Self-Direction Conference

About

Join our biggest conference to date with four tracks focused on innovations, growth, real-life stories, and practical solutions. The 2019 Self-Direction Conference will feature more states, managed care organizations, and self-directing participants than ever before. 

The Self-Direction Conference is scheduled for Monday, April 29th and Tuesday, April 30th at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This innovative conference includes two days, new tracks, and hundreds of attendees -- all focused on self-direction. In addition to the always-popular Financial Management Services (FMS) sessions, we plan to offer sessions for state programs, participants, families, direct support professionals, support brokers, and other stakeholders. These sessions will explore innovative practices and highlight exemplary programs from around the country. You are invited to join us to “think big” and share your vision for self-direction in the future

We will share more conference details including hotel information, registration, sessions, and sponsorship opportunities as they become available. Sign-up for our mailing list to receive the latest conference information! 

Registration

You can register for the Self-Direction Conference here. Please note that you must enter a coupon code to receive the discounted Membership and Government rates. Please email casey@appliedselfdirection.com for your coupon code. 

 
Early Bird Rate
(Through February 29th)
Regular Rate
(After March 1st)
Member $399 $460
Member Group* $385 $435
Government $399 $460
Government Group* $385 $435
Non-Member $425 $475
Non-Member Group* $395 $445

*Group rates are available for organizations registering 5 or more attendees. If you need to register more than 5 attendees, email casey@appliedselfdirection.com.  

Can only attend one day? Email casey@appliedselfdirection.com for more information about a one-day pass. 

Venue

The 2019 Self-Direction Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Hyatt Regency
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 410-528-1234

To reserve a room at our discounted rate, make your reservation online or call 877-803-7534.

Agenda

The Self-Direction Conference is tentatively scheduled from 8 AM- 5 PM on Monday, April 29th and 8 AM- 4 PM on Tuesday, April 30th. Attendees are invited to a Reception and Self-Direction Awards ceremony on Monday night. 

The conference will include 4 tracks featuring more states, managed care organizations, and self-directing participants than ever before:

Innovations in Self-Direction: Self-direction has evolved and become well-established since the three-state Cash & Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation in 1998. During the past 20 years, self-direction programs have expanded to every state and key operational issues have been standardized. This track will take a look at “what’s next?” in self-direction. Sessions may include the use of technology to support self-direction, self-direction and employment, value-based purchasing, self-direction under different funding mechanisms and different populations, and the impact of changing demographics and the need for long-term support.

Financial Management Services (FMS): Financial Management Services (FMS) sessions have always been the “backbone” of our conferences, and this year will be no exception. As national experts in self-direction, Applied Self-Direction is looked to for the most current information on critical FMS topics, as well as access to federal and state expertise. Sessions may include emerging issues in providing FMS, working with managed care organizations (MCOs), managing workforce issues such as shared staffing, payroll and tax complexities, and Workers’ Compensation.

Stories of Self-Direction: There is no better reminder of why our work is so important, than hearing stories from people who are in control of their services and supports. This track will highlight personal stories of self-direction as told by participants, their family members, and others who provide support. Session topics may include supported decision-making, worker recruitment and training, and innovative supports for self-direction.

Program Promising Practices: States and managed care organizations (MCOs) have provided key leadership in the development and growth of self-direction. This track will offer opportunities to hear directly from state program managers and MCO leaders about promising practices and approaches to self-direction in their state. Session topics may include the role of support brokers, background check requirements, strategies for increasing participation in self-direction with targeted populations, and communication strategies when implementing major program changes.

 

We will post additional session information once it's available. 

Showcase: Tools & Tech to Self-Direct

As an integral part of the conference, we are offering vendors a chance to show off, explain, and demonstrate their tools or technology with an audience of state Medicaid administrators, Financial Management Services (FMS) providers, managed care organizations (MCOs), and other Medicaid stakeholders as a part of our Tools and Tech to Self-Direct showcase.

We encourage anyone with a product or service that supports self-direction to be a part of the showcase. We anticipate showcases to include EVV solutions, software and hardware products, technology to improve home and community living, and tools that support independence.

Organizations who participate in the Tools and Tech to Self-Direct showcase will receive a 25-minute time slot for their presentation and demonstration, as well as several marketing opportunities throughout the workshop. (Vendors will choose their time slot on a first-come, first-served basis based on showcase level.) The showcase will be located in a breakout room adjacent to the conference sessions and meals. The room will be equipped with AV equipment (including a computer, projector, and microphones) and will include seating for up to 150 attendees. We will encourage attendee participation in the showcase through a variety of advertisements, including prizes for attendance.  Our conference agenda is structured to facilitate showcase attendance.

Additional showcase features are listed below and are subject to availability.

 
Premier 
$3000
Essential
$1500
25-minute showcase time slot First choice
Organization included in all conference materials Prominent placement
Special name badge for attendee(s) representing your organization
Breakfast and lunch with conference attendees for 1 showcase representative (on scheduled showcase day)
Option to purchase breakfast and lunch with conference attendees for additional vendor representatives
Discounted conference session registration for vendor representatives*
Sponsored post in conference app Two sponsored posts, including a post promoting your demonstration slot One sponsored post

Push notification in conference app

Attendees will receive a “push notification” in the workshop app encouraging attendance to your demonstration 15 minutes prior to your demonstration  
Exhibit booth for both days of the conference  
Spreadsheet of workshop attendees and contact information  

*Conference registration is not required to be part of the showcase, but it is required to attend conference sessions.  

A PDF verision of the Tools and Tech to Self-Direct showcase information is available here

Please note that participation in the showcase is limited so email Casey DeLuca at casey@appliedselfdirection.com now to reserve your spot!

Sponsorships

Don’t miss your chance to reach self-direction program administrators, Financial Management Services (FMS) providers, managed care organizations (MCOs), Federal government officials, and other partners at Applied Self-Direction’s Self-Direction Conference: Stories. Strategies. Solutions. The conference is scheduled for Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. Conference sponsorships offer unique opportunities for your organization to network, brand, market, and advertise—boosting your visibility. All of the events and items listed below are available for sponsorship on a first-come first-served basis. 

Sponsorship Benefits 
Reception Co-Sponsor
$8,000  
Lunch Co-Sponsor
$6000
Breakfast Co-Sponsor
$5000
Diamond
$5000
Emerald
$3000
Sapphire
$1500
Logo on conference webpage  Premier placement  Premier placement Premier placement Prominent placement  ✔  ✔
Logo on all conference emails  Premier placement Premier placement Premier placement Prominent placement  ✔
Organization included in all conference materials Premier placement Premier placement Premier placement Prominent placement  ✔
Screen projection loop before and after sessions Your organization will be included on 3 slides during the screen projection loop shown before and after sessions: a dedicated slide with your logo, a customizable slide with your choice of content, and a slide with all Reception Sponsor logos. Your organization will be included on 3 slides during the screen projection loop shown before and after sessions: a dedicated slide with your logo, a customizable slide with your choice of content, and a slide with all Lunch Sponsor logos. Your organization will be included on 3 slides during the screen projection loop shown before and after sessions: a dedicated slide with your logo, a customizable slide with your choice of content, and a slide with all Breakfast Sponsor logos. Your organization will be included on 3 slides during the screen projection loop show before and after sessions: a dedicated slide with your logo, a customizable slide with your choice of content, a slide with all Diamond Sponsor logos. Your organization will be included on 2 slides during the screen projection loop show before and after sessions: a dedicated slide with your logo and a slide with all Emerald Sponsor logos. Your organization will be included on one slide with other Sapphire Sponsors during the screen projection loop hown before and after sessions.
Sponsored post in conference app Gallery post with up to 6 different ads and a link to your website. Your posts will be promoted to the top of the app’s activity feed regularly. All attendees will receive a “push notification” when the reception begins. Gallery post with up to 6 different ads and a link to your website. Your posts will be promoted to the top of the app’s activity feed regularly. All attendees will receive a “push notification” when your meal begins. Gallery post with up to 6 different ads and a link to your website. Your posts will be promoted to the top of the app’s activity feed regularly. All attendees will receive a “push notification” when your meal begins. Gallery post with up to 4 different ads and a link to your website. Your posts will be promoted to the top of the app’s activity feed regularly. Gallery post with up to 2 different ads and a link to your website. Banner post with 1 ad and a link to your website.
Full conference registration 2 Registrations 2 Registrations 2 Registrations  2 Registrations 1 Registration  
Exhibit booth  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔    
Brochure or promotional giveaway in check-in packet  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔    
Spreadsheet of conference attendees and contact information  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔    
Inclusion in an email to all conference attendees Inclusion in an email to all conference attendees thanking Reception, Meal and Diamond Sponsors. The email will include up to 200 words about the sponsor written by the sponsor. Inclusion in an email to all conference attendees thanking Reception, Meal and Diamond Sponsors. The email will include up to 200 words about the sponsor written by the sponsor. Inclusion in an email to all conference attendees thanking Reception, Meal and Diamond Sponsors. The email will include up to 200 words about the sponsor written by the sponsor. Inclusion in an email to all conference attendees thanking Reception, Meal and Diamond Sponsors. The email will include up to 200 words about the sponsor written by the sponsor.    
 Poll conference attendees Option of creating up to 3 poll questions in the conference app. You will receive the results of your poll questions after the conference. Option of creating up to 3 poll questions in the conference app. You will receive the results of your poll questions after the conference. Option of creating up to 3 poll questions in the conference app. You will receive the results of your poll questions after the conference.      
Logo on signage throughout the conference  ✔  ✔  ✔      
Display promotional materials Your organization’s promotional materials will be displayed during the reception. This can include banners, signs, tablecloths, giveaways, etc. Your organization’s promotional materials will be displayed during your meal. This can include banners, signs, tablecloths, giveaways, etc. Your organization’s promotional materials will be displayed during your meal. This can include banners, signs, tablecloths, giveaways, etc.      
Additional exhibit booth Opportunity to set up an additional booth during the reception to provide materials and have conversations with attendees. Opportunity to set up an additional booth during your meal in the meal room to provide materials and have conversations with attendees. Opportunity to set up an additional booth during your meal in the meal room to provide materials and have conversations with attendees.      
Opportunity to welcome attendees during reception  ✔          
Logo on podiums during sessions (the podium with your logo will be included in all pictures of speakers)          
Logo on general Applied Self-Direction emails for one year following the conference          

Additional Self-Direction Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Host Professional Headshots ($6,000): Who doesn’t need a new headshot? This fun and memorable sponsorship opportunity offers free headshots for all conference attendees. Attendees love this opportunity because many people are stuck using old photos and never make time to have professional photos taken. This sponsorship includes a table next to the photograph booth for you to interact with attendees as they wait to take their headshot. You can display your logo and any promotional materials you would like on the table. Leading up to the conference, attendees will receive targeted emails advertising this great opportunity sponsored by your organization. In addition, your sponsorship will be highlighted in conference materials including the screen projection loop, our website, and conference emails. The sponsorship also includes a two-day exhibit booth and you’ll receive a spreadsheet of conference attendees and contact information.

Hotel Key Cards ($5,000): Be the first thing attendees see as they check-in for the Self-Direction Conference at the Hyatt Regency! Your logo will be printed on each attendee’s key card. Did you know that attendees actively look at their key card 8 to 12 times a day during conferences? This represents repeat impressions to your targeted audience. This sponsorship also includes a two-day exhibit booth. (Key card branding is proven to drive up to twice as much traffic to your exhibit booth!) In addition, your sponsorship will be highlighted in all conference materials including the screen projection loop before and after sessions, our website, and conference emails. You will also receive a spreadsheet of conference attendees and contact information.

Sponsor a Program Administrator Scholarship ($2,500): Often self direction program administrators who work for a Medicaid agency, State Unit on Aging, or Aging and Disability Resource Center want to attend the conference, but cannot for financial reasons. The Self-Direction Conference will offer scholarships to which program administrators can apply.  Scholarship awardees will attend the conference, with their airfare, hotel, and conference registration covered by the scholarship. Sponsors will be honored at our Self-Direction Awards Reception.  All scholarship sponsors will be introduced to all scholarship award winners at the Networking and Awards Reception. Sponsors will not be matched with individual scholarship winners to avoid conflict of interest between states and possible or existing vendors.

Exhibit Booth ($700): The Self-Direction Conference exhibits provide a dynamic environment where attendees network and learn about the latest products and resources that support self-direction. Conference attendees look forward to learning from industry experts about the latest news, resources, and technologies. Take advantage of this opportunity to reach a concentrated group of decision makers by reserving an exhibit booth at the 2019 Self-Direction Conference. The exhibit schedule provides almost 20 hours of networking time, including several key functions (meals, reception, and the Self-Direction Awards ceremony). Exhibit booths are placed in high traffic areas requiring attendees to pass through on their way to sessions and other conference events. The booths will be available on a first-come-first served basis starting on Monday morning.

Friend of Self-Direction ($500): Increase your organization’s exposure during the conference by becoming a Friend of Self-Direction sponsor.  These sponsorships are often used to help self-directing participants and family members travel to and attend the conference. This sponsorship includes a special sponsor name badge for attendee(s) representing your organization and acknowledgment in conference materials, our website, and conference emails.

A PDF version of the Sponsorship Benefits information is available here

Contact Casey DeLuca at casey@appliedselfdirection.com to select the sponsorship package that's best for your organization.

Self-Direction Awards

We will hold the Self-Direction Awards Ceremony during the 2019 conference. The awards will recognize individuals’ exceptional contribution to advancing self-direction and supporting self-directing participants.

You can learn more about our 2017 Self-Direction Award winners here.