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    February 2017

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    Happy February everyone! I am happy to say I made it through the storms/tornadoes in South Georgia with only needing a new roof so I consider myself blessed. My thoughts go out to my friends in the northern states who are experiencing a winter storm.

    Therap Tip of the Month: Administrators who enter ISP programs should submit the information a few days prior to the start date instead of approving right away. This gives the administrator time to review it again before approving it. Best case scenario would be for one person to enter the program and another person review and approve, but we all wear many hats in this field […]

    By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Kristy Dominy's Posts|Tags: , |

    Free Webinar: A Day in the Life of a Therap Manager, February 14 at 1pm EST

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on ‘A Day in the Life of a Therap Manager’ which will be held on February 14 at 1pm EST. Certified Trainer, Jason Garrad, Therap Trainer/IT/Provider Admin, Ravalli Services Corporation, Montana, will walk users through what the life of a Therap Manager is like.

    Click here to register.

    We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

    By | February 9th, 2017|Categories: Certified trainer|Tags: , , |

    Consistency is Key!!

    Consistency is very important when using databases such as Therap. Therap is a wonderful program, however in order to use it to its fullest extent it is important to ensure that you are being as consistent as possible with how data is entered.  A good start is to ensure that saved reports and documents that are scanned into Therap are being titled consistently among programs.   This is the same for all modules and all data that is entered into Therap.   This will assist with pulling information out of the system later to gather information within specific areas.

    By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

    Top Ten Tips to Building Beautiful MARs in Therap

    grace_robinson_medication_administrationMy name is Grace Robinson, and I am the Clinical Services Manager at Puget Sound Regional Services, where I manage the medication system for the largest supported living provider in Washington State that tailors its services to meet the needs of Deaf, Blind, and Deaf-Blind individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

    One of the ways I support our 70+ clients at this agency is by building and auditing our Medication Administration Records (MARs), to ensure error-free documents for our direct support staff to work from. Having an effective and safe medication management system in place is critical to client safety, as medications have the potential to cause great harm. The Therap MAR […]

    Making in house training videos quick easy and free.

    If you are the in house Therap trainer, or at the very least the person everyone goes to when they want to know how to do that one little thing, you probably wish you had time to do a Power Point full of screen shots or a step by step manual. You have taken different colleagues through the steps many times, but never captured it. Well if you are using Windows 10 you could have already recorded an amazing tutorial to share with everyone.

    I struggled with deciding which tool to use to record tutorials. My company has GoToMetting, but not everyone has access to it. We also just started using Skype and you can record Skype

    By | December 13th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Uncategorized|

    Everything You Wanted To Know About Excel But Were Afraid To Ask

    As I’m getting ready to present again at the National Conference in January, I am curious if there are any requests out there regarding how to use Excel to analyze Therap data.  There usually is someone who gives a presentation about PivotTables so I tend to avoid talking about them.  Instead, I tend to focus on topics such as advanced filters, “Text To Column,” and the VLOOKUP function.

    But what else?  What do you like to see?  Let me know!

    By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Excel|

    Training New Therap Users

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    I find that some new users feel overwhelmed with new technology. And, those are the ones that I often focus on when training. Tech savvy users follow along, and sometimes scout ahead. The introduction of just the basic functions of Therap, is key to easing newbies into the world of Therap. Start with 1) Login, 2) This is your Dashboard, 3) Left Column you have the *To Do list and * Individual tabs (that’s it, wait to discuss the tabs that follow) 4) Modules *ISP Data * T-Logs 5) S-Comms. I may have simplified it with steps missing in this post, but my point is, do not overwhelm them with too […]

    By | November 27th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Events, Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: |

    New Jersey National Conference 2017

    I am such a geek and therefore anticipating the Therap National Conference like a child on Christmas. I want to be on top of my game and I plan on devoting time to going over my modules providing relevant dialog about how my agency utilizes the system. My vocational program is also piloting the Employment/Volunteering History Module. I hope to be able to share our experience and learn more at the conference. If anyone is interested in how the use of the module is going for my agency email me @ nndiaye@gwct.org

    By | November 15th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Creative, Events, Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: |

    Free Webinar: Using Therap in New York State: A Review of the Full Individual Support Plan and Hab Plan, Oct 18, 2016, 1 PM EDT

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on ‘Using Therap in New York State: A Review of the Full Individual Support Plan and Hab Plan’ which will be held on Oct 18th at 1pm EDT. Certified Trainer, Roslita Lilley, Therap Admin at Liberty ARC, New York, will walk users through using the ISP to meet New York State regulations. Additionally, she will review the synergy between the Individual Data Form, the Individual Support Plan, and the Habilitation plan within Therap.

    Click here to register.

    By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer|Tags: , , , |

    Meriden CT Therap Training

    The recent Therap Training in Meriden CT was pretty good. The first day of the conference 9/27/16, I enjoyed the question and answer set up of most of the classes. By day two, I admittedly was not as invested as day one. The format of classes went back to show and tell. That said, I do look forward to more Trainings and Nerd exchanges, where I can talk Therap Speak and ask more questions. Happy Fall all… I thought I would use my blog more often, so I’m going to try.

    By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Events, Posts, Uncategorized|Tags: |

    Free Webinar: Podcast: Training New Hires, Sept 30, 2016, 1 PM EDT

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on Podcast: Training New Hires which will be held on Sept 30 at 1pm EDT. During this podcast, we will have an open discussion regarding best practice for training new hires and existing staff.

    Click here to register.

    By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer|Tags: , , |

    Free Webinar: Tips and Tricks for Transitioning to an EHR system, September 20, 2016, 1 PM EST

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar  on Tips and Tricks for Transitioning to an Electronic Health Record system which will be held on September 20, 2016 at 1pm EST. Certified Trainer, Darren Kenyon, Program Support Specialist at Sunrise Community, will highlight the implementation plan utilized for his agency, highlight reports that have helped oversee usage, training of new staff, and speak to the successful choices and lessons learned.

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    By | September 18th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer|Tags: , |

    Free Webinar: Oversight Account – maintenance, FAQ’s, caseloads, OS reports Sept 15, 2016, 2 PM EDT

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on Oversight Account – maintenance, FAQ’s, caseloads, OS reports which will be held on September 15th, 2016 at 2pm EDT. Certified Trainer Lorelei Glenn will provide training regarding the maintenance, caseloads, generating oversight account reports, and answer and lingering questions you may have surrounding the use and implementation of your oversight account.

    Click here to register.

    By | September 12th, 2016|Categories: Lorelei Glenn's Posts|Tags: , , |

    Free Webinar: Therap PodCast: An Open Conversation about Quality Assurance, Sept 7, 2016, 2 PM EDT

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on the Therap PodCast: An Open Conversation about Quality Assurance which will be held on September 7th, 2016 at 2pm EDT. Certified Trainers Kristen, Alyssa, and Hollie will walk users through key questions that includes:  Do you check Therap routinely or is that a “false” expectation? What are realistic ways to stay on top of an efficient QA process? .

    Click here to register.

    By | September 4th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer, Quality Assurance|Tags: , , |

    Creative uses of “Individual Contacts”: Surveys, Maps, and Stakeholder Relations

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar which will be held on September 2, 2016 at 1pm EDT. Certified Trainer, Tom Peterson, Quality Assurance Specialist at D&S Community Services, will walk users through how to take contacts and create Google Maps, conduct Satisfaction Surveys, improve Stakeholder relationships, and verify addresses.

    Click here to register.

    By | August 28th, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer|Tags: , , , |

    Free Webinar: Management Tips for Therap Administrators,Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar on the ways to use Therap to assist with internal communication which will be held on Aug 18, 2016 1 PM EDT. Certified Trainer, Tamela Rystrom, Executive Director of California Community Opportunities, will highlight tips that will allow administrators to keep their hands on the “pulse” on the overall health of the agency, review her agency processes for conducting internal investigations, and much more.

    Click here to register.

    By | August 11th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

    An Overview of Policies and Procedures Considerations for Direct Support Professionals

    We are pleased to announce our free Certified Trainer led webinar which will be held on Aug 4 at 1pm EDT. Certified Trainer, Tamela Rystrom, will walk users through establishing policies and procedures for direct professionals based on her experience as Executive Director of California Community Opportunities. You may be a new user or longstanding user, having tips, reminders, and policy considerations for your DSPs is always a great topic for learning and discussions

    Click here to register.

    By | August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Certified trainer|Tags: , , |

    ABLE Act Passed in GA

    HB 768, Georgia’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, was passed by the Georgia General Assembly this session and signed into law by Governor Deal on May 3, 2016, thanks to the efforts of a coalition of more than 35 advocacy organizations led by All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) with the assistance of Autism Speaks and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD).

    The ABLE Act is a law passed by Congress in December 2014 with strong bipartisan support. It amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow for tax advantaged savings account like the 529 higher education savings accounts we have had in Georgia for many years. The primary purpose of an ABLE account is to allow people with serious […]

    By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

    Person Centered Excellence

    How do we monitor success in the services that we provide? We all enter a lot of data every day into Therap, but how are you using it? Do you look at health care reports to see if a person is gaining or losing weight? Do you monitor how many times the person has been to the doctor with the flu in the past few years? How does the data “speak to you” so that you are providing person centered services to the people you support? Just food for thought…Happy Therap-ing.

    By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|