Competency-Based Training and Technical Assistance for Long-Term Services and Supports

Competency-Based Training (CBT), technical assistance (TA), and consultation for Iowa Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) providers and case managers has come to Iowa Medicaid. The Iowa Legislature has appropriated funds to be evaluated annually for TA and statewide CBT to the following LTSS service providers:

Home- and Community-Based Waiver Program Providers Money Follows the Person (MFP) program
Community-Based Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation Services (CNRS) Private Duty Nursing/Personal Cares Program
Habilitation Services – State Plan 1915(i) program Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Home Health Services Case Management
Hospice Services  

 

Competency-Based Training Sessions

More competency-based training sessions to be announced.  Please visit this webpage for updates.

Topic:
Developing Healthy Attachments & Healing from Attachment Disruptions
Date/Time:
Thursday, May 25, 2023 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
Location:

Virtual Registration through Zoom

Training Objectives:
  • Identify and describe Attachment, Attunement, and Co-regulation.
  • Understand the impact of unhealthy attachments in childhood and how unhealthy attachments impact us across the lifespan.
  • Define how containment affects co-regulation.
  • Identify how we create co-regulation and how co-regulation leads to self-regulation.
  • Identify adult attachment styles and how adults can heal from attachment disruption.
Trainer Credentials
and Information:                     

 Susan Dannen, LISW, RPT-S, RYT-200, Certified Youth Instructor – Yoga Calm. Susan is with River Roots Mental Health and Wellness Center

Intended Audience:
This training is intended for all direct care staff of all LTSS services. Adults and children who receive community-based services may direct their attachment behavior towards direct-care staff and having direct-care staff as an informed secure base can help promote emotional regulation and a sense of security, resulting in an increase in positive outcomes.
Topic:

Understanding Bipolar Disorder with Mindspring Mental Health Alliance

Date/Time:
Tuesday, May 30, 2023 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM 
Location:
Training Objectives:
Everyone experiences ups and downs, but bipolar disorder is different. This will be an accessible guide to understanding the types of bipolar disorder, their symptoms, common misconceptions, and how relationships are impacted. Participants will learn about treatment options and practical tips for managing symptoms or helping others.
Trainer Credentials
and Information:                     
Jaymi Dormaier, LMSW
Intended Audience:

LTSS direct support professionals.

Topic:

What do all these terms mean? A Look into the Language of the LGBTQIA2S+ Community

Date/Time:
Tuesday, June 20, 2023   9:00AM – 10:00AM
Location:
Training Objectives:
  • Familiarity with orientations and labels you may encounter.
  • Understanding of why it is essential to be accommodating of the language used.
  • Readiness to work towards comfort in conversations about identities.
Trainer Credentials
and Information:                     

Elisa McAfee M.S. LMFT

Intended Audience:
All LTSS provider types and case managers. Various ages and service types. Administrators and direct support professionals.
Topic:

Mental and Behavioral Health Crisis Response

Date/Time:
July, Details to come
Location:
(to come)
Training Objectives:
(to come)
Trainer Credentials
and Information:                     
(to come)
Intended Audience:
(to come)
Topic:

A Life in the Community: The Goals of Olmstead

Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 15, 2023 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Location:
Training Objectives:
  • Understand the results of Olmstead v. L.C. and E.W.
  • Determine the 5 central goals of the Olmstead decision and how they are implemented in services today.
  • Identify milestones in the state plan for compliance with Olmstead principles.
  • Build understanding of how key services such as MFP, waiver services, and the mental health regions play a role in the states plan.
Trainer Credentials
and Information:                     
Connie Fanselow from the HHS Bureau of Community Services and Planning
Intended Audience:
All LTSS provider types and case managers.
Topic:

Understanding Rights and Restrictions

Date/Time:
Tuesday, August 22, 2023 (time to come)
Location:
(to come)
Training Objectives:
  • Understand the rights of those served and supported by agency services.
  • Explore considerations for rights restrictions
  • Learn to document interventions and the results
Trainer Credentials
and Information:                     
Stacie Lane, MSW, BCBA, Behavior Support Specialist, Team Lead Money Follows the Person Program with the University of Iowa
Intended Audience:
All LTSS provider types and case managers.

CBT Webinars Archive

A list of trainings that have been offered live are listed on our Archived Training Site.

You must complete the competency-based test with any of the trainings on this site to receive confirmation of the completion of each course. Scores are not mandated or regulated by The Department, so professionals will want to ensure they are meeting standards for their employer when receiving the results of their competency test. An individual may take the course as many times as they like to get a desired score. Evidence of the score and course completion will be sent to the individual taking the course by email and can be maintained as a professional accomplishment. Because this course completion is maintained by the individual, you will want to use a personal email address when registering for the trainings and all correspondence will be sent using the email address provided by the individual taking the course.

To set up a free personal email, please see some available email services here.

 

Technical Assistance (TA)

Competency-Based training and Technical assistance (TA) is provided free to providers in order to generate positive outcomes for members and providers, assist providers to understand compliance with state and federal regulations, increase competency in direct support positions, and increase access to information statewide.

TA will be provided upon request for LTSS providers statewide and can include provider-specific education and support based on need. Please complete TA referral form to submit your current needs to our Training Specialist. Requests for TA may come from LTSS providers, training participants, Home- and Community-Based services (HCBS) Specialists, Department staff, or others. TA is available in-person, via phone, through email, or other communication technology such as video conferencing. If you are an HCBS provider, your HCBS specialist will be informed of the requested TA and will be involved in education or collaboration. TA may be requested for topics such as, but not limited to:

  • Questions, comments, recommendations, and concerns arising from competency-based training
  • Development and implementation of strategies for quality assurance and improvement
  • Interpretation and application of rules and regulations or
  • best practices in any of the topic areas of training or regulations

 

The CBT, TA, and Consultation will be provided with the intent of: 

  • Generating positive outcomes for members.

  • Generating positive outcomes for providers.

  • Providing a better understanding of, and compliance with, state and federal regulations concerning service provision.

  • Increasing staff competencies in direct service.

  • Increasing access to state-wide training for direct support professionals.

 

Benefits for Providers

  • Trainings are relevant to Iowa rules and regulations, CMS standards, and HCBS philosophy.

  • More opportunities for providers to acquire well-trained, competent direct support professionals with measured core competencies.

  • Improved access to trainings and information pertinent to member care.

  • Competency-based learning with objectives to ensure training topics are relevant to and useful to the agency’s needs.

 

CBT FAQ

 

Enroll for Updates to CBT

We are excited to have you as part of our CBT provider group. If you would like to enroll for emails providing updates on training, notifications of changes to the schedule, materials added to the website, or other helpful information, please complete this registration form: REGISTER HERE.

If you have additional questions regarding this site, the training schedule, or a specific training content or topic question please Email the CBT Specialist, Courtney Ackerson at the training and TA email address: HCBSTTA@dhs.state.ia.us

 

CBT and TA for LTSS

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