Breakout Sessions

NAQ is pleased to announce that the following breakout sessions will be available.  Note that this list is updated periodically to reflect proposals that have been accepted by our association.  


 Title:  A Case Study: Going Beyond the Paper to Determine the Best Ways to Teach

Session Description:  The presentation will review a case study in which an alternative and creative team method was used to accurately assess what is uniquely important for and individual with multiple levels of intellectual disabilities and mental health concerns. Too often we rely on the written reputation of an individual and engage in a cutting and pasting format of assessment. The result has become a system of teaching the same programs which overlook critical needs most important to and vital in order for the person to best learn and develop skills. This assessment process can be applied to all individuals however, is the most effective for those individuals who have significant behavior concerns or a dual diagnosis of an intellectual disability and a mental health diagnosis. 

This presentation will suggest to be successful teams need to begin by blowing up the boxes and stop limiting the assessment process to the existing forms, which tend to be weighted heavily on a clinical process. Teams need to ask, who is completing assessments? What is being assessed? What needs to change to bring the focus to quality of life, personal preferences and learning skills that make a difference for the person? This presentation will provide an assessment guideline and a case study review which led to a more free-form method of determining critical skills and supports.

Our industry is mired in paper and has made it difficult for teams to be creative. The question “how can we best support this person”? currently provides answers that result in a vicious cycle. This presentation is designed to provide teams an alternate way to assess and develop those teaching methods and supports in residential and day settings that will increase the quality of life for the individuals they serve.

Speaker:  Rebecca A. Helgeson is the owner of Beyond Compliance Consulting. Following 30 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities in ICF/IID, Waiver, Supported & Independent Living and Adult Foster settings, she has consulted in over seventeen states. She has a passion for ‘getting it right’ when we assess and develop objectives and teaching programs in residential and day settings.


Title:  Current Topics:  What is New and Improved at The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services

Session Description:  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is involved in many areas that are of special interest to members of the National Association of QIDPs (NAQ ) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is creating and implementing new covered services and additional choices in the way that people with Medicare receive their healthcare. This session will provide education on the program which serves over 60 million individuals in 2020, including knowledge on Medicare basics, as well as discussion on coverage enhancements, newly implemented services, and expanded methods of delivery of care. As professionals addressing healthcare needs for the disabled and aging population, it is imperative to have the most current, unbiased information and resources available to assist in providing whole-person care for your clients. Attendees at this presentation will receive the tools needed to assist with healthcare resources and understand Medicare coverage and choices.


 Roundtable Discussions

In addition to our traditional breakout sessions, we will be hosting six roundtable discussions that promote active discussion among participants on a wide variety of topics. 


Title:  Due Process: What is Required in the ICF/IID 

Session Description:  This Roundtable discussion is focused on Due Process provision in ICF/IIDs, what this includes, how facilities are accomplishing the provision of Due Process in an effective and comprehensive manner, what regulations are difficult to comply with and forms which have been utilized to ensure due process is achieved.  Participants should come prepared to ask questions and share answers to the following:

· How to obtain informed consent
· How the HRC ensures compliance with due process
· How is assessment completed before using a modified right/restriction
· What teaching methods are provided when using a modified right/restriction
· How does the ID Team determine the need for a modified right/restriction
· What are the related regulations and what is your agency doing to comply
· When is due process needed and how is it being provided?
Facilitator:  Rebecca A. Helgeson is the owner of Beyond Compliance Consulting. Following 30 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities in ICF/IID, Waiver, Supported & Independent Living and Adult Foster settings, she has consulted in over seventeen states. She has a passion for ‘getting it right’ when we assess and develop objectives and teaching programs in residential and day settings.