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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT
Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM PDT

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The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

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This year brings us to The Pasadena Westin, with easy access to cultural sites such as the Historic Old Town, museums, restaurants, and the Rose Bowl Stadium.  Fit calm and comfort into your agenda with the 29,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, stylish restaurant, and inviting lobby bar. Refresh in the WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio or the heated outdoor pool, with superb views of the city. All rooms boast their signature white Heavenly® Bed with a pillow-top mattress.

The Westin Pasadena:

Self-parking is $14/day for hotel guests and $17/day for day visitors.
The hotel is 16 miles from Burbank airport, and about 28 miles from LAX. 



Located less than 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena offers an enticing combination of urban sophistication and fun. Stroll through Old Pasadena, a popular 22-block area filled with 200 national retailers, boutiques, bistros and clubs. Experience 500 noted restaurants. Be inspired by 150 acres of gardens, priceless literary works and artistic masterpieces at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Explore seven centuries of acclaimed art at The Norton Simon Museum or priceless architecture at the Gamble House. Enjoy live theatre, play a round of golf and see the famous Rose Bowl Stadium.

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Chris Rice
California Disability Services Association
916-441-5844 ext. 106

2019 CDSA Annual Meeting

Join us at the Westin Pasadena as we discuss the next steps in protecting disability services and moving the system forward.  Hear the latest on the rate study, the HCBS Transition Plan, and the evolving federal influence on your programs, then explore the opportunities and pitfalls that lie ahead.  Over three days, we’ll give you speakers with big ideas, workshops with nuggets of insight, and practical analysis and strategies for the advocacy that lies ahead. 

Agenda at a Glance

Monday, September 23: 

11:30 am - 5:00 pm: CDSA Golf Outing 

4:00 - 6:00 pm:  CDSA Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 24: 

9:00 am  5:00 pm: Registration & Exhibitor Tables Open

10:00  10:15 am: Welcome

10:15  11:00 am: The Year In Review – Barry Jardini, Government Affairs Director, CDSA, Sue North, Government Affairs Director, CDSA, Jim Gross, Nielsen Merksamer, Missy Johnson, Nielsen Merksamer

11:00 am  12:00 pm: DDS, HCBS, &  Grants – Jim Knight, DDS, Heather Flores, Central Valley RC, Ruth Janka, North LA County RC, Will Sanford, Futures Explored

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Lunch 

12:45 – 1:45 pm: Luncheon Presentation - Derrick Dufresne, CRA Consulting

1:45 2:00 pm: Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Responding to a Violent Intruder - Leslie A. Dugan, Philadelphia Insurance

3:30 – 5:00 pm: Rate Study & Implementation: Melinda Sullivan, Lanterman RC, Heather Flores, Central Valley RC, Harry Bruell, Pathpoint, Mark Klaus, Home of Guiding Hands, Sue North, CDSA, Jim Gross, Nielsen Merksamer

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Optional Activity- Wine Tasting @ Monopole Wine

Wednesday, September 25:

8:00 am  5:00 pm: Registration Desk / Exhibitors Open

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast 

8:30 – 9:00 am: Table Discussions 

9:15 am – 10:30am: Breakout Sessions:

  • Managing Staff in the Community
  • New Program Models for HCBS
  • Emotional Intelligence

10:30 – 10:45 am: Morning Break 

10:45 am – Noon: Breakout Sessions:

  • College-to-Career Partnerships for Sucess
  • How the Funding Flows in the DD System

12:00 – 1:45 pm: Lunch

12:30  2:30 pm: The Assessment Process - Amanda Alvey, Public Consulting Group, Elsa Bock, Public Consulting Group

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Afternoon Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Title 17 Q&A
  • Successful Job Development
  • Compliance and Choice in an HCBS World

4:15 – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions

  • Intro to Grassroots Advocacy
  • Presentation by SetWorks

5:00  7:00 pm:  Star Awards

Thursday, September 26:

8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Registration Desk / Exhibitors Open

8:00 9:00 am: Breakfast

8:30 am  9:15am: CDSA Annual Report

9:30 – 10:30 am: The CDSA Public Policy Agenda: Barry Jardini, CDSA, Sue North, CDSA, Jim Gross, Nielsen Merksamer

10:45am – Noon: Meals and Breaks, Panel Discussion

Noon  12:30 pm: Lunch

12:30 – 1:30pm: Closing Speaker, Frameworks Institute (invited)

CDSA Golf Outing 

Join fellow CDSA members for a day on the links before the Annual Meeting, on Monday, September 24th at Brookside.  Register Now.

CDSA Wine Tasting Outing

Come join us at Monopole Wine for some wine tasting after sessions end on Tuesday, September 24th.  To get more information and to register, click here. 

2019 Registration Options 

  • CDSA Member Registration - Early Bird Discount: $475 (Regular $550 after Friday, August 23, 2019)
  • CDSA Multi-Member Registration Discount: $420  (Discount only available until Friday, August 23, 2019)
  • One-Day Registration (Tuesday or Wednesday): $265

Registration closes on September 6, 2019

2019 Annual Meeting is generously sponsored by:

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