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Testimonials from Yahasoft Customers
Interview on Paula Goff - Kentucky Part C
Interview on Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS)
Kentucky's Interview on Tennessee Early Intervention Program
Kirsten Hammock, Former Part C Coordinator
- Kentucky First Steps
is with great pleasure that I share my satisfaction with Yahasoft, Inc. and
with their work in the development of Kentucky’s comprehensive data management
and billing system, affectionately called TOTS
(Technology-assisted Teaming and
Observation Support system).
Two years is a reasonable timeframe for the design and
implementation of a comprehensive early intervention data management system.
Kentucky and Yahasoft undertook an effort to do so in one.
Yahasoft, under the leadership of Mr. Roy Su, committed maximal
resources to the project and delivered the software design earlier than
originally anticipated and within budget.
Mr. Su approached this project at all times with the end user in
Every effort was made to eliminate redundancy, maximize efficiency
and streamline workflow.
Yahasoft designed a system that worked for Kentucky rather than
fitting Kentucky into a system designed for someone else.
The end result is TOTS. TOTS will allow both state and local users to manage everyday workflow as well as monitor
performance trends across time.
Federal reports are readily available and ad hoc reporting gives
users – both state and local – enhanced reporting capabilities.
The features Kentucky is particularly excited about, however, are
the ones that support communication and interaction among Individualized Family
Service Plan (IFSP) team members.
Due to the structure of Kentucky’s early intervention program,
teaming is a challenge.
TOTS allows IFSP team members to communicate among one another
through a variety of mechanisms, including a communication log, shared progress
notes and shared evaluation/assessment/progress reports.
These features alone will save the time and money currently
allocated to phone calls, e-mails, faxes and mail.
is very pleased with the design of TOTS and anticipates a smooth transition
process in the coming months.
I am happy to support Mr. Su and his team at Yahasoft, Inc. in their
efforts to share their expertise and experience with other states and programs.
Jamie Kilpatrick, Former Director, Early Childhood Programs
Tennessee Department Of Education
Basically TEIDS allows Tennessee to develop a cohesive system of
general supervision. Our focused on site monitoring activities and survey
activities are now linked with TEIDS. We use the information and reporting from
TEIDS to do a risk assessment of Agencies/Districts/Counties. We then are able
to target (in a real
approach) the actual compliance areas and non compliant areas. In the old
processes with our old monitoring efforts with our outdated data system, we
often monitored all programs in an in depth manner with little help from our
data system in identifying the SPP compliance issues. In general before TEIDS,
Tennessee spent many dollars and man hours at the state and local level to find
problems. We however, spent so much time problem finding we left little time or
resources to solving these problems. TEIDS provides a life source of
information related to SPP compliance issues. We know the instances and details
related to SPP Indicator Non- compliance at the State, Regional, District,
County, Agency and even staff member level. Our ability to identify the problem
and the Actual point of accountability allow us to concentrate the rest of our
efforts on assuring the correction on non-compliance. This is a huge shift, in
the past we were never able to focus our resources on correction, and we quite
simply showed the same issues over and over and over again. This outdated
system of data collection, monitoring and general supervision is no longer
acceptable to Tennessee's leadership. More importantly with the letter of
determinations being sent to states, it is no longer acceptable from OSEP's
perspective as well. TEIDS positions us to correct our areas that Need
Intervention. Without TEIDS, Tennessee would be facing continued federal
scrutiny and possible enforcement action. We welcome your states learning more
about how Yahasoft inc. can assist your state in addressing SPP reporting and
Susan Cameron, Former Data Coordinator
Early Intervention System
We have felt as the pilot district that most of our requests for
additions and fixes have been addressed by the TEIDS development group. We have
been extremely pleased with the process by which we transfer our requests and
how they have been satisfied through the updates to the system that we were
receiving about once per month. There has been no request too small or too
large that has not been addressed in some fashion through this development
process. It is the makings of not only a very user friendly data tool but also
a very user friendly system for the service coordinator.
Some Findings on Evaluation of the Tennessee General Supervision Enhancement Grant
Principal Investigator: Richard J. Lewis, Ed.D.