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CIL-NET Presents… A National Teleconference & Webinar: Top 10 Mistakes That Can Put Your CIL or SILC At Risk

September 25, 2019; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

Presented by: Paula McElwee

Register online or by using the printable registration form (PDF)

The title says it all. This webinar will cover the top 10 things that cause problems for CILs and SILCs. From financial management to consumer control, running a strong CIL or SILC takes good leadership and compliance to the IL philosophy and regulations. Whether you are new to your position or just want to review key areas for organizational health, this presentation is the perfect overview of the types of activities you should prioritize to keep your organization running strong.

Sign up today! You won’t want to miss this webinar!

Registration Fee: $75.00. Fee is per site and does not apply per participant; registrants are encouraged to gather as many individuals as desired to participate.

Target Audience

Executive Directors, program managers, and staff of CILs and SILCs, and any others interested in compliance risks associated with organizational policies and procedures

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this training, participants will have knowledge and resources that will enable them to:

  • Recognize common compliance risks associated with policies and procedures that impact CILs and SILCs.
  • List major elements necessary for establishing and maintaining proper internal controls.
  • Describe typical internal control procedures appropriate for CILs and SILCs.
  • Identify responsibilities for recordkeeping for assets and custody of assets.
  • Describe best practices for risk assessment and monitoring.

Meet Your Presenter

Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET and SILC Training and Technical Assistance project at Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). In addition to providing individualized technical assistance, Paula moderates training calls monthly for new CIL Executive Directors and Program Managers and for SILCs. She also hosts quarterly calls for CIL financial managers and the staff of Designated State Entities (DSEs). Paula was the first Director of Link, Inc. in Kansas (one of the first states funded through the Rehabilitation Act) beginning in 1979. She worked in the disability field in Kansas for 25 years, and was appointed by two governors to serve three terms on the Statewide Independent Living Council of Kansas before moving to California in 2000. She previously served on the board of Resources for Independence of the Central Valley and served as interim executive director for four CILs in California, assisting the boards to transition to their next executive director. Paula has provided training, facilitation and consultation with state associations, SILCs, and numerous centers throughout the country.

The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance project for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is operated by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities. 

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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