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. This year, we will be pivoting to a hybrid format due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers and attendees will both have the opportunity to participate in-person and remotely.

The 2022 Conference will be held Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m

The Conference is sold out!  Registration is now closed.  If you have any questions about the event, contact Mary Jean Barnes or Ashley Emerson.

Program Agenda for Law & Disability Conference
May 5, 2022

 

9:00 to 9:30 a.m. REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST (for in-person attendees)
Erika Kerber, Esq., President/Executive Director, Community Health Law Project

OPENING SESSION — Providing Integrated & Holistic Care Through Partnerships

Session Location: Wilentz Auditorium

This session will discuss the value and benefits of collaboration between health care providers, social service providers, legal service providers, and other entities with the goal of providing holistic and person-centered care to individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions to help improve their health outcomes.

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

PANEL

Lisa Dressner, LCSW, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Operations, Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Brigitte D. Johnson, Esq., Executive Sr.VP Corporate Affairs/In-House Counsel/Compliance Officer, CarePlus New Jersey, Executive Director Care Plus Workforce Solutions

Logan Kelly, MPH, Senior Program Officer, Center for Health Care Strategies

Tracy Parris-Benjamin, LMSW, FHELA, Director, Clinical Design Community Health, Horizon

Mary Remhoff RN, MSN, APN, Director, Center for Early Childhood Development and Family Support, Children and Family Health Institute, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

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.


Workshop 1 — Services Available to Individuals with Physical Disabilities

Workshop 1 Location: Gibbons Conference Room

This workshop will highlight the various services available to individuals with physical disabilities to help them live and thrive in their communities.

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

PANEL

Brian Fitzgibbons, MPA, President/CEO, Heightened Independence and Progress (hip), Center for Independent Living

Elizabeth Hill, MSW, Executive Director, Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, NJ Department of Human Services

Charles Patterson McKenna, Esq., Assistant Division Director, New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, NJ Department of Human Services


Workshop 2 — Services Available to Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

Workshop 2 Location: Wilentz Auditorium

This workshop will provide an overview of the supportive services available to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. A brief discussion of the guardianship process and supported decision making will also be included.

MODERATOR
Sean Benoit, Esq., Managing Attorney, Community Health Law Project

PANEL

Lisa Ford, Director, The Arc of NJ Family Institute

Tina R. McDuffie, B.A., Intake-Intensive Case Management Statewide Coordinator, Division of Developmental Disabilities, NJ Department of Human Services

Deliza Rodriguez, Parent

Theresa Santana, M.A., Employment & Transition to 21, Division of Developmental Disabilities, NJ Department of Human Services


Workshop 3 — Jail Diversion for Individuals with Mental Illness

Workshop 3 Location: Garibaldi Board Room

This workshop will discuss state initiatives and supportive services for individuals with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system to help divert them from incarceration to treatment and recovery.

MODERATOR
Harold B. Garwin, Esq., Associate Executive Director, Community Health Law Project

PANEL

Robert N. Davison, MA, LPC, Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Association, Inc.

Valerie L. Mielke, MSW, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services, NJ Department of Human Services

Hon. Verna G. Leath, Superior Court, Criminal Division, Essex County