The 2023 OPEN MINDS Home-Based Services Summit

Home-based support services are not just a trend or “the next big thing” for care and support – people have long hoped to remain in their home setting for as long as they possibly can. Outcomes are better at home for both medical and mental health services, and with the advancement of technology, a return to whole-person care, and expanded access to services, the health care industry is shifting toward community-based care. Join us as we delve into a day-long examination of innovative approaches to home-based care, what industry leaders see for the future of home-based support services, and how you can help position your organization to be a part of this growing area with the right technology and the right service model.

2023 Summit Agenda

9:15 am – 10:30 am PT

Innovative Program Approaches To Home-Based Services For Children

The Home-Based Services Summit

Early childhood home-based services are a service delivery strategy for families to achieve positive parenting and healthy child development outcomes. Educational, family, and referral services are key components of home-based programs. Based on decades of research, these service designs aim to support the healthy functioning of families, parenting, and child development. Various home-based models are used by communities, each targeting a different group of families and focusing on achieving different outcomes. Can home-based services improve outcomes more efficiently?  Can the overall effects be strengthened for vulnerable families who enroll but fail to benefit from current models?  These are questions that will be addressed as attendees learn:

  • What works and for whom
  • Examples of innovative program approaches
  • Ways to improve target outcomes through home-based services

Don Taylor

Don Taylor is the regional executive director of the Bay Area for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, he oversees the clinical programs in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Alameda Counties, plus neighboring counties, through our foster care and adoptions program. Having nearly 30 years of experience in mental health, Taylor has served in various clinical roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including director, clinical manager, clinician and family specialist, as well as led the regional quality assurance and improvement team. Prior to joining Pacific Clinics, he worked at nonprofits in Rhode Island and Chicago. Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and received his master’s in social work from San Jose State University

Dee DeWitt


10:45 am – 12:00 pm PT

Leveraging Technology To Improve Productivity & Consumer Engagement In Home-Based Programs

The Home-Based Services Summit

Impacted by the recent pandemic, individuals, families, employment, child-care, and supports for these groups and activities spiraled. As a result, challenges such as stress, lack of caregiving options and lack of treatment access increased. A great need existed for home-based services, while traditional service delivery was significantly impeded. Funding flexibility in service reimbursement and evaluation requirements to support the shift to virtual services was introduced. This presented an opportunity to utilize technology to engage care in home-based settings.  During this time, home-based service programs quickly swiveled, strengthening access to high-quality services through technology in order to support gaps in care for families and individuals. Significant strategies included providing access to the internet, technology tutorials and increased access to care. The concept of virtual services was already seen as a promising method to access, engage, improve quality of care, and engage homebound individuals before the pandemic.

So, how can an organization work to improve productivity while engaging patients in home-based programs? In this session, attendees will learn:

  • Examples of technology used to improve staff productivity
  • Models of Consumer Engagement
  • How to maintain a high rate of service provision (e.g., maintenance of services, home visitor caseloads, program completion rates)

Dee DeWitt


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm PT

Home-Based Service Models For Consumers With Cognitive & Physical Health Challenges

The Home-Based Services Summit

Behavioral health and health care is moving from the office to the home. The purpose of home health care is to promote, maintain, restore, or maximize the level of independence of care recipients while minimizing the effects of disabilities and illnesses. Home health care includes a range of medical and therapeutic services including applied behavior analysis (ABA), 24-hour residential support, Enhanced Case Management, Severe Behavior Services and Crisis Intervention. A growing number of healthcare services are being provided in the care recipient’s home due to the urgency of a continuing care plans, specialty needs, and as an extension or adjunct to primary care.  Home health care offers the advantages of cost efficiencies, support in place and independence. Understanding the needs of providers and care recipients is vital to the optimization of whole-person health.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is a “home” setting (group home, individual home)
  • How to define the difference between home vs. community care
  • Model programs, case examples and supports that are effective in the home-based models versus community-based model to provide effective treatment, quality of life and comfort of care.

Deanne Cornette, MHA, GPC

Deanne Cornette, MHA, GPC, brings over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field.  Ms.Cornette currently serves as a Senior Associate for OPEN MINDS and brings to the OPEN MINDS team noted expertise in strategic planning, grant writing and revenue development.

Previously, Ms. Cornette was the Vice President of Strategic Development for Tampa Family Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. In this role, she managed grants, contracts, front desk operations, training, quality assurance special assignments (risk assessments and responses to complaints), credentialing and billing functions.  In a very short time period, she successfully procured funding to integrate behavioral health services, brought a system of processes to track health indicators and improve value-based care payment and service and became proficient in utilizing HRSA’s reporting portals.

As Counsel for Strategic Development at Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS) and Vice President of Business Development for Gracepoint (merger), Ms. Cornette directed strategic development, contract negotiations, revenue development, marketing and grants.  In this capacity, she targeted funding sources and built a lucrative cash flow that provided needed services to vulnerable populations in need of behavioral health treatment.

Some of her most successful negotiations created best practice services for veteran’s programs, women’s services, as well those involved with the criminal justice system. Her portfolio includes a wide array of awards from a multitude of agencies including, but not limited to: SAMHSA, HUD, Centers for Medicaid, and the Department of Transportation and collaborations with private, non-profit and government entities.  Most recently, she worked with Gracepoint to develop Hillsborough’s Centralized Receiving Facility, one of the first funded in the State of Florida.  From a system of care for jail diversion to evidence based practices for individuals who are homeless with behavioral health needs, her awards have netted over $80 million dollars to our community.

In addition, Ms. Cornette served as the Vice President for the National Contract Management Association Suncoast Chapter, Vice President of ACTS Affordable Housing Board of Directors, Vice President of ACTS Foundation Board of Directors, and was a member of Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board.​ She is the recipient of University of South Florida’s 2018 Florida Outstanding Women of the Year in Public Health. Her Centralized Receiving Facility collaborative won a 2018 WEDU PBS Be Brilliant / Innovation Award.  Her concept of Housing, Engagement and Retention Tenancy (HEART) program won the 2018 Heart for Homeless award through the Housing and Education Alliance.

Ms. Cornette received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of South Florida.