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.
We will not have a PDW during the month of July. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive announcements about our upcoming PDWs when we resume in August.
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.
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:
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!
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.
Diane Buff, IPMG Medicaid and Intake Support Manager, provides information to assist with understanding the essential concepts of Medicaid Eligibility.
Learning Objectives include:
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.
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 both the Family Support and Community Integration and Habilitation Waivers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diane Buff, IPMG Intake and Medicaid Manager, presents information on ways to avoid common Medicaid Pitfalls.
Objectives of the training include:
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.
Ann Robertson, IPMG Senior Adviser, presents this training which provides participants with a history of services for Individuals with disabilities. Objectives include:
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.
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.
This professional development workshop focuses on the following learning objectives:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.