Having been and administrator for many years and always trying to anticipate where or what a potential problem could be, I always relied on incident reporting as one very important tool. The incident reporting system of Therap has always provided a variety of means to report and help one focus on areas where training or other interventions could be used. For some time now the State of New York has been looking at standardizing this information in order to look at issues the same way an agency would but at a State level.
We have been fortunate to work with a dynamic group of people at the state level who have been working with us in allowing our incident report system to upload into the state system, known as IRMA, thus allowing a provider to retain the dynamic integrated system of recording and reporting while also providing similar data to the state without duplicate entry. Once the mandate is released I am confident we will have the means to comply. We have heard for some time now that this would be a mandate for all providers and you can read the latest from the Commissioner below.
From: OPWDD-Commissioners Correspondence Unit