Issue 2
Spring 2014
Welcome Spring!
Hello All!


Happy Spring! We finally made it after wondering many times if we ever would.
Visiting the people we serve is one of the most important and rewarding activities carried out by APSI staff. Seeing the person face to face in their home or place of work provides us with a valuable opportunity to observe what their day to day life is like. We learn so much from these visits.


This winter presented significant challenges to our employees as they worked to complete regional visits. Do you know despite the severe weather we made 6591 visits in January, February and March for the over 4100 people we serve? That is incredible under any circumstances!  I commend the commitment of everyone who got out there day after day, storm after storm.


 You truly make a difference. 


Staff Spotlight
Trisha Wohlever, APSI HR Coordinator
Welcome Trisha!
The position of HR Coordinator is new to APSI and we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce Trisha Wohlever and provide a little information about her past experience and current job duties with APSI.
Trisha graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Human Resources.  Upon graduation, She worked as an HR Coordinator at ViaQuest, a Benefits Administrator at Frank Gates/Avizent, and a Benefits and Compensation Manager at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In October, 2013, Trisha joined the APSI Human Resources team as our HR Coordinator.


Her responsibilities as HR Coordinator include the following processes: benefit enrollment and termination, leave of absence, workers' compensation, recruiting and hiring support, performance assessment process development, and job descriptions updates.  She also serve as a backup for the payroll function. 


Trisha also wanted to extend the following invitation to everyone, "Please feel free to contact me for any of your HR-related needs.  I am happy to help, even if it relates to something outside of my stated responsibilities. I am so glad to be part of the APSI team and look forward to meeting and working with you!"


APSI Receives Customer Appreciation Award

Jamie Vandenbark, APSI Chief Operating Officer
Steve Silvers, Regional Vice President for the Ohio Valley Region of Philadelphia Insurance, recently presented a plaque to Jamie Vandenbark, APSI Chief Operating Officer, in appreciation of APSI's 20 years as a valued customer of Philadelphia Insurance.

Philadelphia provides APSI's Commerical Liability and Directors and Officers Insurance.

Jamie remarked, "We are appreciative of the long standing relationship with Steve and Philadelphia Insurance."

2014 Russell Kinnebrew Advocacy Award

In 2010, The APSI Board of Trustees wanted to recognize Russell Kinnebrew, Northeast RPD, for his advocacy efforts and for his 30 years of service to APSI. As a result, the Russell Kinnebrew Advocacy Award was established in his honor.  
This award is now given annually to an APSI program staff member who demonstrates exemplary efforts in advocacy and who has been employed at APSI for at least five years.
The Awards Committee reviews the nominations and then submits them to the Program Committee of the Board of Trustees for final review.  The award and a cash prize will be presented to the recipient at the upcoming APSI all staff luncheon on June 12, 2014.  
Past recipients of this award are: Joe King and Kathryn Adkins from the South Central Region, Jan Bannon from the Northeast Region, Amanda Nagy (formerly of the East Central Region.)


If you are aware of someone who may be deserving of this award, take a few moments to submit his/her name on the attached form.  The forms can be sent to either Cindy Ison or Pat Uhlenhake, via fax, email, or regular mail and must be received by May 8, 2014.

Attention PSRs! Do you have trouble remembering when it is time to review a behavior support plan and complete  a BSP Checklist for those on your caseload? 

Don't worry! You are not alone, and soon we will be able to utilize AWARDS to help with this. 

In the near future once a BSP Checklist is completed by a PSR and approved by an RPD, the RPD will then add a due date for the next BSP checklist into the charting timetable. By doing this, you will start to receive reminders in AWARDS when it is time to review a BSP. They will look very similar to the reminders you currently receive when it is time to do a med procedure follow up or a complex needs follow up.

Watch for more details on this process coming soon from your RPD!
Medical Minute
Here are a few tips and reminders from the Medical Specialists to help keep communication between Central Office and the Regional Offices running smoothly:

1. When you are sending an AWARDS message remember to put the name of the individual you are writing about in the subject line of your message.

2. If the AWARDS message you are sending is of a high priority, please remember to choose "URGENT" from the priority drop down box in the heading of your message. This will alert the Medical Specialist to the urgency of your message.

3. When you are typing a progress note into the AWARDS system that is related to a medical issue please remember to choose "Medical" as the progress note type on the Progress Note Data Entry screen. Choosing the appropriate note type will make it much easier for everyone to find medical information when looking at the consumer history screen in AWARDS.

4. Please note that when you contact Central Office to provide an update to the Medical Specialists, you are still required to enter a note of your own into AWARDS outlining the information you obtained and shared with the Medical Specialist. If you don't have access to your computer at the time you are making the update, please remember that you can always use your smartphone to enter information into AWARDS when necessary.

The Medical Department would like to thank everyone for all they are doing to follow up on medical issues for those we serve! The continued diligence of those in the regions to provide ongoing, timely information and updates about those APSI serves is very much appreciated. Thanks again!

Kroger Community Rewards Program

Exciting news! APSI has recently been approved for enrollment into the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
Approval for this program means that APSI employees and friends of our agency can now register their Kroger Plus cards online to join in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Participation in the Community Rewards Program will allow APSI to start earning cash rebates for purchases made by members of our organization!
Kroger will keep track of all eligible purchases and will send APSI a rebate check at the end of each quarter.
The best part is, choosing APSI will not impact the rewards you may be currently receiving as a Kroger Plus member! You will still retain the fuel points and other benefits as you always have. The rebates that APSI will earn are completely separate from your personal rewards! 

Registration must take place online and as part of the registration process you will either need to choose Advocacy & Protective Services by name or enter a nonprofit organization number.  The nonprofit organization number for Advocacy & Protective Services is 11704.
Once you are registered, you must swipe your registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to your registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
If you have questions or need assistance with the registration process please contact Angie Gerding at (614)262-3800 ext 204.
OACB Spring Conference

All Staff Training at Xenos
APSI Anniversaries
April 2014

30 Years
Kathryn Adkins (SC)

27 Years
Mark Bostic (SC)

8 Years
Jennifer Van Fleet (EC)

5 Years
Sherita Hooven (NE)

3 Years
Jason Coulter (CO)
Karen Skidmore (SC)

1 Year
Donna Collins (NE)
Brad Gillig (NE)
May 2014

14 Years
Kellie Kraven (NE)

7 Years
Lisa Hertzel (NE)

4 Years
Daryl Davison (EC)

2 Years
Shalynnda Carman (SC)

1 Year
Stephanie Bish (NW)
Inamarie Curtis (EC)
Brad Gamlin (NE)
Dianne Roberts (NW)

June 2014
34 Years
Russell Kinnebrew (NE)
21 Years
Janet Barstow (NE)
15 Years
Karla Rinto (CO)
7 Years
Marty Melton (SC)
4 Years
Jason Warren (CO)
3 Years
Kristina Gaible (SW)
Sarah Rebman (SC)
1 Year
Diane Hoffman (NW)
We would like to extend a warm welcome to APSI's newest employees!
Crystal Gearhart, PSR
Sue Lopez, PSR
Elaine Owens, OM
 Jordyn Rees, PSR
Paul Lynn, PSR
Katina Collier, PSR

Glenn Baskin, PSR
 Candy Verbanek, PSR
Shaunita Lee, PSR
APSI Takes Part In Nonprofit Legislative Day
On April 9th Karla Rinto, Angie Gerding, and APSI's development consultant, Susan Black, joined representatives from various Ohio nonprofit organizations to participate in the Nonprofit Legislative Day held at the Ohio Statehouse. 

This event was sponsored by the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations (OANO) and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

OANO and AFP organized this event to provide a forum for their members to meet with various legislators about the importance of supporting the nonprofit sector.

Throughout the day Karla, Angie, and Susan were able to meet privately with aides for the following legislators from around the state:

Sen. Randy Gardner (R)

Rep. Armond Budish (D)

Rep. Mike Duffey (R)

Rep. Stephanie Kunze (R)

Rep. Matt Lundy (D)

Rep. Robert Sprague (R)

During these meetings 
the representatives from APSI were able to spend time providing each legislative aide with information about our mission and how important it is for the legislature to continue their support of APSI and other Ohio nonprofits. 
APSI Receives Grant Funding From AEP Ohio

APSI recently submitted a request for grant funding to AEP Ohio. Our request asked for assistance with meeting our ongoing needs in the area of technology. We are very pleased to announce that AEP has responded to that request with a contribution of $1000! 

Thank you AEP Ohio!


Did You Know?
Here are some fast facts about APSI services provided during the first quarter of 2014:

DNR requests 
 DNR approvals 

Emergency messages via answering service

Average visits per PSR per month     31 

 Total number of visits during the first    quarter of 2014 

Successor guardianships

Watch your inbox for the next edition of the APSI Advisor coming your way in July 2014!