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2017 Conference Schedule

October 2-4 / Orlando, FL

Show Me the Money! Considering Merit-Based Pay


October 4


1:00 PM - 1:50 PM


Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
At Rimland Services, Direct Service Professionals (DSPs) are not just the people who work directly with our clients.  They are Rimland’s backbone, bearing the largest portion of the day to day care of our residents.  Although this work has its intrinsic value, it can be challenging.  Staff can be difficult to retain and over time, can become burnt out.  In a direct effort to improve morale, increase productivity and compliance and help retain staff, a Merit-Pay Based system was researched and implemented in 2010. This presentation will provide learners with a list of key decision points when considering Merit-Based Pay, offer tools for program assessment and outline, as an example, the system Rimland has effectively implemented for over 7 years.


Michael Christopher
Ever since Michael Christopher joined the Rimland Team in 2006, he has been committed to providing sensitive, competent, quality care to the Autistic Community in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He began as a residential home manager and through his passion and dedication to his work, he quickly moved up the ladder as Case Manager, Residential Director and, now, as Associate Executive Director of Client Services. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Spanish from Illinois College and a MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michael is a certified CPI and CPR instructor who has come to find Rimland as more of a family than just clients he serves.