Nearly 50 individuals attended the INARF Annual meeting in person last week, with 19 more tuning in via webcast, to hear about the successes of INARF’s 40th year of operation and learn what is planned for the Association and its members in 2015.
Among 2014’s successes mentioned in the Board Chair Report were significant gains in rate reform activities. INARF worked closely with State officials to implement Wellness Coordination to better serve the health needs of individuals with disabilities. Additionally, INARF was instrumental in the development of a Daily Rate for Residential Habilitation and the Hybrid Model of Vocational Rehabilitation. Both new services are quality-focused while improving operational efficiency.
Looking forward, INARF restructured its committees in late 2014 to pursue an aggressive agenda. The Organizational Development Committee, which was created to build the “bench strength” of the Association, will make increasing membership, deepening member engagement, and supporting volunteer leaders its priorities over the next year. The Membership Support and Development Committee, INARF’s “think tank” for industry issues, will be focusing on upcoming changes to the service delivery system, developing a “System of Excellence” to promote the highest quality among providers, and creating career paths for Direct Support Professionals.
Following Committee updates, INARF’s Governmental Affairs team provided a legislative update, describing the first half of the current budget setting session, and summarizing priorities and next steps. The meeting concluded with a report from INARF President and CEO Kim Opsahl on what is anticipated to impact the industry over the next year and INARF’s plans for addressing these issues.
INARF, thankful for the dedication of its volunteer leaders and engaged membership, is looking forward to another year of success and growth in 2015!