2022 Legislative Conference Agenda


(draft, subject to change)

Monday, March 21, 2022

12:00 - 5:00 PM | Registration Desk Open | Radisson

1:00 - 1:30 PM | MACPAC Board Meeting | Radisson

1:00 - 2:30 PM | MCMCFC Workshop: Strategies for Success in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic | Radisson

Speaker: Jon Lanczak, MBA, Principal, Plante Moran PLLC

This session will provide an overview of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted health care providers, and more specifically, skilled nursing providers from a financial perspective, with the decline in census and revenue, increases in costs related to responding to the pandemic related to PPE and infection control, as well as the increase cost of direct care staffing. It will provide an overview of the assistance facilities have received from State and Federal agencies to aid in responding to and mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and will address the impact that this support has had on providers and what could happen in the event that the funding is no longer available. The session will also provide attendees with some food for thought on strategies and best practices moving forward to ensure that they are positioned for success in the future with a focus on strategic planning, market analysis, and consideration of rightsizing and expanded service offerings.

2:00 - 3:15 PM | MAC Breakout: What's Coming on Electric Vehicles | Radisson

SEMCOG Kevin Vettraino, Director of Planning and Sarah Nielsen Executive Director, Consumers Energy

What’s on the horizon in Michigan for electric vehicles? Speakers from Consumers Energy and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will discuss the rapidly changing landscape of electric vehicle infrastructure in Michigan.

2:00 - 3:15 PM | MAC Breakout: Trial Court Funding | Radisson

Speakers: Michael Bosanac, Monroe Co.; Rep. Sarah Lightner

The way in which we fund our court system continues to be in the crosshairs of Michigan Supreme Court hearings and a looming statutory sunset on Oct. 1, 2022. The Michigan Supreme Court may rule the funding model unconstitutional, in which case the state and counties must be prepared to respond immediately to keep courthouse doors open. A 2019 report by the Trial Court Funding Commission recommended short and long-term recommendations to reform our court funding model, however, little progress has been made in the wave of a the COVID-19 pandemic and other constitutional hurdles the Legislature has faced when recommending policy changes. This year is critical in making headway on long-lasting reform, while ensuring the sunset is extended so our local courts are not financially crippled.

2:00 - 3:15 PM | MAC Breakout: How to Win Millage Elections | Radisson

Speakers: Adrian Hemond, Grassroots Midwest

A recent report by the Citizens Research Council found that 65 counties (78%) increased taxes from 2004 to 2020, several by 2 or more mills. With counties relying so much on such elections to address their funding issues, this breakout is designed to provide practical information and tips for counties that are considering a millage election in coming years.

2:45 - 4:15 PM | MCMCFC Workshop: State Licensure and Federal Certification Regulatory Update

Speaker: Larry Horvath, BCHS

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive system for state licensing and federal certification to protect the health, safety, and welfare of individuals receiving care and services in or from health care providers. Licensed and certified providers must comply with these state and federal regulations to operate and offer services. This educational presentation will assist providers in a better understanding the regulatory processes and changes.

3:00 - 5:00 PM | Exhibitor Set-up | Lansing Center

4:30 - 6:00 PM | MCMCFC Board Meeting | Radisson

4:30 - 4:45 PM | MAC Board Leadership | Radisson

4:45 - 5:45 PM | MAC Board Meeting | Radisson

6:00 - 6:20 PM | MCMCFC Office Tour | 110 W. Michigan, Suite 200

6:00 PM | Dinner on Own


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Registration Desk Open | Lansing Center

7:00 - 7:45 AM | Exhibitor Set-Up | Lansing Center

7:45 - 9:00 AM | Breakfast | Lansing Center

9:00 - 10:00 AM | Plenary Session: Legislative Update, State of MAC

10:00 - 10:45 AM | Networking Break with Exhibitors

10:45 - 11:45 AM | MAC-MCMCFC Joint Breakout: Open Meetings Act | Lansing Center

Speaker: Matt Nordfjord, Firm of Cohl, Stoker & Toskey

Matt Nordfjord, a shareholder with the firm of Cohl, Stoker & Toskey, P.C. in Lansing, will present on the Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA). The topics covered will include the purpose of the OMA, rights of the public, legal requirements and best practices for public comment, notice requirements for regular and special meetings, the permitted basis to enter closed sessions (identifying their purpose) and when and how to formalize a decision after a closed session. Other items to be discussed are minutes and penalties for violations. Matt will also provide an update on recent changes to the OMA related to participation by video or phone and options for your board to consider.

10:45 - 11:45 AM | MAC Breakout: Cybersecurity Threats and Trends | Lansing Center

Speaker: Dan Bourdeau, Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority

We will examine key incident statistics from 2021 and the leading trends and forecasts for 2022, emphasizing what your government unit can and should be doing before threat actors are at your digital doorstep. Recognizing that preparation and diligence are only one-third of an organization’s cyber resiliency, we’ll explore the importance of how you respond the day your organization is targeted. Lastly, we’ll delve into the challenging and often cultural change work that is needed to fortify against the next attack — which is coming.

10:45 - 11:45 AM | Mac Breakout : DEI in County Government | Lansing Center

Speakers: Alize Asberry Payne, Washtenaw County; Robyn Afrik, Ottawa County

Learn how DEI – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – efforts can improve your county’s outreach to historically excluded groups and help create a more diverse and responsive county workforce.

12:00 - 1:15 PM | Denise Winfrey NACo First Vice President; Board Member, Will County, Ill | Lansing Center

1:15 - 2:00 PM | Networking Break with Exhibitors | Lansing Center

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC-MCMCFC Joint Breakout: Stress Management | Lansing Center

Speaker: Wendy Garvin Mayo, Stress Blueprint

This workshop is designed to empower nurses, nursing home administrators, and county government officials to identify stressors and develop stress management strategies that will enhance their success.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Opioid Funding | Lansing Center

Speakers: Matt Walker, AG’s Office; Jared Welehodsky, MDHHS

After years of complex state and local litigation against the three largest pharmaceutical distributors and manufacturers, counties are slated to receive their first settlement distribution this year. Under the settlement, most of the money is to be spent on opioid treatment and prevention. This session will focus on helping counties learn about best practices on treatment and prevention. It is critical for counties to use evidence-based practices and respond to the needs of their communities, which are facing even higher rates of opioid overdose deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

2:00 - 3:00 PM | MAC Breakout: Primer on Headlee Amendment | Lansing Center

Speaker: Patrick McGow, Miller Canfield

The Michigan Supreme Court, in Taxpayers for Michigan Constitutional Government v State of Michigan, recently ruled that post-Proposal A school funding from the state can be counted toward the state’s minimum payment to local governments under the Headlee Amendment. This will have a major impact on local funding going forward. This breakout session will discuss best practices and what the future of millages will look like for local governments.

2:00 - 3:30 PM | Exhibitor Breakdown | Lansing Center

3:15 - 4:15 PM | MCMCFC Workshop: Stress Suppresses Success: SHAPE Your Stress Blueprint | Lansing Center

Speaker: Wendy Garvin Mayo, Stress Blueprint

This workshop is designed to empower nurses, nursing home administrators and county government officials to identify stressors and develop stress management strategies that will enhance their success.

Note: The first hour of this event is designed as a general overview for both MAC and MCMCFC members. The second hour is designed specifically for the challenges faced by MCMCFC members.

5:00 - 6:30 PM | Legislative Reception | Radisson

6:30 PM | Dinner on Own

8:00 - 11:00 PM | President's Hospitality Suite | Radisson


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

8:00 - 10:00 AM | Registration Desk Open | Lansing Center

8:00 - 9:00 AM | Breakfast | Lansing Center

9:00 - 9:30 AM | Plenary Session: Speaker - Eric Frederick, Connected Nation | Lansing Center

8:30 - 10:00 AM | MCMCFC Workshop: Regulatory Updates and Other Sizzling Topics | Lansing Center

Speaker: Victoria A Burlew, RN. LNHA, Consultant and Educator, Lebenbom & Rothman Consulting

2021 brought long-term care professionals unprecedented challenges in workforce numbers, rapidly changing clinical guidance, and public opinion. Today we review possible solutions – helping the Temporary Nursing Assistants hired under the 1135 Waivers achieve certification, using staffing agencies and the opportunities and challenges they present, and the possibility of medication aides. We review the progress of the recommendations of the LARA workgroups for improvement from 2021. And we introduce changes and clarifications to CMS QSO letters of 2022 including visitation and vaccine mandate. We end with new guidance in 2022 from CDC

9:30 - 10:30 AM | MAC Breakout: Future of County Workforce | Lansing Center

Speaker: Bob Lavigna, Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement

Will remote work become a permanent part of county government? What strategies for hiring and retention are succeeding for counties and other public entities? These questions and more will be explored in this breakout session focused on the county’s role as an employer.

9:30 - 10:30 AM | MAC Breakout: How Counties are Investing ARP Funds | Lansing Center

Speakers: David Sernick & Mitchell Lindstrom, Guidehouse; Tim Dempsey, PSC

This session will use case studies from Michigan counties and other public entities across the country to highlight what types of programming and investments are being made with federal American Rescue Plan funds.

9:30 - 10:30 AM | MAC Breakout: Cultivating an Agribusiness Economy | Lansing Center

Speaker: Chuck Lippstreu, Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan’s vast agribusiness industry is key to the states long term growth and resiliency. This breakout will discuss efforts in advancing the agriculture economy through new markets, production, and distribution.

10:00 - 10:30 AM | MCMCFC Joint Program/Quality Committee Meeting | Lansing Center

10:30 - 11:00 AM | Boxed Lunch Provided | Lansing Center


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