As the year comes to a close, I thought I’d share some issues currently on my mind surrounding the funding and delivery of services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities locally, across Colorado, and across the country. I’m not going to go into details here, but expect to see posts on the subjects below in the coming year. I am going to take the next couple of weeks off from making posts, but I’ll be back and raring to go in 2014.
In the meantime, here’s what I'm thinking about as we look forward to a new year:
- Contradictions are everywhere in our system and field.
- System instability, turnover, and leadership for the future are big concerns of mine. Are we set for another 50 years at Imagine!? Outside Imagine!?
- Can we move beyond some of the outdated ideas about training in our field? Does every training need to be live? Can’t we embrace technology to be more efficient and cost effective in how we are preparing our employees for their jobs?
- In fact, let's talk more about all sorts of emerging, available, and ignored technologies. We should start including cost benefit comparisons in those discussions. The results may be quite illuminating.
- Conflict Free Case Management - let's get the whole picture.
- Waitlists for services – is there an end in sight? Should CCBs be managing the waitlists? Should there be waitlists at State Operated Regional Centers?
- Where do the best ideas come from? They may be closer than you think.