2016 Employment First Summit  Trailblazing:  Charting Our Employment Path

Services that make a difference:  How to provide more impactful services
Stephen Hall Ph.D.   Disability Policy Advisor Griffin Hammis Associates

Too often providers of services and supports are caught in a funding trap where a stable amount of dollars and people to be served results in a diminishing ability to:

1      Serve additional citizens
2      Hire and retain qualified personnel
3      Pay direct support professionals adequately
4      Meet ever-increasing costs without reducing services or quality
5      Improve and expand the organization’s capacity to provide services

This presentation is about how to provide modern impactful services, such as Supported Employment, Customized Employment, and Discovery to the extent that more people can receive services that reduce his or her need for services and save taxpayer money, while increasing the provider’s financial well-being.  New Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Guidance on how employment services funding must be calculated will be discussed.  

Stephen Hall Ph.D. is the Director of Employment Policy and Research with Griffin-Hammis Associates and is a private consultant specializing in policy development and implementation, individualized funding mechanisms, creative leadership, and helping states transition from facility to community-based services. Stephen has strong relationships with state and federal government leaders, universities, and provider and advocacy organizations.  He is a former State Commissioner of Behavioral Health, State Director of Developmental Disabilities, USDOL Subject Matter Expert, CEO of both small and large Community Provider Organizations, School Administrator, and Teacher.  Stephen has a Ph.D. in Disability Policy and Adult Education from the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Supported Employment and Workplace Supports at Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a member of the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Directors for a decade, President-elect and Chair of the Research Committee for seven years.

Stephen has been a presenter or keynote speaker at national conferences, state conferences, and town hall meetings. His interview with Governing was published in January 2013.  Dr. Hall’s article, Using Research Evidence to Inform Public Policy, was co-authored with Charles Moseley and others and was published in the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in October 2013. He has received numerous Governor appointments to Boards and Commissions and awards for his work. In 2012, Stephen received a state award for partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation to ensure the employment of persons with disabilities.  He received an award and was recognized by a United States Senator for Ethical Leadership in 2013.