CEO & Leadership Conference 2019
December 9-11, 2019
Pre-Conference - Monday, December 9, 2019

CEO & Leadership Conference Dessert Welcome Reception
Evening of December 9, 2019

CEO & Leadership Conference - December 10-11, 2019
100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50
Cambridge, Maryland, USA, 21613

Join us for the Pre-Conference on
Monday, December 9, 2019
Pre-Conference Intensive:
What’s New in the DDA Waivers? A Deep Dive into the New Service Definitions
Sharon Lewis, Principal, Health Management Associates
Pre-Conference Intensive: What’s New in the DDA Waivers? A Deep Dive into the New Service Definitions PLUS A Guide to the New Definitions
Feeling confused by the whirlwind of waiver changes that have been put in place since 2018? Wondering if you meet the new provider requirements for each service? Struggling to digest the almost 400-page waiver document? The pre-conference session is the answer!

The pre-conference intensive will offer a nationally-recognized leader, Sharon Lewis, who will provide a day-long review of the many changes in the Community Pathways and Community Supports waivers. Attendees will leave with greater clarity about definitions and provider requirements for each service.

The presenter will also give a brief overview of the status of rates at the time of the session.

As a bonus, attendees will receive a guide to the waiver services, for easier reference moving forward.

About Sharon Lewis:
Sharon Lewis, Principal, Health Management Associates, is a nationally lauded expert in disability policy spanning home and community-based services (HCBS), education, employment, independent living supports, and person-centered services. At HMA, she works with federal partners, states, providers and consumer advocates to advance opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of community, across the lifespan.

Sharon came to HMA having served in presidentially appointed leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) including principal deputy administrator of the Administration for Community Living, senior disability policy advisor to the HHS Secretary, and commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Sharon co-founded the Administration for Community Living, an HHS division established in 2012 to maximize the independence, well-being and health of older adults and people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Sharon led significant reforms in Medicaid HCBS policy and regulations to ensure community integration and increase person-centered services.

As senior disability policy advisor to the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor and as a Kennedy Public Policy Fellow for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families, she advised members on legislative strategy and disability-related policy issues in education, employment and health care.

At the state level in Oregon, Sharon led public policy, legislative strategy and grassroots organizing for multiple non-profit advocacy organizations and coalitions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Schedule at a Glance
Monday, December 9, 2019

8:00am - 10:00am
Registration and Breakfast
10:00am - 4:30pm
What’s New in the DDA Waivers? A Deep Dive into the New Service Definitions
(includes lunch)
Dessert Welcome Reception sponsored by Alco Pharmacy
Monday, December 9, 2019 from 8-9pm
CEO & Leadership Conference Attendees are invited to join us for the
dessert welcome reception to network and meet others.

ALCO Pharmacy will make this an amazing event that you don't want to miss!
Opening Plenary:
Building a Stronger Direct Support Workforce:
An Overview of the NADSP Direct Support Professional Competencies
John Raffaele, NADSP Director of Education Services
Building a Stronger Direct Support Workforce:
An Overview of the NADSP Direct Support Professional Competencies
Quality supports cannot happen without a competent direct support workforce. As Maryland considers moving forward with enhanced training and competency requirements for direct support professionals, now is the time to have an in-depth understanding of the DSP competencies developed by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.  The opening plenary session will include an overview of the competencies by John Raffaele, Director of Education Services with NADSP, along with inspiring stories from Maryland DSPs.

About John Raffaele:
John Raffaele is the Director of Educational Services at the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals. John is a Master Social Worker and a highly experienced professional adult educator and facilitator. John's graduate education is from Yeshiva University in New York City and State University of New York at New Paltz, NY. 
His career spans over three decades and those years have been spent teaching direct support professionals and the people they support. Most of the people with whom he has worked and supported over the last 30 plus years are people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, and people with chronic and terminal illnesses in home-care settings. Between 2001 and 2012 John worked as a Director of Training and Education for a developmental disabilities service provider in New York and gained notoriety consulting and teaching throughout the United States.
John founded his own international direct support professional consulting company in 2012 and over the last several years, in contract with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and in close partnership with NADSP Executive Director Joseph Macbeth, has developed many exciting and informative training programs and helped propel the NADSP into national prominence. John became NADSP’s Director of Educational Services in December of 2016. John has educated tens of thousands of people in the NADSP Code of Ethics and Competencies and most recently, the NADSP Informed Decision Making curriculum and Frontline Supervisor Train the Trainer Curriculum.
Conference Tracks
Our workshops will address the latest best practices and strategies for navigating change, including:
  • MACSimizing Your Staff
  • MACSimizing Assets and Minimizing Risk
  • MACSimizing Best Practices
Conference Workshops
Workshops include:
  • Techniques to Maximize Employee Performance & Improve Retention and Exploring Personality Testing for HR
  • Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce
  • NADSP Resources to Strengthen Agencies
  • Can Your Agency Survive a Data Breach or a Cyber Attack?
  • Mitigating Risk of Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Employees
  • Successfully Bringing Additional Funds into Your Agency through Fundraising
  • Building Self-Direction into Provider Supports
  • Infusing Respect Throughout an Organization - from CEO to DSPs to People with Disabilities
  • A Look at Maryland's New Housing Initiative
  • Positive Behavior Supports and Trauma Informed Care - a Maryland Pilot
CEO & Leadership Conference
Schedule at a Glance
Monday, December 9, 2019
8:00 - 9:00 pm
Registration and Dessert Welcome Reception

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
8:00 - 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15am
Opening Plenary
10:15 - 10:45am
10:45- noon
Concurrent Morning Workshops
1:30- 2:45pm
Concurrent Afternoon Workshops
2:45- 3:15pm
3:15- 4:45pm
Concurrent Afternoon Workshops
7 - 8:15pm
8:15 - 10:15pm
Casino Night & Karaoke
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7:00 - 9:00am
Breakfast with Omelette Stations
9:00 - 10:15am
Concurrent Morning Workshops
10:15 - 10:45am
Break and Hotel Check-Out
10:45 - noon
Closing Plenary
noon - 12:30pm

Don't Miss the
MACS Signature Networking and Entertainment
Dessert Welcome Reception
Monday, December 9, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exhibitor Row
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Casino & Karaoke Night
(with signature prize selections)
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
8:15 pm - 10:15 pm  
*Please note - NO REFUNDS after November 22, 2019.
However, if you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to contact MACS in order to change the registration from another person at your agency.
For questions or additional information, please contact either
Mary Snyder, Administrative Coordinator (410) 740-5125 x5

or Vanessa Antrum, Director of Training (410) 740-5125 x6