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Therap Committee

Our company has now had it’s second Therap Committee meeting. Why we didn’t think we needed a committee in the beginning is beyond me. Of course we did! If we want to be consistent in how we use Therap company wide then it is very important. And we learn from each other. We are using GTM so that we can include users throughout the company wherever they may be. It’s really cool when someone says, “We need a way to….”. And someone else in the group says, “Oh, well I just do this….”. So sharing is a big part of the meetings so far.

By | 2016-11-03T10:15:24+00:00 May 25th, 2013|Categories: Jo Vaughan's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Therap Committee

Dreaming of full implementation

We have been working on trying to get all departments fully on board with use of Therap. It has been a long drawn out process. I wish that I had a magic wand and could wave it and make it all happen…..Allison can you look into that PLEASE.

We are still trying to get buy in from everyone, I am getting all the same stories…we don’t have time to input the data…it takes too long…why do we have to change…what if the computers go down…on and on….
I’m sure you all have heard the same thing at some point. I have done demonstrations & trainings to large groups, small groups and individuals. I think I am finally starting to win the battle. It will get there eventually.

I spent a week in Loveland, Colorado at a Dog show recently and had a great week but the heat was horrible. going from 30 – 40 in Alaska to 80 in Colorado with the altitude change was quite different. I was not able to show my own dogs because I had my knee in a brace from a dislocation that had happened in April. But they did very well with handlers. My home bred puppies took placements in Futurity, Cassi took 2nd and Sprig took 4th, and Cassi took a 3rd in the regular puppy conformation class. Their mother Emma got two qualifying scores in Rally Advanced which completed her title. We have a local show this weekend and all three will be competing again, not sure if my knee is up to handling them but we will see.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!!!!!!

Tornadoes and Therap

This week’s massive tornado in Oklahoma has affected so many people – my family included. Growing up in Nebraska, I am not shocked to see a tornado at least a few times each year, and know what to do when severe weather threatens. However, as I was reviewing some IDF’s in Therap this morning, it brought to mind the importance of having good, quality data that can be accessed whenever something happens. Many people remember (and still have) the big massive notebooks with all individual information. As we move to Therap, we need to remember that the information in Therap is just as important, if not more important, than the information in physical form. Therap should be the system of record, and information should be as complete and accurate as possible. As I looked at some IDF’s this morning that contained only the name and birthdate, it brought concern that in an emergency situation, their Emergency Data Form would be useless. Being a type 1 diabetic myself, I can’t imagine what would happen to me if no one had my information and I was unable to speak.

So, along with fire drills and disaster preparedness, make sure that the information in the IDF for all active Individuals is as complete and accurate as possible – you never know when it may be needed by people other than you!

By | 2013-05-24T14:42:42+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Categories: Lorelei Glenn's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

A world without complaining…

All too often we find ourselves focusing on the negative. When negative thoughts come we often want to “vent” to others and thus are spreading the negativity. So as a challenge to our leadership, we are trying a 21 day complaint free world challenge. We wear purple bracelets to remind us not to complain. When we catch ourselves complaining, we must move the bracelet to the other wrist and our 21 days start over. This is an effort to retrain ourselves to be positive. As a QA specialist, you could say I have become quite proficient at complaining and this has been an extreme learning curve for me. It has made me more solution driven, instead of problem driven. So as a challenge to all of my readers, stop complaining… it will make your job so much easier!

By | 2013-05-24T12:26:00+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Categories: Kristy Dominy's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A world without complaining…

Finally Spring?

Despite some freak snowfall last weekend, it looks like we might actually have a real live spring on our hands here in Alaska. There’s some budding green bits on the tree outside my office, the pussywillows are puffy, and the sun stays in the sky until late into the evening. It’s been a long winter, and I’m ready to leave it behind.

I’ve been pretty light on the blog-front this month due to some very important projects that have been occupying my time. Our Administrative Compliance Project Specialist left us after several years of service, and while we scrambled to find her replacement, I ended up heading the effort to celebrate National Compliance Week here at The Arc of Anchorage. Every day we ran random compliance inspections in unlocked offices, leaving pass or fail slips on keyboards to make employees mindful of their surroundings at all times.

We’re also working hard to tighten our security here, both electronic and physical. As one consultant said, “HIPAA compliance isn’t a goal, it’s a process. Every day you should be more compliant than the day before.”

I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, trying to figure out what I can do on my end, as Therap administrator, to help us be more compliant than the day before. I’ll keep you posted. Emoticon showing smiley face

By | 2016-11-03T10:15:24+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Colleen Bailey's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Finally Spring?

Washington My Home!

Picture of Kristen Thompson in Washington State

Wow, what a treat it was to spend some time with the great folks of Washington State (and a few exceptional Oregonians, as well). I met some really smart and dedicated folks, who inspired me to remember my roots.  For the most part, I have really enjoyed my transition to Florida, but a week like last week can really bring the homesickness bug on strong. Of course, there was no rain, which makes it a lot easier to remember only the good times…and not the time when the evening news reported that Seattle had beat the bible with more than forty days and nights of rain.

I was happy to see that Seattle has added some new attractions, so I could play tourist in my home state.  First of all, the grand and beautiful Holiday Inn Express in the outskirts of Sumner.  Wow.

Picture of Ferris Wheel in downtown Seattle on the waterfront

Second, the awesome Ferris Wheel in downtown Seattle on the waterfront.  What a beautiful view, not only of the water and the mountains, but also a unique look back at the city skyline.  If you get a chance to hop on this new attraction, take it…and take a camera!

Finally, I was able to ride the new (or at least ‘new-to-me’) gondola at Crystal Mountain which takes you to the summit where you can dine in style at the new restaurant there.  However, you can only dine in style because they have removed the snack bar and brown bag lunch options from the summit…so needless to say, I didn’t eat at the summit.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be going skiing on my trip back home in May, and I’m happy that my ski bum brother was there to help outfit me with the necessary equipment!  It was 72 degrees, so I didn’t need more than the basics!  It wasn’t the best snow, but far better than the skiing that you find in Florida.  (PS – there is no skiing in Florida).

So, a huge thank you to Therap for inviting me and an even bigger thanks to my boss who let me go!  Stay classy, Washington!

Kristen

By | 2013-05-22T01:34:56+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Kristen Thompson's Posts|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Washington My Home!

The latest from the trainers!

From Bev:

Video on Certified Trainer Series: Implementing Therap’s MARs

From Kitti:

Video on Certified Trainers Series: Teaching your Staff to use Therap

From Mary:

Video on Certified Trainer Series: ISP Programs: The Basics 5-15-13

I have been telling you: You CAN learn stuff on YouTube!!!

Allison

 

By | 2013-05-22T01:28:21+00:00 May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Allison's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The latest from the trainers!

Hey you!!!

Screenshot of Therap Conference Page for National Conference at Kansas City, Missouri, January 2014

Yes, you, right there…Yes, YOU!

Did you know that our national conference has been scheduled for 2014…um, yeah. And it is NOT in New Jersey (for all youhaters cold weather sissies critics who give me a hard time EVERY year!).

It is in Kansas City, Missouri. It is not warmer there in January but it is more central and here are some fun facts:

>Kansas City is the home to Hallmark Cards

>Ernest Hemingway completed his novel, “A Farewell to Arms” when he was there

>It is known as “The Paris of the Plains”

>Jeff Case, Michelle Saunders, Chris Johnson and Jordan Mar are there

>and now our national conference is there!!

So, this is a no-brainer.

Sign up here to attend on January 28-30, 2014. And if you are so motivated, we would {{{{{{{LOVE}}}}}}} for you to do a presentation (like all the certified smarty pants). It could be about anything…implementing Therap, ISP construction, herding caribou…If you’d like to flaunt your nerdiness, click here and have a look at what we need for your proposal.

Do it!! Free unicorns for the first twenty presenters.

Allison

 

Excited about new tech….

I’m looking forward to the new technology that is coming out soon for Therap. The GPS option to use to track location on mobile devices is going to be interesting (if not scary!) when we find out if staff are really where they say they are. I’m hoping that some major changes are going to improve the MAR soon, I know it is in the works.

By | 2013-05-20T20:14:05+00:00 May 20th, 2013|Categories: Kristy Dominy's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Excited about new tech….

Upcoming Regional Conference

Our NM Regional Conference is quickly approaching – next week infact! I’m looking forward to learning new things and helping others learn about Therap. I’ll be leading two sessions that I’m pretty excited about.

1. Reports for Audits, Survey, and Accreditation
2. The NM ISP and Therap

I’m hoping to support NM agencies to maximize their state-mandated Therap access, so it is useful to them in many levels. The most time cosuming part is making sure there is enough dummy data in the demo accounts to actually show something worthwhile when pulling reports. So for the next week, that’s what I’m up to.

By | 2013-05-20T17:48:11+00:00 May 20th, 2013|Categories: Brianne Conner's Posts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Upcoming Regional Conference