Landgraf to speak at Ellendale conference

Families in Crisis event May 3 will bring state agencies together
April 17, 2013

A keynote address by Delaware Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf highlights the Families in Crisis Conference coming up Friday, May 3, at the Ellendale Fire Hall on Main Street.

The day will include displays featuring agencies and services from throughout Sussex County; presentations from these agencies highlighting their services and specialties; and an opportunity to bring together knowledge and networking regarding how the services in Sussex County can work for the public and help the community work for and with each other.

As secretary, Landgraf leads the principal agency charged with keeping Delawareans healthy, ensuring they get the healthcare they need, and providing children, families and seniors with the essential human services they depend on. As chair of the Governor's Reentry Task Force, she works closely with the secretaries of Labor, Education, Housing and Correction to establish Individual Assessment, Discharge and Planning Team Models as Delaware's statewide re-entry strategy for adults who are returning to the community from incarceration.

As co-chair of the Governor's Long Term Care Housing Task Force, Landgraf offered the governor specific policy and legislative recommendations to increase affordable housing, and financing and program options dedicated to improving the lives of seniors and people with disabilities who wish to remain in their homes.

She is co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on Building Access to Community-Based Services; chair of the Health Fund Advisory Council and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Delaware's College of Health Sciences, Health Science Alliance; and a member of the Health Care Commission.

For more than 30 years, Secretary Landgraf has been a leader on health care, disabilities, and senior issues, including formerly as executive director of The Arc of Delaware and the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware, and president of AARP Delaware. For her efforts, the University of Delaware inducted her into the University of Delaware Alumni Wall Of Fame in June 2011.

As part of the conference, the sixth Ray Lloyd Memorial Award will be presented. This was first awarded in 2007, in memory of Lloyd, who was a longtime, immensely popular Delaware Tech instructor who passed away that year. In the early years of the conference, Lloyd was a keynote speaker and also facilitated workshops. To nominate someone, or for more information on the award, call Carol Hall at 302-670-1216.

The cost to attend this year’s conference is $15 per person, which includes a continental breakfast and a hearty lunch. Seniors and students can attend for $10. Some scholarships are available, thanks to the support of Sussex County Council, a longtime sponsor of FICC.

Service agencies can have a display and will be given an opportunity to present at the conference for $30, which includes vendor space and covers attendance and meals for two representatives. For more representatives, there is an additional fee.

For more information about the conference or scholarships, or for information about registration for the conference, contact Secretary/treasurer Betty Metzler at 302-628-4896 or

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