TASH’s Webinar Series on the Promise and the Spirit of the Home and Community Based Waiver Begins September 30th

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The Promise and Intent of HCBS Regulations and Settings Requirements

TASH Training’s seven-part Fall 2014 series, Values-Based Leadership in Supported Living: Stepping Up to the Promise and the Spirit of the Home and Community Based Waiver begins Tuesday, September 30th with Alison Barkoff and Rachel Patterson’s presentation, “The Promise and Intent of HCBS Regulations and Settings Requirements”.


3:30-4:30 PM Eastern, Tuesday, 30 September 2014 — Please note the earlier time from the rest of the schedule

About this presentation

The speakers in this session will discuss the opportunities for people with disabilities, advocates and other stakeholders to use the new HCBS regulations to help transform systems to support real integration for people with disabilities and further the Olmstead agenda. The speakers will provide an overview of the rule and its alignment with Olmstead activities and will provide guidance on opportunities for advocacy around the rule.

Learning objectives

At the end of this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the major provisions of the HCBS regulation and their importance.
  2. Align the HCBS regulations with Olmstead activities.
  3. Develop advocacy strategies in their own states around the HCBS regulations.

This session is aimed at people with disabilities, their families, advocates, progressive providers, and any other stakeholders interested in using the Home and Community Based Service Waiver to further integration in states’ service systems.

About the presenters

Alison Barkoff

Alison Barkoff returned to the Bazelon Center as the Director of Advocacy in September 2014, after serving for four years as Special Counsel for Olmstead Enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. In that position, she led the Division’s efforts to enforce the right of individuals with disabilities to live, work and receive services in the community. Under her leadership, the Division issued its first Olmstead guidance and was actively involved in Olmstead litigation across the country, including several cases culminating in statewide system reform settlement agreements. During her time with the federal government, Ms. Barkoff also worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on finalizing rules governing Medicaid-funded community-based services and with the Department of Labor on implementation of its new home care rule in Medicaid-funded disability service systems.

Ms. Barkoff was a staff attorney with the Bazelon Center from 2005 to 2010. Prior to that, she worked with private civil rights law firms and public interest organizations on disability discrimination, Medicaid, and special education cases and clerked for judges on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ms. Barkoff has published articles and spoken nationally on a range of issues that impact people with disabilities.

Rachel Patterson, presenter, The Promise and Intent of HCBS Regulations

Rachel Patterson is a Policy Manager at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities where she focuses primarily on health and long-term services and supports policy. She leads AUCD’s Health Reform Implementation Workgroup and is a co-chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Long-Term Services and Supports Task Force. Prior to joining AUCD she was a research assistant at the Burton Blatt Institute in Syracuse, New York. She received a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. She has a sister with intellectual and developmental disabilities who lives in the Seattle area.

How to attend

This is a live webinar that will be streamed over the web. The presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for Q&A. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on the day of the event. Members are $25; non-members are $40 (register for the complete series to save 20% off the individual webinar price). The member discount will be credited at the time of checkout. Registration closes Monday, 29 September 2014, the day before the event. For more information, contact Donald Taylor at dtaylor@tash.org.

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