2014 Conference Comments


NADD 31st Annual Conference & Exhibit Show 2014

Nov 12 – Nov 14, 2014

Models of Excellence in Dual Diagnosis that Shape the Future (IDD/MI)

  at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel
San Antonio, TX



NADD Hosts the 31st Annual Conference

NADD just recently returned from the 31st Annual Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas, which promoted cutting-edge knowledge that can in turn shape the development of appropriate community-based policies, programs, and services that address the mental health needs of persons who have IDD, while working to bridge the gap between the mental health and developmental disabilities structures.

This year’s 31st Annual Conference Highlights are featured below:

We heard from keynote lectures by Chris Traylor, Chief Deputy Commissioner from Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Austin, Texas, who spoke about “Steps to Success: the Transition to Managed Care,” Chris Traylor, Chief Deputy Commissioner cited steps to successfully transition to managed care within the IDD field. And Steven Reiss, PhD, of IDS Publishing Corporation, Columbus, Ohio, spoke on “Everyday Tyranny: Why You Must Understand Yourself Before You Can Help Others.” which he Identified the 16 human needs that are expressed by all motives and values.

300 people attended from the USA and Canada as well as some people from Europe.

A number of scholarships were given to persons with disabilities and their families, as well as DSP’s who support people with IDD/MI, to help defray the cost of the conference

At the 31st Annual NADD Conference the following awards were presented:

• Lifetime Achievement Award – William Gardner, PhD

• The Earl L. Loschen Award for Clinical Practice – William Gardner, PhD

• The Frank J. Menolascino Award for Excellence – Todd Stull, MD

• DSP Award for Excellence – Abby Hnydowitz

• Member of the Year Award – Eileen Elias

• NADD Research Award – Elisabeth Dykens, PhD


NADD was proud to present the NADD Annual Poster Session! The poster was be judged by the NADD Research Committee and given to: DSP Psychological Characteristics and their Caregiving Behavior – Kristin Read Campos MS; Michael Wolff PhD, CAC; Brian Rabian PhD


If presenters supplied a handout it is available at the following conference link:



To all our 30th Annual Conference Co-Sponsoring Agencies. We thank you again for partnering with NADD on this important event. We appreciate all of the support which is crucial for NADD to continue its mission. The 31st Annual Conference was jointly sponsored by: NADD and Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM).

We also like to thank the many exhibitors who displayed the top of the industry’s products and services for individuals who have developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

We so appreciate the attendee volunteers who participated each year in the volunteer program. All help is great help!

Alive with history, the San Antonio, TX area featured plazas and river banks full of beautiful landscaping with alfresco dining, shopping, cascading falls, where attendants enjoyed a unexpected cold snap of the usual temperate South Texas weather! Guests still managed to tour and dine inside along the riverwalk.



NADD 32nd Annual Conference & Exhibit Show

November 18-20, 2015

The Fairmont San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

Updates regarding this conference will begin in 2015 at www.thenadd.org


Again, thanks for coming from the 31st Annual Conference Co-Chairpersons, Peggie Webb, MA, San Diego Regional Center, San Diego, CA and Denise Bloomquist, MDiv, ThM, MPA, Project Janus, Inc., San Angelo, TX, andand the rest of the NADD Conference Planning Committee. 

Continuing Education certificates for training will be distributed by email from Drexel College Of Medicine early 2015….. 

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Conference Keynote lectures were given by:


Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Plenary Session

Chris Traylor, Chief Deputy Commissioner
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Austin, TX
Managed Care

Friday, November 14, 2014 – Plenary Session

Steven Reiss, PhD
IDS Publishing Corporation

Columbus, OH
Everyday Tyranny


Questions, comments, concerns, please contact Lisa Christie, NADD Conference Planner, at lchristie@thenadd.org or info@thenadd.org.