D. Pearl Barnett, MPA, serves as a HCBS TA Subject Matter Expert on the TA for HCBS & PASRR Programs Contract administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She oversaw many functions including waiver writing, contracts, training, person-centered service authorization, self-directed service option and fiscal management services oversight, electronic visit verification oversight, claims resolution, and quality assurance.
Ms. Barnett implemented statewide training programs in person-centered thinking, planning, and practices through service planning and service delivery training to state staff, providers, and advocates. Her passion for person-centered practices, continuous improvement and organizational change was reflected by her personal training and research on the practices, as well as her implementation of systemwide change in areas related to the policy revision and promulgation, updated evaluation practices that include quality measures, changes to payment incentives, improved waiver information technology systems, and practices that maximize an individual’s ability to reach their personal goals and remain in their home and community.
Ms. Barnett graduated from the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy (OAALA) from which she implemented training programs in Person-Centered Service Planning and Delivery, Program Evaluation, and an overview of Long-Term Services and Supports options for older adults and persons with disabilities. Ms. Barnett received her Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences and Organization Studies, a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Diversity and Development, all from the University of Oklahoma. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oklahoma State University.