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Medicaid Waiver Services

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UW ECHO in Medicaid Waiver Services is a network of state-wide professionals providing services to Medicaid Waiver participants. This network provides a community for professional development and the sharing of best practices.

Participants include Medicaid waiver service providers, prescribers, case managers, participant support specialists, and direct service providers working with participants in:

  • Community Choices
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Comprehensive and Supports Waivers

UW ECHO in Medicaid Waiver Services is a collaboration
with the Wyoming Department of Health and WYHealth.

Sessions are on Wednesdays, weekly, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
via Zoom video conferencing technology.


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How to EARN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT

There are two ways to earn professional development credit
with the Medicaid Waiver Services Network:

  • Attend the live Medicaid Waiver Services sessions. You will need a computer and internet connection to participate in the live sessions. You will also need to download the free software for Zoom Video conferencing onto your computer. 
  • Complete any of the online mini-courses. There are course titles for each available mini-course. Select the titles to read more and enroll. The mini-courses contain the content presented in the live sessions and are published approximately 2 weeks after their conclusion.

Learning Topics - SPRING 2018

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions*

January 10

Making a Difference in 2018

Presenter:
Various Panel Members

January 24

Emergency Preparedness for Elderly and Vulnerable Populations

Presenter:
Rick Jansen, Preparedness and Response Coordinator

February 14

This week's session "Opioid Use and Drug Diversion is being combined with
ECHO in Behavioral Health

February 21

Behavior Part I:
Pain Management and Caregiver Burnout

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

March 7

Behavior Part II:
Across the Scope of Clients and Settings
This session will discuss common problem behaviors found in a variety of settings. Effective strategies that address some of these behaviors will be explored.

Presenter:
Dr. Brian King, Program Specialist, Special Education, Jordan School District

March 21

Behavior Part III:
Treatment Adherence and Dealing with Emotional Clients

Presenter:
Dr. Brian King, Program Specialist, Special Education, Jordan School District

April 4

Behavior Part IV:
Strategies for Clients with Autism

Presenter:
Melisa Genaux, M.Ed.
Special Education Staff Trainer/Consultant

Session Registration*

April 18

How to Handle Abuse Situations: Sexual, Physical and Emotional Violence

Presenter:
Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas, Advocacy and Resource Director, WCADVSA

Session Registration*

May 2

Wrap-Around Services

Presenter:
TBD

Session Registration*

May 16

Strategies for Effective Documentation

Presenter:
Panel Discussion

Session Registration*

May 30

Meaningful Care Conferences

Presenter:
TBD

Session Registration*

June 13

Communication Strategies Part I

Presenter:
TBD

Session Registration*

June 27

Communication Strategies Part II

Presenter:
TBD

Session Registration*


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Learning Topics - Fall 2017

September 13

Introduction to Legal Aid of Wyoming

Presenter:
Rick Martinez, Esq., Legal Aid of Wyoming

September 20

Program Integrity

Presenter:
Andrew Chapin, Medicaid Program Integrity Unit

September 27

Significance of the Primary Care Provider:
How Working Together Leads to Better Outcomes

This session will discuss how Medicaid waiver service providers and case managers can work with primary care providers to ensure better outcomes for waiver service participants.

Presenter:
Dr. Behringer, Director, Optum Medical

October 4

Dual Diagnosis - Part 1
This session will define dual diagnosis, will review the prevalence of mental health disorders among people with intellectual disability, and will identify mental health disorders associated with various genetic syndromes.

Presenter:
William MacLean, Ph.D., Assoc. Director, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 11

Dual Diagnosis - Part 2
This session will identify barriers to diagnosing mental health conditions, identify tools used to diagnose mental health disorders, and describe the causes and functions of challenging behavior.

Presenter:
William MacLean, Ph.D., Assoc. Director, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 18

Dual Diagnosis - Part 3
This session will identify barriers to treating mental health disorders, effectiveness of psychological interventions for dual diagnosis, and effectiveness of pharmacological interventions for dual diagnosis.

Presenter:
William MacLean, Ph.D., Assoc. Director, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison

October 25

Strengthen Families Protective Factor: A Comprehensive Look at Family Engagement
This will be a brief introduction to the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework that empowers individuals to take a different approach on how to work with families in our programs. The five Protective Factors will be briefly discussed as a tool for change.

Presenter:
Jennifer Davis, Consultant, Wyoming Children's Trust Fund

November 1

Strategies to Improve Team Meetings for DD Waiver Providers
This session is to facilitate and understand the required team meetings and their intended purpose for individuals receiving services on the Developmental Disability Waivers.

Presenter:
Deb Spence, Participant Support Specialist, Developmental Disability Section, Behavioral Health Division

November 8

No Session

November 15

How Telehealth Simplifies Access to Healthcare
This session will help participants understand basic telehealth definitions and concepts, demonstrate how telehealth can provide easier access to healthcare professionals. Participants will also be able to teach waiver participants how to join a telehealth encounter with a medical provider.

Presenter:
Corey Jenkins, M.S., Project Coordinator, Senior, Wyoming Telehealth Network

November 22

No Session

November 29

Orientation to Hospital Admission and Discharge

Presenter:
Marcia Stickel, RN, BA, BSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Waisman WIN Program Director

December 6

Assistive Technology Resources for the Cowboy State

Presenters:
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP
Felicia Arce, M.Ed., ATP
WATR/WIND

December 13

Coming Soon!

December 20 - January 3

No Sessions

January 10

Coming Soon!

January 17

No Session


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