2024 Disability Policy Webinar Series

 

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June 14, 2024


9:00am – 10:00am


Belinda Hawks

Director, Division of Adult Home and Community Based Services, Bureau of Specialty Behavioral Health Services, Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Lyndia Deromedi

Manager of Federal Compliance Section, Division of Adult Home and Community Based Services, Bureau of Specialty Behavioral Health Services, Behavioral and Physical Health and Aging Services Administration


WEBSITE: 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 over 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, Behavioral Health Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule implementation.

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


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10:30am – 11:30am


David Goldfarb

Director of Policy, The Arc of the United States

Darcy Milburn

Director, Social Security and Healthcare Policy, The Arc of the United States

Robyn Linscott

Director of Education and Family Policy, The Arc of the United States


WEBSITE: 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 21, 2024


9:00am – 10:00am


Patricia Neitman

Bureau Director, Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy & Supports, MDHHS

Kim Batsche-McKenzie

Division Director, Division of Program and Grant Development and Quality Monitoring Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy and Supports, MDHHS

Stacy Farrell

Section Manager, Clinical Support and Service Navigation Section, Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy & Supports, MDHHS


WEBSITE: Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health Policy & Supports


Patricia Neitman is the Director for the Bureau of Childrens Coordinated Health, Policy, and Supports (BCCHPS) at MDHHS. Patricia has been with MDHHS for 23 years, during that time has work in leadership positions as the director of the Division of Child Welfare Licensing and in oversight of the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance Office, and most recently as the Division Director in the Office of the Advocate for Children, Youth, and Families in BCCHPS. Patricia worked for several years in the private sector in child welfare, and as a clinician and clinical manager. Patricia has also served as an adjunct instructor at Oakland Community College; has a master’s degree in clinical behavioral psychology from Eastern Michigan University, and a limited license as a psychologist.

 

Patricia will give an Overview of the work in the Bureau of Children’s Coordinated Health, Policy, and Supports at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The presentation will highlight work activities and initiatives in the bureau, including the MichiCANS tool, and the development of a data dashboard.

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10:30am – 11:30am


Emily Henderson

Government Affairs Consultant, McCall Hamilton Advocacy & Public Affairs


WEBSITE: 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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