Spring is almost here. Yahoo!!!

I don’t know about the rest of you but I definitely am suffering from Spring Fever. I’m looking forward to being able to open my windows and do some major spring cleaning at home. At work I plan on doing the same thing. I’ve finally convinced the management team to give BERs a chance so I am going to buckle down and start creating Behavior Plans for all our clients. My plan is that by July 1st all the extra paperwork we use to document events in the units will be nonexistent and we will be maximizing our time and effort. Wish me luck. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:31+00:00March 1st, 2013|Categories: Tammy Ross's Posts|Tags: , |Comments Off on Spring is almost here. Yahoo!!!

My 1st blog!

Hello all!

Boy did I jump into this head first, last month I decided to become a Certified Trainer at the same time as our agency decided to go paperless and utilize more of Therap’s potential. I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed by it all. But that is a usual feeling for me and I will soldier on.

ROI has just completed a full week of documenting PSP actions in Theraps ISP data module. We have had both very positive comments and very negative comments from staff about this transition. I am reminding them that it will take time to adjust and it will take some time for administrators to know what they want everything to look like. I am discovering new things that Therap can do everyday and that is awesome!


By |2013-02-11T18:55:27+00:00February 11th, 2013|Categories: Lacy Hutchens's Posts|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Stuck in the Mud

As I look at all the posts from the National Conference and read of all the exciting things happening in other organizations, I realize MDC is stuck in the mud and going nowhere fast where Therap is concerned. This organization has reached a point where it either needs to fully accept Therap, the good and the bad, or figure out a different approach to record keeping. Being a Certified Trainer, I of course, am pushing for Therap. There are so many wonderful modules that MDC could be utilizing to make our lives easier if I could just get people to open their minds and experiment a little. So I’m asking for help from my fellow trainers. Did you have similar problems in your agency to get them to fully utilize Therap? If so, what did you do to overcome the situation? I look forward to hearing from everyone.

By |2013-02-04T21:49:13+00:00February 4th, 2013|Categories: Tammy Ross's Posts|Tags: |3 Comments

Long Time No Blog

It’s been while since I blogged and I apologize for that. Life at MDC has been pretty busy and Therap usage is at an all-time high. Recently we have made a switch in how we document PRNs. MDC procedures had staff title and document an event in Tlogs, including the use of PRNs. The Nurses would then create an additional Tlog and title it as PRN. This led to massive confusion when it came to pulling documentation on a client and skewed the numbers to indicate the client received twice as many PRNs. In order to fix this problem, the Nursing department was trained on how to use the MARs for the purpose of documenting PRNs. The staff were also trained to not include PRNs in the T-logs so that double reporting would not occur. This procedure has been in place for only a few weeks but is starting to make difference already. Our next project is to begin to utilize the BER portion of Therap to more accurately record client behavioral events. Is there any other organizations using the BERs? How well do they work for you? Thanks for your help in this area.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:33+00:00November 2nd, 2012|Categories: Tammy Ross's Posts|Tags: |Comments Off on Long Time No Blog

A fun new project

Last week I attended the Therap Regional Conference here in Montana and what a great experience it was! I learned that I have so very much more to learn about Therap, and that I could be overwhelmed very easily, so I’m taking a deep breath and diving into my latest project.
MDC is utilizing only a fraction of Therap and when I ask people why they don’t use certain modules I usually get a blank look and a “I don’t know how” statement. To help train and educate the staff here about all the wonders that Therap has to offer I have volunteered to create a fictional MDC Client in the trainers site and use every piece of Therap that I possibly can. After creating my fictional person I hope to be able to train staff in way that will help them understand Therap better.
My question to all of you savvy Therap users is: How do you train your staff and introduce new modules that you believe would be beneficial to everyone? What type of resistance do you encounter and how do you overcome it?
I’m excited to begin creating my new person and exploring new modules in Therap that I have yet to encounter. I look forward to hearing from all of you.


By |2016-11-03T10:15:40+00:00June 21st, 2012|Categories: Tammy Ross's Posts|Tags: |1 Comment

My First Therap Conference

Well, I am just full of it – full of new Therap information and excitement that is!  My first Therap conference was very enlightening.  Now I need to do some more exploring in the modulars we are using.  Then I need to figure out how best to share all the material here at MDC.  I am hoping to be part of the impetus to get us using the MAR, more health documentations, and more Training Management.  There are so many more things we could be doing in Therap that we are struggling with how to manage.

While our current MAR system is doing fine, it would be so much better if it were computerized.  We do have limited computers and access, so that will have to be part of the discussion.  But I do not think the lack of machines prevents us moving forward.  Guess I better be chatting with our nurses!!

The training components are wonderful.  Kitti did an excellent job convincing us of how to be remarkable training managers!  We are using parts of the tools Therap provides, but not enough to be effective.  We have replaced a few pieces of paper for tracking who-completed-what.  It is functional
for that one small piece.  However, there is so much more that could be done.  The initial time to set up is the only “draw-back” and even that is reasonable.   We are changing how we describe the training person so now is the best time to organize this change. A new person will give us fresh thinking to move us into new systems.

Lastly, I would like to say how nice it was to be with co-workers and see how cohesive we are with the idea of taking on the opportunities Therap allows.  Thanks!

Until next time, smile at the stars…..

By |2016-11-03T10:15:40+00:00June 17th, 2012|Categories: Deb Gabse's Posts|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Therap in Montana

As the final day of the regional conference in Helena gets underway shortly, it is so wonderful to have spent time with such great folks. The Therap trainers are so great with their time and knowledge base. The participants are all wrapping their arms around Therap in different levels of module usage and the future is looking full of possibilities. Thanks to Maureen and her fabulous staff!

By |2012-06-13T12:44:55+00:00June 13th, 2012|Categories: Kitti Gutierrez's Posts|Tags: , , |2 Comments


It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the State of Montana. As of Friday, June 1st, I will be sleeping in and no longer punching a time clock. That sounds exciting, and I’m looking forward to it.

The downside is that I won’t be managing a statewide Therap system any more, and I will miss that. Even more, I’m going to miss the great Therap staff and all the Therapites and Therapinas. My best wishes to you all…

If you ever get to Montana, look me up!
Picture of the State of Montana

By |2016-11-03T10:15:41+00:00May 30th, 2012|Categories: Bill Heinecke's Posts|Tags: |5 Comments

I’m back

Greetings All,

After a very long time without a blog (sorry Allison Emoticon showing smiley face ) I am getting back into the swing of things…I think?  Was given the “for sure” that I will be attending the Montana conference in Helena.  I am looking forward to this.  I figure it will add some connection to my working with Therap, other people involved and just generally getting to learn some more stuff.  All and all, I believe a good deal.

By |2016-11-03T10:15:41+00:00May 25th, 2012|Categories: Julia Streib's Posts|Tags: , |Comments Off on I’m back

moving cattle

Greetings! This is my first post, and I thought I would share a picture (well, I did not take this, I “borrowed” it from the state website) of what we watched last evening.

Picture of the herding cattle in Montana

herding cattle in Montana

While I was out visiting folks on our campus, I noticed one of the guys watching something intently. I looked over to see if I could figure it out. He was watching the cows in the adjacent field.  I had heard them earlier. Then I realized why they were so noisy – they were being herded!

I watched for just a moment as 3 cowboys were working the herd.  Then I walked into the house I had been planning to visit, to let some of the other folks know what was happening.  We went outside
and got to see a cowgirl gallop across campus – right between 2 of the houses! – to re-direct some of the cows who were headed the wrong way.  There were 2 or 3 other people on horses and a couple of cow dogs.  We saw lots of calves – they are so cute! – but it was not a large herd.  They walked on the street right next to the house where we were.  The cows going the wrong way were actually on the other side of the house, probably trying to drink some of the water in the irrigation ditch that runs through campus.

Sure did keep the cowboys busy and us entertained!

By |2016-11-03T10:15:42+00:00May 12th, 2012|Categories: Deb Gabse's Posts|Tags: , |1 Comment
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