AAHHSA 2021 Annual Education Conference

October 18-20, 2021


UPDATE: We are moving to an entirely virtual platform and cancelling the in-person events for the 2021 AAHHSA Conference in Columbus, OH, October 17-20.

We remain committed to ensuring a safe environment at each of our educational conferences. Your health and safety are our top priority. To this end, we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and follow public health guidance regarding large in-person gatherings. With the continued strain on local health systems due to the Delta variant and children under 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine, we are moving to an entirely virtual platform.

All in-person registrants will be automatically moved to a virtual registration and refunded the difference in fee. Any new registrants will be for the virtual platform only. AAHHSA will provide additional details about the revised format of these now virtual events. As we work with scheduled presenters and our planning teams to make necessary adjustments and ensure a quality experience for all.


Ethics Sessions

Monday, 10/18/2021 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

Rules of Professional Conduct at the Movies & Television

Allan Asbury, Senior Counsel, Ohio Board of Professional Conduct

An examination of common professional conduct rule violations will be conducted through the use of popular television and movie clips. Issues related to lawyer competence, illegal acts, dishonesty, communication with represented parties, and organizations as clients will be explored by referencing the application of rules of conduct and Ohio case law and advisory opinions.

Monday, 10/18/2021 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM EDT

The Ohio Ethics Law: Building a Culture of Integrity

Susan Willeke, Education and Communications Manager, Ohio Ethics Commission

What are the latest trends, investigations, and highlights in governmental ethics?  Don't miss this engaging and interactive discussion that analyzes the hot issues under the Ohio Ethics Law.  This specialized session will assist those in public service who are subject to the law and those in the private sector who are regulated by or do business with governmental entities.


Federal Updates

Monday, 10/18/2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

Federal Update on Child Welfare

Scott Trowbridge, Esq., Child Welfare Program Specialist, Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The presentation will cover major updates around the Children's Bureau child welfare-related supports for the legal and judicial systems. This will include updates around the Court Improvement Program; topical focus areas including legal representation, hearing quality, court, and agency collaboration, race equity, Covid-19, prevention, family engagement, safety decision-making, and Child and Family Services Reviews.


Monday, 10/18/2021 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

Federal Update on Medicaid

Alan Dorn, Chief Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Region V, U.S. Department of Health and Human Service

Review of Medicaid litigation developments in the areas of Medicaid eligibility, coverage, payment, federal financial participation, provider participation, managed care, waivers, Olmstead and ADA issues, and bankruptcy.


Get Your Competitive Juices Going!


Starting August 22, join APHSA for the CGI Wellness Challenge that runs through November 18. Make it fun and create a team with your peers and colleagues! Participate wherever you are — multiple opportunities to be at the top of the leaderboard and win prizes!


Download the Heka Well App from your favorite app store and select APHSA Wellness Challenge to get started. Good luck to all participants — see you on the CGI wellness leaderboard!

AAHHSA 2021 — Join Us Virtually

The AAHHSA Annual National Education and Training Conference is a comprehensive learning and networking experience for attorneys representing state and local government agencies administering health and human services programs. This multi-day virtual event promotes pragmatic innovation in health and human services while facilitating the exchange of information between attorneys from across the nation.

Join your colleagues virtually October 18-20, 2021, for a series of presentations and breakout sessions focusing on the policies and practices that enhance the delivery and quality of human services programs. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • How New Federal Laws/Regulations May Affect Your Agency

    • Medicaid

    • Child Welfare

    • TANF

    • SNAP

    • Privacy

  • How to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes

  • Litigation, Administrative Hearings, and Mediation Strategies


After exploring these topics and experiencing the whole conference, attendees earn continuing legal education credits—making this an annual event you cannot miss!


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