TN-NADD Conference 2021

From Our President

John Weston, President of TN-NADD

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the 2021 TN NADD conference hosted by the TN-NADD Board and the UT-Knoxville virtual team. Our theme this year is The Past, The Present, and Future: How the Pandemic Has Changed Service Delivery. Over the past year and a half, the world has experienced unprecedented challenges including challenges in how services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been provided. Tennessee, like many states, was placed in a unique moment in history to develop a systemic response while continuing to evolve service delivery standards. The past year has provided the opportunity for systems to highlight the needs, leverage technology, address workforce challenges, and ensure communication. All of these factors are challenging during what we now term “normal” times, but became even more critical during stressful times. Tennessee appears to have evolved services to continue providing what was wanted and what was needed. We have an obligation to look at what is working and what has not worked as we move forward.


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CEU's available:

  • psychology or social work – 6 CEUs
  • behavior analysis – 2 CEUs
  • certified case manager – 6 CEUs
  • certified developmental disabilities nurse –  6 CEUs
  • other – 6 CEUs

Conference Fees

  • Family member $10; families will need to enter a code to obtain the reduced registration fee. Please contact your Managed Care Organization, Amerigroup or United Health Care Community Plan or BlueCare contact to receive this code. 
  • Members prior to Aug 1 – $75 
  • Members after Aug 1 – $85
  • Nonmembers prior to Aug 1 – $85; 
  • Nonmembers after Aug 1 – $95

Thursday August 26

7:00am – 8:00am

Track 1 – Professional

Track 2 – Professional

Track 3 – Family/Educator

7:00am – 8:00am


8:00am – 8:10am

Jeanne Farr CEO of NADD

8:10am – 8:20am

Opening Statement
Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner for TennCare and the Chief of Long Term Services & Supports (LTSS)

8:30am – 9:30am

Keynote Address 100: Lessons from Tahlia and Melpomene”:  Contrasting Behavioral Outcomes from the COVID Lockdown Dr. Rick RaderMedical Director at the Orange Grove Center

9:30am – 9:50am


9:50am – 10:50am

101: Peabody’s Secret and the Care of the Individual with Intellectual Disabilities, Part 1 Dr. Rick Rader

201DDTT: A Community Based Treatment Model for Adolescents & Their Supports Dr. Kevin Kumpf and Kristin Cline

301Home and Community-Based Service: Why Medicaid Matters to Me Nicole Jorwic

11:00am – 12:00am

102Peabody’s Secret and the Care of the Individual with Intellectual Disabilities, Part 2 Dr. Rick Rader

202Supporting Individuals with I/DD Diagnosis & Complex Behavioral Health Needs Dr.Renea Bentley and Dr. Anna Settles

302Translating Care to a Virtual World: Understanding Staff and Patient Experiences Ashley Newton and Dr. Taylor Moore

12:00pm – 1:15pm


12:45pm – 1:15pm

TN-NADD Annual Membership Meeting

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Plenary Address 103: How COVID Exposed the Cracks in the Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services, and What’s Next? Nicole Jorwic, Senior Policy Director at the ARC

2:15pm – 2:35pm


2:35pm – 3:35pm

104Supporting Individuals with Autism During a Pandemic Tara Mohundro

204: The NADD DSP Credential: Building a Competent Workforce in IDD/MI Melissa Cheplic

304: Managing Fear and Anxiety Through Information and Communication Rachel Kornowski

3:45pm – 4:45pm

105Perspectives: What Needs to Fade Away and What Needs to Stay Regarding Systemic Response To Changes In Supports Fermina Lopez, Richard Thomson, Emma Shouse, Carrie Grosso

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