2019 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.

Friday, December 6 • 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Supported Decision Making and Commonunity® Filling

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We all need assistance in making important decisions. We consult with our families, our friends, and others whose advice we value and trust. For individuals with disabilities, having a strong support system can play an important role in maintaining independence and freedom to make their own life choices. Wisconsin recently passed a law recognizing Supported Decision-Making Agreements which formally designates friends, family members and other "supporters" to provide supported decision-making to adults with disabilities, including assistance in understanding the options, responsibilities, and consequences of that person's life decisions. Supported Decision Making Agreements do not give supporters the authority to make decisions for the individual, but it recognizes that individuals with disabilities can benefit from receiving advice and support from those they trust when making important life choices. We will explore the concept of Supported Decision-Making Agreements in a managed care setting, how the agreements support people in maintaining their independence and how the agreements encourage self-advocacy and self-determined decision-making. Inclusa is a unique Managed Care Organization. We have developed and trademarked an approach to managed care called Commonunity®. Commonunity® is defined as "a way of living which brings together the basics - connection to community, opportunity to work, a place to call 'home,' the ability to get where I need to go - to create the life of my choosing." The five areas of focused consideration in this approach are: Self-Determination, Community Living, Integrated Employment, Mobility and Community Connections. We encourage individuals we serve to use formal and informal supports to assist in their decision making process. Supported Decision-Making Agreements can be used to formally delegate specific supporters in very specific areas. For example, in the five areas of Commonunity, a person may have five different supporters - dependent on the expertise of the chosen supporter. Though the supporter has no legal decision-making power, the identified supporter can play an important role, along with Inclusa care teams, in helping individuals we serve make decisions that best meet their desired outcomes and live self-determined lives.


Krista Love

Director of Member Relations, Inclusa

Friday December 6, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm
Meeting Room: Quail 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226

Attendees (35)