Dates: September 22 to the 24th, 2010
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
The Conference Story
Maybe the sweltering, record-breaking heat in Virginia was an indicator that inside the Colonial Williamsburg Lodge and Conference Center, the sessions and events of the 8th Annual NAME Conference were focused on all the hot topics affecting Medicaid in the Schools programs across the country.
In March 2010 the NAME Board of Directors feared the impact of budget cuts in school districts and state government would be very low attendance, but Conference Co-Chairpersons Teresa Pastore (MA) and Amy Edwards (VA) reported 215 registered.
On the first full day of the 2010 Conference, attendees heard the highest-ranking official ever to present at this event—Alexa Posny, U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary— deliver the opening Keynote Address, Success as the Standard: Working Together to Improve the Achievement of All Students. Dr. Posny shared her perspectives about the IDEA regulation requiring parental consent to bill Medicaid; she described the significant changes that have occurred over the past 150 years in the education of students with disabilities including the first authorization of IDEA; and she outlined goals of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services for the future.
Other featured speakers at general sessions included Dr. Colleen Kraft, author of “Managing Chronic Health Needs in School and Child Care: A Quick Reference Guide“; Nancy Reder, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Governmental Relations for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE); and Rachel Klein, Deputy Director of Health Policy for Families USA.
The 2010 Annual Conference also hosted a joint panel presentation featuring key staffers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This three-hour block of time allowed for discussion, questions and answer about School Based Services, and covered topics such as Medicaid State Plan Amendments (SPA) and federal IDEA /Special Education Regulations. The questions and answers will be published on the NAME web page as soon as they are available.
Please refer to the link below for the 2010 Conference Program and links to the presentations.