Law and Disability Conference

The Law and Disability Conference is held each year at the New Jersey Law Center and is cosponsored with the Community Health Law Project.

We will be using a hybrid format so that speakers and attendees will both have the opportunity to participate in-person and remotely.

This free, half-day, informative event addresses issues related to the disabled community and their caregivers.

  • When: Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m
  • Where: In-Person (NJ Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Virtual Option available via Zoom
  • Free & Open to the Public
  • Click here to register or use the button to the right

Please contact Mary Jean Barnes, [email protected], or Ashley Emerson, [email protected].

Please see the agenda below for additional information.

Program Agenda

Law & Disability Conference
May 4, 2023

9:00 to 9:30 a.m. — REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

Kathleen N. Fennelly, Esq., Board President, New Jersey State Bar Foundation

Erika Kerber, Esq., President/Executive Director, Community Health Law Project

OPENING SESSION — Treating the Whole Person through Innovative Programs

Several innovative programs have been developed in the last few years to provide holistic care to individuals to better improve their health outcomes. This plenary session will explore these inspiring programs that are ground-breaking models of integrated care.

Erika Kerber, Esq., President/Executive Director, Community Health Law Project

Roger Borichewski, LCSW, Vice President, Quality & Risk Management, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Leslie Chaillet, RN, MSN, Clinical Design Liaison, Community Health, Horizon Neighbors In Health
Donna Coyle, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, Senior VP of Clinical Operations, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
Mary Remhoff, RN, MSN, APN, Director, Center for Early Childhood and Family Support and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Center Director/Clinical Team Supervisor, VNA Health Group 
Sharae Robinson, Certified Community Health Worker, University Hospital, Horizon Neighbors In Health

11:30 to 11:45 a.m. — BREAK

11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — WORKSHOP SESSIONS
NOTE: These workshops will run concurrently in three different rooms.

Speaker Bios coming soon…

Workshop 1

A Review of Medicaid Eligibility in Light of the State’s Requirement to Conduct Eligibility Redeterminations of All Medicaid Recipients in the Coming Months

Since March of 2020, NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid has followed special rules related to the federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. These rules have allowed most NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid members to keep their health coverage, even if they no longer qualified. However, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently directed all states to once again conduct NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid eligibility redeterminations of all recipients to assess whether they still qualify for these benefits. In light of this development, this workshop will review the criteria to qualify for and maintain NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid.

Meena Song, Esq., Director of Litigation, Community Health Law Project

Michael R. Brower, Esq., Legal Director, Disability Rights New Jersey
Jennifer Langer Jacobs, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services, NJ Dept. of Human Services
Beverly Roberts, Director, Mainstreaming Medical Care, The Arc of New Jersey

Workshop 2

Seniors – Their Unique Needs and Services Available to Assist Them

The senior population has grown exponentially and is predicted to keep growing. This workshop  will discuss the unique needs of the aging population and the services available to help them live and thrive in their communities.

Harold B. Garwin, Esq., Former Executive Director and Current Board Member Community Health Law Project

Rebecca Kolas, Esq., Managing Attorney, Community Health Law Project
Maria LaFace, Esq., Director, Ocean County Office of Senior Services
Representative, Provider of Senior Services

Workshop 3

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children and Adolescents 

Many children and adolescents struggle with mental health issues especially in the age of social media and the recent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will explore the services available and approaches to address the mental health crisis plaguing many of our youth.

Kimberly E. Devinney, M.A., Assistant Director of Administration Community Health Law Project

Mary Jo Buchanan, LCSW, MPA, Executive Director, Ocean Partnership for Children
Mollie Greene, Assistant Commissioner, The Children’s System of Care, NJ Department of Children and Families
Jacques Hryshko, LPC, ACS, Chief Executive Officer, Family Connections
Konniesha Moulton, LMFT, Chief Operating Officer – In Community Services & Inclusion, Family Connections

Did you know?

You may order a free copy of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s “Disability Law: A Legal Primer” by clicking on the image to the right or HERE.

This publication is one of many law-related publications available from the Foundation. Other publications include Law Points for Senior Citizens, a Consumers Guide to the Law and Avoiding Notario Fraud. Click HERE to view all publications (there are more than 30!)

Please note that some publications can be ordered, some are available to download only, and some are also in Spanish, Braille and CD.

Disability Law: A Legal Primer