Transitioning to transparency strikes fear in the hearts of many providers.  Rightfully so, it is like wearing a Saran Wrap suit to your next board meeting and waiting for the reaction. You have prepped, wrapped, practiced, glued, taped, rolled and rehearsed, yet you are never really sure what is going to happen until it is over. The outcome; Are you being judged on the flaws that are seen, or is this an opportunity to take you shopping at SAKS?

For the past two days, at the Nebraska Therap Regional Conference 2012, we have been shown the possibilities of what the Therap system can do to streamline processes, meet regulatory requirements, and provide better communication between staff, families and the person served.  We all have the opportunity to make a very positive difference in our organizations, and yes it does involve becoming transparent, see thru – both sides.

If we providers and oversight agencies are making our decisions based on the mission, vision and core values statements, of our organizations, then I believe that we all have the best interests of the people that we serve and support at heart.  We have to remember that WE All, at times, wear a Saran Wrap suit and going on a little shopping trip together will benefit all of us.  See you at the mall!