Rebecca Wright, MSW, LCSW is the President of the Consortium on Innovative Practices. Rebecca’s career spans more than 40 years in the field of developmental disabilities, aging and long-term care services, and has included policy development and implementation, management of large and complex projects, clinical assessment, development and administration of facility and community-based programs, training and legislative advocacy. Her particular strength is in the area of knowledge translation; that is the translation of research results into meaningful policy and practice. Her work in this area includes the development and delivery of best-practice based training to social workers and case managers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, Texas and the District of Columbia, the development of legislation in the areas of family support, disability and long term care, waiver design and the promulgation and social marketing of public policy initiatives.
The foundation for Rebecca’s work of the past several decades has centered on promoting quality services and working with states, seniors, individuals with disabilities and their families to build opportunities and choices in community living and to support self-direction. She assisted both Texas and Alabama to design and operationalize options for self-direction and was the primary author of the first Self-Directed Medicaid 1915(j) State Plan Option to be approved by CMS. Rebecca’s current projects include technical assistance for the implementation of a No Wrong Door grant from ACL, assisting a state Medicaid agency to design and implement its Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the HCBS Final Settings Rule and providing program design and technical assistance to support transitions to community living through a Money Follows the Person demonstration.
Her experience in the area of transitions to community living has included related work in Oklahoma, Florida, Virginia and California as well as in Alabama. In 2001, she acted as a neutral expert in the mediation process that led to the eventual settlement of Alabama’s decades-old Wyatt lawsuit. She also currently serves as a member of a Monitoring Team in the U.S. v. Texas Settlement Agreement, with primary responsibility for monitoring compliance in the areas of transition and discharge planning and post-move monitoring.
Rebecca received her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her MSW from the University of Alabama.