Florida users are welcome to a User Group Meeting being held at 1890 West State Road 436, Suite 295, Winter Park, FL 04210 on October 16, 2018. This is an opportunity for users in the state of Florida to meet and troubleshoot, network, discuss state and regional issues, clarify and learn about the latest Therap releases. We welcome you to join our user group meeting to discuss how Therap will work for individuals receiving services through the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, to name a few. Learn how Florida Intellectual and developmental disabilities providers are using Therap to generate professional claims for Florida Medicaid while complying with Florida’s ADT Billing rules. Therap team members Maureen O’Connell and Tricia Woods will be at hand to answer technical questions and transmit the group’s consensus state needs and requirements to the Therap development team for review. Lunch will be provided for our registered attendees. We look forward to seeing you there!
New Hampshire House Passes First-In-The-Nation Legislation To End Payment of Subminimum Wages To People with Disabilities
New Hampshire House Passes First-In-The-Nation Legislation To End Payment of Subminimum Wages To People with Disabilities
Press Release, April 15, 2015
CONCORD, NH – Today the New
Hampshire House of Representatives passed SB 47. New Hampshire becomes the first state in the country to repeal statutes that permit employers to pay persons with disabilities less than the state minimum wage simply because they have a disability. SB 47 received unanimous bipartisan support in both the house and the senate.
“SB 47 is a historic policy statement that reflects the current approach to hiring persons with disabilities that has evolved since the 1940’s in New Hampshire – every person with a disability can be competitively employed with the right supports and right job match,” said Chris Rueggeberg, Policy Director for the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities. “Paying people with disabilities subminimum wages is not necessary or helpful for them to get a job. They can be hired on their merits and abilities,” added Rueggeberg.
SB 47 prime sponsor Senator Hosmer has hired people with disabilities at his AutoServ business for the past 20 years. “The people I hire improve the whole culture and working atmosphere for all my employees,” said Senator Hosmer. SB 47 repeals outdated statutes and outdated approaches to hiring persons with disabilities that date to 1949. Employers in New Hampshire no longer pay persons with disabilities a subminimum wage. Sheltered workshops are closed. Disability rights organizations, rehabilitation professionals, persons with disabilities working at competitive wage jobs and their employers, the NH Labor Department, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for Blind and Visually Impaired in the NH Department of Education all worked to pass SB 47. “I’m very pleased that the House has approved SB 47. Last year, when I discovered that it is was legal in New Hampshire to pay persons with a disability less than the minimum wage simply because of their disability I introduced legislation to study this issue. The
study committee that I chaired unanimously recommended legislation to ban this practice in New Hampshire, ” said former State
Representative Chris Muns.
The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities is a federally funded state agency that supports public policies and initiatives that remove barriers and promote opportunities in all areas of life. The Council carries out its mission through education, advocacy and the funding of innovative projects that make a difference in people’s lives. Find out more at http://www.nhddc.org.
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Selects Therap Services as the Statewide Reporting System
WATERBURY, Conn., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Therap Services, leader in electronic documentation software for Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability Service Providers, announces it has been selected as the statewide Software as a System (SaaS) Reporting System for South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN).
“Therap Services is excited to work with the state of South Carolina as the electronic documentation and communication solution for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.” Stated Justin Brockie, Therap Services COO. “We are honored to have the opportunity to bring Therap’s secure transparency to South Carolina’s state teams, DSN Boards, providers, and citizens.”
“The new partnership between SCDDSN and Therap is an exciting and vital step in improving the quality of care and services for thousands of individuals with disabilities in South Carolina. The benefits are multifold from both the individual perspective and the statewide level,” commented Dr. Beverly Buscemi, SCDDSN’s State Director. “Therap offers us a comprehensive system to facilitate communication between caregivers, support professionals, specialists and families to better meet the needs of an individual while simultaneously enhancing our ability as the state’s system to collect, track and report sensitive information to meet state and federal requirements. This new venture will move us forward in providing quality services.”
Barry Pollack, Southeast Regional Director for Therap Services, states “The partnership between Therap Services and South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs is a remarkable stride in its provision of the highest quality care to individuals. In its commitment to increase communication and maintain stellar documentation through use of Therap Services, SCDDSN remains on target with their mission to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals.”
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 is used 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 provides secure, web-based documentation, communication and electronic billing services to over 1400 intellectual disability providers across the United States as well as for twelve state government ID systems of care.
This includes a certified EHR, HIPAA compliant Medicaid and private billing, service documentation and secure communication and data sharing between all stakeholders including families and self advocates.
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.
Learn more at www.TherapServices.net.
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 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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The conference will be a good place for prospective users to learn about individual support documentation and reporting, electronic health records (EHR) and training management. Event highlights will include:
- Hands-on training on different Therap modules including incident reports, health tracking andbilling (see below)
- Sessions focused on implementation and effective use
- User presentations, brainstorming and discussions
- User group meeting and discussions
Registration Fee: $85
Register by November 20, 2012 to receive the
Early Bird Discount, and pay $75 per attendee.
Click here to register for this event
Venue & Accommodations:
Holiday Inn West Palm Beach Airport Hotel and Conference Center
Note: Ask for the Therap Block Rate
of $79 (+Taxes) when reserving rooms.
(Reserve by 11/18/2012 5:00pm)
Software Suite for Developmental Disability Providers
Get a first-hand introduction to Therap’s software system for intellectual and developmental disability providers from our conferences. Learn how to track your progress/nursing notes, ISPs and goals, incidents, health information, billing, and more. Generating reports become easy from the data you store. Electronic documentation will reduce the time it takes to do paperwork and clear up more time to attend to the individuals’ needs. You can also network with agencies similar to yourself at these conferences and discuss processes and implementation.
Carolina Autism Supported Living Services in Charleston South Carolina has found a great way to use IPads in their group homes for documenting in Therap! Here is a description and pictures from Phil Blevins, Executive Director:
“We used iPadWallBracket.com for the enclosure. There are many other sites with similar products but this seemed best for our purposes. We chose the enclosure that covers the “home” button. Then we installed a Kiosk program on the iPad. We chose Kiosk Pro from the Apple store. It’s free but there is a paid version with more features. We set the Therap login page as the start page and limited the kiosks browsing range to the therap domain. There are a few things I could note about setting it up if you ever want details.
We mounted the enclosure to a rolling laptop stand from Office Depot. Since it is plastic we chose not to drill holes in it but used a metal/plastic polymer adhesive to attach the enclosure.
In preparation for Therap Services pre-conference meetings on Monday, some of us came in early on Sunday to catch the Superbowl at a local Sports Bar-Redds, right across the street from the Met-Life Stadium where the Giants and Jets play! It was sweet victory for New York and very exciting to be in the middle of it all!
We had a great conference with around 350 attendees, 3 days of over 35 sessions including: Basic to Advanced User sessions, Provider Organizations Special Topic sessions and Brainstorming with Therap Programmers!
Of course, being New York, we always take a trip to “The City” and what a great time of eating pizza, walking around Manhattan to look at the sites!
If you missed it, you can still get to one of our Regional Conferences this year. Check out when we are coming to a town near you!