A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF MCFI AND ITS AFFILIATES
IN THIS ISSUE
Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . 2 Health Care Fraud on the Rise . . . 2 Making Better Food Choices . . . 3 Learn About WPERG . . . . 4 Whole Health Therapy Opens . . . 5 March Anniversaries . . . . . . . 7 Meet New Employees. . . . . . . . . . 8
Client refurbishes aging instrument
he story of the stolen and now recovered Stradivarius violin topped many a nightly newscast. It even headlined CNN. The story held people’s interest because of the dramatic way the violin was stolen and the millions it was worth. But there’s another musical instrument that holds just as much intrigue. It’s the Nexday custom guitar; it may not be worth millions, but it is priceless. So is its story. A Nexday brain injury client, under the guidance of Music Therapist Andrew Neary, completely restored a 1975 classical custom acoustic guitar. One of the client’s goals was to be able to repair items in his home workshop again, and refurbishing the beat-up guitar offered that opportunity. “He designed the shape, he designed all of it,” said Neary. “It was cool because you could see all the skills coming back.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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Calendar of Events
Health care fraud cases on rise
March 2014 Sun
MARCH 4 Fat Tuesday celebration with New Orleans-style cuisine available at Café 2020 for $2.50, a FREE piece of King Cake, Cajun music and free Mardi Gras beads! Courtesy of Team Bravo and the Diversity Team. WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. WHERE: Café 2020
MARCH 14 Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance Performers WHEN: 1 p.m.to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Older Adult Day Center
MARCH 17 Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day cookies, courtesy of Team Bravo WHEN: Cookies will be delivered throughout the day WHERE: All campuses
MARCH 31 Opening Day Celebration Enjoy a tailgating party with raffle prizes! WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. WHERE: MCFI Conference Center
f you ever wondered why MCFI and its affiliates have a compliance program — or why it is so important for employees to report real or suspected fraud — consider this: Federal prosecutors filed a record-setting number of health care fraud cases in 2013. So reports researchers at Syracuse University, who analyzed the latest available data from the Justice Department, finding the highest annual count of criminal prosecutions of health care fraud. Within the past fiscal year, the number of prosecutions went up 3 percent — from 366 in 2012 to 377 last year. The 2013 number is up nearly 8 percent from five years ago and 10 percent from the 343 prosecutions reported in 2003. The lead investigative agency for the most prosecutions through September 2013 was the FBI, taking 46.6 percent of the prosecutions referred. If you have any questions about what constitutes health care fraud or how to report real or suspected cases, please contact Director of Compliance Julie Van Alstine, 414-937-2103. GUITAR HERO, FROM PAGE 1
The guitar has a new ebony bridge, custom bone saddle, Baltic Birch top, custom multiple sound holes and custom paint and finish. The asking price for the new-looking guitar is $500, with proceeds going to MCFI’s restorations class, which rescues old musical instruments and uses them to teach and rehabilitate adults with brain injuries. Neary said clients learn about the instrument, conduct research, learn how to repair and restore, and learn about buying and selling products online in a safe and supportive environment. Two more guitars are almost completed, he said. “Whatever we fix, we use the money to buy the next project,” he said.
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Choose food that tastes good and is good for you
hile social, emotional and health factors play two choices are a role in the foods people choose to eat, the not mutually foods we enjoy are the ones we eat most. exclusive. That’s why, as part of National Nutrition Month 2014, Enjoying the the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages healthy foods everyone to "enjoy the taste of eating right." we eat and the Each March, the academy encourages Americans to physical return to the basics of healthful eating. This year's activities we engage in is key to developing a theme focuses on healthy lifestyle we can maintain for years to come." combining taste and Preparing meals can be “It is important that we find the balance nutrition to create healthy, rewarding and between choosing the foods we like with healthy meals that cost-effective. Make follow the mealtime a family time. those that provide the nutrients we need." recommendations If you can, get together Dr. Glenna McCollum ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS of the 2010 Dietary for meals even a few Guidelines for times a week. Americans. "Research shows that family meals promote healthier "When taste is the most influential factor driving eating – more fruits, vegetables and fiber, less fried food what consumers eat, it is important that we find the and often fewer calories," said registered dietitian balance between choosing the foods we like with nutritionist and Academy spokesperson Angela those that provide the nutrients we need," said Ginn. registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Trying to eat healthy and don’t know where to start? President Dr. Glenna McCollum. "This year's 'Enjoy Visit MCFI’s Health and Wellness Pinterest page for the Taste of Eating Right’ theme reinforces that the loads of healthy recipes!
Key recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines Increase vegetable and fruit intake. Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark green, red and orange ones. Consume at least half of all grains as whole grains.
Increase intake of fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Choose a variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and peas, soy products and unsalted nuts and seeds.
Increase the amount and variety of seafood consumed by choosing seafood in place of some meat and poultry. Use oils to replace solid fats when possible.
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Caregiving is WPERG’s focus Balancing work, family still the aim
ince the Working Parenting Employee Resource Group started four years ago, its purpose has been to help parents juggle the demands of home and the workplace. While that’s still the group’s aim, it is expanding its reach to include all caregivers, not just parents. “We don’t need you to be a mother or Karrie Knapp and Tom father,” said Tom Schroeder, learning Schroeder are WPERG’s and development manager, who co-chairs this year. co-chairs WPREG with Karrie Knapp, manager of Family Care mental health case management unit. “You could be part of the sandwich generation and taking care of your aging parents and your own children. There may be some grandparents who work here who are taking care of their grandchildren.” Still, WPERG’s purpose will continue to help caregiving employees balance their work and personal lives, said Karrie. “We want to be the best place to work,” she said. “To do that, we have to recognize people have lives outside work.” WPERG members —- there are about 10 right now — meet from noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in Room 214H, where they network and share ideas and resources. As a dad, Tom said he joined to get advice on how he could better juggle the personal and professional demands in his life. “How do other people do it?” he said he wondered. “Am I even doing it right?” Karrie, also a parent, said she joined the group more to help her employees, many of them young mothers who were still nursing. “One of our biggest initiatives we started was the lactation room,” she said. “They deserve to have a room where they can meet the needs of their family while working.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
A Commitment to Diversity MCFI’s Diversity Team works to provide opportunities in the workplace and community, because we believe diversity enriches us all.
Our mission is to foster an environment that reflects the community we serve, values the skills and talents of each individual, and ensures quality service to our clients with special needs.
Our vision is to be the benchmark of diversity and inclusion among nonprofit agencies in southeastern Wisconsin. MCFI will be the organization where clients want to receive services, funders want to provide support, vendors want to do business and employees see diverse opportunities.
Diversity recognitions February is Women’s History Month March 16 Purim, Jewish, Mexico (Marks the deliverance of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Harman, who planned to kill all the Jews in his empire.) March 20 Nowruz, Persian New Year, Iran (A celebration of the spring equinox and beginning of the year according to the Iranian calendar.) March 31 César Chávez Day, United States (Honors the life of Chávez, an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist.)
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Whole Health Therapies Opens
New service offers primary care to TLS clients
am excited to announce a new initiative of primary care services that are being integrated into the already existing behavioral services at TLS Behavioral Health. This service provides TLS clients with access to a primary care provider and increases their accessibility to care. The goals of this initiative, called Whole Health Therapies, are to:
Continue to provide highquality health care to clients in TLS by integrating primary and behavioral health care to improve client health and access to health care to clients as a whole. Implement a coordinated system that combines medical and behavioral services to address the whole person.
Coordinate the detection, treatment and follow-up care of both mental and physical conditions between medical and behavioral health providers.
Have medical and behavioral elements integrated into one treatment plan for a specific client or population of clients.
The primary care services provided include but are not limited to:
Chronic disease management and screening
Treatment of acute care conditions
This additional service will allow us to support clients in their health, and to improve healthrelated outcomes in regard to chronic disease treatment and prevention. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me via email or at 414-937-2257. — Dr. Rosalyn McFarland Director of Health Services
Learn more about Why I Give campaign Last month, we started an employee giving campaign, and many have already signed up for payroll deductions.
please contact Manadra Rainey, 414-937-2258, or Dawn Kondreck, 414-937-2225. Either can tell you why they give — and why you should too!
If you are interested in giving, or you have questions about the campaign,
When you give, you will receive an I GAVE button to wear proudly!
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News and Notes FREE employment readiness classes offered Know somebody who could use some assistance in landing a job? MCFI Employment Services is offering a series of FREE classes at both the Main and Nexday campuses. For more information, contact Lindsey McMahon at 414-937-2120.
MCFI Home Care passes state survey
Pralines, parades and beads!
NAMI walk scheduled for May 17
Children from the Wells Street Academy will Please save the date of wear Mardi Gras May 17 for the NAMI masks they made and Walk! NAMI, the hand out pralines and National Alliance on beads when they stage a Mental Illness, advocates parade at the Main for people who are living Praline Campus from 10:45 a.m. to with mental illness and 11:15 a.m. on March 4. You won’t behavioral health issues. want to miss out! Team TLS will be co-captained by Slip, trip and fall Joy Wedel and Jackie Wells. You can support this effort by joining prevention tips the team and walking in support of With snowy and icy weather people with mental illness, by conditions, Scott Curwick and Dr. making a donation, or both! Rosalyn McFarland of our Health Watch for more and Safety Committee information to recommend you take come! precautions against falling by: Wearing slip-resistant shoes, especially for employees who work and travel outdoors as part of their jobs.
Congratulations to the MCFI Home Care staff for passing a Wisconsin Department of Health Services survey with absolutely no deficiencies!
This is a major accomplishment for MCFI Home Care, since not many organizations surveyed by the state emerge deficiency-free. It is a particularly impressive outcome when you consider that MCFI Home Care has grown tremendously in the past several months, tripling in size in 2013.
Being aware of your environment and watching for icy areas when walking from your car to the facility.
Being aware of wet floors and informing facilities when discovered so the wet area can be cleaned up and injuries prevented.
Send us your news! If you have information you want included in The Connection, please contact Candace Romano at 414-937-2075.
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March Anniversaries Thomas Neuens, Data Processing Technician, 27 years
Anne Miller, Payroll Specialist, 3 years
Kelly Harris, Certified Nursing Assistant, 1 year
Dawn Kondreck, Technical Support Engineer, 19 years
Frank Simac, Case Manager I, 3 years
Douglas Kay, Manager, Operations, 1 year
Susan Endes, Art Therapist, 17 years
Susan Wagner, Community Recovery Specialist, 3 years
Tanya Kozelek, Case Manager, 1 year
Lisa Kuptz, Accounting Assistant, 14 years
Freddie Campbell, Manager, Food Service Operations, 2 years
Justin Krug, Case Manager, Family Care, 1 year
Marsha Zych, Family Care Supervisor, 12 years
Jennifer Chap, Office Coordinator, 2 years
Shakita Lesure Johnson, Community Recovery Specialist, 1 year
Karrie Knapp, Director, Case Jennifer Davis, Clinical Supervisor/ Management and Diversion, 11 years Program Director, 2 years
Allison Lohman, Case Manager III, 1 year
Courtney Scharpf, Community Support Specialist, 10 years
Heather Fitzsimmons, Registered Nurse Case Manager, 2 years
Kristen Lungren, Client Coordinator/Case Manager, 1 year
Kristina Taylor-Reynolds, Case Manager III, 8 years
Clifford Hoeft, Manager, Billing and Revenue, 2 years
Carl McKinley, CNA/Activity Assistant, 1 year
Jerome Endries, Driver, PSC, 6 years
Puronica Kroupa, Registered Nurse, 2 years
John Pike, VP, Pharmacy, 1 year
Samantha Brophy, Art Therapist, 5 years
Angela Poe, Community Recovery Specialist, 2 years
Jennifer Butters, Registered Nurse, 5 years
Jonathan Small , Peer Recovery Specialist, 2 years
Dale Schmitz, Payroll Specialist, 4 years
Kandice Bell, Community Recovery Specialist II, 1 year
Racquel Brown-Moss, Community Recovery Specialist II, 3 years
Keilyn Borrero-Perez, Certified Nursing Assistant, 1 year
Jessica Du Bois, Client Coordinator/Case Manager, 3 years
Latina Clark, Community Recovery Specialist, 1 year
Lia Malone, Community Recovery Specialist, 3 years
Michelle Fons, Lead Client Coordinator/Case Manager, 1 year
Anne Schwantes, Registered Nurse Case Manager, 1 year Wendy Schwartz, Case Manager III, 1 year Oneida Shears, Kitchen Helper, 1 year Trentin Stotts, Kitchen Supervisor, 1 year Melynda Treu, Care Coordinator, 1 year Nicola Ciurro, Principal, 1 year
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Welcome New Employees Sarra Agherrabi, Assembly and Production Assistant
Arturo Garcia, Community Recovery Specialist
Stefnee Ross, Human Resource Specialist, NHS
Larissa Alexander, Community Recovery Specialist
Keiarea Green, Health Services, Pool CNA
Candice Schultz, Community Recovery Specialist
Kevin Barnes, Work Services Manager, Work Services
Michelle Heintze, Wells Street Academy, Paraprofessional
Matthew Taylor, CSP Milwaukee, Case Manager
Amanda Buck, Activity Assistant/CNA, Nexday
Mary Hooks, Health Services, Pool CNA
Kelly Tuma, Community Recovery Specialist
Chong Cha, IRIS, Payroll Assistant
Jason Kelly, Production and Assembly Assistant
Katrina Virgil, Community Recovery Specialist
Martha Chambers, iLife, Participant Engagement Specialist
Sarah Marson, Health Services, Pool CNA
Rebecca Whiting, CSP Milwaukee, Case Manager
Valerie Childress, Community Recovery Specialist
Elizabeth McKenna, L.I.F.E. Academy, Client Coordinator Case Manager
Tasha Williams, Community Recovery Specialist
Jonathan Claflin, IRIS, Business Process Analyst Alexis Escamilla, L.I.F.E., CNA/Activity Assistant
Tierra Moore, Community Recovery Specialist
WPERG, FROM PAGE 4
While the lactation room was the group’s first project, it is not the only way WPERG reaches out to engage caregivers and their families. The group has arranged trips to Apple Holler and held Lunch ‘N Learns on topics including adoption, being a foster parent and managing stress, Karrie said. It holds an annual flower sale before Sweetest Day not as a fundraiser, she said, but so caregivers don’t have to stop at a store on their way home from work. “It’s to make life more convenient,” she said. Karrie said the group’s also held a resource fair that brought in representatives to inform caregivers about elder abuse, co-sleeping, healthy eating habits
and children and Internet safety. Karrie said the group hopes to hold another resource fair this October, and it is planning a bring-your-child-to-work day sometime in June. Tom said the group is also working more closely with Team Bravo, the Diversity Team, the Wellness Committee and the Health and Safety Committee so that event topics aren’t duplicated. “There are overlapping concepts in that we want to help employees,” he said of the groups. But the overriding question WPERG is asking is: “What can we do to help caregivers in the agency?”