Webinar Guest Presenter - Mary Sowers

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Mary Sowers

Director of Special Projects, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

Ms. Sowers has extensive experience in Medicaid home and community based services and supports for individuals with disabilities and individuals who are aging. She joined the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) in 2014 and works with states on the HCBS programs. Prior to joining NASDDDS, she provided consultation to state governments on home and community-based services in her previous role with Mercer Government Human Services Consulting.

Before joining Mercer, Ms. Sowers held senior positions with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG). During her 7 years at CMS, she held various roles including Technical Director for Home and Community-Based Services, Division Director for Community and Institutional Services, and Senior Policy Advisor for DEHPG. She developed policy, regulations and tools on waivers and demonstrations, and provided technical assistance and support to CMS leadership and staff nationally.

In addition, until 2005, Ms. Sowers led Maryland's efforts around home and community-based services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). In that role, she managed two waivers serving more than 10,000 individuals, served as primary legislative contact on ID/DD issues for the department, and led stakeholder input and advisory efforts, with a focus on building partnerships with self-advocates and families.