Putting the Person in the Center: Care for People with Disabilities

This conference was held October 23, 2013 in Boxborough, Massachusetts. The goal of the conference was to allow participants to:

  1. Explore foundational information about One Care.
  2. Apply the paradigm shift in providing care for people with disabilities to One Care programs and practices.
  3. Discuss elements of a person-centered, team-based approach to care.

Below are materials presented at the conference. Materials are available as pdf or rtf files to allow for broad access. All documents open in a new window.


A Paradigm Change in Disability Healthcare: What Was and What We Hope Will Be (Opening Address)

Presenters: Robin Callahan, BA, Deputy Medicaid Director for Policy and Programs, MassHealth and Burton D. Pusch, RhD, Consultant, Massachusetts Bay Area Transportation (MBTA), Consultant, Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).


Cultural Competence (Breakout A1 & B1)

This workshop focused on cultural competency to include skills and practices related to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

Presenters: Linda Long-Bellil, PhD, JD, Project Director and Assistant Director, Disability Health and Employment Policy Unit, Center for Health Policy and Research, Heidi Holland, MEd, Program Manager, National LGBT Health Education Center, The Fenway Institute, and Suzann Bedrosian, MA, CP, Independent Contractor for Family Sign Language Programs, MSAD, EOHHS, Support Service Provider-Deafblind, with facilitator Patrice Shelburne, Esq.


Recovery Model: Incorporating peer workers on your mental health and substance abuse teams (Breakout A2 & B2)

This workshop will focus on strategies for engaging and training peer workers to work with mental health and substance abuse teams.

Presenters: Deborah Delman, BS, CPS, Executive Director, MA Transformation Center, and Maryanne Frangules, MA Executive Director, MA Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR), with facilitator Alexis Henry, ScD, OTR.


ADA Compliance: Ensuring your practice meets the standards for best care (Breakout A3 & B3)

This workshop will discuss the legal and practical implications of providing physical, programmatic, and communication access for persons with disabilities.

Presenters: Lawrence Raymond, former Director (retired) Office of Disability, City of Worcester, former Assistant Director of Human Resources, and Kathy Gips, Director of Training, New England ADA Center at the Institute for Human Centered Design, with facilitator Amanda Littell-Clark, JD, MPH.


Care Management: Using a team approach (Breakout A4 & B4)

In this workshop, representatives of the One Care plans will describe their care management systems.

One Care plan panelists: Lisa Price-Stevens, MD, MPH, Fallon Health Plan, Laura Black, NP-C, Family Nurse Practitioner, Commonwealth Care Alliance, and Jean O'Malley, Director of Clinical Management/LTSS, Network Health, with moderators Christine Johnson, PhD, and Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH.


Models of Disability: Integrating independent living into One Care and long-term services and supports (Breakout A5 & B5)

This workshop will describe the philosophy of independent living. Case studies and group discussions will demonstrate how to apply it to your practice model.

Provider panelists: Janet Sweeney Rico, NP, MBA, PhD, Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Fran Bakstran, Transitions Manager, Center for Living & Working, Inc., with moderator Laney Bruner-Canhoto, PhD, MSW, MPH.


Plenary: National Program Experiences with Person-Centered, Team-Based Care for People with Disabilities

Plenary speaker: Neal Adams, MD, MPH, Director of Special Services, California Institute for Mental Health, with facilitator/discussant Robert Baldor, MD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMass Medical School.

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