By Monica E. Oss I walked away from the keynote by Nancy Thaler, Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services—The Future Of Long-Term Services & Supports: A New Business Model For A Medicaid Managed Care Market—at the 2017 OPEN MINDS Executive Leadership Retreat with a different perspective than I had anticipated. Ms. Thaler's presentation did focus on the move of Medicaid long-term services and supports to managed care (MLTSS), and she provided some great background on that transition. But my big takeaway wasn't that managed care was a cost and quality issue facing the I/DD field—the…
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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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