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IL-NET Presents… A Two-Part Webinar Series: Ready for Review – Using ACL’s Compliance & Outcome Monitoring Protocol (COMP) Tool to Achieve Excellence

  • Part 1: March 31, 2020; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Part 2: April 1, 2020; 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Register online

The Office of Independent Living Programs (OILP) recently released the Compliance and Outcome Monitoring Protocol (COMP) Tool for Centers for Independent Living (CILs). The COMP tool was created to assist CILs to improve program performance; to understand how OILP is monitoring CIL performance; and to conduct self-assessments to prepare for desk audits, onsite reviews, or for internal reviews. Join us for this free, two-part webinar series to learn exactly what is included in the COMP tool and how you can use it at your CIL.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

Target Audience: Executive directors, program managers, and board members of centers for independent living.

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand regulatory requirements to perform annual CIL reviews and how to adequately communicate adherence to compliance during a review;
  • Identify aspects of CIL operations that must meet federal requirements including standards, assurances, program operation, organizational structure, and administration of the CIL; and,
  • Assess the CIL’s level of regulatory compliance and readiness for a review by conducting an organizational self-assessment using ACL’s Compliance & Monitoring Protocol (COMP) Tool.

Your Presenter

Paula McElwee is the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the IL-NET National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Independent Living 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 IL programs 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 is chair of 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 National Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Center for Independent Living is operated by ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization). The IL-NET T&TA Center provides training and technical assistance to centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. ILRU arranges some training activities through the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), peer-to-peer mentoring and youth program support through the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and online courses and document development through 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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