Since its inception in 2010, the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network (ICPN) has sought to become a wide-ranging resource for individuals served and their families,the provider agencies that care for them, and PAS/ISC and members of DHS – DD Division. ICPN always envisioned hosting a statewide conference in Illinois for all in the ID/DD world and last year that goal was met. This year we were motivated to improve upon the successes of last year’s conference and in future years, continue that trend. The concept of the ICPN conference has always been to bring quality learning opportunities to all stakeholders in the state, at an affordable cost. On May 9th and 10th of 2017, ICPN hosted an all-day conference in both Naperville and Springfield, Illinois. The theme for the conference was titled “Bridging the Gap: Bringing knowledge and Practice Together.” All sessions emphasized supporting the complex behavioral and medical needs of persons with a mental health component as well as an intellectual/developmental disability.
The conference opening with a message on shifting our treatment paradigm and moving forward by Greg Fenton, DHS Director in Springfield and by Kathy Carmody, CEO of Institute of Public Policy in Naperville. John Dickerson, former CEO of the ARC of Indiana, started the day off on a strong note. John’s message was clear and motivating, urging staff to remember how important our role is in the individuals we serve every day. Honorary speakers Chris Keys and Deceil Moore were crowd pleasers, providing valuable information amongst working with the dually diagnosed population. Amongst the breakout sessions were speakers; Dr Duane Lundenvold, Dr. Erin Wade, Bob Sandidge and Ann Ward, and ICPN Clinicians – Garrett McCann, Tim Baker, Kim Shontz, Mollie Horner-King, Diana Walker, Katherine Docter, Mike Jersey, Ann Ramey, Jon Bowers, and The breakouts consisted of a wide range of topics. Keynote speaker David Harp, a nationally known motivational speaker was a crowd favorite, ended the day by filling the large conference rooms with sound from his harmonica. David spent time demonstrating and teaching the crowd how to utilize mindfulness by playing the harmonica.
ICPN feels privileged to be granted the opportunity to bring a yearly conference to Illinois. Each year, we strive to bring a quality, relevant opportunity to all stakeholders, based on observed trends in the field. Over 250 middle management staff, direct service providers, clinicians, and administrators joined ICPN for this event. We look forward to and are excited to start planning on next year’s event! – Tim Baker, ICPN Director