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Therap to exhibit at the 20TH Anniversary Family Cafe

Therap Services will be exhibiting at the 20th Anniversary Family Cafe to be held in Orlando, Florida from June 15th – July 31st, 2018. The Annual Family Café brings Floridians with all types of disabilities together for three days of information, training and networking opportunities.

Stop by our booth to talk about how our documentation software will work for people receiving services through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities in Florida.

To know more about what Therap has in store for the state of Florida, visit our state page.

Florida User Group Meeting on March 14, 2018

Therap welcomes its Florida users to a User Group Meeting being held at Goodwill Opportunity Center on March 14 from 10 am to 1 pm (EDT). Therap has a long history of service and excellence in Florida and is used by providers across the state. It is a wonderful opportunity to share new and exciting ideas and practices with other users in your area. 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.

Click here to register.

Lunch will be provided for our registered attendees. We look forward to seeing you there!

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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.

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Non-Profit to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation

Idaho Non-Profit Agrees to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation

By Carlton Purvis

01/03/2013 –Picture of Security ManagementIn a first of its kind settlement, a non-profit medical facility in Idaho will pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) $50,000 for HIPAA violations surrounding potential exposure of patient information.

The settlement is the first involving a breach of electronic protected health information affecting fewer than 500 individuals.

“This action sends a strong message to the health care industry that, regardless of size, covered entities must take action and will be held accountable for safeguarding their patients’ health information.” said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez in an HHS press release published Wednesday.

In February 2010, Hospice of North Idaho (HONI) reported to HHS that an unencrypted laptop containing information on 441 patients was stolen from inside an employee’s car.

An OCR investigation found that HONI had no policies or procedures in regard to mobile device security as required by HIPAA. Additionally, HONI had never done any type of electronic protected health information risk analysis.

The laptop was never recovered.

When a breach impacts more than 500 individuals, companies are required tonotify all major media outlets in their state, as well as the government. A notice is included on the Department of Health and Human Services Web site in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.

For breaches that affect fewer than 500 people, organizations keep a log that is turned in to the Secretary of Health and Human Services annually.

In addition to the fine, the December 28th agreement includes a two-year corrective action plan that mandates that the facility immediately report any future breaches to HHS.

“The theft of the laptop was out of our hands, but the measures we have taken since then to ensure the security and privacy of our patients’ information have been numerous,” Brenda Wild, Hospice of North Idaho Board President said in a written statement.

Since the incident, the facility has increased security on any equipment that contains patient information, including encryption and increased password protection, and scheduled security training.

HONI’s staff of more than 100 people is North Idaho’s only inpatient hospice facility. The organization serves members of the community regardless of their ability to pay.

SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING FUNDING

See Announcement below:

From: Special_Needs_Housing Listmanager

[mailto:Special_Needs_Housing.listmanager@www.floridahousing.org] Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 2:57 PM
Subject: Funding Opportunties for Housing for Homeless Persons and Persons with Developmental Disabilities

From: “Elaine Roberts” <elaine.roberts@floridahousing.org>

Florida Housing Finance Corporation was appropriated non-recurring grant funds by the 2013 Legislature as follows: $10 million for housing for persons with developmental disabilities, and $10 million for housing for homeless persons and families. Florida Housing has announced two public workshops, both on August 8, 2013, to discuss how we expect to offer this funding and receive comments on our proposed approaches from interested stakeholders. We expect to offer the funding through three “Requests for Applications” (RFAs) as follows:
• An RFA for small developments to provide permanent supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities;
• An RFA for larger developments to provide permanent supportive housing for persons with developmental disabilities; and
• An RFA for to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless persons and families.
Go tohttp://apps.floridahousing.org/StandAlone/FHFC_ECM/ContentPage.aspx?PAGE=0400 for information on where and when the public meetings will be held. In addition, you will find discussion documents for each RFA that describe Florida Housing’s proposed funding approaches.

Elaine Roberts – Florida Housing Finance Corporation

To login:http://www.floridahousing.org/webboard/
To (un)subscribe: mailto: Special_Needs_Housing.list-request@www.floridahousing.org

Florida Regional Conference – A Success!

For two days, December 4th & 5th, over 100 attendees and a Therap Team of 6 came together in West Palm Beach Florida to share a common Thread: THERAP!

The opening Plenary on Day 1 welcomed all that came from across Florida and even a couple of folks from Georgia!

Florida Regional Conference Pic 1 Florida Regional Conference Pic 2

Therap’s new Training and Support Specialist for Florida, Chelsea Newby was introduced as well as Brie Nihan, Billing Specialist who just started last week and is working with Mr. Jim Kelley, Therap Vice Chairman to support our Billing customers.  Seasoned trainers, Stacey Kernisan and Leah Marshall, were also present to support and provide training sessions throughout the two day conference.

The feedback was as excellent as our weather and the hotel staff at the West Palm Beach Airport Holiday Inn did a stellar job in supporting our conference.  Not to mention our appetites as the food was quite delicious!

We really enjoyed seeing our Therap Customers as well as new ones and those who came to learn more.

Thank you all who participated in making this an excellent experience for all of us!

I hope to see many of you in East Hanover, New Jersey at the Theraps National Conference January 29th-31st!

Florida Medicaid Seeks Feeedback for Training

Florida Medicaid

Health Care Alerts & Provider Alerts Messages
July 2012

Provider Type(s): All

Survey
Florida Medicaid Provider Training Needs

The Florida Medicaid program continues its efforts to provide training opportunities to providers to clarify Florida Medicaid policy and avoid overpayments.  We are planning the training calendar for 2012-2013 and we would like your comments on how we can make the most effective use of your time and participation.

We have created a very short survey to help us identify your critical training needs.  This survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZV26J3Q.

Please complete the survey by July 27, 2012.

Thank you for your assistance.


DDNA Annual National Conference

The 2012 Conference began with the Pre-Conference on May 4th, with the Conference held May 5th – 7th. The Conference was held at the beautiful Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, FL.   There was good attendance and it was an inspiring Conference which was opened by 10 year old girl who had a voice of a powerful angel.  This young girl was diagnosed with Autism and did not speak until she was 3 years old.  She thanked all the Nurses for the difference they make in the lives of children like her.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room, including mine!

DDNA Annual National Conference pic

It was great having so many Nurses and others who are Therap Customers come over to our exhibit and say “Hello”!  I met so many wonderful, dedicated professionals and enjoyed sharing Therap Services with many interested folks across the Country!

I look forward to working with many new providers on reviewing and implementing Therap in their organizations and as always, supporting our faithful existing Therap Users to enhance their use, benefit and the further development of Therap Services for everyone!

 

More Cuts to Rates in Florida’s APD Budget

APD Continues Cost Containment Efforts

Tallahassee — On April 1, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) will reduce the rates it pays for therapy assessments and all nursing services to the standard rate paid by the Medicaid State Plan. Currently, the APD Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid waiver pays higher rates for most of these services.

This rate change is the latest cost containment effort by APD to work toward bringing waiver expenses closer to the agency’s Legislative appropriation for the waiver.

The Legislature approved $810 million for APD’s Home and Community-Based Services Medicaid waiver for the 2011-12 state fiscal year that began on July 1. APD customers received $930 million worth of services last year.

While the agency is working to reduce Medicaid waiver expenditures, it is also looking for opportunities to increase waiver flexibility and equity for customers with the new iBudget Florida waiver. More than 3,000 APD customers in North Florida have transitioned to the new iBudget waiver which allows families to shift funding around to meet their current priorities.

APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. The agency’s Medicaid waiver helps to support about 30,000 individuals with developmental disabilities so they may live and participate in their local communities. Those 30,000 people will all be transitioned to the new iBudget Florida waiver by July 2013.

For more information on iBudget, visit the website iBudgetFlorida.org.

For more information on the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES or visit APDcares.org.

 

IPad Kiosks for Therap in Residential & Day Programs

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.

We used iPads with WiFi instead of 3g so we have to make sure there is a working wireless router in the houses. And I’ve noticed that the iPad can’t handle the pop-up body image when entering skin/wound notes. But the staff person can still choose body parts from the drop-down menu. There may be other iPad quirks but we haven’t run into them yet.”
IPad Kiosks for Therap in Residential & Day Programs1      IPad Kiosks for Therap in Residential & Day Programs3  IPad Kiosks for Therap in Residential & Day Programs2