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HCBS Conference 2023

Home and Community-Based Services Conference 2023

We thank everyone who joined us at the
Home and Community-Based Services
2023 Conference!

HCBS 2023 Recap

On August 27-31, 2023, ADvancing States held their annual Home & Community Based Services conference and exposition (HCBS). The event did not disappoint with 82 exhibiting companies, 1,505 individuals who attended in-person and 300 virtual attendees.

The attendees came from the U.S., Guam, American Samoa and Israel. There were over 200 speakers discussing topics such as “A Day, a Week, a Year, a Life - Family Caregivers on the Front Lines” and “Strategies and Resources to Address Housing and Workforce Challenges in HCBS.” It was a great opportunity for all who attended to brush up on the current state of self-direction, reconnect with allies in the industry and make new connections.

In addition to connecting with experts, attending stimulating presentations and discussions, PPL made an impression with their unique booth. The highlight of the booth was a showcase of art and crafts made by individuals with disabilities, chronic illness or aging adults from across the nation. At the close of the conference, we raffled off more than 30 items and received resounding excitement from the entrants and winners alike. Several attendees noted “more providers should support those we serve!”

Heidi Davis, Senior Director, Client Success at PPL was the driver behind the concept for the booth and incorporating art and crafts from the selected individuals. She brought many beautiful items from individuals she knows through her work, including Diamond Art from her 62-year-old sister with Cerebral Palsy. Additionally, other PPL team members brought items from their travels and/or work. Each item was called out with the artist’s name and state where they reside.

Check out a few items that were featured below.

Brian Achille, Massachusetts

This artwork, entitled Fort Hill Beech, was created through a dye-sublimation printing process on aluminum by artist, Brian Achille who is an individual with autism. Mr. Gary Hinkle of Arkansas was the winner of this piece.

Ruby Pearl, Massachusetts

The winner of this piece by artist Ruby Pearl said “Having this painting will change my life. This artist captured a feeling with a stroke of a brush."
The artist, Ruby Pearl is self-taught and from Brookline, Massachusetts. She has painted since the age of four. She says “much of my art reflects my innocent self. I live for my art.”

Joel, Montana; Paula Hogan, Montana Several pieces of pottery were included in the raffle. These artists work through Opportunity Resources Inc. (
Constance, Montana Jewelry was designed by Consties Killer Crafts. Learn more about the artist at
Heather, Connecticut Several works of Diamond Dot Art were donated by Heather, an artist with Cystic Fibrosis (and Heidi Davis’ sister)

In Closing

Among the attendees from PPL were PPL’s Mark Altieri, VP Business Development, Sandy Kasprzak, VP Client Success, Roni Zaletel, VP of Client Experience, Heidi Davis, Senior Director, Client Success, Katharine Randall, Senior Account Manager WV/MD and Margaret Powers, Marketing Manager.

Katharine Randall with Marcus Canaday from WV and his guide dog, Yari.

Heidi Davis said “catching-up with long term care and DDD Directors from across the nation who we have known for some time is so valuable. There is both a personal and professional connection. We learn, grow and age together!”

Next year’s event is the 40th Anniversary of the annual HCBS Conference AND the 60th Anniversary of ADvancing States (formerly known as NASUAD). We’re already looking forward to it and celebrating a wonderful organization.

Event Details

Advancing States is a nonprofit organization that supports state agencies and individuals in the development of health and social care in the US. Their mission is to design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.

ADvancing States


Learn more about the PPL team members who were at the HCBS 2023 Conference and whom you saw at the event seminars and event festivities.

Meet the PPL HCBS Team