October 22nd, 2019 - October 24th, 2019

Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

The journey of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership began in 1969 to establish a new and innovative approach to understanding, assessing, and improving quality. This year we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary, and there is no better event than The 2019 CQL Conference to look back on our past, reflect on the present, and especially look forward to the future.

The 2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream will use the previous 50 years to create context and perspective for where the human services field is going in the decades ahead. We will be exploring best practices to improve the quality of services, and in turn, the quality of life for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities.

Join Us At The Conference

Registration

The cost to attend the 2019 CQL Conference through early-bird registration is $399 per attendee. After 8/14/19 the registration rate will increase to $475, and then increase to $499 for ‘late registration’ between 10/2/19 – 10/15/19. You can register online using the conference registration platform, where you will enter in registration information for yourself and potential guests.

Hotel

The 2019 CQL Conference is being held at the Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel, located in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. CQL has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate, for $199 per night. Space is limited, so please be sure to reserve your hotel room as soon as possible to ensure that a room at the discounted rate is available.

Sponsorship And Exhibiting

In February 2019, CQL released a Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus with numerous opportunities for organizations to highlight their resources, products, services, and other offerings. CQL would like to extend our appreciation to the current sponsors and exhibitors for their support of The 2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream.

Transportation

There are many options between BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the hotel. Along with taxis and ride-sharing, you can book through SuperShuttle. There is the MTA Light Rail Service with a stop at Pratt Street, located close to the hotel for $1.90 each way. CQL also has a 5% discount on Enterprise and National car rentals, if you use the code XZ57939.

Keynote Presenters

Alison Barkoff

Director of Advocacy

Alison Barkoff is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Public Representation. She works on policy and litigation related to community integration and inclusion of people with disabilities, including Olmstead enforcement, Medicaid policy, employment, education and housing.

Alison Barkoff

Julia Bascom

Executive Director

Julia Bascom serves as Executive Director at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Previously, she did state-level work in her home state of New Hampshire, where she served on the DD council and co-led an inter-agency team to revitalize self-advocacy, in addition to her work with ASAN.

Julia Bascom

Jason Buckles

Consultant, Program Manager, Instructor

Jason is a contracting consultant with the New Mexico Department of Health, Program Manager for the Developmental Disability/Mental Illness project with the University of New Mexico, and a part time instructor at the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Highlands University.

Jason Buckles

Tim Corey

Listener, Illustrator, Facilitator

Tim Corey works with Colibri Facilitation and has an international reputation for a creative and innovative approach to facilitation with over 1900 teams using an emphasis as a Visual Practitioner grounded in graphic recording, graphic facilitation and using real-time methodologies.

Tim Corey

Chester Finn

Individual & Family Advocate

Chester Finn works for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). He is a nationally-known disability rights activists who served as National President of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) and is a past president of SANYS.

Chester Finn

Julie P. Gentile

Professor and Chair

Julie P. Gentile, M.D. is a Professor and Chair at Wright State University Department of Psychiatry and the Project Director for Ohio’s Coordinating Center of Excellence in Mental Illness/Intellectual Disability and for Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project for Intellectual Disability.

Julie P. Gentile

Joseph Macbeth

NADSP

Joseph Macbeth is the Executive Director of The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). He has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for 35 years - beginning as a Direct Support Professional.

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Joseph Macbeth

Tia Nelis

TASH

Tia Nelis is the Policy and Advocacy Director at TASH. Previously she was a Self-Advocacy Specialist at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of IL at Chicago. Nelis also is one of the past chairpersons SABE.

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Tia Nelis

Michael L. Wehmeyer

Distinguished Professor, Director

Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D. is the Ross and Mariana Beach Distinguished Professor of Special Education; Chair of the Department of Special Education; and Director and Senior Scientist, Beach Center on Disability; all at the University of Kansas.

Michael L. Wehmeyer

V.J. Smith

Professional Speaker

V.J. Smith is a professional speaker and published author of the best-selling book, “The Richest Man In Town.” Smith travels the country and makes over 100 speaking appearances a year. Meeting and Conventions Magazine named V.J. as one of the favorite speakers throughout America.

V.J. Smith

Conference Schedule

Tuesday October 22nd, 2019

8:00am – 9:00am | Registration & Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am | Welcome Address

9:15am – 10:15am | Keynote Address

Building a 21st Century Direct Support Workforce
Joseph Macbeth

Perhaps nothing creates a greater barrier to quality support for people with disabilities than an unstable direct support workforce. The workforce “crisis” has been well-documented for decades, yet every state in the country struggles to find meaningful ways to address it. This presentation will share ideas that, given certain factors in our system’s evolution, now is the time to make an investment in the direct support workforce. It’s time to build a meaningful career that attracts and keeps direct support professionals that is built on research-based knowledge, universal skill standards, high professional ethics and a livable wage. After all, since “quality is defined at the point of interaction,” don’t we owe it to the people we support and their families?

10:15am – 11:30am | Panel Discussion

HCBS Settings Rule and its Impact on Personal Outcomes
Alison Barkoff, Julia Bascom, Chester Finn, Tia Nelis

The HCBS Settings Rule is not an abstract set of aspirations, but federal regulations crafted to positively affect the lives of people receiving services. These are rights, and everyone plays a role in the Rule’s successful and meaningful implementation. How will the Rule promote the achievement of outcomes? What steps can providers take in their supports? How can states identify systemic changes to come into compliance with the Rule? Where can all stakeholders turn to for guidance and resources? An expert panel with decades of experience in public policy, advocacy, rights, and related topics, breaks it all down for attendees.

11:30am – 1:00pm | Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm – 2:00pm | Breakout Sessions

  • Person-Centered Career Planning: The Driver Behind Employment for All
  • Working on the Bedrock: The Case for Self-Determination Expansion Goals
  • Listen More, Talk Less – Positive Services and Supports
  • Supporting Self Advocacy and Exercising Rights
  • Introduction to Graphic Recording

2:00pm – 2:15pm | Exhibitor Break

2:15pm – 3:15pm | Breakout Sessions

  • A New Plan: Renewing the Promise of Person-Centered Planning
  • Being the Hero of Your Life Through Informed Self-Advocacy
  • Partnerships for Lasting Independence with Enabling Technology
  • Living Life in Color
  • Introduction to Graphic Recording

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Keynote Address

Daring to Dream: Inherent Dignity, Individual Autonomy, and Full Participation
Michael L. Wehmeyer

Article 3 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) states that the principles of the Convention include respect for inherent dignity, individual autonomy including the freedom to make one’s own choices, independence of persons; full and effective participation and inclusion in society, and equality of opportunity. This keynote examines the history of the field of IDD, takes stock of how well our practices align with CRPD principles, and lays out a future path of greater dignity, autonomy, choice, and participation for all. The presentation explores the supports paradigm and its implications for strengths-based approaches to the design and implementation supports, the impact of technology, and the role of self-determination.

Wednesday October 23rd, 2019

8:00am – 9:00am | Registration & Breakfast

9:00am – 9:15am | Welcome Address

9:15am – 10:15am | Keynote Address

Trauma Informed Care for Intellectual Disability: The 4 Keys to Success
Julie Gentile

Julie P. Gentile, M.D. is a Professor and Chair at Wright State University Department of Psychiatry, who has evaluated more than 3,500 individuals with dual diagnosis. Through engaging personal stories and effective strategies for supporting people with IDD and co-occurring mental illness, Julie will detail the four keys to success in trauma informed care. From the nuances of psychotropic medications to interviewing techniques for people with dual diagnosis, attendees will leave this keynote with practical steps to improve their supports surrounding this topic.

10:15am – 10:30am | Exhibitor Break

10:30am – 11:30am | Breakout Sessions

  • Walking Our Talk: Adventures in a Person-Centered Initiative
  • Nexus Commitment: Daring to Connect, Engage & Listen to Our Front Line
  • A Horse Named Culture and his Cart Full of Strategy
  • TEC Doesn’t Have to be a Four Letter Word

11:30am – 12:00pm | Exhibitor Break

12:00pm – 1:15pm | Lunch & Awards of Excellence

1:15pm – 1:30pm | Exhibitor Break

1:30pm – 2:30pm | Breakout Sessions

  • ‘Systems Theory’ Applied to CQL’s Basic Assurances®
  • TaDa: Let’s Celebrate!
  • Sex & Relationships Conversation Cards
  • Empowering Emerging Leaders, Enhancing Retention
  • Leveraging Technology to Connect Our Circle of Supports
  • CQL Advice Corner, Part 1

2:30pm – 2:45pm | Exhibitor Break

2:45pm – 3:45pm | Breakout Sessions

  • The ‘State’ of Systems Change: Driving Transformation Through CQL Network Accreditation
  • Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support
  • What’s Next: Readying I/DD Organizations for Success in Alternate Payment Systems
  • Wine and Cheese Creates New Places To Live
  • CQL Advice Corner, Part 2

3:45pm – 4:00pm | Exhibitor Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm | Keynote Address

Dignity of Risk and Duty of Care
Jason Buckles

Issues of human rights and systems of supports for people with intellectual disability are often framed within a philosophy of the ‘dignity of risk’. Yet, many individuals’ decisions to take risks or make ‘bad’ choices are constrained to professional concepts of the ‘duty of care’. Definitions of these terms are often unclear. The lines drawn between them are regularly uncertain. The debate surrounding this all is diverse. In this keynote, attendees will gain historical and contemporary perspectives of these concepts. Jason will also introduce a replicable process for understanding and approaching these issues, with relevant examples of effective strategies in the ‘real-world.’

Thursday October 24th, 2019

8:00am – 9:00am | Breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am | Breakout Sessions

  • Meaningful Employment: Opportunities Don’t Happen, You Create Them
  • Using Person-Centered Strategies to Improve Recruitment and Retention
  • Keeping Your Rights in Plain Sight!
  • Dreams into Action: Transforming an Organization, Putting Dreams First

10:00am – 10:05am | Break

10:05am – 11:05am | Keynote Address

The Richest Man In Town
V.J. Smith

Audience members will go on an emotional roller coaster ride as V.J. describes how Marty, an unforgettable cashier at a local big box store, had a profound impact on the people who went through his check-out line. Marty became a legend in an unexpected place because he treated everybody with dignity, kindness and respect. As V.J. says, “Marty was living proof that you don’t need money, power or title to make a difference in life. You just need to care.”

11:05am – 11:30am | Raffle Drawing & Farewell Remarks

Breakout Sessions

These sessions go beyond principle, and share resources, guides, action steps, and practical insight that other organizations can actually apply in their daily work.

Full Descriptions
  • Being the Hero of Your Life Through Informed Self-Advocacy
  • TaDa: Let’s Celebrate!
  • Meaningful Employment: Opportunities Don’t Happen, You Create Them
  • Leveraging Technology to Connect Our Circle of Supports
  • Wine and Cheese Creates New Places To Live
  • Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support
  • Keeping Your Rights in Plain Sight!
  • What’s Next: Readying I/DD Organizations for Success in Alternate Payment Systems
  • Dreams into Action: Transforming an Organization, Putting Dreams First
  • Listen More, Talk Less – Positive Services and Supports
  • Sex & Relationships Conversation Cards
  • Working on the Bedrock: The Case for Self-Determination Expansion Goals
  • Empowering Emerging Leaders, Enhancing Retention
  • Introduction to Graphic Recording
  • Person-Centered Career Planning: The Driver Behind Employment for All
  • Living Life in Color
  • Using Person-Centered Strategies to Improve Recruitment and Retention
  • Partnerships for Lasting Independence with Enabling Technology
  • ‘Systems Theory’ Applied to CQL’s Basic Assurances®
  • Nexus Commitment: Daring to Connect, Engage & Listen to Our Front Line
  • A New Plan: Renewing the Promise of Person-Centered Planning
  • TEC Doesn’t Have to be a Four Letter Word
  • Supporting Self Advocacy and Exercising Rights
  • A Horse Named Culture and his Cart Full of Strategy
  • Walking Our Talk: Adventures in a Person-Centered Initiative
  • The ‘State’ of Systems Change: Driving Transformation Through CQL Network Accreditation

2019 CQL Awards of Excellence Recipients

The Arc Mid-Hudson

The Cornell Creative Business and Arts Center, established by The Arc Mid-Hudson in New York to re-purpose a sheltered workshop site, cultivates a synergy between businesses, the local arts community and people with disabilities. The Business Center provides nine artisan work sites which support businesses to produce, package, and ship their products. The businesses receive reduced operating costs in return for hiring individuals with a disability.

CHI Friendship

In 2015, CHI Friendship in North Dakota began an initiative to reinstate rights for people they support. CHI Friendship developed creative and innovative approaches to eliminate and reduce restrictions such as fading plans, integrating technology, utilizing task analyses, and increasing education for staff and people receiving services. These efforts of CHI Friendship have resulted in a 36% removal/reduction of rights restrictions!

LSS Of Minnesota – Olive Branch

The employees of Olive Branch, a supported living home for people with disabilities by Lutheran Social Service Of Minnesota, are leading the way to true person-centered supports in the Fosston, Minnesota area. They work and breathe “nothing about us without us,” where they provide desired supports for the local advocacy group, assist people in developing their person-centered plans, and incorporate the Personal Outcome Measures®.

Conference Platinum Sponsor

We would like to share our deep gratitude to the following sponsors for their support of The 2019 CQL Conference.

Corner Edge Solutions

Corner Edge Solutions creates online portals, synchronized databases, and analytics views.

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Corner Edge Solutions

Conference Gold Sponsor

Liberty Healthcare Corporation

Liberty Healthcare Corporation is a nationally recognized health and human services management company.

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Liberty Healthcare Corporation

Conference Silver Sponsors

Therap Services, LLC.

Therap Services, LLC. provides an integrated solution for documentation, reporting and communication needs.

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Therap Services, LLC.

NADSP

NADSP is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals.

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NADSP

DirectCourse

The DirectCourse online curricula is designed to train the direct service workforce that supports persons with disabilities.

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DirectCourse

Reinventing Quality 2020

The Reinventing Quality (RQ) Conference is a biennial conference traditionally held in Baltimore, MD.

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Reinventing Quality 2020

Anthem

Anthem is a leading health benefits company dedicated to improving lives and communities, and making healthcare simpler.

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Anthem

University of MN, Institute on Community Integration

The Institute on Community Integration, is a federally designated UCEDD at The University of Minnesota.

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University of MN, Institute on Community Integration

Bronze Sponsor

SETWorks

SETWorks is a cloud-based system for effectively managing your disability service agency.

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SETWorks

Conference Exhibitors +

High Tide Press

High Tide Press publishes books and media on Positive Organizational Culture, Leadership, and developmental disabilities.

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High Tide Press

AAIDD

AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with IDD.

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AAIDD

MediSked

MediSked is the leading brand in holistic solutions that improve lives, drive efficiencies, and generate innovations for human service organizations.

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MediSked

NOSS

Night Owl Support Systems, LLC. (NOSS) delivers quality in-home support with the use of technology.

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NOSS

WellStats

WellStats delivers innovative and commonsense technology solutions specifically for social services agencies.

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WellStats

ANCOR

ANCOR is a national trade association representing 1,600+ private community providers of services to people with disabilities.

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ANCOR

Vertex Systems

Vertex provides software made exclusively for organizations providing vocational, day programs and residential services for adults with disabilities.

Vertex Systems

The National Association of QIDPs

NAQ's mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of disability professionals.

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The National Association of QIDPs

GoodHuman

GoodHuman is a free mobile app transforming the way families co-ordinate and manage their supports.

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GoodHuman

CC&R Healthcare Solutions

CC&R Healthcare Solutions provides innovative training tools for medication administration.

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CC&R Healthcare Solutions

Conference Exhibitors

  • QBS, Inc.
  • Health Risk Screening, Inc.
  • SimplyHome
  • Rose & Kiernan, Inc.
  • NACBHDD
  • Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association
  • Pharmacy Alternatives