HDA Consulting (formerly National Consortium for Health Systems Development or NCHSD) is a project of Health & Disability Advocates (HDA). We provide flexible, technical assistance and consulting services to states, businesses and government agencies that are developing comprehensive disability and employment service systems for people with disabilities who want to work. We facilitate information sharing through an extensive network of policy stakeholders including people with disabilities, providers, state agencies, research institutes, advocates and businesses. For a decade, our partner states received Medicaid Infrastructure Grants (MIGs) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The MIG program funded development of sustainable state infrastructure to support competitive employment for people with disabilities.
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We are recognized as experits in Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, health care and employment systems for people with disabilities. Our team can help you identify where programs intersect and provide the "know how" to keep partners working together. We work successfully with public, private and social sectors to develop shared value and create lasting solutions for more efficient health and disability systems. HDA's highly skilled consultants provide facilitation and training; policy support and technical expertise; and next practice bringing innovation to our health, disability and employment systems.
Teleconferences, workshops, and site visits - A variety of state-to-state information sharing forums are available to address structural, policy, and political barriers to systems change. Find information about our annual conferences here.
Topical teleconferences - Talk to a network of policy makers, consumers, employers, professionals and others about issues related to disability and employment. Learn more here.
Specialized consulting - our staff can provide one-on-one direct support for your project efforts – whether it’s enhancing personal assistance services programs, developing cost estimates, monitoring program performance, or meeting grant eligibility and reporting requirements. Learn about our experienced policy and research team here.
Training areas of expertise include: Long term care services and supports; Health and Medicaid reform and innovation; Public benefits training and technical support; SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery); Civilian and military benefits, resources and culture; Community living and employment; Disability hiring consulting; and Medical Legal Partnerships. Our innovative projects and policy work protects and strengthens federal and state safety net programs including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Comprehensive technical assistance - we offer the most comprehensive disability and employment resources on the web today. A great place to start exploring is our Resource Exchange archives, with news items and events, featured technical assistance products, and links to much more.
Monthly updates - Our members-only "Talkback Tuesday" offers highlights of state activities, innovative practices, federal and state legislative initiatives, and topics from our readers. Access the e-News archive.
Learning and planning tools - States working to remove employment barriers have lots of materials to share, including best practices for examining existing state policies and programs. View these tools in our online Library of more than 500 documents related to disability and employment.
Regional coalition building - Many policymakers and advocates in regions of the country have a history of working together, such as the Northeast, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, the South and the Northwest. We can help facilitate states with similar politics, geography, history and relationships to build regional support network for the “how-to” of improving work incentives.