FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Florence Nathan
March 01, 2012
The public is invited to attend a conference on disability matters sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The annual Law and Disability Issues Conference will be held Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick off Ryders Lane near the East Brunswick border. Admission is free but reservations are required.
Cosponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the conference is planned and presented by the Community Health Law Project.
The conference features two keynote presentations:
Sarah Barth, Senior Program Officer, Center for Health Care Strategies, will give an overview of the Affordable Care Act and elderly and disabled Medicare program opportunities supporting states' efforts to move people from institutional care to care in community settings.
Joel C. Cantor, director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University and Rutgers professor of public policy, will provide an update on the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in New Jersey and the state's efforts to improve care and slow the upward spiral in Medicaid costs.
Following the opening session, participants have a choice of attending one of two concurrent workshops, in which panels of health care experts examine the key issues:
Workshop 1, "2012 ADA Update," examines the latest developments regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and related civil rights laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Moderator is Steven Leder, Esq., managing attorney of the Community Health Law Project.
Workshop 2, "Managed Behavioral Healthcare," offers an overview of the Comprehensive Waiver and the development of an Administrative Services Organization/Managed Behavioral Health Organization, as well as pending reforms in the system. Moderator is Dennis Lafer, mental health policy consultant.
Registration by March 20 is required. As space is limited, early registration is recommended. Please make sure to specify choice of Workshop 1 or Workshop 2; and indicate any special needs, such as an ASL interpreter or CART Service (Computer Assisted Realtime Translation). A brochure containing full details with a registration form is available at the Law Center or online at www.njsbf.org, but registration must be by fax or postal mail; phone reservations cannot be accepted.
The Law and Disability Issues Conference is made possible by funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. Morning refreshments are sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.