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Therap Regional Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico

State map of North Dakota

We have just finnished a great two days of conferencing in Albuquerque.  It looks like we had about 200 people there!

It was a great crowd, all eager to learn and from all aspects of services in New Mexico from providers to case managers to state administrators, surveyors, and investigators.

I have to admit to being a little nervous when I saw quite how many people signed up, but I am very fortunate to work with some great folks.  Maureen, Brent, and Leah ran great sessions and special thanks need to go to Brianne, who though she is no longer we the state I think still knows more than anyone about Therap in New Mexico (she was able to answer a question about unified eCHATs that had me stumped!)

I think we were also able to come up with some great ideas to improve caseload management and individual transfers.  Keep an eye on the New Mexico page for updates.

All in all a very successful couple of days.

If you were there, remember that you promised me you would submit some Care Plans to our Global Library!

:: Justin ::

We’ve no won the big cup since this time last week

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I will return to more Therap blogging shortly, but I’m still basking in the warmth of last week’s cup final win.

Here’s a few ways you can share the joy:

Join in singing the Hearts’ Song

Watch the goals from last weekend to the Hibs’ fans favourite tune (Sunshine on Leith by the Proclaimers)

Read the speech that will never be given

or, as Mum did when she called last week after watching the victory parade, join in a chorus of:

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The Hearts are having a party

The Hearts are having a party

The Hearts are having a party

The Hibs are in their beds.

What ever you do, remind someone that Hibs haven’t won the Scottish Cup since 1902!

:: Justin ::

Are you signed up for a Therap Conference yet

Regional Conferences in June 2012 for providers of support to persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities

We are now well and truly into our Spring conference season.  Last week was Dover, Deleware; this week was Kansas City, Missouri; and next week I’ll be joining folks in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

By the way, we have had so many people sign up for our New Mexico conference that we will be adding three more tracks. Look for an updated schedule soon.

 Graphic Showing Conference Dates on USA Map

As you can see we have a slate of conferences this year convering the whole country, so there’s bound to be one you can sign up for.

See our Conferences Page for more details.

:: Justin ::

The Hearts are Having a Party

What a day!

In fact what a weekend!

On Friday night Calum and I headed up to Clifton Park, New York to see one of our favourite bands, Rancid (we’re going again tonight in Boston).  Great show, lots of bouncing, dancing, and singing – a good warm up for things to come.

By 10 o’clock on Saturday morning (3pm British Summer Time) we had made it to Legends Sports Bar on West 33rd Street in New York City which was showing the game.  The Bar seemed to be split between Hearts fans watching the Cup Final and West Ham fans watching their game with Blackpool to secure promotion to the English Premier League (I’m not sure that I saw any Hibs or Blackpool fans)

After a fine breakfast it was down to the business of beating Hibs, and we certainly did that.  With a final score of 5-1 it was just a day to celebrate, the only slightly nervous moments being just before half time when Hibs pulled it back to 2-1.  There was a couple of dubious refereeing decisions that went Hearts’ way, but even the poor souls on the Hibs forums had to agree that the whole Hearts team just seemed to want it more and were deserved winners.

It’s quite a thing to be in a basement bar 4000 miles from home and still be with a group of happy Jambos singing and dancing.

Maybe Hibs will get another chance in the 23rd century!

Enjoy the highlights:

*There was originally a video link here which is unavailable.

:: Justin ::

The most important football match in the last three centuries

On Saturday, the famous Heart of Midlothian Football Club will take on the lowly Hibernian in the Scottish Cup.

This is the first time the teams have met in the cup final since 1896!  As you can imagine, it’s rather a big deal!

In many ways, I think Hearts have more to lose.  Ove the past few years we have definitely been the better team, including of course winning 4-0 in the Sir Paul Hartley semi-final.

Or in a previous cup match in a an earlier round which ended with Wayne Foster’s amazing goal (possibly the only piece of footballing skill he ever showed, but it was more than enough). The iconic “Foster on the fence” image is typical of Hearts mastery of the Edinburgh Derby.

More recently there have been climactic goals from the likes of Kevin Kyle

and Rudi Skacel

who likes to score against Hibs almost as much as my boyhood hero John Robertson

The problem is that all of that will count for very little should Hibs somehow manage to win on Saturday.

For perhaps a more balanced preview, you can listen here. 

On the other hand, remember that Hibs haven’t beaten anyone in a cup final since 1902:

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Hearts, of course, most recent won in 1998 and 2006

Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it back to see the game in person.  However Calum and I will be joining other ex-pat Jambos in a sports bar early on Saturday to cheer the boys on.

Hopefully I will be back with some wonderfully exhaultant blog posts afterwards.  If I fail to mention it, you’ll know what happened.

:: Justin ::

 

 

Welcome to Therap: Peter O’Meara, Director of Government Relations

Photograph of Peter H. O'Meara, Director of Government Relations

These are very exciting times here at Therap.  Having just welcomed Michelle Saunders as someone with a huge amount of experience on the provider side of things, I am now delighted to welcome Peter O’Meara who will be working with us on the state side of things.

Our interactions with states have become more and more important over the years, not only as we make sales directly to states, but also as we work on billing interfaces, electronic signatures, and having our forms and processes approved all around the country.  What Jason did in Georgia recently is a great example of this.

Over the coming weeks, Peter will be at the Therap Conference in Kansas City and with me as the NASDDDS Conference in Sacramento, California, so me sure to welcome him aboard.

Peter has worked in the field of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities since 1966 assisting and supporting individuals and their families in a variety of positions from volunteer and direct care to social worker and administrator. He served for seventeen years in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and ten years for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation and for the last sixteen years was the Commissioner of Developmental Services for the State of Connecticut. He has seen the positive evolution of the system of supports and services to one that is now focused on self direction and determination and one that abounds with a host of choices that are highly individualized. He has also served on the Boards of a number of provider organizations over the years and understands the pressures those organizations are under.

He has been primarily involved in the policy development and implementation aspects of service delivery from the perspective of the role and responsibilities of government entities to develop systems of care that are responsive to the needs of consumers but permit the governmental agencies to foster best practices. Additionally, Peter has been involved in developing systems that assure fiscal integrity and program oversight with a specific emphasis on reducing risk and jeopardy for program participants.

Peter understands the importance of the partnership between the providers of services and the government agencies that fund, support and oversee the system. In these challenging fiscal times the services and tools Therap offers to both providers and government is invaluable in managing the systems of care but more importantly maintaining and enhancing the quality of outcomes for participants.

:: Justin ::

Welcome Michelle

This is a little late, but still news that I am very excited about:

Michelle Saunders has joined Therap as the latest member of our mid-west team.

After doing a great job implementing Therap in Missouri, Michelle and her family are moving to the Chicago area where she will be spearheading our sales and support.  Many of you will have met Michelle at one or more of our conferences and will know that the brings with her just the sense of energy, humour, intelligence, and caring that we like around here.

If your at the upcoming Kansas City Conferece, be sure to welcome Michelle aboard. 

 

Picture of Michelle Saunders

Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree from Juniata College in Pennsylvania majoring in Education and Psychology. She began her career with persons with disabilities as a direct care staff person while in college and then as a Case Manager in the Central Pennsylvania region. She returned to the provider side after a couple of years and quickly moved into supervisory roles, managing several homes for persons with disabilities. Michelle relocated to Missouri in 2005 and worked as a consultant for ACT (Alternative Community Training) in Columbia, Missouri. After providing feedback regarding ways to improve services, Michelle accepted a position to assist with the day to day operations of the Day Services program. As a program director, Michelle also assisted with grant applications, led training efforts and spoke throughout the U.S. about training and evolution of program delivery through ACT. Michelle was also instrumental in efforts to bring College of Direct Support and Therap to her agency. Michelle became a Therap Certified Trainer in June of 2010.

A musical interlude

Last night was Calum’s final spring band concert at Wolcott High (there’s way too much getting old involved in all of this)

It was a tremendous concert, a couple of the highlights for me were the band performing a piece called Solaris that Calum wrote:

and almost everything the Jazz Band played, but I think this was my favourite:

Enjoy!

:: Justin ::

Friday afternoon webinars

What a busy Friday today was, lots of great planning meetings in the office and then an afternoon full of webinars, including these two:

Present and future CCHIT features for Certified Trainers

 

The Oregon ISP for the Oregon User Group

 

Thanks to Allison for setting these up and recording them

Enjoy

:: Justin ::

A reminder about case insensitive login names and Super Admin Accounts

Over the past few days we have been sending out SComm message to Provider Administrators about the impact of our upcoming change from case-sensitive to case in-sensitive login names (passwords and Provider Codes will remain case sensitive).  Please be sure to read these messages.

This is being done as part of our move towards CCHIT compliance.

It’s a good reminder that you no longer need to have separate Admin and User accounts.  My usual recommendation is to just keep your User account, make it a Super Admin and deactive the “-adm” one.  This way you are much less likely to miss important SComm messages.  The only exception is if you need this account to show up in TMS where currently Super Admin accounts are hidden.

As always if you have any questions, just let us know.

:: Justin ::

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