New York DOH/OPWDD offers $10 million grant for developmental disabilities software and health information technology investment

NEW YORK, NY., Dec. 03, 2015 /PRNewtherap-fb-profile-01swire/ — Therap Services software for Developmental Disability Providers in New York can be used as part of the qualification requirements for the $10 million NY DOH and NY OPWDD Non-Profit Behavioral Health/ Developmental Disability Providers Health Information Investment Program.

The New York State Office of Mental Health has issued a Request for Proposal for Non-Profit Organizations to apply for grant funding. Full details are on the New York State Office of Mental Health Website.

According to the OMH website, “A total of $10 million is available for these Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability providers and is reserved for projects related to technology purchases, upgrades, and services. Eligible providers can make investments in hardware or software including, for example (hardware) desktops, laptops, servers, hubs, switches, routers, cabling, or for example (software) health information management software for electronic health records, electronic billing, quality management, practice management, and education for the purpose of enhancing staff competencies around the use of Health IT. (See section 2.1 for list of exclusions).”

The website further states that “Grants for this program will be administered by the New York State-OMH on behalf of New York State-OMH, New York State-OASAS, and New York State-OPWDD. All qualifying mental health, developmental disability, and substance use disorder providers will be afforded equal opportunities to apply for this grant.”

The Developmental Disability Provider Health Information Technology Investment Program grant is for either software or hardware, as defined on the OMH website and listed below. Therap provides an electronic health record system that helps meet requirements including electronic billing software, electronic health record documentation software, and other related requirements.

Therap has especially excelled in meeting the intricacies of New York regulatory and audit requirements. For example, Therap has the Assessments for ISP development, the ISP, all related habilitation plans, and MSC Notes; all of these documents have audit points and reports to ensure full compliance. Therap knows New York’s state specific policies and an example is the incident reporting system, which has required supporting documents such as OPWDD 147, 148, Jonathan Law, and 150. Additionally, Therap is a certified Electronic Health Record and meets Meaningful Use.

In addition, hardware purchases including desktops, laptops, servers, routers and more may be eligible for the grant as part of using a system such as Therap.

The following is a statement from the New York Office of Mental Health and OPWDD website regarding eligible costs: “2.3 Eligible Costs The Non-Profit Behavioral Health / Developmental Disability Providers Health Information Technology Investment Program will fund BH-DD HIT projects in the following areas:

  • Technology upgrades that improve electronic records, data analysis, or confidentiality;
  • Building of interfaces between Electronic Health Records and RHIOs;
  • Purchase of electronic billing software;
  • Upgrade existing billing software;
  • Purchase of electronic health record documentation software;
  • Upgrade existing Electronic Health Record software;
  • Hardware purchases including desktops, laptops, servers, hubs, switches, routers, and other approved hardware;
  • Education to enhance staff competency related to BH-DD HIT

Examples of eligible technology upgrades include but are not limited to:

  • Purchase of electronic health record or electronic billing software.
  • Implementation of a practice management system that would eliminate the use of multiple databases amongst providers or that would make a nonprofit’s system more compatible with State systems.
  • Purchase of a server to implement a quality management database system.”

Therap has developed specific software bundles designed for agencies applying for this grant. These packages are both for existing and new Therap users.

Therap continues to be the leading developmental disabilities software in the nation and New York. Nationally, Therap is utilized by over 1700 agencies providing service to over 300,000 people with developmental disabilities. In New York alone, Therap is being utilized by more than 85 agencies supporting over 60,000 people.

A list of reserved rights including the withdrawal of the RFP at the agencies discretion are listed on the OMH website. A full list of the grant rules is on the OMH website at:

About Therap Services, LLC
Therap Services provides secure, web-based documentation, communication and electronic billing services to over 1700 intellectual disability providers across the United States as well as for twelve state government systems of care for people with Developmental Disability.

Therap’s software-as-a-service solution is used in HCBS Waiver, ICF/IID and other services to document residential and community based supports, employment supports, case management, incident reporting, management of staff training records and for electronic billing claim submissions directly to Medicaid.

This includes a certified EHR, HIPAA compliant Medicaid and private billing, service documentation and secure communication and data sharing between stakeholders including families and self advocates.

Therap, as a Complete EHR (2014 Edition), is compliant and has been certified by an ONC‐ACB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.