Past NCAPPS Webinars

Using NCAPPS Resources to Support Compliance with the HCBS Final Rule Requirements for Person-Centered Planning

January 31, 2023, from 2:00-3:30 pm ET

The National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) is an initiative from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that helps States, Tribes, and Territories implement person-centered thinking, planning, and practice in line with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy. Since 2018, NCAPPS has maintained a national clearinghouse of actionable, up-to-date resources to support the promotion of systems change that makes person-centered principles not just an aspiration but a reality in the lives of people who use long-term services and supports across the lifespan. In this webinar, NCAPPS and national partners will provide an overview of key NCAPPS resources and outline how they can potentially assist human services agencies in meeting and surpassing the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule requirements for person-centered planning which came into effect in 2014. All NCAPPS resources can be found at:

Meet the presenters


Kate Brady, PhD ABD is a Project Manager at the Human Services Research Institute for NCAPPS HCBS Stakeholder Engagement. She is dedicated to advancing critical public systems changes that align with HSRI’s goal of seeing all people living healthy, fulfilling lives as powerful members of society. Kate has worked in the field of disability policy, service, and systems advocacy for two decades. She brings experience from Home and Community-Based Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid, Social Security, and Workforce Development systems.

Saska Rajcevic

Saska Rajcevic is a Project Manager and technical assistance lead for NCAPPS where she assists states in implementing person-centered practices to ensure all people can lead self-determined lives. Saska previously worked for a state agency supporting on-the-ground systems change efforts to ensure compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services Final Rule and person-centered planning requirements. She also brings experience from the protection and advocacy world where she focused on Fair Housing policy and enforcement.

Pearl Barnett

Pearl Barnett is an experienced leader providing technical assistance and managing state Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), including Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Medicaid Waivers, No Wrong Door systems, person-centered practices, and equity. Her passion for HCBS, person-centered practices, equity and organizational change are reflected by her professional experience, personal training and research on these practices, to improve access, delivery, and quality in LTSS, maximizing all individual’s ability to reach their goals and remain safely in their home and community.

Mary P. Sowers

Mary P. Sowers joined the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) in 2014 and became the NASDDDS Executive Director on July 1, 2019. Before joining NASDDDS, Mary was with Mercer Government Human Services Consulting where she provided consultation and technical assistance to state governments on a wide array of Medicaid-related issues, with a focus on integrated care, home and community-based services, and managed long-term services and supports. Mary also has extensive experience within state government and non-profit organizations serving individuals with I/DD.


NCAPPS is an initiative from the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to help States, Tribes, and Territories to implement person-centered practices. NCAPPS webinars are open to the public, and are geared toward human services administrators, providers, and people who use long-term services and supports. All NCAPPS webinars will be recorded and archived at