2023 Disability Policy Webinar Series

 

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June 9, 2023

9:00am – 10:00am

Emily Henderson
Government Affairs Consultant

McCall Hamilton Advocacy
& Public Affairs

Emily Henderson is a government affairs consultant at McCall Hamilton, Lansing’s only all-female lobbying firm. Following graduation from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, Emily joined the team and began working closely on state legislative and regulatory health and human services issues as well as grassroots and coalition advocacy.

 

Emily discusses Michigan’s new political landscape and provide an advocacy update on all of the items the Arc Michigan is following in Lansing. Emily will also share what it means to be an effective advocate and how to connect with your legislators.


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Infographic from the Senate Fiscal Agency re: Direct Federal Funding Grants Allocated to Michigan in Response to COVID-19

 

10:30am – 11:30am

David Goldfarb
Director of Long-Term Supports and Services Policy

The Arc of the United States

David Goldfarb is The Arc of the United States’ Director of Long-Term Supports and Services Policy. Prior to joining The Arc, he spent nearly 8 years at the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where he oversaw NAELA’s advocacy initiatives. He currently co-chairs the Disability and Aging Collaborative and the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities (CCD) Financial Security & Poverty Task Force. He began his public policy career as the Economic Policy Fellow for Senator Bill Nelson of Florida.

 

 


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June 16, 2023

9:00am – 10:00am

Belinda Hawks
Director of Home and Community Based Services

&

Lyndia Deromedi
Manager of Federal Compliance Section

Division of Adult Home & Community Based Services, Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration

Belinda Hawks has given 30 years to working in the Michigan Behavioral Health system as a provider of services, in a community mental health organization, and the last 9 years at the state in the Bureau of Specialty Behavioral Health Services.

 

She will provide us with updates from MDHHS – Behavioral Health on Conflict Free Access and Planning and Implementation of the Home and Community Based Services Rule.

 


Lyndia Deromedi is the manager of the Federal Compliance Section in the Adult Home and Community Based Services Division and has been in this role for almost 3 years. She has been working in the Michigan behavioral health system for over 25 years.

 

The Federal Compliance Section oversees the Habilitation Supports Waiver and 1915(i)SPA services for adults receiving Medicaid behavioral health services. This includes the oversight of the site review process, person-centered planning, self-determination and the Behavioral Health Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule implementation.

 

Lyndia will provide an update of the HCBS rule implementation for behavioral health services in Michigan.

Click Here for more information on Home and Community-Based Services Program Transition


 

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10:30am – 11:30am

Phillip Kurdunowicz
Division Director within the
Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy & Supports, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

&

Linday McLaughlin
Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy & Supports.

 

Phil Kurdunowicz is a division director within the Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Phil oversees the development of policy and management of Medicaid-funded behavioral health services to children, youth, and families. He has also led a series of other initiatives within the department over the last decade related to the Medicaid program, behavioral health services, long-term supports and services, and health information sharing. Phil graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy in 2010 and a Master of Health Services Administration in 2017.

 

Leadership from the Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports (BCCHPS) will present on the work of the bureau, recent steps to address the KB v. MDHHS litigation, and the related work of the MI Kids Now Initiative.


 

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