2017 Training Opportunities

Happy New Year! As we begin this new year, the calendar is filling up quickly with new training for CILs and SILCs. Make sure to check back to ilru.org for more training opportunities in the coming days and weeks!

Visit the website for upcoming events and an even larger selection of on-demand training available 24/7. We hope to see many of you at SILC Congress January 17 – 20 where the IL-NET will be offering several plenary and concurrent sessions.


Announcing the launch of a new RapidCourse — Individual Advocacy in Centers for Independent Living

For details on this and all RapidCourses click here.

This course covers the philosophy and role of individual advocacy as a core service that changes people’s lives through empowerment. In this course you will learn four steps to effective individual advocacy along with skills and strategies for building relationships with consumers that nurture trust and accountability. The primary audience includes CIL executive directors, program managers, independent living specialists, and other CIL staff members involved in assisting consumers in dealing with systems, bureaucracies, and relationships that impact their self-determination.

RapidCourses is a self-paced learning option, fully accessible (508 compliant) and available 24/7, allowing you to “Learn at the Speed of YOU!” These web-based, user-friendly curricula are easy to navigate and are designed to provide essential, fundamental knowledge of the independent living field.

Online Courses

On-Demand Presentations


Video recordings of most IL-NET on-location trainings are available on-demand at ilru.org and can be viewed 24/7 to fit your schedule.

Some of the CIL-NET modules that may be of particular interest to CIL staff and board members include:

The SILC-NET has a series of short on-demand presentations to clarify some key changes and offer proven practices to SILCs across the country:

Visit the website to check it out!

IL-NET Peer Mentoring Program

As we celebrate the holidays and look ahead to a new year, we acknowledge that it brings new opportunities and goals for centers and SILCs. If you are looking for an experienced CIL or SILC director to mentor you on creating new programs, tweaking existing ones, or learning the ins and outs of running a CIL or SILC as a new director, we may have an opportunity for you. APRIL, as part of the IL-NET project, is taking applications for the Peer-to-Peer mentoring program. This potentially free service for you, gives you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a more experienced director.

To learn more please contact:

Mary Olson, MSW

Director of Training and Technical Assistance

APRIL (Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living)

52 Corbin Hall

University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59801



New Recommendations for State Independent Living Councils (SILCs)

The links to the recommendations below are directly from Uniform Administrative Requirements, and other parts of the Code of Federal Regulations which are current as of September 2016. This information was prepared by John F. Heveron Jr., CPA, Heveron and Company CPAs

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Request Input

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on potential adaptations of the model of care employed by the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) for new populations, including individuals with physical disabilities, under the authority provided by the PACE Innovation Act.  The PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (PIA) provides authority to test application of PACE-like models for additional populations, including populations under the age of 55 and those who do not qualify for a nursing home level of care, under Section 1115A of the Social Security Act.

The RFI includes two parts:

In the first part, CMS seeks comment on potential elements of a five-year PACE-like model test for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, age 21 and older, with disabilities that impair their mobility and who are assessed as requiring a nursing home level of care, among other eligibility criteria. We have provisionally named this model “Person Centered Community Care” or P3C. This potential model is designed to meet the requirements of a model test under Section 1115A of the Social Security Act and to adapt the PACE model of care for one population of focus. In addition to feedback on the potential elements of the P3C model described in the RFI, CMS seeks comment on the types of technical assistance that potential P3C organizations and states would require to participate in the model test.

In the second part of the RFI, CMS seeks information on additional specific populations whose health outcomes could benefit from enrollment in PACE-like models, and how the PACE model of care could be adapted to better serve the needs of these populations and the currently eligible population.

The RFI is available at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination/Medicare-and-Medicaid-Coordination/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination-Office/PACEInnovationAct.html

CMS welcomes feedback on this RFI from all interested parties. To be assured consideration, comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 10, 2017. Comments should be submitted electronically in PDF form to MMCOcapsmodel@cms.hhs.gov. Please identify the organization or individual submitting comments in the title of the document.

For more Information: www.ilru.org