2021 HCBS Conference Materials

Attendees can view recordings from the 2021 HCBS Conference on ADvancingStatesIQ.org

Tuesday, December 7


  • ACL/CMS/HUD/SAMSHA Intensive: Federal Partnerships to Help People to Obtain or Maintain Stable Housing & Access to Home & Community-Based Settings 

  • Information & Referral/Assistance (I&R/A) Intensive
  • CMS Intensive: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) Section 9817: Expanding, Enhancing & Strengthening Home and Community-Based Services under Medicaid 
  • Money Follows the Person (MFP) Grantee Meeting: Expanding Access to Home and Community-Based Services through the MFP Demonstration



Wednesday, December 8

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

In-Person Sessions 

  • ACL Track: Replicating Health and Housing Needs 

  • CMS Track: Finding the Silver Lining: Building on the Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic to Re-Align HCBS & Ensure Community Integration 

  • ConnecttoCareJobs.com: Transforming into a Multi-purpose State Workforce Management Tool 

  • Redesigning Your IFF: SUA Environmental Scan & Minnesota’s Model 

  • (001) Transforming Aging in Your State: Building Blocks for a Master Plan for Aging 

  • (014) HCBS Value-Based Contracting: A Managed Care and LTSS Provider Partnership 

  • (085) The Intersection of Person-Centeredness and Data-Driven Decision Making 

Virtual Sessions 

  • (004) From the Field: Best Practices in Medicaid Non-emergency Medical Transportation 

  • (008) Congregate Nutrition Programs in 2021 and Beyond: Exemplary Innovations in Iowa and Texas 

  • (029) Growing Up is Hard to Do! Coordinating Seamless Transitions from Youth to Adult Services 

  • (092) Advancing Integration: Supporting States to Improve Care for Dually Eligible Individuals 


1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In-Person Sessions
  • ACL Track: Reaching the Hard to Reach – What We Learned from COVID That Will Empower Us in the Future 
  • CMS Track: The Settings Regulation of 2014. Where are We Now and Where are We Going? – Part I 
  • Innovation Track: Reducing Medicaid Costs Through Strategic SDoH Care Coordination—WellSky 
  • ARPA Spending Plans – Collaboration Opportunities between Medicaid and APS? 
  • Rural LTSS Strategies 
  • TrustedRide-Certified: Closing the Gap on Nonemergency Medical Transportation 
  • Medicaid and Financing of Supported Employment Services for People with Serious Mental Illnesses 
Virtual Sessions 
  • Aging-in-Place: It Takes an Ecosystem! 
  • How WA Medicaid LTSS & DD Programs Effect Change for 40,000 Self-Directed Consumers 
  • Achieving Employment Outcomes: Value and Performance-Based Payment Methodologies that Work! 

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. 

In-Person Sessions
  • ACL Track: Enhancing Older American Act State Plans with Evaluation & Evidence
  • CMS Track: The Settings Regulation of 2014. Where are We Now and Where are We Going? – Part 2 
  • Waiver Managers Forum: The Work Continues, so Let’s Share Solutions 
  • Roadmap to Transforming FMAP Expansion to Sustainable Improvements for IDD: A Telemedicine Example
  • On the Front Lines of COVID-19 Fraud with the SMP 
  • Moving Past the EVV Mandate: Examining Payer & Provider Collaboration in 2021 and Beyond 
  • The Value of Self-Direction and Independent Living 
Virtual Sessions
  • Equity and Consistency in Adult Protective Services (APS) Outcomes for Vulnerable Adults 
  • Establishing Person-Centered Touchpoints in Aging and Disability Systems 
  • Supporting Palliative Care Outreach In Rural Populations  
  • Stronger Together: How the Aging Network Can Collaborate to Address Social Isolation Now & Beyond 
  • They Deserve Better: Policy Strategies for Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce 
  • Want to Help Homeless HCBS Consumers? Here’s How 

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In-Person Sessions 
  • ACL Track: Making Sense of Social Care Referrals – States Role in Herding the Cats 
  • CMS Track: Innovations in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Disaster Relief – COVID Related Flexibilities 
  • Innovation Track: Recognizing and Challenging Bias in HCBS and Disability Policy – Maximus 
  • Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Strengthen the Dementia Care Workforce 
  • Forged in the Fire – Better Partnerships Between States & FMS Providers Benefit All in Emergencies 

Virtual Sessions

  • Simplifying CBO Healthcare Partnerships through SDOH Code
  • Quality Improvement: Gathering Consumer Experience Using the HCBS CAHPS Survey
  • A Time of Opportunity for a Familiar Challenge: Addressing Direct Care Workforce Shortages
  • Moving Person-Centered Practices Forward By Connecting Technology 


Thursday, December 9

8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

In-Person Sessions 
  • ACL Track: Community Living for Individuals with Disabilities: A Look Back and Into the Future 
  • CMS Track: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) Section 9817: Expanding, Enhancing & Strengthening Home and Community-Based Services Workforce 
  • Innovation Track: Supporting HCBS Quality in PA Community Health Choices Using an Analytics and Oversight Program: Deloitte 
  • (072) Bad Behavior or Bad Approach? How TN & MCOs are Transforming Behavioral Health for People with I/DD. 
Virtual Sessions 
  • (091) Building Financial Knowledge & Increasing Resources for Financial Caregivers 
  • (048) From Good to Great: Seating Aging and Disability Networks on the Bus to Improve Housing 
  • (074) The Direct Care Workforce in Michigan: Transformative Collaborations, Research, and Advocacy 

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

In-Person Sessions 

  • ACL Track: Innovations to Strengthen HCBS Monitoring & the DSP Workforce
  • CMS Track: The Use of PASRR to Support Transition to Home and Community-Based Services 
  • Innovation Track: A Healthy Lifestyle with Prepared Meals from GA Foods 
  • Using the InterRAI Assessment Tool: A Multistate Approach 
  • The New Norm: Where Do We Go from Here and How Do We Get There? 
  • Put Your NCI & NCI-AD Data to Work: Using Your Survey Data 
  • Documentary Film Screening: “Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support” 

Virtual Sessions 

  • LTSS Data Interoperability in Action: Missouri's Journey to Successfully Connect eLTSS Data 
  • Seizing the Opportunity: Advancing Future Age-Friendly Transformation 
  • Functional Assessment, Interoperability, and Quality Measurement: FASI Paves the Way
  • Paying the LTSS Bill: A Study of Private- and Public-Pay Patterns in Minnesota
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Except When it’s About Having a Skilled HCBS Workforce
  • Encounter Alerts - Heads Up for Supporting Older Adults

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In-Person Sessions 

  • ACL Track: Improving Economic Security, Economic Mobility & Employment for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities 
  • CMS Track: The Role of the Appendix K Interventions in State Infection Control Efforts During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency 
  • Innovation Track: First Data Government Solutions – AuthentiCare Electronic Visit Verification Solution – Market Updates for 2021: First Data (Fiserv) 
  • Hindsight is 2020: ADvancing States 2021 Public Policy Update 
  • Pennsylvania Partnership for Successful COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic to Diverse MLTSS Population 

Virtual Sessions 

  • Strengthening the No Wrong Door Business Case by Using Medicare and Medicaid Data 
  • Communities on the Move: Inclusion through Advocacy, Policy, and Practice 
  • Supporting Lives That We All Want: Using Employment for Integration and Success 
  • Brain Injury and HCBS Services 


4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In-Person Sessions 

  • ACL Track: Nutrition Counseling & Home-Delivered Meals Interventions Improve Client Outcomes 
  • CMS Track: Lessons Learned from the EVV Learning Collaboratives 
  • Crisis Systems & Provider Capacity-Building to Support Complex Populations: Alabama & Arkansas 
  • Better, Together and Integrated: Lessons from State and Health Plan Collaboration During COVID-19 
  • Can Artificial Intelligence Technology Help the SDOH Needs of Family Caregivers? What is the ROI? 
  • Equity Workgroup 
Virtual Sessions 
  • Innovation Session: How to Build Telephone Reassurance Programs to Tackle Social Isolation 
  • Addressing COVID-19 Community Needs, State and Community Integrated Health Network Partnerships 
  • Let’s Do the Numbers: Quantitative Analysis of the Direct Care Workforce 
  • Yes, People with Intellectual Disabilities Can Lead Stakeholder Groups  
  • Building Partnerships: Equity Work with LGBTQ+ Older Adults 


Friday, December 10

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

In-Person Sessions 

  • ACL Track: A Preliminary Look at How APS is Using Formula-Funded Grants 
  • CMS Track: Factors to be Considered in Determining Rate Sufficiency for 1915(c) HCBS Waivers 
  • Innovation Track: Addressing Nutritional Needs in High-Risk Populations through Public & Private Collaboration – Mom’s Meals 
  • Everybody's Working (for the Weekend) 
  • #FreeBritney, #FreeGrandma, #FreeUsAll: Are We Overdue in Our Reform of Guardianship Law and Practice? 

Virtual Sessions 

  • Raising the Bar: Improving Critical Incident Response and Prevention Planning in Ohio 
  • Workforce: What Can be Done Now? 
  • How Community Integration Goes Beyond Being "In the Community" 
  • Making the Case: Centering Dual-Eligibles in Enrollment Decisions 

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

In-Person Sessions 

  • ACL Track: Advancing with Data – APS & Long-Term Care Ombudsman 
  • CMS Track: Analyses of Survey Interviews Regarding How to Meet 1915(c) Waiver Requirements for Health & Welfare 
  • Trauma-Informed Care for Older Adults with a History of Trauma 
  • Partnerships for Innovative Solutions to the Direct Support Worker Challenge 

Virtual Sessions 

  • Using NCI-AD Data to Understand the Impact of MLTSS: Lessons from National and State Evaluations 
  • Stop, Collaborate & Listen: How Kentucky’s Leaders are Working with Kentuckians to Meet Their Full Human Potential 
  • Minnesota + Tribal Partners: Building Tailored Caregiver Education Together 
  • Falls-Prevention for the Community-Residing Elderly: A Collaborative Approach 
  • To the Rescue! States’ Approaches to ARPA HCBS FMAP Increase Reinvestment Plans 
  • A Closer Look at EVV Implementation in Self-Direction 
  • The Value of Engagement: Achieving Shared Savings in a FFS Environment