• The Measure of a Great Society: Thoughts from NASDDDS Conference

    December 3rd, 2014

    First, congratulations to the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) on their 50th anniversary as an incorporated association. I just returned from their annual conference in Virginia, a gathering of leaders from state government as well as federal officials, community leaders, family members and persons with lived experience. It was an […]

  • Using Your Mission as a Guide: Thoughts From the VAPRA Conference

    December 3rd, 2014

    The tour continues, this time to Virginia and a presentation at the Virginia Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (VAPRA) 30th annual conference. What did I learn? I learned that regardless of what state you may be reading this from, you are likely experiencing similar changes and emotions as the folks in the Virginia rehabilitation community are. I […]

  • Performance Metrics for Agencies: Ignore at Your Own Peril

    December 3rd, 2014

    This guest post is by Adrian Allain, Transitional Services for NY (TSI). Ignoring data and performance metrics will be at an agency’s peril. As behavioral healthcare is being dragged into the data arena, and reluctantly so, many agencies have ignored the need to measure outcomes, through data collection and analysis. Many other agencies are not […]

  • Finding Opportunity in Uncertainty: Thoughts from ACL Conference

    December 3rd, 2014

    I was honored to present with Chris Burke of Unity House of Troy at the Association for Community Living (ACLAIMH) conference recently. This three-day conference brought together a great mix of colleagues, government officials, and industry representatives, all working towards promoting effective community-based rehabilitation for people with psychiatric disabilities. The general sentiment was one of […]

  • Think Tank | Foothold Technology Supports Net Neutrality

    December 3rd, 2014

    Recently, some of our clients noticed that their AWARDS experience was slower than normal. To those who contacted our Help Desk to ask what was happening, it was explained that the slowness was not related to AWARDS or our equipment but rather was the result of an inefficient technical negotiation between the various providers of […]

  • Getting Down to the Business of Providing Care

    December 3rd, 2014

    Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to attend some fantastic gatherings of professionals from the spectrum of behavioral health and I/DD organizations across the country. Most recently I had the honor of presenting in New York at the NYSRA conference, in Pennsylvania at the RCPA conference, and in Illinois at the […]