Employment Outcomes Professional (EOPII) Training
September 29 – October 1, 2014
EMPLOYMENT OUTCOMES REGARDLESS OF EMPLOYMENT BARRIERS
|Current service delivery models to help persons seeking employment are under strain due to harder to serve referrals and a struggling economy. Through the skills learned in the Employment Outcomes Professionals Training (EOPII), job developers and placement specialists will learn new techniques for identifying opportunities and meeting employer’s needs. Utilized by public and private providers through the United States and Canada, this process for achieving employment outcomes focuses on proven marketing and sales skills. By utilizing effective marketing and selling skills, job developers and employment specialists engage in “the art of marketing and selling to employers a candidate option that may not be the employer’s first choice or in their usual comfort zone.” A growing base of evidence validates that these practices complement supported employment, traditional job placement and other strategies such as job carving and customizing employment options. Success in job development is based in the efforts of the job developer, not in the economy, employer attitudes or types of candidates. Strengthen the job developer before looking at working on any of the others.
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 19, 2014
About the Trainer: Florida ARF Employment Consultant Bill Sandonato will facilitate this 3 day training. He has over 30 years’ experience in organizations focused on helping people with disabilities and other barriers to obtain and maintain employment, including 25 years as President & CEO of Abilities of Florida. Sandonato holds Master’s Degrees in Business and Rehabilitation and is a certified EOP trainer and was instrumental in bringing EOP methods to Florida.
Suzanne Sewell, President & CEO , Troy Strawder, Board Chair
On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The bill addresses unemployment across the spectrum – from vocational training, resume writing and English as a second language, to laid-off workers, disabled veterans and Americans with disabilities – the legislation casts a wide net through a host of federal government programs. In terms of Americans with disabilities, the bill is aimed at helping to prepare a new generation of young people with disabilities to succeed in competitive employment and predominantly impacts individuals with disabilities who are 24 years old and younger. This “new generation” will be required to first try vocational rehabilitation services before they are permitted to work in jobs paying less than the federal minimum wage. The bill is compatible with Florida’s Employment First Initiative which Florida ARF supports.
Meanwhile, Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi is sponsoring the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of 2013 (HR 831), that if passed, would phase out 14(c) special wage certificates under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 over a three year period. The bill has 94 sponsors and additional members of congress are poised to sign on. In Florida, six members of the congressional delegation have already signed onto the bill – Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ander Crenshaw, Alcee Hastings, Daniel Webster, and Dennis Ross.
Now more than ever, the insights and viewpoints of Floridians with disabilities and their representatives are essential to the policy discussions going on at the national level. As we know, one size does not fit all. Many Community Rehabilitation Provider Agencies serve diverse constituencies and it is imperative that we make sure our congressional leaders are provided with a balanced perspective on the concerns and merits of center-based work experiences and 14(c) certificates and the need for more oversight of the programs at the federal levels. A number of variables play into the current equation including funding mechanisms, appropriate budget allocations and limits to disability compensations making it imperative that our congressional leaders recognize the true complexity of these issues.
We believe employees with disabilities and their representatives are the ones who should explain their experiences and tell their personal stories and that their representatives will hear and understand the complexities of the pending policy issues best when it comes from their own constituents.
Congressional Education Campaign
Florida ARF will be assisting its member agencies and interested parties with a campaign to educate members of the Florida Congressional delegation about the long-term implications of the policy decisions they are currently addressing. We encourage recipients and community rehabilitation providers to demonstrate real-life examples of how the proposed legislation to phase out 14 (c) would impact Floridians with disabilities in each congressman and woman’s district.
Collecting Authentic, Florida Stories
First and foremost, the campaign will involve telling the stories of employees throughout the state about their experiences in center-based employment environments and 14(c) employment opportunities and what they and their caregivers would be doing if the programs were eliminated.
Even though we support federal legislation and Employment First trends for younger employees with disabilities for youth transitioning out of school, we still need to feature current employees that would not be served outside of their current environments so that every individual with a significant disability has employment options. Therefore, we have developed a form to help your staff document the unique stories of the individuals they serve who receive 14 (c) subminimum wages.
Developing the Packet and Case Statement
With collaboration and final approval from each participating agency, staff will develop a packet of the top stories. The packet will also include white papers from appropriate sources, a Florida ARF position paper, and other relevant materials developed in collaboration with staff from a member agency.
Schedule Visits to Congressional District Offices
The Florida ARF Grassroots webpage contains information on how to set up Congressional appointments and a link to each US Senator and Representative serving Florida. Whenever possible, these visits should include employees with disabilities, their families, and other stakeholders on the scheduled visit to the congressional office. Remember, the purpose of the visit is to ensure that each congressional office hears directly from the community that will be impacted by the pending policy changes and what repercussions it will have on both the employee and the employee’s caregivers’ quality of life.
Let’s make a difference nationally and empower all Floridians with disabilities to validate the current merits of their employment!
Therap Services Announces U.S. Patent Issuance for Secure Electronic Reporting of Abuse or Neglect for I/DD Provider Agencies
WATERBURY, Conn., June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Therap Services, leader in electronic documentation software for Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Providers, has received U.S. Government Patent No. 8,739,253 B2 for Managing Secure Sharing of Private Information Pertaining to Abuse or Neglect Across Security Domains on May 27, 2014.
Justin Brockie, Therap Services COO, states: “The award of this patent again confirms Therap’s status as the software leader in the intellectual disability community. States and providers using Therap have shown the benefits of our approach to secure transparency and real time sharing. These approaches can have a direct impact on the systems that support people with disabilities and prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation.”
Therap’s patented application for secure sharing of private information pertaining to abuse or neglect includes granting a staff user from one agency (such as an Oversight Agency) the ability to access private information stored within a secondary Provider Agency account when access authorization is in place through assigned caseloads and permissions. This method ensures that staff members are able to securely access private information based on ‘need to know’.
Therap Services applications and certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) provide the documentation components needed by Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Agencies to maintain their focus while adapting to a changing environment within the Human Services industry. State and federal agencies and standards, including CMS and HIPAA, mandate strict requirements on accurately tracking incidents, including those reports of abuse and neglect and prevention of Medicaid fraud. Therap’s customers can complete and monitor documentation efficiently across secure domains, enabling them to focus on providing higher quality services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Therap’s applications are utilized across disciplines in the I/DD field per the CMS home and community-based services (HCBS) requirements. Therap applications include over 70 modules ranging from documentation of service provision through a daily note, to person centered planning tools, incident report management, health assessments and individual care plans, an electronic MAR integrated with an industry-standard drug database, an individual referral process for state and multi-provider systems, a comprehensive report library for internal and external audits, to electronic billing direct to Medicaid through a secure, HIPAA 5010-compliant method.
About Therap Services, LLC
Therap Services’ certified EHR and documentation software solution are utilized by over 220,000 users in 1300 Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Provider Agencies. Use of Therap Services is mandated by 5 state governments. Therap’s software solution is used in home and community-based services (HCBS), intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF-DD) and other settings to document waiver service provision, employment supports, case management, incident reporting, management of staff training records and for electronic billing claim submissions directly to Medicaid. Therap Services is HIPAA OMNIBUS ACT of 2013 compliant. Learn more at www.therapservices.net.
The Agency for Health Care Administration invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:
Topic: SMMC: Developmental Disabilities Webinar
Host: The Agency for Health Care Administration
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)
Session number: 643 551 021
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Mecklenburg to turn over MeckLINK, fed money
Instead, a MeckLINK committee of four county commissioners is set to recommend to the full board next Tuesday that the county negotiate the best deal possible to turn over the program to Kannapolis-based Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions. That would effectively dissolve MeckLINK and send Cardinal nearly $200 million in Medicaid funding that county uses each year for services to 120,000 patients.
It was clear from the committee’s Tuesday meeting that board members have all but given up the fight to keep MeckLINK and want to negotiate what is best for the consumers and providers – and MeckLINK’s 200 employees. Committee members were clear in what they want the county to get in the negotiations.
Those wishes include:
• A “proportionate” representation on the Cardinal board to give Mecklenburg a significant say in how its Medicaid money is used. The 15-county Cardinal oversees services for 187,000 consumers, compared with MeckLINK’s 120,000.
• Cardinal reimbursing at least some of the money Mecklenburg has sunk into MeckLINK. The county has spent $8.4 million to get the agency running and continues to pay $90,000 in monthly operating costs. Assistant County Manager Michelle Lancaster said in conversations with Cardinal CEO Pam Shipman that Shipman wasn’t against some level of payback.
Dena Diorio, also an assistant county manager, told the committee that MeckLINK’s reserve fund of as much as $4.5 million would be retained, possibly lowering the reimbursement request.
• Cardinal hiring MeckLINK employees who are “in good standing for positions they would want to hire” and MeckLINK consumers being able to keep the same providers if they choose.
In late December, the predecessor to N.C. Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos tried to reassign MeckLINK to Cardinal. But after Mecklenburg threatened to sue, Wos allowed the county to continue operating – and governing – MeckLINK.
But in June, state legislators passed a law that forced the agency to operate under a single-county, independent authority or merge with an already existing multi-county authority by April 1.
For weeks, relatives of consumers and many providers have urged the county to pursue a single-county authority. In the end, commissioners said it would be too costly.
Commissioner Trevor Fuller, who chairs the committee, said he believes Mecklenburg has leverage to use in the negotiations. “We do have something they want,” Fuller said. “They want these people (the 120,000 consumers), and they want the ability to manage that amount of money.”
The new law requires county commissions in each of the authority’s counties to approve how Cardinal appoints its board. If Mecklenburg doesn’t approve the method, the authority wouldn’t comply with the law. “They would need our approval to do what they want to do,” Fuller said.
County Attorney Marvin Bethune told the committee that Mecklenburg could simply walk away from MeckLINK and tell the state “we’re terminating our contract on March 31. We’re not doing anything more – do what you want to do.”
That option didn’t seem to get much support from committee members. But “it is an option,” Fuller said. “We certainly can’t allow ourselves to be put in a position where get completely run over. So as a last resort, we can say, ‘fine, you want it, you manage all the issues, you pay for all the transition. Don’t ask us for anything.’
“But that gets messy.”
Still, he said, the county could use that threat to get state help with the negotiations. “If Cardinal is recalcitrant, we will need the state to control them a little,” Fuller said.
Lancaster said Shipman told her that Cardinal could transition MeckLINK within 120 days after a deal is sealed.
“The clock’s ticking,” said commissioner Bill James, a committee member.
Before the committee takes its recommendations to the full board on Tuesday, it wants to meet on Monday with Wos, Cardinal CEO Shipman and her board chair, and Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County, a key author of the law requiring MeckLINK to be governed by an authority.
“We want to hear from the secretary and Rep. Dollar what their vision is for what they’re trying to accomplish,” Fuller said. “And we want to have a conversation with (Cardinal officials) about how to get to where we need to be. We need some beginnings of commitment.
“We have looked at all the options, and are trying to do the best we can in a bad situation.”
Therap Services will be hosting a regional conference in West Palm Beach, Florida this October.
Attending the conference will be a good opportunity to learn about recent developments in Individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management from technology leaders in the developmental disabilities field. The training intensive event will include beginner, intermediate, and advanced level sessions conducted by Therap experts on various Therap modules.
Conference highlights will include sessions on:
- Therap’s health tracking modules for appointments, seizures, lab tests, vital signs, and medication histories
- Therap Medication Administration Records (MAR)
- Therap Individual Service Plans (ISP)
- Hands on training on different other modules including Therap GERs (incident reports), Time Tracking, Secure Communications and Training Management
- Therap electronic billing, service authorizations and claim tracking
Please check back on our website for updates.
We look forward to seeing you in Florida!
In the coming months, we will be hosting conferences in many other states including Colorado, New York, Texas and Iowa. Details regarding these events can be found here.
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