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December 13, 2016

Psychiatric Rehab in a 1915 (c) Waiver: Connecticut’s Mental Health Waiver

The December 2016 PASRR webinar "Psychiatric Rehab in a 1915 (c) Waiver: Connecticut’s Mental Health Waiver" occurred on Tuesday, December 13th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).

The webinar was presented by Wendy R. Ulaszek, PhD, Kevin Kunak, and Dan Gerwien.

A PDF copy of the slides is available at the bottom of this page.

Synopsis of the Topic:

This session will provide an overview of the Connecticut 1915 (c) Medicaid mental health waiver, known as W.I.S.E. Services covered under W.I.S.E. will be detailed and client feedback will be shared. Strategies for implementing mental health waivers in other states will be identified and the potential for mental health waivers to control the cost of long-term care services will be explored.


Wendy Ulaszek, PhD is a Principal Investigator with the Research Division of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. She has extensive experience conducting evaluations involving substance abuse treatment and mental health services.Dr. Ulaszek was centrally involved in three NIDA-funded projects: one implementation of Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment in a large multi-site methadone clinic; another concerning assessment of treatment needs among drug-involved prisoners; and a third involving increased HIV testing among jail inmates. Dr. Ulaszek is currently the evaluator for a HRSA-funded 3-year grant to train social work students in integrated care programs for transition-age youths. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Connecticut.

Kevin Kunak is a Data Manager for the Research Division of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. In 2015, Mr. Kunak presented at the NASUAD Home and Community Based Services Conference in Washington, D.C. on the Level of Care Skills Assessment, a reporting tool used for the Connecticut Mental Health Waiver program.

Dan Gerwien is a Quality Assurance Supervisor with Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc. Prior to serving as the Quality Assurance Supervisor, he was previously a Quality Assurance Specialist for the Connecticut Mental Health Waiver program since 2009. Mr. Gerwien is involved in the credentialing, payment and oversight of quality of care by program service providers.

Acknowledgment of Commercial Support

There was no commercial support received for this CME activity.

Bibliographic Sources: Please see presentation slides

Copyright: All faculties in this activity have given their permission for publication.

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