Home and Community Based Services Settings (HCBS) Final Rule: Countdown to Implementation

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Home and Community Based Services Settings (HCBS) Final Rule: Countdown to Implementation presented by Leanne Mull, Blue Tower Solutions, Inc., and Tavarus Wesley, Self Advocate, on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


Summary: The Home and Community Based Services Settings Final Rule implementation date is two years away this month.  Illinois is currently working on approval of our initial transition plan which, once approved, will lead to final approval and that is where we all come in.  Learn the basics of the rule including the definition of a home and community based setting, what changes the rule means for people who live in CILA or attend Day program and how you can support the rights of people with disabilities.

Bios: Leanne Mull has been supporting people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to achieve their dreams since 1999 when, after her work as a corporate trainer, she hired someone with a job coach to work in a store she managed.  She spent the next 15 years at a traditional agency in a variety of roles including Director of Employment and Advocacy, and QIDP.  Leanne believes that the key to meaningful lives for people who receive services is to encourage, empower and enlighten the staff who work for them.  As co-director of Blue Tower Solutions, Leanne fulfills that dream as a national speaker and consultant improving organizations and systems supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Tavarus Wesley is President of the self advocacy group PossABILITY Partners. He also serves as the Alliance board chair, is a member of the Arc of Illinois board of directors and is a member of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities.  Tavarus is a graduate of the Alliance Ambassador self advocacy training program and a Partners in Policymaking-IL graduate. Tavarus is an accomplished presenter regularly speaking at the Illinois Speak Up and Speak Out Summit, and has presented at the National Self Advocates Becoming Empowered Conference and at the Tennessee Mega Conference.  In addition to his advocacy work Tavarus is a long time staff member on the maintenance team at New Star in Chicago Heights.

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