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2016 Regional Institute: From Workshops to Workplaces


APSE’s 2016 Regional Institute: “From Workshops to Workplaces: Achieving the Goal of Employment First”- Tuesday, November 1 & Wednesday, November 2nd – Sacramento, CA (October 31-CESP™ Exam and Opening Evening Reception)


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 Download the 2016 Regional Institute Prospectus

Event Overview:

The APSE Regional Institute is designed to help disability services providers build their capacity for supported employment with the goal of serving their clients in competitive integrated jobs in their communities. The Institute addresses such topics as funding, communicating change with individuals served and families, business strategic planning, staff development, legacy real estate planning, employer outreach, job development, informed choice and employment, and wrap-around services.

Sessions and information provided will be geared towards all of those who are a part of organization transformation.  The targeted audience includes: people with disabilities who receive services and their family members; direct service workers; mid to upper level management; CEOs and CFOs and board members. Learn more about the Regional Institute.

Download the General Regional Institute Flyer.

October 31 Overview:

  • Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP™) Exam Opportunity: 1:00-4:00 pm. Click here to apply for the Sacramento, CA CESP™ Exam. Please note that registration for the exam is separate from general conference registration. To learn more about CESP™ Certification please click here.
  • Join us for the Regional Institute Opening Evening Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Meet old friends and make new friends.

November 1 Overview:

EF ODEP ECON LogosAPSE is partnering with the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) subject matter experts to provide an entire day of technical assistance to attendees in 20 various breakout sessions. EFSLMP is a cross-disability, cross-systems change initiative through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). States participating in the EFSLMP must commit at least six state agencies that will work together to implement the Employment First approach: coordinating resources, alignment of policies & updating service delivery to increase integrated employment for people with disabilities. Together, these experts have worked with 35 states across the United States on organizational and systems change. A mid-day luncheon will be extended to ensure a lengthy opportunity for mentoring and networking.

Schedule for November 1st:

General Session: 8:30 am-9:45 am
Breakout Sessions & Luncheon: 9:45am-5pm

  • Leadership & Strategic Planning- Preparing for a Ride of a Lifetime
  • Measurement, Analysis & Knowledge Management-How to Assess whether what you are doing is moving you Forward
  • Customer Focus-Holistic Individualized Supports that Sustain Employment
  • Operations Focus-Getting From Point A to Z: Supported Employment Program Start-up
  • Workforce Focus-Building an Amazing Team of Employment Gladiators
  • Leadership & Strategic Planning-Getting from Buildings to Match-making
  • Measurement, Analysis & Knowledge Management-Building a Sustainable Team to Implement True Transformation
  • Customer Focus-How to Message Change & Solidify Stakeholder Buy-In focused on Employment
  • Operations Focus-Funding Diversification
  • Workforce Focus-Building Strong Employee-Employer Relationships through Technology

.SoCal APSE Reception (open to California Registrants only): 5:30pm-7pm
Representatives from SoCal APSE, Department of Developmental Services, Department of Rehabilitation, Association of Regional Centers, The State Council on Developmental Disabilities and Disability Rights California have been invited to share local resources related to CMS regulations and conversion
*California attendees invited only
*Light refreshments & cash bar

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Keynote: Aaron Carruthers, State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Aaron Carruthers is the Executive Director of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.  He has also been the Chief Deputy Director of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Correctional Health Care Services.  He was a Principal Consultant for the California State Senate, a Field Representative for the California State Assembly, and a member of the Attorney General’s executive team.  He is a graduate of the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities and was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs.

November 2 Overview:RI 2015

APSE members who are going through or have been through the organizational change process will provide personal testimonials on how they accomplished change. Employees with disabilities will also be in attendance to share their experiences moving from segregated employment to integrated community based employment.

Schedule for November 2

General Session: 8:30 am-9:15 am
Breakout Sessions & Luncheon: 9:15am-5pm

  • Financial Capability: Practical Steps to Change Social and Human Service Delivery
  • Converting from Legacy Programming to Community Based Support
  • Supportive Decision Making & Alternatives to Guardianship
  • Communication: the Key to closing your sheltered workshop
  • Building your Team: Changing Job Descriptions and Providing staff training
  • Shifting away from Sheltered Workshops: Building Peer to Peer Supports
  • Community Based Job Support Techniques
  • Working with Schools: What Providers need to know to Improve Employment Outcomes
  • Panel: Lessons Learned from Providers
  • Organizational Change: the Policy Context
  • Community Based Job Development Techniques
  • Panel of Employees with Disabilities: from Segregated to Integrated employment
  • Building a Meaningful Day, Alternative to Segregation
  • New Kids on the Block: tips and techniques for those new to providing Community Based Employment Services

Keynote: Michael Morris, National Disability Institute

Michael Morris is the Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI). He has over 30 years of experience in and outside of government pioneering new strategies to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Michael serves as an advisor and technical expert to multiple federal agencies on policy and systems relationships at federal, state, and local levels to advance economic stability, mobility and asset development for persons with disabilities.

In 1981, he was named the first Joseph P. Kennedy Fellow in Public Policy and came to Washington, DC to work in the Office of Connecticut Senator Lowell Weicker, as legal counsel to the United States Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped. Michael also served subsequently as counsel to the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee. From Capitol Hill, Michael went to work at United Cerebral Palsy Association as the first director of government relations, then as director of community services and finally as national executive director. During his 14-year tenure, his leadership put a focus on needed assistive technology and its essential role in accommodating people with disabilities in the areas of employment, education, communications and daily living. In 2001, he helped establish NDI to advance the social and economic independence of persons with disabilities through strategic investment and technical assistance activities nationwide that bring together government, corporations, foundations and community and faith-based organizations.

Michael received his undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio and his law degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. When not busy leading NDI, Michael loves to play tennis and creative writing.

Why You Should Attend:

Changes in federal legislation and regulations, including the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Setting Rules, and the Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act are setting the stage for major changes in employment for people with disabilities. 2016 is also an election year with both parties calling for the end of subminimum wage for all individuals.EF across the nation

  • Employment First: a movement that is sweeping the nation and focuses on employment in the general workforce as the first and preferred option for all publicly funded services for all working age citizens with disabilities. Employment First activities are not only happening at the local, grass roots level in 39 states, but at the national level as well in recent public policy and legislation.
    Click here for Employment First Information Resources
  • WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)WIOA WIOA defines and prioritizes integrated employment as work at or above minimum wage, with wages and benefits comparable to people without disabilities and fully integrated with co-workers without disabilities. In July of this year new restrictions on subminimum wage went into effect. These new requirements under Section 511 of WIOA should be used to divert young people from subminimum wage employment and move individuals from subminimum wage jobs into competitive integrated employment.
    Click here to read APSE’s Section 511 Action Alert.
  • HCBS (Home and Community Based Waiver Services) CMS issued a final ruling in January 2014 stating that the setting in which a person receives services “is integrated in and supports the full access of individuals receiving Medicaid HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community, to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS”. These rules are an important step forward in federal policy, supporting inclusion and integration of people with disabilities in the community. The fact that these policies are now in federal regulation provides a significant impetus to move state systems closer to the reality of person-centered practices, full inclusion, and integration into the community. Click here to read more about the HCBS rules.

Hotel Information:

Day or night, the staff of DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento is dedicated to your needs to ensure the travel experience.

DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point W Way, Sacramento, CA 95815. Phone: (916) 929-8855. The special APSE conference room rate is $129.00. Click here to register online.


Super Shuttle is offering a discount for Regional Institute attendees!  Click here book your ride from the airport to the hotel


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