By Monica E. Oss Populations with chronic conditions and complex needs are getting more—and different—attention these days. The consumers with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are no exception. Of the more than 16 million individuals who are diagnosed with an I/DD (see The Intellectual & Developmental Disability Consumer Health Insurance Market: An OPEN MINDS Market Intelligence Report), an estimated 40% have a co-occurring mental illness (see The Support Needs Of People With I/DD And Co-Occurring Mental Health Challenges). And with the start of the pandemic crisis, the overall chronic disease overlay of this population is responsible for a higher coronavirus death rate among those…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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