Workshops Session 1

Practice, Safety and Compliance = Success
Succeeding in Medicaid Fee for Service by Implementing a Culture of Evidence-based practice, safety and compliance

This workshop showed how providers can use Implementation Science to create a culture of evidence-based practice focused on integrated care, consumer and staff safety, and Medicaid compliance. Although Medicaid audits increasingly require evidence-based services to meet the standard of "medical necessity," studies show that only 5-10% of staff trained in evidence-based services actually implement these consistently. This not only risks serious compliance problems but interventions that are not evidence-based also increase the risk of safety problems, as well as high-cost emergency and inpatient care. Safety problems also increase traumatic stress for consumers and staff, and reduce staff morale, productivity and revenue generation, which can create financial problems for extended periods under fee-for-service contracting. This workshop showed how providers can implement solutions to these problems and find a stronger financial footing.
Presenter: John Monahan, President & CEO, Integrated Care for Recovery click here for the presentation


Supportive Housing Project Award Winners 2017!
This year's project award winners will review the specific variations in housing models that have created successful journeys toward independent housing for people with special needs in NJ.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for a closer look at the best practices, development, resources and strategies embodied in the two winning projects.
Moderator: Stephen Schoch, Managing Principal, Kitchen & Associates
Presenters: Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County Asish Patel, Senior Associate, Monarch Housing Associates Tom Toronto, President, Bergen County's United Way - Click here for Emerson Veterans Part 1, click here for Emerson Veterans Part 2, and click here for Very Special Homes


Cracking the Code in Serving the Homeless -  Municipal – Landlord Partnerships that Work
The City of Philadelphia's Supportive Housing Clearinghouse (SHC) is a program that provides housing opportunities to homeless and chron- ically homeless individuals who currently reside in shelter, behavioral health, transitional and recovery housing facilities. Using a coordinated entry program, and partnering with traditional landlords around the city, SCH also works with 60 mostly nonprofit homeless housing and service providers, city, state and federal government entities to comprise Philadelphia's homeless service system.  Octavia Hill Association, developer, manager and operator of affordable homes shows how this strategic partnership creates opportunity from the ground up.
Presenters: Eileen Wirth, President and CEO, Octavia Hill Association, Inc., Emily Camp-Landis, Director, Supportive Housing Clearinghouse Office of Homeless Services, City of Philadelphia - Click here for the presentation


Keeping Families Together – Unusual partners make for an innovative collaborative housing model
This workshop will highlight Keeping Families Together (KFT), an innovative collaboration between CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and supportive housing providers. CSH pioneered the Keeping Families Together model, a supportive housing program for 'frequently encountered' families in the child welfare system facing homelessness and other challenges, in NYC in 2007. The NJ KFT program grew out of the recognition by DCF of the significant overlap between child welfare involved families and homelessness and the impact that stable housing could have on the trajectory of the family, based on positive results from the NYC pilot. Speakers from CSH, DCF and FAMILYConnections, a provider funded through the initiative, will highlight the successes of the program and its rapid growth over the past few years, lessons learned from working with vulnerable child welfare involved families and considerations for providers working ith families or parents with children in placement.

Presenters: Janis Ikeda, Program Director CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), Debra Lancaster, Chief Program Officer and Director of Strategic Development, Department of Children and Families (DCF), Alex Riley, Program Manager, HomeSafe Program, FAMILYConnections- Click here for the presentation


What Health and Human Service Leadership Need to Know:  Planning for Long Term Mission Sustainability

Non-profits do need to make profits. Successful organizations need to bring in more revenue than xpenses, including organizations that are designated as non-profit. Good management practices make haritable resources and public funds go further and build the case for the value that non-profit rganizations provide.  Much like for-profit organizations, one of the key challenges for on-profit executive teams is defining strategic initiatives and coming up with the capital needed tofinance the necessary collaborations and new service line developments. Executives of non-profit organizations need to borrow tools from the business world to manage these ealities. Don't miss this crucial discussion session about overcoming the challenge of aligning mission with the realities of available funding.
Introduction: Harry Reyes, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Presenters: Regina Widdows, President & CEO SERV Behavioral Health Systems, Pauline Simms, Chief Operating Officer SERV Centers of New Jersey - Click here for the presentation

Workshop Session 2

Healthcare in a New Era – How the Changing Landscape Impacts Providers

Foothold Technology's Senior Advisor David Bucciferro presented an interactive conversation about how current and future federal policies are likely to impact your agency. Attendees learned more about how Medicaid reform is playing out around the country, share your perspective on preparing for an uncertain future, and come away with a plan to survive and thrive in a new reality. This was not a demo of technology, rather a conversation based on best practices from provider agencies using technology.

Presenter: David Bucciferro, Senior Advisor, Foothold Technology - click here for the presentation

The Challenging Landscape of Cybersecurity: Data Breaches and the Transition to Fee-For-Service: Insurance Implications for Non-profits

Technology has forever changed how you service your clients and the data you collect on them and your employees. The transition to fee-for-service has completely changed your business model and how you generate revenue. This workshop explored cybersecurity insurance coverage and assessments, monitoring and mitigation practices, and business continuity—both in terms of resilience and incident management. They also discussed protecting your fee revenue during a business interruption event and how to secure coverage for Medicaid/Medicare RAC Audits. During this workshop, attendees  learned about the pillars of cybersecurity: Insurance, IT, Law, Physical Security & Employee Management. This workshop was interactive; the speaker facilitated a basic assessment and shared lessons from real cybersecurity experiences.

Presenter: Anthony DeGraw – Commercial Insurance Advisor, Cyber Liability, Meeker Sharkey & Hurley - Click here for the presentation

Finding Hidden Treasures Hiding in Plain Sight – Mapping Community Assets – Tapping Community Resources – NJTIP @ Rutgers

This workshop discussed how to identify and work with existing resources within a community. The workshop focused on strengths-based community mapping for a community/town. Community mapping is an essential, yet often overlooked, step in the planning process for meaningful community integration. Attendees learned techniques to assess the resources that are available in their community and begin developing contact lists and physical maps of transportation, nearby institutions and associations. These techniques helped workshop participants visualize the unique assets that are present in their communities that could be of benefit to their clients.

Presenters: Melody Bundy, Manager, New Freedom Travel Instruction, Louis Hoffman, Manager New Freedom Travel Instruction - click here for the presentation

Supportive Housing Funding Initiative: What it Takes

In this workshop, participants learned how other communities have organized a multitude of stakeholders to successfully advocate key government partners to get long-term funding commitments. The session highlighted successful road maps to galvanize the providers, service agencies and developers to create an "ask"; different models of a long-term funding commitments; discussion on why this matters to you; and approaches used by advocates to achieve the commitment. The panel also included on-the-ground experience of a supportive housing developer in New Jersey which highlights how impactful coordinated long-term commitments could be.

Presenters: Kristin Miller, Director of CSH's (Corporation for Supportive Housing) Metro Region, Jennifer Trepinski, Director of Loan Originations, CSH, Volunteers of America – Delaware Valley, NJ developer of supportive housing - click here for the presentation

Ready, Set, Go! - DDD Providers Share Experiences and Challenges of Transitioning to fee for service

As New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities shifts from a contract-based to a Medicaid-based, fee-for-service reimbursement system, how can providers prepare and make the transition successfully? Attendees got to hear the "lessons learned" from providers who were the first to make the conversion.

Moderator: Dr. Dan Keating, Executive Director, Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD)

Presenters: Elise Tretola, CEO, Allies Inc., Bernadette Griswold, Associate Executive Director of Supports and Programs, Community Access Unlimited, Heather Cooper, Resource & Development Director, Values into Action- click here for the presentation


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