and to Users in the area are invited to join us to learn about the latest Therap updates including Electronic Visit Verification for upcoming Federal regulations and new Business Intelligence Dashboards for tracking health and billing data. The conference is going to be a day full of sessions by Therap experts and it will offer a chance to network with counterparts from across the State of Nebraska. Know how Therap is working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and implementing state-wide solutions for improved and efficient services to individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Cornhusker State.
This conference will help the users to meet and troubleshoot, network, discuss state and regional issues, and clarify and learn about the latest Therap releases.
Beginner, intermediate, and advanced level training
Therap Health Tracking Records
Medication Administration Records (MAR)
Electronic Visit Verification documentation for compliance with 21st Century CURES Act
Leah Sewel, Tracy Linko and Calvin Christensen will walk you through the modules in the conference.
Leah Sewel who is a Senior State Implementation Specialist, worked with Therap Services since 2012, starting out in a training role. Leah has worked in the Human Services field since 1999, providing comprehensive services to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnosis.
Tracy Linko who is a State Implementation Specialist, joined the Therap Services Team as a Billing Specialist in 2016. She assisted her previous agency in implementing Therap and was the Therap subject matter expert in addition to her duties as Finance Manager.
Calvin Christensen who is a Business Development Consultant in Therap joined Therap Services in 2014 and began working in the mental health and developmental disabilities field in 2010. Calvin worked for an agency in Nebraska who provided services to adults who were considered high risk.
It’s just simply hard to believe that March is just a few days away. Since the 1st of January, it’s been just a blur! At least the weather wasn’t a ‘brrrrrr’.
In mid- January, I spent a week with Sarah Christiansen assisting with training staff at LifeScape Adult Services in Sioux Falls, SD. (She was there for a 2 week run!) LifeScape has been a long time Therap User for their children’s services. They recently made the decision to begin using Therap in their adult services division, which meant there were many more staff to train.
The LifeScape team made us feel right at home. They were wonderful hosts. The IT guy even helped us tear down and pack the computers.
Thank for the dedicated internet access, the classroom…. and we really liked your Smartboard.
The following week I spent a day with Jeff Nichols, CEO at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake, IA, a long time Therap user. We visited about use, different modules and solutions for the agency. The fun stuff started when I was sent a link to a demo version of the new Business Intelligence for Demographics & GER’s. This was the first time I had even touched the module. Mr. Nichols and I explored and learned together. Needless to say, we were both impressed.
Jeff was quick to point out how much time Opp Village could save with the GER Dashboard over the hours spent each month currently analysing GER data for monthly safety committee meetings. The BI GER Dashboard could produce the analysis in minutes.
Thank you, Jeff, for spending a very productive day with me.
The Therap “Jeff’s” at the 2017 Nat’l Conference.
On the following Sunday, I flew to New Jersey to attend the 2017 Therap National Conference. More than 500 people attended from 35 states. Every time I go to the Nat’l Conference I am just immersed into Therap for 3 solid days. If you have not attended a Nat’l, you really need to go. The exchange of information and learning is well worth the trip.
For those of you in IA, MN, NE, SD… you’ll be able to drive to the 2018 Therap Nat’l Conference. It’s being held in Omaha!!
Mark you calendars: Jan 30th through Feb 1st, 2018. The Embassy Suites / LaVista Conference Center in “West O”.
On a personal note… Upon return from the Nat’l Conference, I had just a few days to wrap up some business and pack for a vacation. Over the past 3 years I planned to take a vacation, but for health reasons in 2 of those years, it just wasn’t in the cards. So… this was the year.
My crew and I chartered a sailboat and ‘cruised’ the British Virgin Islands. The scenery was outstanding. The food was great. There was plenty of fun to be had…. but, to sail you must have wind. The wind Gods took a break midway through our time and we ended up stay on Anegada a bit longer that we had planned…. darn.
Well, I am back at it. The suntan…er….sunburn is fading, my feet are finally accepting socks and I cut off my dreads.
If you need assistance or have any questions, Therap or otherwise, feel free to reach out.
Greetings Nebraska Therap User Community!
While I have met and exchanged emails with some of you, please allow me a moment to introduce myself. My name is Jeff Mau, I live in the Des Moines area. I have been a part of the Therap team for 14 months. I assist my colleague Calvin Christensen, Therap Training & Implementation Specialist, who most of you have had the opportunity to already meet.
While my primary role for Nebraska providers is to assist when evaluating and adding Therap modules beyond the state contract to your system, please consider me as an additional resource when you have questions or seek assistance. Indeed, I have been recently fielding questions from Nebraska providers about the Mobile Basic module and how the recently released Pharmacy Interface module works.
If you want to have Therap information “pushed” to you, here are 2 options….
1) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to our corporate email distribution list. Be sure to indicate that you are from Nebraska. You will receive news and updates about once per month.
2) Sign up to receive updates regarding Therap’s technical status at TherapStatus.net. Therap will periodically post updates regarding Therap system status, downtime and unavailability. An email notification will be sent to subscribers.
See you soon!
(University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Class of ’82. GBR.)