Community Integration – A Holistic Approach to the New Core Services for Transition & Diversion

CIL-NET Presents… A National Onsite Training:

August 22-24, 2017; Atlanta, Georgia

** Registration for this training is now closed **

Registration Fee: $150.00

Registration Deadline: July 31, 2017

Please make travel arrangements to stay for the entire training, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22 and will end at Noon on Thursday, August 24. Lunch will be provided on August 22 and 23. 

Complete Agenda now available!

The new core services for centers for independent living are a natural extension of the Independent Living philosophy. Assisting people to move out of institutions – or staying out of them in the first place – is some of the most important and impactful work that CILs do. But understanding the language of the law and helping to implement these services – and report them correctly – can be a real challenge. CIL-NET is organizing an interactive workshop in Atlanta to help us figure this out together – as a community. Our presenters will provide a lot of information and real-world guidance, but we need you to join us as we develop solutions and approaches to the new core services of transition and diversion across the country.

This highly interactive event provides both an opportunity to learn and to share what your CIL is thinking about the following areas:

  • What the law and final regulations say about institutional transition and diversion.
  • What falls under the new core services and what doesn’t.
  • The components of IL services that support both transition and diversion.
  • The differences and similarities between services that accomplish a transition or diversion goal.
  • Emerging definitions of “at risk.”
  • Variations in types of institutions and the implications for CILs.
  • Some of the effective existing practices and emerging practices in CILs.
  • How you can prepare for an early intervention with rehabilitation facilities as a diversion activity.
  • Key collaborations.
  • How to get to the right tables on long-term services and supports, Medicaid, housing, and more.
  • Strategies for developing relationships with community resources.
  • How to use the power of the Olmstead Decision and the ADA to have impact.
  • How to provide both transition and diversion outcomes through the existing core services and programs.
  • And much more.

Purpose and Target Audience

This interactive event will provide CILs with a forum for learning and sharing elements for implementing the new core services for transition and diversion. CIL administrators, IL and transition specialists, and others concerned with increasing successful diversion and transition outcomes will most benefit from this event.


Tuesday, August 22

  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration Opens
  • 9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions
  • 10:00 a.m. – Break
  • 10:15 a.m. – Background on the new core services
  • 11:00 a.m. – The elements of transition and diversion that meet the definition of the new core services
  • 11:30 a.m. – Group discussion: The law and definitions of the transition and “at-risk” core services
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Target populations and types of institutions
  • 3:00 p.m. – Break
  • 3:15 p.m. – Group Discussion: Determining who is at-risk
  • 4:15 p.m. – Day 1 Wrap-Up

Wednesday, August 23

  • 9:00 a.m. – Review of Day 1
  • 9:15 a.m. – Differences and similarities between transition and diversion and achieving them both through existing services
  • 10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – Approaches for identifying and assisting at-risk individuals
  • 11:30 a.m. – Group Discussion: Approaches for identifying and assisting at-risk individuals
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch (provided)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Implementation strategies for diversion and transition
  • 2:45 p.m. – Break
  • 3:00 p.m. – Implementation strategies for diversion and transition (Continued)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Group Discussion: Implementation strategies for diversion and transition
  • 4:15 p.m. – Day 2 Wrap-Up

Thursday, August 24

  • 9:00 a.m. – Post-it feedback
  • 9:15 a.m. – Introduction to the CIL Action Plan
  • 9:30 a.m. – Your CIL’s Action Plan
  • 10:30 a.m. – Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – Next Steps and Funding & Expansion
  • 11:30 a.m. – Final Questions and Evaluation
  • 12:00 p.m. – Training Ends

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park

267 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Front Desk: (404) 223-2300

Reservations: (800) 445-8667

Reduced Rate for IL-NET Attendees: $169.00/night (single / double occupancy), plus applicable taxes.

  • Please mention the group code, “NCI” when making your reservation to receive the group rate.
  • Group rate for IL-NET attendees also includes complimentary guestroom wifi and a 20% discount on valet parking.
  • Guestroom reservation deadline is July 31, 2017
  • Embassy Suites offers all guests complimentary breakfast and evening reception.

Meet Your Presenters

Darrel Christenson has been the Vice President of Community Integration for Ability360, formerly Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), for the last 19 years. Mr. Christenson has run a number of Ability360 programs, including Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, Empowering Youth with Disabilities into Adulthood, Early Intervention, Reintegration of Young Adults from Nursing Homes to Community, Community Living Options, and Home Modification.

Mr. Christenson was elected to the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Board of Directors three years ago and has served on their Housing Sub-Committee for the past nine years, addressing issues of increasing and promoting accessibility in all housing nationally. He is an active member of the Arizona Fair Housing Partnership, working to educate members of the housing industry on the benefits and requirements of accessible, affordable housing throughout Arizona.

Michelle Crain has been the Executive Director of LIFE, Inc. for the past 17 years. Within the last 8 years, she has established new Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in both Abilene and San Angelo, Texas. Under Ms. Crain’s direction, LIFE, Inc. has enhanced its IL program through various innovative projects, most notably, nursing home to community transition, housing, Social Security advocacy, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and health and fitness.

In response to the New Core Services, mandated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014 (WIOA), Ms. Crain has developed a Questionnaire to assist consumers in developing a comprehensive Independent Living Plan (ILP) that addresses “at risk” factors; thereby, diverting consumers from institutional placement. She also served on the Leadership Team for the Common Outcomes and Return on Investment Project, a statewide initiative to develop a framework for consistently counting, collecting, and reporting CIL services.

Bruce Darling is co-founder and CEO of the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), a Rochester-based disability rights organization and Independent Living Center. He also serves as CEO of the Regional Center for Independent Living and All About You Home Care, a disability-led home care organization in upstate New York. During his career in disability rights and Independent Living that has spanned nearly three decades he has dealt with a wide range of disability issues: fighting for access to public transportation, promoting accessible housing, creating community-based alternatives to institutionalization, and opposing physician-assisted suicide.

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