Conferences and Training ~ Archive 2014

Florida Guardian ad Litem Disabilities Training Conference Workshop Videos & Materials

In May 2014, the GAL Program held the Florida Guardian ad Litem Disabilities Training Conference in Orlando – over 400 child welfare professionals attended the conference.  This first of its kind conference brought together attorneys ad litem, attorneys and non-attorneys from government agencies and as well as private attorneys who work with dependent children with disabilities in an effort to:

  • Better understand government agencies and how they work together to more efficiently and effectively improve outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
  • Advance attorney advocacy and courtroom skills to ensure the best outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.
  • Develop connections among participants and agencies to more effectively and efficiently determine appropriate resources for dependent children with disabilities.
  • Share best practices across agencies to create better outcomes for dependent children with disabilities.

Below you will find videos  and materials from the workshops. 

Welcome and Opening (40:41)

Keynote Address and Awards (01:22:52)

Accessing Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (01:11:20)
Does the mention of Medicaid make your eyes roll back in your head? You are not alone, but you must fight this urge if you want to get appropriate services. A child with a disability may be entitled to more than the typical medical services offered through Medicaid. Depending on the severity of the disability and the functional needs of the child, services like home health care, applied behavioral analysis, and consumable medical supplies might be available. Learn how to speak Medicaid-ese like a pro and crack the code to accessing services. EPSDT denied? ABA reduced? You will learn that an administrative challenge is easier than you think.
CLE Number: 1405476N
CLE Level: Advanced
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

The ADA: A Resource for Children with Disabilities (01:06:49)
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) workshop will focus on how to successfully use this extraordinary tool to better the lives of foster children with disabilities by learning how to obtain accommodations, promote equal treatment, and ensure children with disabilities are fully integrated into their communities.
CLE Number: 1405466N
CLE Level:Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Advocating for Children with Disabilities Using a Facility Dog (01:07:06)
This workshop will explore the benefits of using a canine in court to advocate for children with disabilities.  Canines are increasingly being utilized for therapeutic purposes in a variety of rehabilitative and educational settings.  Research has established positive psychological and physiological responses with canine assisted interventions.  The 13th Judicial Circuit added Florida’s first Courthouse Dog on February 14, 2014.   The Courthouse Dog Project assists the Guardian ad Litem Program in advocating not just for the best possible outcome for a child, but in providing the most trauma-sensitive methods available to assist the child as they navigate through the Dependency system in an effort to minimize re-victimization through the judicial processes.
CLE Number: 1405484N
CLE Level:Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

The Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Eligibility: An Overview (01:00:54)
This workshop will provide a high-level overview of how the Affordable Care Act changed the eligibility requirements for family-related Medicaid in Florida.
CLE Number: 1405477N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Agency for Persons with Disabilities ADA Application and Appellate Process (53:51)
This workshop will discuss the definitions of a developmental disability under Florida law, along with what services the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) provides. The workshop will then discuss what the application process entails, including the documentation needed to submit the application. Lastly, the workshop will briefly discuss the appellate process. Participants will be given evaluations to review on their own to discuss as a group which might be acceptable and/or troubling to submit to APD. After learning the structure of APD, attendees will learn how to submit a technically sufficient and compelling application for APD services. Actual approved APD applications will be used in instruction.
CLE Number: 1405485N
CLE Level: Advanced
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Assistive TechKNOWLEDGEy for Medically Complex Children (01:02:34)
This workshop will explore the various assistive technologies that are utilized within the population of medically complex children and young adults.  Assistive technology (AT) enhances functional independence for children with disabilities in areas of self-care, education, leisure, and social participation.  Workshop attendants will be given the opportunity to sample different technologies under the guidance of licensed occupational and physical therapists, examine the impact assistive technology has on the overall quality of life for an individual with a disability, and discuss the possible socioeconomic implications surrounding Assistive Technologies.
CLE Number: 1405472N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

“Baker Act” is Not a Transition Plan: Real Transition Planning is Critical, Learn How to Do It Right (01:02:48)
Transition planning can be challenging for non-disabled foster youth, and it is exponentially more complex for teens with disabilities.  This workshop will examine each component of transition that advocates must address on behalf of clients with disabilities who are approaching adulthood.  The workshop will focus on how the revisions to Florida’s Independent Living laws apply to youth with disabilities. The workshop will also address how to communicate with youth, service providers, and case management to ascertain the most important.
CLE Number: 1405479N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General (CLE Credits: 1.5)
CLE Type: Mental Illness (CLE Credits: 1.5)

Beyond Acceptance Identity Affirming Services for LGBTQ Youth with Disabilities(01:16:26)
CLE Number: 1405480N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Children’s Medical Services Program (01:09:31)
This workshop will provide information about the Children’s Medical Services Program who provides services to children with special health care needs. The participant will learn who CMS can serve and learn about the care coordination services provided to the children enrolled in the CMS Network Specialty Plan.
CLE Number: 1405435N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Dependency Court Advocacy from the Parents Attorney Perspective: Improved Outcomes for Families (52:52)
To advocate for children with disabilities in the FL dependency system, 3 facts need to be considered: If a child is removed the preferred goal is reunification, over 66% of removed children are returned within one year and disabled children are 3 times more likely to suffer abuse. Based on these facts, one of the best ways to advocate for these children is to put the parents in the optimal position to meet their children’s needs. RC4 is doing so through the use of in-house FSWs. Our innovative program model includes enhanced legal advocacy through the FSWs work as an embedded member of the legal team. We will share how our model is a unique addition to dependency proceedings and challenge stakeholders to consider innovative new practices.
CLE Number: 1405486N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Disarming and Opposing Experts and Leveraging Your Experts (01:14:51)
This workshop addresses how child advocates can utilize experts to obtain, maintain and dispute reduced disability-related services for youth in foster care. The workshop will use real case studies where youth with disabilities were able to use experts to become eligible for APD Medicaid Waiver services, dispute reduced private duty nursing services, negotiate adoption subsidies and receive long term life care plans and special needs trusts. Attendees will come away from the course with the tools to gain and use expert evaluation reports to dispute contested diagnoses, sharpen and develop cross-examination skills, negotiate service provision through use of expert reports and organize legal arguments.
CLE Number: 1405468N
CLE Level: Advanced
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Guardianship: All You Need to Know (01:03:56)
This workshop will explain everything you need to know to understand a Chapter 744 Guardianship.  Using case studies, the participant will learn:  how to identify youth in need of a Guardianship; how to assemble the documentation necessary to begin a Guardianship; how to identify an appropriate Petitioner or Guardian (either private or public); and how to complete the legal process.
CLE Number: 1405474N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Legislative Updates 2014 (01:09:26)
The 2014 Legislative Session was very busy and particularly focused on reducing child deaths.  Substantial changes to the work force, policy and practice guidance, accountability, and provision of services were made in an effort to reduce fatalities both for children known to the system and those in the community.  Changes to human trafficking (Safe Harbor) and commitment of sexually violent predators was also addressed.  This workshop will provide a review of the significant changes coming in statute.
CLE Number: 1405467N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

The Medicaid Child Welfare Specialty Plan: What it Means for GALs (01:11:30)
CLE Number: 1405470N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Pathways to Meaningful Careers: How to Improve Postsecondary Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities (01:09:27)
This workshop will explore the transition of students with disabilities into postsecondary education, training or employment. The current labor market offers youth fewer opportunities for employment than in years past.  Youth with disabilities have nearly twice the unemployment rate of any other age group and face an arduous path to employment.  The application of work skills, social skill practice, and developing a network of supports must begin while students are in high school. Transition programs that blend career exploration with socialization and work skill development may be the most effective way to improve postsecondary outcomes. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and our collaborative partners are committed to assisting students with disabilities to seamlessly transition from high school into postsecondary education, training or directly into employment.
CLE Number: 1405436N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being, Individualized Service Planning and Care Coordination for Children with Behavioral Health Needs (01:09:27)
This workshop will focus on promoting social and emotional well-being, including individualized service planning and coordination across the system of care for children and adolescents with behavioral health needs who are receiving child welfare services. Relevant research, resources and evidenced based and best practices will be presented, including strategies being implemented in Florida by the System of Care grant sites.
CLE Number: 1405478N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Schoolhouse Courthouse Partnership (01:13:10)
This workshop will use mock practices and courtroom scenarios, to de-mystify some beliefs, and educate and encourage everyone to become educational advocates, regardless of the role they assume in the dependency court system. The Fostering Connections Act and Florida Statutes, among other regulations, contain language specific to meeting and improving the educational outcomes for children involved in the dependency system. With multiple individuals involved in a child’s care and service planning, there is often confusion or misunderstanding about educational services, parental rights in various educational decisions and the role and powers of those servicing the child.
CLE Number: 1405475N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

See and Hear the Whole Child: Don’t Draw Lines in the Sand (01:00:21)
Mental Health Needs, Comatose, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Wheel Chair Bound?  Do you feel like each party has their own agenda and limitations when dealing with disabled children much like the blind men and the elephant?    Learn how we should take off the blindfold and work together to meet the needs of the entire child.  You cannot do it alone.  Dare to expose yourself to another’s perspective.
CLE Number: 1405439N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income: Basics for Child Advocate Attorneys (01:03:24)
Attorneys who represent youth with pervasive disabilities must be aware of how the Social Security Administration affects the youth they represent. This workshop will introduce attendees to the Social Security Administration: their responsibilities, timeframes associated with fulfilling their roles, and appeals process. The disabilities application process and representative payees will also be reviewed.
CLE Number: 1405536N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Special Education Law for Students with Disabilities (01:08:14)
This workshop will focus on Special Education Law for students with disabilities. Advocating for special education services can be very difficult for legal guardians and care givers of students with disabilities. Knowing the rights of your child is vital to navigating the special education system.  Individual Education and 504 Plans need to be designed to meet the unique needs of the student. Knowing the Federal and State Law will assist legal guardians and caregivers in achieving the appropriate education plan for the child.
CLE Number: 1405465N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Transition & Social Security Benefits for Students with Disabilities (01:04:19)
In this workshop, participants will explore the interactions between the wide array of transition services available to students with disabilities and Social Security benefits provided through both the SSI and SSDI programs. Participants will learn which agencies and programs have roles in the transition process, what issues to be alert to as a student transitions into post-secondary activities, and how work incentives can ease the transition from beneficiary to self-sufficient individual.
CLE Number: 1405471N
CLE Level: Advanced
CLE Type: General
CLE Credits: 1.5

Trauma and Disabilities (01:09:51)
The workshop will explore the effect of trauma on children with developmental disabilities. Using the current research, the presenter will discuss the nature of the developmental disability, brain development with children with developmental disabilities and the impact of trauma on the brain, behavior, and social development. Findings of recent research will be used to demonstrate a variety of treatment models designed to address the effects of trauma on children with disabilities and their families. Participants will be able to follow the process from research finding to interventions. Then participants will use anonymous case information in a practical exercise to develop a service or treatment plan based on the needs of the case.
CLE Number: 1405537N
CLE Level: Intermediate
CLE Type: General (CLE Credits: 1.5)
CLE Type: Mental Illness (CLE Credits: 1.5)