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AWARE April-June 2014 Volume 8, No. 2


“The Right Services...To the Right People...At the Right Time!”

EHR on Track

AWARE passes midpoint in painstaking transition to electronic health records


y now, weekly meetings of the committees helping to implement electronic health records – or EHR – have become routine. Every Wednesday morning, 16 or so AWARE staff members meet with representatives of Afia, the Michigan-based company that is coordinating the move to EHR. These EHR committee meetings usually involve a discussion of “the big picture,” updates from subcommittees that also meet regularly, and identification of critical tasks and next steps. The meetings are essential in order for the committee to make quick, informed decisions to keep the project on track. AWARE has now passed the midpoint in the transition to EHR. Here’s a brief update of what has happened so far:

Finance team members Tabitha Utz (left) and Leslie York pore over a spreadsheet they created showing AWARE’s programs, services, contracts and billing codes. Utz, a project manager, and York, business operations manager in accounts receivable, spent two weeks paring 10,000 lines of data down to about 3,200 lines. Photo by Jim Tracy


manager, have completed work on a spreadsheet that will be a key part Two members of AWARE’s of the new system. finance team got high fives for their “Throughout an EHR Implemenwork on EHR. tation there are critical moments Leslie York, business operations where seemingly impossible timemanager in accounts receivable, and Tabitha Utz, special projects See EHR on page 8

Grant for infant and child home visiting services covers three counties AWARE has received funding from the Montana Department of Maternal and Child Health, through the Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MECHV) to expand and provide


Note to staff and friends

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home visiting services in communities in Butte-Silver Bow, Lewis and Clark and Custer counties. The MECHV grants were awarded in April and May 2014. The four grants will provide more AWARE featured in CPA magazine — Page 6

Center for Excellence Art & Science Fair — Pages 12-13

than $440,000 to implement the Parents As Teachers curriculum in Butte-Silver Bow and Custer counties for two years and $220,000 to implement Safe Care curriculum in

AWARE U offers continuing education — Page 15

See Grant on page 16 Center for Excellence hires scholastic dean — Page 17

A pattern of success and achievement Dear staff and friends,

The amount of work we accomplish as an organization in a matter of months continues to amaze me. As usual, we have a lot going on within all of our services and businesses, and yet we consistently continue to deliver the highest quality of care possible. It is our mission to help people live life to the fullest extent possible and as such we have devoted a lot of time and energy to the development of our programs and the attainment of goals for the Larry Noonan people in our care.

Are people proud of their accomplisments? Are people forming meaningful relationships? I think the answer should always be a resounding YES!

success with her teacher. The interaction between student and teacher was remarkable because they were both overjoyed with themselves at the achievement. While this may seem like a minor accomplishment to many, these are the kind of outcomes we strive for at AWARE.

One great example of how we have grown comes from a federal review of our Early Head Start program. Near the end of the review, I had a chance to speak with a member of the review team who had clearly been waiting to voice her observations of the past week. The woman began by listing paperwork errors and technicalities that can be fairly common when running programs such as these, but after a few minutes the reviewer broke into a story that brought tears to her eyes. The story was about a child she had observed that was exceptionally proud of an accomplishment. The young student had just finished brushing her teeth, an important habit for lifelong health, in perfect form and was celebrating

Each and every moment of success achieved by the people in our care is another step in the right direction and another goal met. These are the kinds of things that truly matter Lawrence P. Noonan, CEO Geri L. Wyant, CFO Jeffrey Folsom, COO Mike Schulte, CHO Board of Directors John Haffey, President Al Smith Cheryl Zobenica Ed Amberg Marlene Holayter Russell Carstens Stephen Addington Barbara Andreozzi Jesse Laslovich Editor: Jim Tracy Staff writers: Jacquie Peterson Bryon Higgins


AWARE Ink is published bimonthly by AWARE, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization at 205 E. Park Ave., Anaconda, MT 59711. Copyright ©2014, AWARE Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this newsletter may be used or reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written permission of the publisher. Please send correspondence to:

and help make our work worthwhile and meaningful. As we continue with our work, there will always be the occasional ding here and there for improper paperwork but are we continuously answering the questions our stakeholders are asking? Do our programs really work? Are people proud of their accomplishments? Are people forming meaningful relationships that will lead to success? I think the answer should always be a resounding, YES! Now, it’s hard to build upon a story like that, but I’d also like to update everyone on some of the other things that are going on in our organization because they really are worth sharing. Just recently, our mental health services in Anaconda underwent a review from the Mental Disabilities Board of Visitors. The Board of Visitors is a group appointed by the Governor to regulate and report on all the mental health programs in Montana. The official report arrived

a few days ago with just a couple of recommendations along the lines of advocacy and cultural diversity. Aside from these suggestions though, the reviewers were very pleased with our mental health services, the Center for Excellence, our Business Network and our Corporate Congress process. Reviews like this confirm our belief that we truly do provide the highest quality of services. Our electronic health records (EHR) transition is on track, and we’ve passed the halfway point of our implementation process.

have already begun the data collection phase in our residential and community care and treatment divisions and we are beginning to analyze and make sense of this data so that we may focus our attention on specific areas of the organization as they relate to our overall strategy. This is just one of the many examples we are using as an approach to long-term thinking and the success of our organization. As we charge ahead, I know we will continue our pattern of success and achievement. The opportunities to achieve our goals are abundant and we should make every effort to take advantage of them along the way.

We have been publishing the bi-weekly newsletter, EHR Watch, to keep everyone in the loop, up to speed, and aware of how the upcoming changes will affect their dayto-day operations. Going Have a great summer, into the summer months we expect to begin training “super users” who will be responsible for future training of AWARE’s employees. Lastly, our work with balanced scorecards is also moving along nicely. We 3

A contingent of Montana parents of children with disabilities and other concerned Montanans gathers for a group shot at the Capitol on May 9. The parents testified before the Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Committee. Pictured left to right are Alicia Smith, Mary Caferro (The Arc Montana Coordinator), Carolyn Love, Diana Tavery, Reno Kaul, Jeanne Brown, Lena, Joyce Moore, Trinette Pepos (Smitherman), Bobbie Sue Talmage and Amanda Voytosky. The dog’s name is Tella. Courtesy photo

The Arc Montana organizes ‘A Day at the Capitol’

By Mary Caferro The Arc Montana Coordinator On the heels of the successful Legislative Candidate Forum on Disabilities, Great Falls families have organized to further advocate for their children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Parents of children with special needs gathered at the Capitol on May 9. They met with public officials from the executive and legislative branches of government as well as the Office of Public Instruction. “A Day at the Capitol” provided an opportunity for parents to make connections with their decision-makers, using their personal stories to build understanding of the issues their children face. Families offered themselves

as a resource to work pro-actively with policy makers for stronger community services and a more effective education system. Carolyn Love, a rancher and mother from rural Montana, explained that under the current system, her young adult child will be languishing on a waiting list for services until he is in his 40’s. Parents know their direct experience is valuable. As Joyce Moore, mother of a special needs son put it: “Raising a child with a disability is a very difficult, full-time job. Parents should be able to use their energy to care for their child, not fight for services in a system that is not functioning properly.” The day’s events began with an advocacy training facilitated by NAMI 4

Montana, The Arc Montana, and Montana Organizing Project (MOP). Next, families shared lunch and visited with members of the CFHHS (Children, Families, Health, and Human Services) Legislative Committee, DPHHS, Office of Public Instruction, and officials from Gov. Steve Bullock’s office. Late in the afternoon, parents gave passionate and strong testimony, most for the first time, in front of the CFHHS Legislative Committee. The Arc Montana is continuing to organize parent engagement efforts and candidate forums around the state. Please like us on Facebook (The Arc Montana) for information on events, news and updates on all things disability! Coming this fall: The Arc Montana annual conference!

Borrow A Book: New titles added to corporate library The library is in the media room on the second floor of administration building in Anaconda. See the list of available titles, new titles are bold: • A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams – Nicholas R.M. Martin • American Samurai – William Lareau • Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum – Various • Autism Spectrum Disorders – Richard L. Simpson • Bake a Difference – Family Favorites Cookbook • Baseball Bouillabaisse and the Best of Class: How to Increase Your Personal Power, Energize Your Team and Astonish Your Customers – Darby Checketts • Boards That Make a Difference – John Carver • Books of Adam – The Blunder Years (2) – Adam Ellis • Buddy’s Shadow – Shirley Becker • Certain Proof, A question of worth – A Feature Documentary bu Footpath Pictures, Inc. • Changing the Course of Autism – Bryan Jepson, M.D. with Jane Johnson • Competitive Advantage – Michael E. Porter • Competitive Strategy – Michael E. Porter • Confessions of a Professional Hospital Patient – Michael A. Weiss • Cookie – Linda Kneeland • Count Us In – Jason Kingsley & Mitchell Levitz • Creating a Habitat for Humanity – Jonathan T.M. Reckford • Cultural Reciprocity in Special Education – Maya Kalyanpur and Beth Harry • Demystifying Transition Assessment – Colleen A Thoma Ronald Tamura • Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology – Pasquale J. Accardo & Barbara Y. Whitman et al. • Dirt – Susan Senator • Disabling Professions – Ivan Illich et al. • Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits – Ilona Bray • Energize Your Team and Astonish Your Customers – Darby Checketts • Essential Manager’s Manual – Robert Heller & Tim Hindle • Everything is Normal Until Proven Otherwise: A Book About Wraparound Services – Karl W. Dennis & Ira S. Lourie • Fast Forward – James Champy & Nitin Nohria • Fear of Falling – Barbara Ehrenreich • Feed All My Sheep: A guide and curriculum for adults with developmental disabilities – Doris C. Clark • First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman • Gesundheit! – Patch Adams • Getting the Most Out of IEPs – Colleen A. Thoma & Paul Wehman • Group Homes for People with Intellectual Disabilities – Tim Clement & Christine Bigby • Health Matters for People with Developmental Disabilities – Beth Marks, Jasmina Sisirak & Tamar Heller • Health Matters: The Exercise and Nutrition Health Education Curriculum – Beth Marks, Jasmina Sisirak & Tamar Heller • High School Transition that Works! – Maryellen Daston, J. Erin Riehle, Susie Rutkowski • House Calls – Patch Adams • How Can I Help? A Friend’s and Relative’s Guide to Supporting the Family with Autism – Ann Palmer • How About a Hug – Nan Holcomb • Imponderables: The Solution to the Mysteries of Everyday Life – David Feldman • Ink in the Wheels: Stores to Make Love Roll – S Barton and Megan M Cutter • IQ of 63 So What – Ben D. Anderson • It’s Time – Judith Mammay • Job Success for Persons with Developmental Disabilities – David B. Wiegan • Just Like Other Daughters – Colleen Faulkner • Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success – Masaaki Imai • Launching into Adulthood – Donald Lollar • Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun – Wess Roberts • Life Beyond the Classroom, Transition Strategies for Young People with Disaiblities – Paul Wehman • Life is a Gift – Jenny Miller • Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities – Cary Griffin & David Hammis • Managing at the Speed of Change – Daryl R. Conner • Managing Quality – Jacqueline M. Katz & Eleanor Green • Managing the Nonprofit Organization – Peter F. Drucker • Me, Hailey! – Sheri Plucker • Montana Center on Disabilities: Focusing on Abilities – Sue Hart • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults – Sylvie Naar-King, Mariann Suarez • My Holly, A story of a Brother’s Understanding and Acceptance – Julie Leavitt Wolfe


Lagging to leading

Paladino highlights AWARE in CPA magazine By Jim Tracy Corporate performance expert Bob Paladino gives AWARE high marks in an article in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Magazine. AWARE “is leading people, process and customer indicators to manage its expansive, entrepreneurial-driven service organization,” Paladino writes in a piece titled “Transition from lagging to leading KPIs (key performance Bob Paladino indicators).” The article was published in March in the Corporate Finance Insider section of the magazine. Paladino, a CPA, is an adviser, trainer and author of dozens of articles and three best-selling business books. AWARE executives partnered with him in early 2013 to design corporate strategy maps and “balanced scorecard KPIs.” The article encapsulates AWARE’s development of a corporate strategy map and key performance indicators with attention focused on leading indicators throughout the organization. Here’s how he describes the company: “AWARE Inc. provides residential living and community care and treatment services to those with mental health, intellectual, and

developmental disabilities. Its first home opened 38 years ago with a few residents in Anaconda, Mont. Since then, the company has expanded to more than 80 homes and 20 service lines serving thousands of people in Montana. AWARE has

The experience of AWARE Inc. executives shows investments in people development directly affect the quality, timeliness and level of patient service. — Bob Paladino 6

grown to become the state’s largest health care provider of its type.” Paladino notes that he suggested three steps for AWARE’s finance and leadership team to follow to move from “a lagging set of financial indicators to a ‘strategic’ set of leading and lagging indicators.” Working with AWARE staff, he developed a corporate strategy map, or storyboard, that contains 20 strategic objectives across four perspectives. In deploying a companywide strategy map, Paladino notes that AWARE established a corporate performance management team that identified multiple data sources and the types of reports needed. “The experience of AWARE Inc. executives shows investments in people development directly affect the quality, timeliness, and level of patient service,” he says. With the help of the IT department, AWARE extracted, trans-

Autograph session

Cedar Vance stops by to chat with Wayne Dagel at AWARE’s table at a Provider Fair in Billings that took place leading up to and during the Special Olympics opening ceremonies and the dinner/dance afterward. Dagel asked Cedar to autograph a copy of the Winter 2014 issue of Apostrophe magazine issue that features her on the cover. An accomplished rider, Cedar participated in equestrian events at the 2014 Special Olympics State Summer Games. Courtesy photo

ferred and loaded data to automate and populate strategy maps and scorecards in a software system. From the scorecards, “one can clearly see the ‘cause and effects’ forecasted by improvements in the leading indicators,” Paladino says. Investment in training He says increased investment in employee training is expected to enhance clinician capabilities and competencies and thereby enhance service levels. In turn, these leading indicators will drive enhanced scores while reducing risk factor incidents. In reviewing leading indicators, one area of focus is on voice of the

customer, measured by net promoter score or NPS. NPS, introduced about 10 years ago in an article in Harvard Business Review, is a leading indicator of customer loyalty and driver of company growth. “Early survey results reveal NPS scores (for AWARE) above 60 percent, which is considered excellent,” Paladino says. According to Harvard Business Review, Southwest Airlines, long considered the industry benchmark for customer service, has NPS scores of 50 percent to 55 percent. Finally, he observes that the forcasted impact on AWARE revenue “undescores the value in engaging 7

leaders to more fully understand and appreciate how people, process, and customer results drive the economic model.” Paladino says his experience shows that it takes approximately two to three years to fully implement this across all areas in an organization. You can read the article online at: CorpFin/transition-to-leading-kpis. jsp. I’m not an advocate for disability issues. Human issues are what interest me. ­— Aimee Mullins

EHR Continued from page 1 lines need to be met and this was certainly one of them,” said Matt Hansen, senior business systems engineer at Afia Inc. based in Ann Arbor, Mich. York and Utz were tasked with completing a 10,000 line Excel spreadsheet that required attention on every line. Each line lists a service that is either billable or non-billable that AWARE had previously identified for use in the EHR system. The two had to look through each line and identify any specific billing rules or special circumstances, so that the Netsmart team could set it up to be billed correctly in the system. In order to do this correctly, they had to coordinate with several AWARE staff throughout the organization to get feedback on any areas where more detail was needed as well as communicating with Netsmart to make sure that everything was defined properly. Netsmart is the vendor AWARE selected to implement a connected, efficient, and fast EHR system that will effectively support AWARE staff as they deliver client services. AWARE will use Netsmart’s myEvolv, a web-based EHR system that will integrate and manage client data from intake to discharge. York and Utz attended multiple full-day training sessions to better understand the myEvolv system to support the finance worksheet and the system configuration. Lists of services In February, AWARE staff and Netsmart consultants built lists of programs and services and identified sites where those services are offered, including offices and homes within communities.

Building on that foundation, York and Utz refined those lists. “We had to say, ‘OK, if this service is performed for this program at this facility, this is how much we get paid for it,’” York said. “We had to delete a lot of rows on the spreadsheet, but we also had to add a lot of rows.” They also had to determine which parties to bill, e.g., Department of Public Health and Human Services, Department of Corrections or a private insurance company. “We had to drill everything down,” said Utz. “We had to assign an allocation code and a rate for every billable event.” 10,000 lines The two divided the 10,000 lines in half and over a period of two weeks worked on their parts of the project before coming together to put the two halves together. “You really had to concentrate on it,” York said. “We also had to get clarification from AWARE service directors.” They ended up with about 3,200 lines on their spreadsheet. Netsmart will use the spreadsheet to build the financial part of the EHR system. On April 1, AWARE’s EHR team went over that spreadsheet with a team from Netsmart. The biggest beneficiaries of the work the two did may be the people who receive AWARE services. Getting rules in place will reduce the amount of time that staff have to spend on processing billing information at all levels and allow them to focus more on streamlining internal processes and providing even better care to clients. Despite the tight deadline and the demanding nature of the as8

signment, York and Utz both said they’re pleased with the outcome. “It was a fun challenge,” York said. Added Utz: “We enjoy doing this kind of thing, but it was intense.”


Soon every employee will need to know computer skills as AWARE prepares to adopt EHR. “Employees will need basic computer skills – typing, Internet functions, opening, closing and saving documents and the ability to navigate around the software,” said Jason McDonald, project manager for the EHR transition and AWARE’s business operations manager in accounts payable. To identify AWARE’s computer skill needs, all AWARE employees had the opportunity to complete a computer literacy assessment. “The results of this assessment lets AWARE know what our real needs are, which allows AWARE to better train and prepare our staff to utilize the EHR,” McDonald said. Opportunities for further computer skill development for employees are available, and with this training, employees will be able to efficiently use the EHR. Different trainings available “This allows AWARE employees to be prepared for the EHR implementation, which gives them more time to do what they do best, provide outstanding care for the individuals we serve,” McDonald said. The assessment was offered to all AWARE employees. Beginning in June, trainers from AFIA will help AWARE staff who need further computer instruction become comfortable with the basics.

For example, they’ll learn different types of hardware used to document patient information in the EHR – desktop PCs, laptops, tablets, mouse, touchpad, laptop batteries, power cords, etc., and how the monitor, print and network cables connect to different ports. They’ll become comfortable using a mouse and/or touchpad, especially knowing the difference between right-click vs. left-click. Classes could include hardware basics, security, desktop, start toolbar, Internet vs. intranet, properly logging off, manipulating program windows, file structure, network basics, operating system versus program applications, copy and paste, printer basics and basic troubleshooting. McDonald, who has been involved in the EHR transition for more than two years, said from time to time employees may be asked to complete surveys or assessments like the basic computer skills assessments. Making a smooth transition to EHR will require knowing what our needs and skills are, but will also require testing, “patience and ‘buy in.’” “We have a long ways to go, so we need patience while we make sure we implement a system that will work as best it can for our clients the people we serve and for AWARE,” he said. “It will be important to have everyone participate in as many of these opportunities as possible, as these may shape the trainings we provide to employees in order to make sure they are ready when we go-live. And for that, each employee needs to know we believe this truly is the best thing for our clients and our organization. Buying in also includes asking questions – if

you have questions or concerns, please ask.”

Digitizing Forms

One benefit of converting to electronic health records is the ability to take advantage of paperless technologies that will save time and money, clear clutter from offices and shrink AWARE’s environmental footprint. A team of employees has been working for months to push AWARE toward paperless offices by reducing the number of forms used by various services, programs and communities. The team started nearly two months ago converting what were paper forms into electronic forms with pull-down menus, cells on spreadsheets and “data points.” They trimmed the number of forms AWARE staffers use by about three quarters. The forms committee was charged with the daunting task of reviewing every form that AWARE uses as an organization, which was over 700 in total. The list has now been consolidated to about a quarter of that number, which creates efficiency throughout the entire organization — from training, to quality of care, to finance. The team includes EHR project managers Pandi Highland and Jason McDonald, Mike Kelly, Leslie York and Donna Kelly. Highland is a program officer. McDonald and York are business operations managers, respectively, of accounts payable and accounts receivable. Mike Kelly is a service director, while Donna Kelly is a service administrator. They have been working with Matt Hansen, senior business systems engineer at Afia, 9

the company that is coordinating the transition to EHR.The team meets each Wednesday to report on progress and compare notes. “We were charged with looking at every form we use at AWARE,” said team member Mike Kelly. “By eliminating the ones we no longer use and condensing sometimes two or three or four forms into one, we have whittled the number down to about 170.” Painstaking work While the team is still debating the usefulness and value of a few forms, its focus now turns toward finishing the painstaking work of entering “data points” from the paper forms into fields on an electronic spreadsheet. They try to find which fields are consistent across as many forms as possible and which fields are unique. To do that, the team drew heavily on the expertise of AWARE field staff — what the team has come to know as “subject matter experts.” “They know the forms they use, and they can answer all the questions about those forms,” Kelly said. “The most impressive thing about this committee has been their dedication to pulling in staff from all corners of the organization to ensure that they are getting all of the information that they need to make the right decisions for the future of AWARE,” said AWARE CEO Larry Noonan. Making time on short notice “All of the decisions have been informed and vetted, which is a time-consuming process, Noonan said. It is also a testament to the commitment from all of the staff outside of the committee that Continued on next page

they make time on short notice to provide the necessary feedback and consultation.” All of the hard work the team has devoted to the project should result in well-designed forms that eliminate duplicate work, drive informative reporting and insure accurate billing. “We function very well independently,” said team member Pandi Highland. “We function even better as a forms committee, supporting each other and interacting with many other subject matter experts on these forms projects, capturing and moving forward necessary and required change to assure that we are creating effective and quality forms and to assure that we are creating forms that are efficient and workflows that are efficient for our direct care staff. “The forms committee has really strived to capture each moment of our work in terms of making each interaction, each action, each project…the most quality it can be!”

More accessible records

The switch from paper-based charting to digital charting should make life easier for staff at all levels, according to Dr. Len Lantz, AWARE’s medical director and a member of the team guiding the transition to EHR. “I think some processes will be easier with the EHR and some will

Seeing a large binder filled with paperwork about them can alarm some individuals, and the EHR will reduce those worries. — Dr. Leonard Lantz be less convenient, but the end product will be a medical record that is more accurate, more accessible and more functional than our current paper-based charting system,” Lantz said in a recent interview. Lantz also discussed other areas where he believes EHR will make an immediate improvement. One of those is telepsychiatry. “The EHR will allow staff and doctors to have better access to the chart when doing telepsychiatry,” he said. “Rather than printing, signing and faxing or mailing records from one site to another, records will be immediately available to all pertinent staff.” Lantz believes the EHR will also help staff who are responding to crisis calls. “By allowing doctors and therapists to have immediate access to the medical record,” he said, “our crisis responders will have the in-


formation they need to help people, especially people they have never met,” he said. And, he said, electronic records should produce a psychological benefit for patients. “Persons served will not see a paper chart — a big ring binder — when they receive services at AWARE,” he said. “Kids often say, ‘Is that my chart?!’ when they see their doctors referencing a ring binder. Seeing a large binder filled with paperwork about them can alarm some individuals, and the EHR will reduce those worries.” Some challenges While the transition to EHR promises substantial improvements, Lantz said, it has not come without challenges. “In addition to the substantial time commitment in the selection, buildout and implementation of the EHR, I believe the biggest challenge is anticipating the needs of all staff, while streamlining and standardizing our workflow,” he said. “It is important for the EHR to work well not just for some staff but for all AWARE employees.” We’re halfway there. Actually, AWARE is past the midway point in implementing electronic health records, or EHR.

EHR Q & A people. AWARE will allocate sufficient training, material, time and resources to insure that everyone receives the support they need in order to become comfortable and fully utilize the new system.

In addition to doing their regular jobs, many AWARE staff have been deeply involved in the transition to electronic health records, or EHR. It’s a massive undertaking that requires a lot of extra work and strict attention to detail. It also promises great rewards. When the transition is complete and EHR is fully in place, we will truly be better connected and more efficient in the way we deliver services. Until then, however, staff have to become familiar with new technologies, new terms and new ways of doing our jobs. AWARE is committed to making that as easy as possible for every employee. To that end, the biweekly EHR Watch electronic newsletter now includes answers to questions staff have raised.

Electronic devices can fail for any number of reasons, including client action and accidents. What measures will be taken to assure that data can be collected if EHR’s become unavailable for some reason. AWARE has a disaster recovery plan to utilize in the event of a disaster. Everything within the EHR is backed up and secured in real time, at an off-site, secure data center.

How will multiple staff use the system at once in a group home? Multiple staff can access and enter inforEHR Q&A mation into the same client’s chart within the What will I see when I log in to myEvolv? EHR, simultaneously. Access will be defined by role-based security and the HIPAA prinYou’ll see the record of the client(s) ciple of “need to know.” assigned to you. Some staff are worried about the computer skills that are going to be required. Will When will we go live? we receive additional training for computer AWARE is expecting to go live with the skills outside of the EHR? new EHR system in fall 2014. AWARE staff who require additional computer training will be invited to a computer Are we converting historical data from literacy training, or will be asked to take a old/current charts? self-directed computer course. All staff will No. We will be converting databases with receive EHR Training. basic demographic information over to myEvolv. Will we get new computers for each service or group home? If so, how many will Will we get training? we get and when? Yes, all staff will be trained. This is beAWARE is assessing the needs at each locaginning with power users who will receive tion. We understand access is essential to an “train-the-trainers” sessions during the week effective implementation. A plan is being fiof July 7-11, 2014, with end-user staff trainnalized for full upgrades and rollout as necesing starting after that. We understand that this sary to provide all end users (direct care staff) is a completely new environment for many with a positive experience. 11

Center for Excellence

Science Fai Students at the Center for Excellence held their annual science and art fair May 28 at the Technology Center in Anaconda.




Turning the ‘can’t do’s’ into ‘can do’s’

Dr. Samir “Mr. Magazine™” Husni interviewed AWARE CEO Larry Noonan and Apostrophe staff and then published a “round-table conversation” on his blog in March.

people at Apostrophe Magazine believe that no one with a disability should be forced to live, work or learn in a segregated setting and that is the focus of the magazine, oftentimes their editorial contributors being developmentally disabled individuals themselves.

Husni is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media. He is also professor and Hederman Lecturer at the School of Journalism. As Mr. Magazine™ he engages in media consulting and research for the magazine media and publishing industry.

The title comes from the 70s album by Frank Zappa of the same name, more specifically from a song “Stink-Foot,” where a dog begins to talk to a man and says, “It should be easy to see… The crux of the biscuit…Is the Apostrophe.” Of course, the man then assures the dog that he can’t say that. And the dog replies, “But, I do it all the time.” Hence, turning the “can’t dos” into “can do’s”. It’s a milestone in concepts and a magazine title that is much more than just catchy in its meaning; it’s inspiring and proves that no obstacle has to stand in a person’s way; no matter what their circumstances.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview: “Usually, leaving off an apostrophe can make a big difference in something, whether it’s grammatical or an attachment in people’s lives; especially people with developmental disabilities. When the apostrophes are eliminated; people realize “can’t do’s” become “can do’s.”

Read the interview online: http://mrmagazine.

And that is the mission of Apostrophe Magazine – Apostrophe promotes inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, showcasing that they too can become a productive and important part of our society. The good 14

AWARE U offers continuing education opportunities By Chad Bushman AWARE Training Coordinator

At AWARE, this is no different. Leaders are relied on to set the tone, maximize productivity, promote harmony and maintain eadership impacts every standards to ensure proper client facet of our personal and care. So, what is the expected role professional lives. Lead- of a leader? How can they help and ers shape the climate and attitude how are they expected to perform? of an organization because we To help find an answer to these look to them for guidance, vision, questions, a new block of instrucdiscipline and mentorship. Leader- tion has been added to Supervisor ship development is a pressing and Orientation: Leadership Developchallenging ment. issue facing There are some who subscribe many compa- to the belief that leaders are born. nies today. However, this dismisses the prosAs such, pect of a person capitalizing on organizations their abilities, as well as limits their focus their capacity to identify, strengthen and attention on hone their own leadership qualities. cultivating The purpose of the Leadership the leaderDevelopment program is to help ship potensupervisors build and sharpen their tial in their leadership skills, identify their Chad Bushman employees. leadership style(s) as well as learn In his article, The Focus of Leader- techniques to better interact with ship: Choosing Service over Selfsubordinates, peers and superviInterest, Michael McKinney (2000) sors. stated: It is not designed to create a superhuman or infallible potenLeadership affects everyone tate — no leadership development “Leadership is an issue that program is designed to produce affects all of us. Not only are we such a being. Nor should it ever impacted by it, but also, we are all strive for such a futile endeavor. called upon to exercise it. Whether Rather, AWARE’s Leadership Dewe are called upon to be involved velopment training takes a candid in leading government or business, approach and openly addresses guiding young minds, leading a questions lingering in the mind of family, standing for what is right, supervisors. or organizing a dinner, a carpool, or a household, everyone has a leader- Opportunity for success ship role to play. Questions such as: Is there a We are each thrust into many single leadership style offering a different leadership roles again and greater opportunity for success? again, throughout our lives. We are What about the difference between each called upon to be custodians a manager and a leader — is one of what is right and good, lasting “better” than the other? What are and of value, for those in our care.” some qualities of an effective



We are each thrust into many different leadership roles again and again, throughout our lives. — Chad Bushman leader and why are they important? Finally, what are common leadership pitfalls and how can they be avoided? AWARE proudly state caregivers “work for those they serve.” The same principle applies to leaders— they polish their talents and endeavor to learn new skills to ensure they continue to provide guidance, vision, discipline and mentorship to those they serve. Leadership traits AWARE’s goal is to help supervisors recognize their existing leadership traits, work to generate new ones and endeavor to sharpen them both. The Leadership Development program is the first step in the effort to develop leaders for continued service in the professional caregiver community. McKinney, Michael (2000). The focus of leadership: Choosing service over self-interest. Retrieved from http://www.

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong — these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” — Winston Churchill

Special Olympians

AWARE athletes from Anaconda won medals in seven events at the Special Olympics Montana State Games May 13-16 in Billings. Representing AWARE left to right (back row): Jay Arensmeyer (bocce, bowling), Dan Ramsey (bocce, bowling), Brandy Wilson (javelin, 100-meter walk), Judy Armbruster (bocce, 50-meter run), Russell Carstens (assistant coach); front row: Troy Miller (bicycle road race, softball throw) and Aimee Roberson ( bocce, bowling). Coaches not pictured were Deon Brown, Shonna Furman and Bill Massey. Photo by Jim Tracy


Continued from Page 1 Butte-Silver Bow and Lewis and Clark counties for at least one year. According to AWARE CEO Larry Noonan, each grant was written and funded with community partners, including the Butte-Silver Bow Public Health Department, Lewis and Clark Health Department, Family Concepts, Florence

Crittenton Center and Grounds for Change in Custer County. “The services will focus on promoting the physical and emotional health of the child and family while connecting families to valuable community resources and activities,� Noonan said. These home visiting programs are voluntary, family-centered services in the home for families with infants and young children. These 16

new services provide professional, trained staff who partner with parents to help them meet family goals. Home visiting services will begin during the summer of 2014. Those who would like to take part in the program can contact Melinda Edwards at 406.360.8856 or

CFE scholastic dean embraces AWARE prinicples


teve Picard is putting his experience in Montana public schools to work for AWARE at the Center for Excellence in Anaconda. As newly hired scholastic dean, Picard supervises all day treatment staff and manages day-to-day operations at the Center. He also supervises two comprehensive school and community treatment (or CSCT) programs in the Anaconda schools (programs are expected to be added in other communities) and acts as an education consultant. He’s perfectly suited for the latter part of his job description after working as a teacher and administrator for nearly 30 years before joining AWARE. “I am very grateful for the opportunity to work for AWARE in an education role,” said Picard, who holds a master’s degree in educational leadership with K-12 principal endorsement from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s in physical education and health K-12 from Carroll College. “I appreciate the support the day treatment staff has given me during my first three months. I am very impressed with the corporate structure, management, human resources, payroll, training, etcetera. AWARE is a class act that gives disabled and emotionally challenged children/adults an opportunity to live a productive life.” Picard believes the Center for Excellence allows children from Montana and abroad to be successful in an educational setting. “The center gives every child an opportunity to grow intellectually, physically and emotionally, with a

Steve Picard - CFE scholastic dean

therapeutic and educational expertise supporting them,” he said. “As an administrator in school systems for the past 25 years, I realize that as public administrators we could not adequately fill the role that was needed to make all children successful. AWARE has filled that gap for some children by their services and the Center for Excellence. Before joining AWARE, Picard was principal at a correctional facility near Anaconda known as RYO

The center gives every child an opportunity to grow intellectually, physically and emotionally. — Steve Picard 17

or Reintegrating Youthful Offenders. His job there included supervising and evaluating education programs, establishing and maintaining academic standards for staff and youthful offenders and directing staff in the development and implementation of program goals focused on the improvement of youthful offender learning and appropriate behavior. He also oversaw the development, implementation and continued improvement of the school curriculum and supervised all personnel assigned to the academic program in addition to teaching in classrooms as needed. His innovations at RYO including starting a certified training, included wildland fire training and flagging for construction and transportation. In addition, he developed a student handbook and academic incentive programs for the offenders such as honor roll and student of the month. He also developed “Thursday Thoughts,” which reviewed day to day operations of the education department, highlighted staff accomplishments and overall promotion of a team approach to the educational program. Picard’s public school experience included stints as assistant principal and activities director at Havre Middle School (2008-2009); assistant principal at Havre High School (2007-08); educational coordinator at Kicking Horse Job Corps (2005-07); and assistant principal and activities director at St. Ignatius High School and Middle School (2001-2005).

IT for EHR Information Technology Program Manager Wendall Smith takes a quick inventory of Dell computer components AWARE has purchased for the upcoming electronic health records (EHR) deployment. AWARE is assessing computer and other information technology needs at all of its locations across Montana to develop a strategy to deploy the equipment. For the latest on AWARE’s transition to electronic healthCollectibles records, check your email for EHR Watch. Household If you have questions, send an email to: Clothing ehrquestions@

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Dream kitchen built for people with disabilities in Butte

four or five other kids.... And the teacher said if she could just get the kids together she could help all of them at the same time. And that’s where Opportunity Resources really started. It was an opportunity school and it was just the parents, you know. Every day you’d go down and help a little bit here and help a little bit there. And it has grown by leaps and bounds.” Find the complete story, At 103, Missoula woman recalls helping start Opportunity Resources for daughter, at the

RENATA BIRKENBUEL [Montana Standard]

Highlands College construction technology students built a new dream kitchen for people with disabilities. Located at the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc., headquarters, 305 W. Mercury St. in Butte, Mont., the new accessible kitchen is compliant with the American Disabilities Act, according to Montana Standard writer Renata Birkenbuel. The new space allows instructors to teach nutrition and cooking classes as part of an overall wellness objective, said Cassie Weightman, specialist with the Montana Independent Living Project. “We want it to be one of those places where you’re happy to be with your friends,” said Weightman, whose group partners with the council. “There’s no other place like it in Butte.” The Butte-oberfest event helped the Silver Bow Developmental Disabilities Council raise the funds for the Nutrition Education Station. According to the Montana Standard, the project was completed in mid April. The space will eventually be available for groups to rent.

Victor students discuss the R-word MICHELLE MCCONNAHA [Ravalli Republic]

Every morning, Victor High School faculty and students start their day by gathering with an inspirational message, recognizing contributors and achievers — providing students with a sense of belonging. According to the Ravalli Republic, the March 26 assembly included a presentation by junior Jon Wilson and special education student Chris Clare, a senior. These two students are setting out to improve the world for those who often cannot speak for themselves. During the assembly, Wilson and Clare spoke and showed pictures of the two of them at local, state and national events and videos about how life damaging the use of the R-word is. The new R-word, they said, is respect. “End your use of the derogatory word ‘retard’ — it is disrespectful to people,” said Wilson. “Think before you speak.” “Special Olympics has changed my life. I didn’t know what to expect but it is great,” Clare said. “The R-word is like poison. It hurts someone so much that they can’t really live with themselves. So I hope the R-word can change [to respect] and we can light the tunnel that is so dark right now.” Read the complete story, Victor students discuss respect at assembly, at the

At 103, Missoula woman recalls helping start Opportunity Resources for daughter DAVID ERICKSON [Missoulian]

Over the past 60 years, perhaps tens of thousands of people with disabilities in western Montana have been given a chance to build their own life because of the tenacity and dedication of people like Eva Amundson. Eva Amundson, founder of Opportunity Resources Inc. in 1955 just turned 103. She was active in the nonprofit’s growth throughout the years and continues to sit on the board of directors as an emeritus member. According to the Missoulian, April 23, The Springs senior living center in Missoula, Mont., held a party to help her celebrate her 103rd birthday. April 24, Opportunity Resources held a special board meeting at The Springs so Amundson could attend. “She’s been a real rock here,” said Tim Furey, director of development at ORI. “She’s just been a great foundation. She’s provided us with a lot of direction and support.” The April 23 article in the Missoulian says that Amundson’s daughter, Ardis, who had polio and whooping cough as a baby, suffered because the cough destroyed part of her brain. The Missoulian quoted Amundson: “And we came to Missoula and we had a teacher for Ardis, and she had

Walk to raise Williams syndrome awareness [Havre Daily News]

Montana’s first walk to raise awareness for Williams syndrome was held Sunday May 4 in Havre, Mont. According to The Havre Daily News, the walk was organized by Dottie and Steward Wilson and their daughter, Keeley, has Williams syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and is characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities, according to the Williams Syndrome Association. The 1.3 mile walk brought more than 80 people who were 20

lead by Keeley. The Wilsons hope to make the walk an annual event, The Havre Daily News article reported. Williams syndrome affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide. All proceeds were donated to the Williams Syndrome Association.

Bloorview Research Institute's games are not yet commercially available. The games are currently used in clinics at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. For more, read “Xbox One Kinect used in therapies for kids with cerebral palsy,” at

Woman with Down syndrome earns degree

Man with Down syndrome fullfills life goal

After more than a decade of trying, Angela Long of Westland, Mich., finally earned her college degree, living proof that hard work pays off, according to In an interview, Angela said, "I always thought that when people say you can't do this, I have to prove them wrong." Diagnosed with Down syndrome 31-years-ago, Angela doesn't let that hold her back. Fox 44 reported that it took 12 years for Angela to complete her degree. Failure wasn't an option, even if it meant taking a math class four times. "There were tears and frustration and not knowing for sure 'am I gonna pass this time.' It's been tough of course. I had to take a class four times in a row, but the fourth time, I finally passed that class," Angela said. And if anyone had an excuse to throw in the towel, it was her. She has paid for every book and every class out of her own pocket by working at Kroger over the past 15 years. Beating all odds, she has surpassed every goal set for her. Angela graduated with an associate’s degree in liberal arts from School Craft College. "Finally I am going to walk across that stage and I'm going to have my day," Angela said. Watch a video and read Angela’s story, MI woman with Down syndrome earns college degree, despite adversity, at

Michale Mullins, a 38-year-old die-hard Red Sox fan, a person with Down syndrome, realized a dream he's had for a decade: Singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Fenway Park to open for the Red Sox, reports Mullins has spent the last 10 years singing the national anthem for a minor league team, and four years lobbying the Red Sox for a chance to sing at Fenway. He's been helped by the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton, Mass. "Nope, I'm not nervous," he told Boston's WCVB in an interview before the big day. "Piece of cake." A video of the performance, uploaded May 3, features Mullins proudly singing the national anthem. He's flanked by Dan Cloutier and Arva Ferguson, who regularly sing with him at the Respite Center. You can also find a video of the group practicing the anthem before the game. Search for Man with Down syndrome fulfills life goal, sings National Anthem at Red Sox game at



Michigan boy, 14, carried brother 40 miles CARL RYAN [The Blade]

Hunter Gandee, 14 years old, carried his brother 40 miles from Bedford Junior High School in Temperence to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor over two days for a cause close to his heart, reports Carl Ryan of According to The Blade, his younger brother, Braden Gandee, 7, a first grader at Douglas Road Elementary School, has cerebral palsy and uses a walker and braces. Xbox One Kinect used in therapy for kids To Hunter, his little brother is “my inspiration,” and he TRACY LEIN [] assists him in every way he can. Because of his brother, Hunter Researchers at the Bloorview Research Institute in Canada has adopted cerebral-palsy awareness as a personal cause. are developing games using the Kinect that help children Hunter has heightened public awareness about cerebral palsy with cerebral palsy gain motor function. reports by posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. He’s also that researcher Elaine Biddiss said kids with cerebral palsy typically have difficulty extending their limbs like their wrists, raised $350 for cerebral palsy research at the University of Michigan by selling $1 CP Awareness wristbands. elbows and shoulders, so integrating the Kinect into their The 150 pound boy carried his 50 pound brother piggy back therapies gives kids the incentive to perform the necessary June 7-8, and they departed at 8 a.m., with a sendoff from the exercises. junior high, which was specially opened for them that Saturday "Rehabilitation is driven by repetitive practice, and that can morning. be boring for kids to do the same thing over and over again," School board members and other district officials, along with Biddiss said. "But when you put it in a game environment with friends and supporters, was there to send them off. rewards and points, that helps to motivate kids. The boys walked with a group of volunteers while their According to Polygon, Biddiss said the games aren't simply parents, Danielle and Sam Gandee, drove ahead of them. physical therapies with game elements tacked on. All games Their journey ended at the Bahna Wrestling Center at the are designed with user experience and therapeutic benefits in University of Michigan. mind. One game is based on a Japanese game called Hole In Read, Bedford teen to carry brother on 40-mile walk, at The Wall, where virtual shapes fly toward the player, and the for the complete story. kids have to try to fit their bodies in the shapes. 21

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