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Robert “Bobby” Silverstein is a nationally-recognized attorney with over 45 years of public policy experience in the disability arena. For more than a decade, he served as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Bobby was a behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 disability-related bills enacted into law, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Currently, Bobby is a principal in the law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC. He is a member of the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) Team where he researches and drafts policy options for state policymakers interested in advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In 1971, Bobby earned his B.S. in Economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 1974, he received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Bobby is the recipient of numerous national awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from President Clinton for his work on the ADA.
Dr. Robert Drake is a Vice President of the Westat Corporation and Professor (Retired), of The Dartmouth Institute on Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and the former Director of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. Dr. Drake has studied psychiatric rehabilitation for nearly 40 years. He is recognized internationally for his many contributions to transforming services toward greater alignment with client goals and the recovery process. He is co-developer of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment, one of the most successful and influential evidence-based practices in psychiatric rehabilitation. Dr. Drake has devoted his career to the conceptualization, development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based practices, including IPS, integrated dual disorders treatment, and many other models. He has directed numerous randomized controlled trials, has extensively reviewed the psychiatric rehabilitation literature, and has published more than 20 books and 600 research articles.