We are offering an opportunity to any Therap user who is interested in presenting either in a seminar/tutorial or panel discussion format. Therap users can also include surveyors, families, state caseworkers or others who are interacting with agencies using Therap. The goal of the conference is to share best practices and innovation in the use of Therap. Attendees and Presenters will have the opportunity to share and collaborate with current, new, and potential users of the system.
Some suggested topics for presentations are:
- Getting the buy in for Therap at your agency
- Agency Guidelines for Use – In particular agencies which can share written policy guidelines
- The transition to paperless
- Time and Cost Savings
- Implementing Therap as a state
- Implementing Therap as a county
- Working with unified individuals
- Addressing Quality Assurance Standards
- Quality of Documentation and Care
- Dealing with certification and surveyors
- Working with Families
- Sharing data between agencies
- Using Therap Global Library
- Staff hiring and training issues
- Interface with other industry systems (College of Direct Support, accounting packages, etc)
- State specific issues
- IT, hardware and infrastructure issues
- Reporting and analysis
- Using mobile devices
- Writing policies about electronic documentation
- Discussions on how your agency uses specific modules
You may submit your presentation proposal dealing with any of the topics listed above or any other area that addresses your experiences with the Therap System.
Your proposal should include the following information:
- Contact information for presenters including: names, academic degrees, titles, affiliations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses (e-mail correspondence is preferred). Please list only the names of presentation authors who will be speaking at the conference.
- Please describe the presentation format. Please be advised that due to time and space limitations, Therap Services, LLC reserves the right to determine the length and format of each session.
- Title of your presentation
- Include a 1 paragraph abstract of the proposed conference presentation.
- Provide a concise 1 – 2 sentence session description that may be used in our conference brochure and schedule.
Deadline and Acknowledgment of Submissions:
Please submit your abstract with cover sheet soon to National2015@therapservices.net for consideration. Notification of acceptance will be provided via phone or e-mail.
Note: We have an early decision deadline of August 30, 2015. Presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration.Agencies may submit multiple individuals and may receive multiple complimentary registrations.
For more information, please contact us National2015@therapservices.net.
Therap for Families :: Would you be interested in using Therap for tracking information about a family member?
Over the years, I have often thought that Therap would make a great tool for families to track their health and other data in a secure private way. This would especially be the case if a family member had a disability which increased the number of people involved and the amount of health information that needs to be tracked.
I know from my own experience how often I have to produce things like: a medication history, a diagnosis history, a list of doctors and appointments. I also know how tricky it can be to keep a whole circle of support up to date with the latest changes in someone’s life and supports.
All of this information can easily be tracked in Therap. At the moment though, our user interface is built more around the idea of an agency and its staff using the system rather than a family, but we thought rather than guess at what a family would want to see, why not get some families to try out the system as it is and come back to us with recommendations?
We then wondered about where to find families who would understand what we were looking for and be able to jump right in and start using Therap? Well, there are more than 200,000 people out there who are using Therap right now, so that seems like a great place to start!
So, if you are a Therap user and would like to set up an account to use for yourself and/or your family, here’s our offer:
- Join the Therap for Families Beta Program
- No charge access to a Therap Account for 3 years
- Requirements include:
- Use the account at least monthly
- Provide feedback on your experience
- Up to 5 family members (individuals)
- Up to 20 Users
- No linking to other accounts.
- Available modules:
- Health Tracking
- Time Tracking
- ISP Programs/Data
- Individual Home
- Individual History
- Set-up via phone/webinar
- Ongoing via email or weekly open chat/phone hours
- This offer is available until July 31st, 2014
If you have questions about Therap for Families or would like to sign up for the program, please contact: families@TherapServices.net
:: Justin ::
Therap is very excited to be a part of the It’s My Life! Conference being presented by the State of Nebraska outside Omaha this September.
The It’s My Life! Colossal Conference will harness systems and resources to support people with developmental disabilities in living an enviable life. Keynote and breakout sessions will address a wide variety of subjects within five general tracks. Those tracks are Behavioral, Habilitation, Health, Leadership and Therap.
You can see the conference schedule in full detail here. There are a wide range of exciting presenters and topics for states, providers, families, and self advocates.
Therap will be running three sessions throughout the conference including evening sessions which will be more hands on and more geared towards families and self advocates.
Registration details are below and includes the option of a reduced rate if you want to come to the conference but only attend Therap sessions. Please not that
Register for this event here
Standard Registration Ends: 09/25/2014
Therap Sessions only – 3 days – $150
Therap Sessions only – 2 days – $130
Therap Sessions only – 1 day – $65
It’s My Life! Conference booklet & Schedule
Venue & Accommodation
Embassy Suites Omaha-La Vista,
Hotel & Conference Center,
12520 Westport Parkway,
La Vista, NE 68128
Reserve hotel here
If you haven’t already, please make sure that you have read through the release notes for Therap 2014.2 which we just released.
This is especially the case if you are in Arkansas, New York, or North Dakota. There’s also a bunch of billing functionality including some additional calculations for ICF leave days.
:: Justin ::
- Billing module specific Updates
- Cost Center
- ISP Billing
- Service Form
- Revenue Code
- Claim specific updates
- Capario Clearinghouse
- Adding Service Description Label to 837 Professional Claim
- ICF Billing
- For Users in North Dakota
- Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)
- Person Centered Service Plan (PCSP)
- Overall Service Plan (OSP)
- Quality Enhancement Review (QER)
- Progress Notes
- Service (For Data Admin users)
- Slot Management (For Data Admin users)
- For Users in New York
- For Users in Arkansas
Therap Services Announces U.S. Patent Issuance for Secure Electronic Reporting of Abuse or Neglect for I/DD Provider Agencies
My wife Michele and I have been involved in the respite/foster/adoptive world for the last 25 years or so (no wonder we feel so old!)
Recently we were approached by one of the staff at the Institute for Professional Practice who we were with prior to adopting Siraya. She wanted to write a piece that would help encourage others to look at becoming foster or adoptive parents.
If you are here in Connecticut, IPP or the Foster Adoptive Mission are great people to get in touch with and I am sure there are similar organizations around the country. Here’s the piece taken from this month’s FAM newsletter:
In honor of National Foster Care Awareness Month, The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI) would like to recognize and thank one exceptional family that specializes in supporting children with medically complex needs. It is with great pride and sincere appreciation that we share Michele and Justin’s story this month.
Michele and Justin met while working as counselors at a summer camp for children with intellectual disabilities in Long Island. Justin was born and raised in Scotland. He came to the US for three consecutive summers to work at this camp while pursuing a degree as an RN for individuals with special needs. Michelle and Justin’s friendship blossomed into a relationship. They married and started a family while in Scotland for 8 years. In 1995, they moved to Connecticut with their then three year old daughter and six month old son. Michele was a full time homemaker and very involved in her children’s school community. She came to know a family that was foster parenting with IPPI, which sparked her interest in expanding her family through foster care. In 2002, Michele and Justin became licensed with IPPI.
The first child that joined their family was a little girl with a trauma history and significant behavioral issues. They successfully transitioned her into the home of a relative and came to realize that they wanted to focus on fostering individuals with developmental disabilities and medical complexities. From that point on, this family has cared for three medically complex youth over the span of the past 12 years. Michele and Justin are no longer licensed with IPPI, but they are the proud adoptive parents of a little girl who has made remarkable gains over the years and defied the odds. Let me tell you about little Siraya.
Michele and Justin met Siraya in 2007 when she was just five weeks old. Siraya had a myriad of medical issues and was only given a six month life expectancy. The doctors didn’t believe that she would ever have any physical abilities or emotional experiences. Michele and Justin talked with their two biological children who were now in middle and high school. As a family, they decided to care for this baby and support her for however long she would live. Day by day, week by week, Siraya made very tiny gains that over time translated into small steps in the direction of progress. With the support of a large multidisciplinary treatment team, a ton of love and care, Siraya progressed beyond belief. On June 18, 2012, Michelle and Justin solidified their lifelong commitment to Siraya through adoption. To this day, they continue to work with a variety of treatment providers to support Siraya and help her reach her fullest potential. This family has a strong circle of support that includes an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a behaviorist, a behavioral aide, and nursing services.
I recently caught up with Michelle and she said Siraya is doing remarkably! She is now 7 ½ years old. She crawls at the speed of lightning. They recently had a mobility specialist come to the home and place red stripes on doorways so Siraya can safely maneuver herself throughout the main level of the home. She has an amazing appetite and can now independently feed herself. Although she is non-verbal and visually impaired, she can communicate through the use of pictures. For instance, you can show her photos of different snack items and she can choose what she wants to eat. She can also push a voice activated button to open the front door, where she loves to sit and feel the sun on her face.
Michele said that every little step is a reward when fostering a medically complex individual. It’s hearing ‘They will never do this’ and then witnessing them defying the odds and actually doing it!
I asked Michele and Justin what advice they would give someone who was contemplating becoming a foster parent for a medically complex youth. They said, “Set up a network of support and respite services as it really does take a village!”
Christy George-Tottenham, LMFT
The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc.
As always, all of our HealthMeet webinars are FREE and open to everyone, so we encourage you to share/post this information with others that may also be interested in learning more about these important topics.
Can’t make it on the day of the webinar? No problem – recordings of all our past webinars can be found on our Webinar Archive page.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview in Spanish
Date: Saturday, June 21 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST
It is estimated that 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Research shows that Hispanic children are often diagnosed later than the national average. With prevalence rates on the rise, it is important that families of underserved communities have access to quality information and resources.
The Autism NOW Center and the Autism Society of America have partnered to offer a free resource to Spanish-speaking families. Join us for this webinar, which will be offered entirely in Spanish, to learn more about autism spectrum disorders. Presenters will provide an overview of ASD; discuss steps involved in screening and diagnosis; address existing barriers for Latino families; and help connect families to resources in their community. Register for this webinar today!
The Most Common Medical Problems in Specialized Care for People with I/DD
Date: Wednesday, June 25 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Dr. Ted Feigelman
Persons with I/DD often have the same medical problems as others, but may present in a different fashion. It is after much experience that one may be able to develop insights into these presentations. Join Dr. Ted Feigelman as we discuss some of the common medical issues in this population, and some of the special approaches to address these needs.
When in Doubt, Rule It Out: Medical Problems and Aggressive Behaviors of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Date: Wednesday, July 9 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Dr. Lauren Charlot
People with ID and ASD have high rates of health problems, and these are often missed or under-treated. Frequently, individuals with these disabilities have difficulty communicating their own symptoms, and the only signs of a medical issue or medication side effect are irritable moods and challenging behaviors. In many cases, psychoactive medications are prescribed to reduce aggression, when a treatable medical problem is the real cause of the clinical problem. The most common medical problems and side effects found in patients with ID and ASD will be presented with tips on how to increase detection. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to evaluation of aggression and other problem behaviors in people with ID and ASD is emphasized.
Screening and Brief Alcohol Intervention: Effective Mechanisms to Prevent FASDs
Date: Thursday, July 10 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenter: Georgiana Wilton, Ph.D.
This webinar will focus on the prevention of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) through SBI. An overview of SBI will be provided followed by effective evidence-based models that can be readily accessed for current practice.
Medical Diagnostics and Health Care Justice
Date: Wednesday, July 30 at 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Presenters: David Capozzi, Rex Pace and Mary Lou Breslin
Join us for a discussion on medical diagnostics and healthcare justice, with leaders from the US Access Board and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund. Attendees will learn updates on the current medical diagnostics rule as well as how to educate others in their communities about health care provider misconceptions and stereotypes.
Please see our HealthMeet® Events page for a full calendar of all our upcoming HealthMeet® events at: www.thearc.org/healthmeet-events.
We will soon be releasing Therap 2014.2 with a bunch of billing and state-specific updates. Here’s the billing list so far:
- Billing module specific Updates
With this release, users (with Billing administrative privileges) will be able to add forty(40) cost centers under a single Cost Center Type.
The Payer drop-down filed, will display payers sorted in alphabetical order by name.
- With this release, the ‘Generate from ISP Data’ page will be shown in sequence of pages. Each page will display 100 services at a time.
- A new bundle rule: For the total duration of all ISP Data per day has been added under the ‘Apply Rounding Algorithm’ bundle rule section.
- The comments section in Billing Data generated with ISP Data will display the bundle rule used during the generation of billing data.
- Under the ‘Automatic Unit Calculation From Time In/Out’ section, a new option Half Down has been added for Rounding Algorithm. (e.g. 1.295 unit will be rounded to 1.29 and 1.296 unit will be rounded to 1.30)
- Under the ‘Authorized Units Per Period’ section of the Service Form, users will be able to select two (2) periods, as appropriate by their agency policy. For instance, ‘Period 1′ can be selected for monthly authorized units per period and ‘Period 2′ can be selected for yearly authorized units per period.
- With this release the Revenue Code drop-down format has been updated.
- The Revenue Code drop-down field will be displayed in Service form for Institutional Claim type. If Revenue Code is defined in the Service Description/Code form then, selecting the Revenue Code in the Service form will override the value provided in the Service Description/Code form.
- An option for sending rejected claims has been added for the Claim Submission section (for both Professional and Institutional claims)
- Users will now be able to check or un-check the Use Leave Rule option in the Attendance Type Update page even after data collection.
- Validation Rules and Messages for ICF Billing have been updated.
- Individual Data Form
- Custom Field
- Health Tracking
- Individual Support Plan
- Lookup Shared Contact in Professional Services
- Add Service Provider to Service Supports
- Link ISP Program to Action Plan
- Document Storage
- Individual History
- Service Directory
- Individual Budgeting
- Updates for Activity Tracking
- Beta removal
- For Users of North Dakota
- The attachment of Individual’s photo has come under ‘Identification Data’ section of the Individual Data form. Now when the users would download the PDF version of the Individual Data form and Emergency Data form, the Individual’s photo would be shown on the first page.
The following changes will take place with this release for already created custom fields:
- Custom fields of data type ‘Text’ can be changed to ‘Long Text’ only.
- ‘Field Length’ cannot be reduced.
- When Excel Files are generated for the Health Tracking modules (Blood Glucose, Height/Weight, Appointments, etc.), user activity is shown in Activity Tracking.
- The ‘Delete’ button is added for the convenience of users which helps users to remove Health Care Reports which is no longer required. Users assigned with the ‘Health Care Report’ role are able to delete saved Health Care Reports.
- Generic names are now available in the Vaccine list in addition to the Product/Generic names of the vaccines. When users select only the generic name from the vaccine list, it will allow them to enter the manufacturer names manually into the system.
- To look up shared contacts in the Professional Services section, users can filter by shared contact Name, Responsible Organization and Contact Type.
- Users can also narrow down the list of service providers before adding them to the Service Supports section by specifying the service provider Name andProvider Code.
- When linking ISP Programs to the Action Plan, users can filter by ISP Program Name and Program Name before selecting the ISP Program from a list.
The maximum file size to be uploaded at a time cannot exceed 10 MB and has been increased from 3 MB.
More descriptive texts can now be included in the Description text box area of Social History as their have character limit has been increased from 1000 characters to 3,000 characters.
Three new types of event: Fall Without Injury, Out of Home Placement and Threatening Behavior has been added to the GER Other event.
- Description of frequency can be added while defining Service Rate of a Service in Service Directory using the new Frequency Description field. This information will appear under the Rate Type drop-down of the Service Authorization of an Individual’s Budget.
- Funding Level and ICAP Score can now be specified while defining IBA of an Individual. These information will also appear in the IBA List and Budget of an Individual.
- The Amount field while adding Funding Component to an IBA Worksheet will now accept 11 digits. Previously users could specify 10 digits in the Amountfield.
- With this release users will need to enter the full Form ID instead of partial Form ID in the Form ID field on the Activity Tracking Search page.
- With this release, in the Date Range field (From-To), by default a date range of 1 week will be shown.
The “Beta” sign is no longer displayed beside any module names.
- A new Standard column has been added to the Support Needs Profile section of the SIS Assessment of an Individual.
- The SIS Assessment form of an Individual will now display the total raw score of Home Living, Community Living and Health and Safety fields in theTotal Raw Score for A, B and E field.
Following the release of Therap 2014.1 (don’t forget to read those release notes!) we have also updated Therap for Android.
As well as fixing a few minor bugs we have added the following:
Switch profiles in the app:
Control your camera’s flash when adding photos to your ISP data:
Don’t forget that Mobile ISP Data is a premium feature. If you would like a demo get in touch.
You can also use Therap for Android to access our mobile MAR. If you have the MAR already, you can just ask us to activate the mobile MAR at no additional cost
:: Justin ::