APSE’s 2017 Regional Institute:
From Workshops to Workplaces-Achieving the Goal of Employment First.
November 2-3 2017, Atlanta GA (CESP Exam November 1st)
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.
Regional Institute attendee Breakdown:
- 41% Director of Employment Services
- 14% Executive Director
- 11% Developmental Disability Agency Personnel
- 9% Direct Service Personnel
- 7% Family Members and Individuals with Disabilities
- 9% Disability Employment SErvices Agency Leadership (senior managers, board of director)
- 2% Mental Health Agency representative
- 7% other
Why YOU Should Attend:
Attendees will receive hands-on technical assistance from 20+ presenters who have been critical to their organizations’ organizational transformations from segregated to community-based employment services providers. Presenters include CEO’s, Employment Services Directors, individuals with disabilities, job coaches and job developers. The Regional Institute is where leaders who understand that organizational change is necessary come together to learn from those who have already transformed their organizations. The future is now. The Employment First movement is gaining more traction than ever. Federal laws, regulations, and funding shifts have changed the landscape of public supports and services for individuals with disabilities. These changes mean that the transformation from a congregate service delivery model to integrated and community-based employment services makes sense right now for you and the people you serve.
The Regional Institute is a unique opportunity to receive intensive support in building organizational capacity for employment services, based on a community model. Federal legislation has changed the landscape of public supports and services for individuals with disabilities:
- The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows individuals and families to open tax-free savings accounts to maintain health, independence, and quality of life without the fear or losing SSI and Medicaid benefits.
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Home and Community- Based Waiver Services (HCBS) Settings rule requires individuals to have opportunities to seek employment, work in competitive integrated settings, and engage in community life. Click here to read more about the HCBS rules.
Schedule of Events:
November 1st: CESP Exam
November 2nd: 8am-5pm, opening reception 5-7:30
November 3rd: 8am-5pm
Regional Institute Questions? Please contact Macey Chovaz: firstname.lastname@example.org