Although i wont be able to attend the national conference i am really excited for Letisha and some of our self advocates to present. We have 2 self advocates and one family advocate who will speak about their experience using therap. Letisha will also touch on some of the obstacles that both our indivduals and our agency has had to overcome during the process. Please take the time to check out their presentation!
We just starting rolling out the therap android app at TRC and response so far has been great. We set up one of our IRA’s as well as our Individualized Services program with a tablet to get some feedback and it has been extremely positive. Many off our staff feel that it is quicker and more effeccient to use the tablet and app as opposed to the desktop computer when documenting ISP data. It has also been nice as an administrator to see photos of our individuals completing milestones and signing for verifiacation of their services. Our group home manager and nurse have also found it useful to review data as well as the MAR to make sure everything has been completed. The password reset function for therap administrators is also very efficient and easy to use. There are still a few improvements we would like to see to the MAR on android but i am thinking this is something we will be rolling out to the rest of our homes and other programs as well. I would definetly encourage others to give it a try!
Some folks from TRC will be going to syracuse to present on some of our self advocates as therap users. Some of our individuals are really taking advantage of therap as a tool for self advocacy. At our agency we currently have 11 individuals who have access to T-LOGs appointments, ISP plans, etc. And 2 who use the therap MAR. The Buffalo conference went well and we are looking forward to syracuse. I definetly want to thank Kevin Lightle for being so helpful and accommodating to TRC!
Services that TRC and other New York agencies provide to people with disabilities are under severe threat as a result of a proposed amendment to the 2013-2014 budget by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor has proposed that $120 million be cut from OPWDD(Office of People with Developmental Disabilities), and OPWDD Commissioner Courtney Burke is proposing that the ENTIRE $120 million be cut from voluntary providers like The Resource Center, none from State operations. Since the State and Federal Government each supply 50% of Medicaid funding, the $120 million NYS cut would mean a matching $120 million cut from the federal government. This $240 million cut to OPWDD services would mean a 6 percent cut across all OPWDD programs. This would mean that many of the advances people with disabilities have enjoyed over the last four decades would be drastically cut. Individuals and families who depend on OPWDD services from providers (residential, day habilitation, supported employment, pre vocational services) must make their voices heard! Let the Governor, the Commissioner of OPWDD and our State legislators know what these services mean to you, and that these cuts cannot be tolerated. Please call, write or visit with legislators to tell your story and help them to understand that this is not just a line on a budget — people’s services and supports are at grave risk! This matter is time sensitive as the amendment would go through in April. Below is the contact info for some of the key people you should try and reach:
Commissioner Courtney Burke
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, New York 12229
Governor Andrew Cuomo
State Capital Building
Albany, NY 12224
Senator Catharine Young
2 East Second Street, Suite 302
Jamestown, NY 14701