Ric Zaharia

Ric Zaharia, Ph.D., is currently serving as Vice President for the Consortium on Innovative Practices.  His most recent work with the Consortium has involved expert consultation on case management systems, mortality and serious incident reviews, transportation systems, eligibility determination processes, and Employment First.

From 1990 to 1995 Ric served as Director of the Utah Division of Services to People with Disabilities. During his tenure in Utah, the state Division oversaw statutory changes emphasizing family support and expanded community based services, the submission of a revised HCBS 1915 (c) Waiver based on those statutory changes, and  the conversion of the Division’s multi-service case management system to a conflict-free IDD case management system.

From 2000 to 2006 he served as the Director of the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities, the managed care administrator for Arizona’s 28 year old Long Term Services and Supports program. During his tenure in Arizona, the state Division established a fiscal intermediary system,  developed a unified electronic case management and provider billing system, and revised provider payment rates based on the principles of ‘true and actual costs’. As a representative of NASDDDS he served on the CMS Technical Assistance Group that established the electronic HCBS Waiver application.

Ric is a graduate of Pomona College and completed his doctoral work at Vanderbilt University’s George Peabody College.  He has published in peer reviewed journals on topics such as staff stability, mortality and psychotropic drug usage.