2016 DN Winter Meeting

2016 DN Winter Meeting
February 4-5, 2016
Carefree Resort
Carefree, AZ
Agenda | Activities | Venue & Lodging | Travel

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Remember to please send any food allergies, special dietary needs or mobility accommodations requests to Liliana Pettenkofer by January 27, 2016 at lpettenkofer@lutheranservices.org.

Three times a year, the LSA Disability Network (LSA-DN) gathers its members for planning, updates and inspiration on the work of serving persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 2016 winter meeting will be held in Carefree, Arizona, a serene and picturesque setting nestled in the desert foothills north of Phoenix.


The 2016 LSA-DN Winter Meeting will be taking a deep dive into the issues impacting the shortage of direct support professionals. Amy Hewitt, Director of Research and Training at the Center on Community Living for the University of Minnesota, will facilitate sharing of current DN member practices and benchmarking to other provider organizations and then a critical look at recruitment, selection, training and retention. We will then conclude with a facilitating sharing on next steps and methods to benchmark the results.

Amy is nationally recognized expert on the direct support workforce, speaking to disability groups across the country. She comes highly recommended by several LSA-DN member organizations and has and continues to work with both Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Community Involvement Programs (Rita Wiersma's organization and LSA-DN Associate Member) on research-based solutions to direct support workforce challenges.

The meeting will also include member sharing, updates on state implementation of the HCBS transition plans, PAT update, and more! 

Download the Full Agenda here.

Questions about the agenda? Please contact Julie Swanson at jswanson@lfsva.org.

NEW this year:

Building WellBeing: A New Narrative for Human Services Workshop

Prior to the 2016 LSA-DN Winter Meeting, we will be having an in-depth workshop to follow up on the reframing human services presentation at the 2015 LSA-DN Summer Meeting in Chicago. The workshop is optional and will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd from 1pm-5pm.

This hands-on workshop on the new frame for human services will equip leaders of Lutheran Services organizations to activate the frame elements in your communications. Join Ilsa Flanagan, Director National Reframing Initiative at the National Human Services Assembly to strategize the best ways to use our free online tools to better position your organization and its work with policy makers and funders resulting in effective social policy and increased funding for programs. 

Optional Group Activities:

Looking for some FUN with LSA-DN colleagues prior to the meeting? 

Optional activity - February  3, 2016: Group horseback riding on the trails of Spur Cross Ranch. The  activity will be approximately $40 for a 1 hour ride. We will leave Carefree Resort at 9:00am on Wednesday February 3, returning at 12:00 PM for the afternoon Workshop. The guided ride will be from 10am to 11am. If you're interested, please RSVP to Carol Slight at cslight@fillinghome.org by January 13, 2016.

Spur Cross Stable is located on the site of an 1870's gold mine. They offer scenic trails, exceptional service, and reasonable rates. The ranch is located four miles north of the town of Cave Creek, on the edge of the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation area. Rides take guests into the scenic Sonoran Desert, and the foothills of the Tonto National Forest, where riders experience a virtually undisturbed wilderness environment. For more information go to www.horsebackarizona.com.  

*This is in addition to our traditional Thursday Dinner. 

Venue and Lodging

The 2016 LSA-DN Winter Meeting will take place at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center. This 23-acre destination resort provides a wide array of amenities, including rooms with cable TV, high-speed internet, luxurious linens, pool & whirlpool, tennis courts, and fitness and spa centers. 

Standard Room Single or Double Occupancy: $149.00 per night
Additional person(s): $10.00 per night

Check-in: 4:00pm
Check-out: 12:00pm

To reserve your room at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center please call 480-488-5300 before January 11, 2016 and identify yourself as participating in the DN Meeting or make your reservation online by clicking here

Special room rates will be guaranteed until January 11, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.


Guests are responsible for paying for their own accommodations. Reservations may be canceled up to 72 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Reservations canceled within 72 hours will be charged one night's room rate and tax.

Travel and Ground Transportation

Carefree, Arizona is most easily accessible via the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Travel time from the airport to Carefree is approximately 60 minutes.

Rental cars: https://skyharbor.com/transportationparking/rentalcars.html

Taxis and Shuttle Service: https://skyharbor.com/transportationparking/limosAndTaxis.html

LSA Car Service Negotiated Rate

Budget VIP Transportation

LSA has negotiated a flat rate of $75 per ride with a local car transportation service in Carefree. If you wish to take advantage of this rate, please mention Lutheran Services in America when you make your car arrangements.

By Phone: (480)-217-5319
By Emailbudgetcabaz@gmail.com
Rate: $75 per ride. For groups of 4 or more, please upgrade to an SUV for $95
Be ready to provide: Full name, flight information, address in Carefree, payment 

Please take into consideration that Carefree is about 50 to 60 minutes from the Phoenix airport when you schedule your car pick-up. Remember that most airlines ask passengers to arrive at the airport 1.5 to 2 hours prior to their flight departure – For a safe return home, we suggest you to schedule your pick-up from Carefree 3 hours prior to your flight departure time. LSA

SuperShuttle Discount

Take advantage of LSA's discount rate with SuperShuttle. Use discount code: 99YMR to save 10%. Click here to book online.

Driving Directions

For directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Carefree Resort & Conference Center, click here.

For directions from Phoenix Sky Harbor International to Spirit in the Desert Retreat Centerclick here.

For directions between Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center and Carefree Resort & Conference Centerclick here.

Questions about travel and lodging? Please contact Liliana Pettenkofer at lpettenkofer@lutheranservices.org.

Click here for more information on the LSA Disability Network.

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