SSA Bootcamp – April 2021


Tuesday, April 13, 9 am – 12 pm

Thursday, April 15, 9 am – 12 pm

Tuesday, April 20 9 am – 12 pm

Thursday, April 22, 1 pm – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, April 27, 1 pm – 3:30 pm

Thursday, April 29, 9 am – 12 pm

SSA Bootcamp will be presented
VIRTUALLY via Zoom and Videos


Over 1,000 SSAs trained with this program over the past 15 years. SSA Boot Camp is designed to deliver
hands-on, comprehensive, accurate, and usable information to new and existing SSAs.

Through ground maneuvers, air maneuvers and war games, Boot Camp trained SSAs will come back to the county
with an overall knowledge of the SSA job and the tools to work with confidence.



Fee for this six-day event is $500.


• Waiver services
• TCM and productivity
• Waiver match, PAWS & the importance of utilization
• History and future of DD services
• County board structure, rules and funding
• ISPs and ISP meetings
• Developmental centers
• SSA professionalism and meeting preparation
• Person Centered Thinking (PCT)
• Charting the Life Course (CtLC)
• Trauma and Individuals with I/DD
• Developing person centered outcomes
• Benefits and financial planning
And much more!


To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.comssa-boot-camp-april-2021-registration-142103446233


Presenter Bios

Kenneth W. Albert, M.Ed., CPA is the president of Medicaid Consulting Group, Inc. and has worked in the non-profit and government accounting field for over twenty years. He has been an intricate part of the Ohio Medicaid programs since 1986. Mr. Albert has served on numerous committees assisting with the development of various programs for public and private organizations who serve individuals with disabilities. Mr. Albert is known as a dynamic speaker who is affluent on a wide array of subjects including programs, staff development, and finances.

Sandy Landers, MPA is the president of Medicaid Billing Solutions. Inc. and has over 25 years experience managing financial, personnel, and business functions in the government, nonprofit, and private sectors. Sandy has a master’s degree in public administration, and has served as a business manager and Medicaid services manager for several county boards of DD. She evaluates business office practices and procedures for CBDD’s and nonprofit agencies; assists organizations with Medicaid billing and compliance; assists counties with accreditation, policy development, and training on financial and service documentation software. She participates in union negotiations, mentors business managers and other finance office staff, as well as provide financial and management consultation to various organizations serving individuals with disabilities.

Lara Palay, MSW, LISW-S is a co-founding partner of Aldridge Palay Consulting and a clinical social worker in private practice. She received her BA in 1991 and her MSW in 1998 from Ohio State. Ms. Palay was Project Manager for the Mental Illness/Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Center of Excellence for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change. She teaches in Ohio State University’s MSW program. She is the author of numerous articles, white papers and policy briefs. Ms. Palay speaks in the U.S. and internationally on developmental disabilities, trauma, grief, burnout, meaning and other topics.

Barbara Sapharas has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 40 years. She has an MA in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) from Cleveland State University. She has worked as an SLP, Support Administrator, Staff Development Specialist and Direct Support Professional. She is a Mentor Trainer in the international Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP) and a National Team Member of Charting the LifeCourse-University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC). She serves as a Board Member of the Ohio Self Determination Association and of the International Sibling
Leadership Network. Her perspective as a sibling and professional support her passion to empower people with disabilities, families, and professionals.

Stephanie Shank has worked in the developmental disabilities field for 19 years in various capacities. After spending 13 years as an SSA, Stephanie transferred that knowledge and experience into training SSAs in areas such as roles and responsibilities of an SSA, positive culture, implicit bias, person centered thinking & planning, meeting facilitation, outcome development, and more. Stephanie embodies a strong passion and commitment to finding ways to support individuals with disabilities in living their best life. Stephanie is the Manager of Program Operations at the Clearwater COG where she, among other things, oversees and assists with compliance processes, program development, and training. In between chauffeuring her children around to various activities like hockey and drumline, Stephanie enjoys a good book, running, and dabbling in various crafts.

Lynn Tramontano is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.  She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a BS degree, and also earned an MBA from Ashland University. She has the unique experience and heartfelt passion to work with families of loved ones with special needs through the complicated maze of government benefits, such as Medicaid and Social Security, utilizing attorneys who specialize in this area and providing solutions for families with the often conflicting goals of trust funding, retirement planning and meeting other financial goals, such as college savings. Her experience began personally with two family members with special needs. While in high school and extending through college, she volunteered for Special Olympics in several counties. She is the proud mother of two girls and a member at Pickerington Church of the Nazarene.



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