17th Annual FOCUS Conference

FOCUS 2018 Special Session
"The Art and Science of Mental Health"
November 14, 2018

FOCUS 2018 Conference
November 15, 2018


Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), is pleased to announce the 17th annual FOCUS conference for health care providers and DQA staff on November 14-15, 2018, at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. The FOCUS 2018 conference is being developed in collaboration with DQA, health care provider and provider association representatives. 

Sponsored by: The Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance
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​Join us this November for the 17th Annual FOCUS Conference!

Intended Audience:

Case/Discharge Managers
​Medical Directors
​Quality Improvement Managers
Risk Managers
Social Workers

Provider Types:

​Aging and Disability Resource Centers
Adult Family Homes
Community-Based Residential Facilities

​Division of Quality Assurance
Facilities Serving Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Home Health Agencies
Adult Day Care

Nursing Homes
Residential Care Apartment Complexes

Keynote Presentations

​Special Session

November 14, 2018

​FOCUS 2018 Conference

November 15, 2018
​"There's No Health Without Mental Health"
Mettie Spiess, Certified Wellness Practitioner, International Speaker
​"Innovating Real-Time in Disasters"
Desiree Matel-Anderson, J.D., Emergency

 Registration Instructions

Once you have logged in and entered your demographic information, select the appropriate registration fee, select continue, and then proceed to select session choices.

Past attendees with an account with UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education:
  • Use your email from last year to login.
  • Forgot your password? An email will be sent with instructions to reset your password.
First time registrants:
  • Enter an email address. This will be your customer log-in for future conference.
Registering someone else:
  • Checkmark the box at the top of the page.
  • Both the registrant and you will receive a registration confirmation letter.
Registering multiple registrants:
  • Select "add additional registrant".
  • Do not check out after the first registrant.
Do not forget to select the "terms and conditions" on the payment page before submitting your payment.

 Conference Agenda

Agenda for November 14, 2018                                                                              

​7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.​Registration
​8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Introduction to Keynote
Chris Keenan
Keynote: There's No Health Without Mental Health
Mettie Spiess, BS, CWP
​9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.​Breakout Sessions "A"
​11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.​Luncheon
​12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "B"
​2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "C"

Agenda for November 15, 2018

​7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.​Registration
​8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.​Welcome and Opening Announcements
​8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Innovating Real-Time in Disasters
Desiree Matel-Anderson, JD, Emergency Manager
​9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.​Break
​10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.​Breakout Sessions "D"
​11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.​Luncheon
​12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "E"
​2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.​Break
​2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.​Breakout Sessions "F"

 Conference Handouts

Handouts for the 2018 FOCUS Conference and Special Session will be available 30 days prior to conference and can be accessed here.

 Lodging Information

Single occupancy is $82/Double through quadruple occupancy is $129. A one-night deposit is required at the time of reservation.

Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local tax unless a S211 form is presented at check-in.

 Continuing Education Hours

Continuing Education Hours are a measure of participation in continuing education programs. A 2-ply certificate of completion form will be in your registration folder when you arrive at the conference and will be your proof of attendance and continuing education hours. It is your responsibility to report your hours earned to your appropriate credential or licensing board.

The following hours have been approved  by the National Association of Social Workers, Wisconsin Chapter:
Wednesday, November 14 = 5.75 CEHs
Thursday, November 15 = 5.75 CEHs
Total = 11.5 CEHs

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Registration Fees

Includes breakfast, luncheon and afternoon refreshments

November 14$110​
​November 15$110​
​Both Days$200​

Register for both days and receive a $20 discount

Registration is closed. We look forward to seeing you November 14 and 15!

Online registration will only be accepeted with credit card payment or a valid purchase order. If you would like to pay by check, print the registration form and mail it to our office with payment.

Please read breakout session descriptions prior to registering. Descriptions can be found here

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu. No refunds will be given after October 31, 2018. Substitutions can be made at anytime, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee. Last minute registrations cannot be guaranteed meals or materials.

Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.


For questions regarding registration contact: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspce-conf@uwsp.edu

For questions regarding the Special Session & FOCUS 2018 Conference contact: Leann Graffin at 608-267-267-1438 or leann.graffin@dhs.wisconsin.gov