding Assistance, Public Awareness and Education, Device Demonstration, Device Loan, Re-utilized Computer and Equipment Re-utilization.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Medicaid Eligibility: Understanding the Essentials

Diane Buff, IPMG Medicaid and Intake Support Manager, provides information to assist with understanding the essential concepts of Medicaid Eligibility.

Learning Objectives include:

  • Basic understanding of Medicaid as it relates to individuals on the FSW, CIH, and Medical Model Waivers
  • Understanding the Medicaid application process
  • Identifying and monitoring Medicaid annual re-determination
  • How to reestablish Medicaid following a lapse
  • Available resources and how to utilize them

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Positive Behavior Support and Mental Wellness: A Unified Framework

Many different interventions methodologies are used in supporting persons with IDD who have problem behaviors. The risk inherent in this is that interventions are managed separately, and may often be working at cross purposes, particularly with psychological and behavioral interventions. A strength of Positive Behavior Support is the ability to offer a means for bringing together different types of support. In this presentation, Dr. Dan Baker, the Internal Reviewer and Positive Support Lead with the Jensen/Olmstead Quality Assurance and Compliance Office of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, offers a unified means for bringing together behavior support, mental health, and mental wellness support. Dr. Baker will use illustrative case studies to supplement the content. In addition to his responsibilities with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Dr. Baker provides clinical supervision for the Successful Life Project and is a part of the Disability Services Division Community Capacity Building Team and was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Preparing for Your Student's Special Education Case Conference

Case conferences can be confusing and stressful for parents. Cathy Boswell, Regional Program Specialist with IN*Source, provides information that can help parents, and professionals supporting families, identify issues of concern, organize documents, prepare information, and communicate effectively during the case conference.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A Additional Materials

Medicaid Waiver/Hospice Partnerships

Susan Campbell, Community Liaison with Premier Hospice, provides information on ways in which Medicaid Waiver and hospice services can collaborate to provide holistic, interdisciplinary end-of-life care and services to Medicaid Waiver recipients and their families.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Indiana Disability Rights

Amy Penrod, Advocate Supervisor with Indiana Disability Rights (formerly known as Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services / IPAS) provides information on the role Indiana Disability Rights plays in advocacy for persons with disabilities in Indiana, as well as an overview of available resources and information. This video has closed captions available.

PowerPoint Slides Video

Supporting Individuals' Right to Sexual Knowledge

Adults with disabilities are often viewed as being asexual. Individuals that display sexual interests are often chastised and labeled as deviant. Consequently, many adults with disabilities are often unprepared to engage in healthy intimate relationships. Dr. Mary Rita Weller, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, will share information and resources that will focus on how families, case managers,and others can support individuals' right to sexual knowledge. Webinar participants will be able to identify several resources that can help to guide the discussion regarding support for adults with disabilities to have healthy intimate relationships as well as to learn about activities that promote healthy intimate relationships for adults with disabilities.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Supporting Families Across a Lifespan

Ann Robertson, IPMG Co-owner and Senior Adviser provides information on how to support families and Individuals across a lifespan.

Over 65% of the individuals served on Indiana's developmental disability waivers reside in a family setting. Approximately 20% of the individuals served are under 20 years old. More and more children under the age of 10 years are being targeted for Indiana's Family Support Waiver. The role of the family is unique and often central in the support and care provided to Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). Family members truly play key roles to support their loved ones. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Current status and emerging national trends in supporting families and individuals with ID/DD that live with their families. 
  • The most effective supports for families: What does it really take to support families to have a good life? 
  • The unique service needs for children versus services for adults.
  • Obtain further resources from the national movement Supporting Families Throughout the Lifespan.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A Additional Materials

An Introduction to Supported Decision Making

IPMG is pleased to feature Jonathan Martinis, Legal Director of Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and the Project Director of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making.

According to Mr. Martinis, “Study after study has shown that people with disabilities who have more self-determination – more control over their lives – are healthier, more independent, more likely to be employed at higher paying jobs, more integrated into their community, and safer. And yet, people with disabilities continue to be placed in overbroad and undue guardianships that take away their Right to Make Choices and limit their opportunities. This session will introduce Supported Decision-Making, a way people can stay in control of their own lives and make their own decisions, with the support of trusted friends, family members, and professionals. It will also discuss practical ways to access and use Supported Decision-Making to increase self-determination and improve life outcomes through the Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Medicaid Waiver systems.”

Don't miss this exciting and informative workshop! 

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Connecting Individuals with Disabilities and Community Members

Dr. Angela Amado, of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration, presents stories, slides, and successful strategies learned in “The Friends Project,” “Person Centered Agency Design Project,” and other efforts across the country which have been designed to support individual with developmental disabilities in having more friendships with non-disabled persons, being more fully part of their communities, and expanding the number and type of social roles they experience. This workshop covers basic approaches, specific strategies, and exercises directly applicable to participants’ work. It is appropriate for both direct care and administrative staff, as well as school staff, families and community members. The emphasis is on direct “how-to” methods.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Adult Protective Services: Recognizing and Reporting Suspected Adult Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

Please join IPMG for this informative Professional Development Workshop. Adrianne Gorman, Director of Adult Protective Services Unit #3, provides information and training on services provided by Adult Protective Services (APS) and recognizing and reporting suspected adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Video Q&A APS Contact Information

Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Part 1) Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed (Part 2) 

Federal HCBS Expectations: Understanding the Rules

Jennifer Lantz, IPMG Senior Director, presents information on the new federal HCBS expectations. Jennifer attended the national conference for AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities), which focused on the HCBS expectations and interpretation of those expectations. She will share some of the information that she has learned in an effort to provide greater understanding of the expectations. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how ADA, Department of Justice and Olmstead Act relate to the HCBS rules
  • Review HCBS setting requirements
  • Understand what the rule indicates for choice, control, access, relationships, rights, education, and experience
  • Additional Resources

PowerPoint Slides Video

Revisions to the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment Services Model

This Workshop features Jeff Russell, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Director of Operations and Theresa Koleszar, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Director of Program Support. Jeff and Theresa present information related to the upcoming revisions to the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Employment Service model which will be implemented on July 1, 2015.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

How to Navigate Medicaid Pitfalls

Diane Buff, IPMG Intake and Medicaid Manager, presents information on ways to avoid common Medicaid Pitfalls.

Objectives of the training include:

  • To have a basic understanding of Medicaid as it relates to individuals on the FSW and CIH Waivers
  • To understand how to apply for Medicaid 
  • To be able to identify and monitor annual redetermination 
  • To reestablish Medicaid following a lapse 
  • To know where resources are and how to utilize them

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Specialized Dietary Support: Providing Person Centered Nutritional Support

Donna Riedle RN, IPMG Registered Nurse Consultant, presents an overview of what a specialized/modified diet includes and what to consider when discussing a person centered dietary plan. Specific menus and food choices are not discussed. The individual’s health, safety, and personal choice needs are discussed. Three specific disabilities will be included: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Prader Willi Syndrome.

This training provides an overview of dietary modification that can be applied to the overall population with dysphagia and specific dietary requirements. Specific dietary modifications discussed include: pureed, mechanical altered, mechanical #1, and regular diet. Fluid modifications are discussed. Dietary modification discussion includes photos to improve understanding and comprehension for the learner. Health and safety precautions are discussed given the unique needs of individuals on a modified diet. The presentation includes an overview of specific health and safety needs when on a modified diet: dehydration, malnutrition, and personal safety are discussed.

Dietary risk plans are reviewed and critiqued to improve the learner’s ability to critique a risk plan for quality. Examples are provided. Risk plans for review include: dining, dysphagia, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Risk plan compliance are addressed along with the Case Manager’s role in assuring compliance.

PowerPoint Slides Video

Waiver Services For Individuals With Disabilities: Lessons Learned From History, As We Begin A New Journey Forward

Ann Robertson, IPMG Senior Adviser, presents this training which provides participants with a history of services for Individuals with disabilities. Objectives include:

  • Understanding the timeline and beginning of institutions for Individuals with disabilities 
  • The deinstitutionalization movement
  • The initiation of Medicaid Waiver services
  • The growth of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Looking forward: Why waiver services require access to community and integrated settings

PowerPoint Slides Video

Medicaid Prior Authorization Process

This online training will explain the process for referrals, the services that are covered through Medicaid Prior Authorization, and how to locate providers for services.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A Home Health Medical Policy

Health Care Issues Affecting Aging Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Donna Riedle, RN, IPMG's Nurse Consultant, provides participants with an overview of health care issues that could affect aging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and information on recognizing how aging may increase risk factors for disease.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Adult Guardianship in Indiana: What Case Managers, Caregivers and Advocates Need to Know

This professional development workshop focuses on the following learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to recognize the statutory and court ordered roles and responsibilities of court appointed guardians in Indiana. 
  • Participants will be able to identify the national standards of practice and ethics for court appointed guardians. 
  • Participants will be able to apply the information presented to working with court appointed guardians. 
  • Participants will understand the state of adult guardianship in Indiana.

PowerPoint Slides Video

Bullying Prevention, Everyone's Responsibility

Cathy Boswell, Regional Program Specialist with IN*Source, explores the dynamics of bullying and gives suggestions and information on what can be done to help children address this issue. The workshop focuses on students with disabilities and includes a brief review of the applicable laws and available resources. Topics include: types of bullying, who are bullies, why children are bullies, the roles school play, law and policies, and bullying prevention strategies.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A Additional Resources

Supporting Children Targeted for Waivers to Obtain Medicaid and Indiana's Medicaid Eligibility Changes

Join Diane Buff, IPMG's Medicaid Specialist, to learn more about Indiana's Medicaid Disability Eligibility Changes Effective 6/1/2014 and Medicaid Process for Children Targeted for the Medicaid Waiver.

Participants will:

  • Learn the steps in the application and enrollment process for children targeted for a Medicaid Waiver. 
  • Understand the Medicaid for Disabled (MA-D) eligibility process for children.
  • Understand the financial guidelines for eligibility and parental deeming information.
  • Learn about the eligibility changes to Medicaid effective June 1, 2014, as Indiana transitions eligibility to a federal determination using Social Security Administration (SSA) standards (1634).
  • Understanding changes in income guidelines and spend down and the impact on children and adults on waiver services.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Incredible Waiver Services: Learn More About Them!

In this webinar, we explore underutilized waiver services.  Participants obtain further knowledge from providers and professionals in the fields that utilize these services.  Learn more about Structured Family Caregiving (SFC), Family and Caregiver Training, and Room and Board of Unrelated Caregiver from professionals providing these services.

Participants will gain:

  • Basic knowledge of the waiver regulations and allowed activities for each service.
  • Input and advice from professional providing these services.
  • Real life examples of how these services can really work! 

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Overview of Down Syndrome, CP, and Epilepsy

This training, presented by Donna Riedle, IPMG Registered Nurse Consultant, provides information on understanding the diagnosis, medical risks, and unique needs of individuals with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Epilepsy.  This training also provides information to assist in supporting individuals with these diagnoses.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A

Medicaid 101

Would you like to know more about Medicaid to ensure individuals receiving waiver services obtain and maintain eligibility? Join Diane Buff, IPMG's Medicaid Specialist, for a one hour training and Q&A session. Learn the basics of Medicaid and the resources available to assist the Individuals we support.

PowerPoint Slides Video Q&A