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Electronic Documentation Software Training Added to COTC Human Services Program

NEWARK, Ohio, November 29, 2016 – Students in the human services program at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will be learning electronic documentation skills that will set them apart in the job market. CareLogic training will be part of the Case Management in Human Services course beginning in spring semester 2017.

"CareLogic is an electronic health record software used by behavioral health agencies across the state and in Licking County," said COTC Human Services Program Director Tressa Arnold. "This training is a win-win for both students and the local community agencies.  The students will learn the skill in class, and the local agencies will have already trained graduates to hire."

CareLogic is designed exclusively for behavioral health and human services agencies. It allows organizations to streamline their business, ensuring that real-time data automatically flows between the electronic client record, billing engine, quality improvement, reporting and administrative dashboards. CareLogic helps to make sure there is a single and complete behavioral health record for each client. The Woodlands, Behavioral Health Partners, and Allwell Behavioral Health Systems are local agencies that use this electronic health record system.

"COTC human services is committed to preparing qualified and 'on-the-job ready' students," said Arnold. "This additional skill set will supplement the knowledge of our graduates."

"I believe that COTC implementing the CareLogic training into the case management class is going to be extremely helpful in giving the students the edge on employment opportunities upon graduation," said Tricia Hufford, MSW, LSW, director of The Woodlands Domestic Violence Services. "Social service agencies are facing requirements by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to transition to electronic health records."

The Woodlands is a private, non-profit organization that provides prevention, education and treatment services to residents of Licking County and surrounding counties. It helps those facing challenges with physical, emotional and psychological support.

"CareLogic is a system used by our agency and many others in Licking County. Employers will be excited that prospective employees will be joining their team already trained on this system or having basic knowledge regarding how to use an electronic record," said Hufford. "This will save employers time and money when it comes to training new employees."

Graduates from the COTC human services program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Human Services. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, the number of social and human services assistants is expected to grow by nearly 11 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential.  COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.