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Therapeutic Recreation News & Articles- 1999
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(November 5, 1999) Bert Rappaport, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, is the 1999 Commissioner’s Award recipient at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw. The Award is presented annually by the New York State Department of Health in recognition of staff who have made extraordinary contributions the hospital’s mission, have exhibited outstanding leadership and teamwork skills, and are committed to the provision of high quality health care. Dr. Antonia C. Novello, Commissioner of Health of New York State, presented the Award to Mr. Rappaport during a recent visit to the rehabilitation hospital.

In nominating him for the Award, Deborah Juarbe, Director of Professional Services credits Mr. Rappaport’s perseverance, creativity and enthusiasm with providing the momentum for the Therapeutic Recreation Department to expand into new programs, while excelling in the provision of numerous patient services. Mr. Rappaport has been instrumental in establishing a popular Performing Arts Program at the facility. The program regularly bring patients and visitors together for socialization, a valuable facet of the rehabilitation process, while simultaneously attracting community members to the hospital. In addition, Mr. Rappaport oversees the hospital’s aquatics and wellness programs, which provide ongoing exercise opportunities to individuals with various disabilities. Working with his staff, he has expanded patients’ computer and internet accesss, utilizing them for treatment, educational and leisure purposes. The department’s internet connection has become extremely popular with patients, who are able to keep in touch with family and friends via email.

Mr. Rappaport, who has been with Helen Hayes Hospital for eight years, oversees a staff of ten therapists and assistants. The Therapeutic Recreation Department employs a broad variety of recreation and leisure activities, which are an integral facet of a patient’s total rehabilitation process. The staff assists patients in learning new leisure skills and enjoying former favorite activities, thereby facilitating the transition back home and to the community and enabling individuals to regain a rewarding quality of life.

Mr. Rappaport received his Masters in Therapeutic Recreation from The Pennsylvania State University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He serves on the board of the Rockland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation. Mr. Rappaport, his wife Terri and daughter Amy, are residents of Upper Nyack, New York.



1997 Median Salary in Recreation Therapy

(11-2-99) Median salary for recreation therapists is $26,800 (1997). Cl ick here for complete listing of median salaries in each state.


The 1999 ATRA Award Winners
submitted by Laurie Jake

(October 15, 1999) The Distinguished Fellow Award was received by Dr. Mary Ann Keogh Hoss for her achievements in over 20 years of service to Recreation Therapy, particularly in the areas of Activities for Elderly and her work with Ethical guidelines for ATRA.

The Outstanding Professional Award was given to Mike Hasl for his work in Co-authoring the new 'Guidelines for Internships" publication as well as his involvement as the Exhibitor Specialist and his active involvement in his local chapter CDARTA.

Member of the Year Award was given to Bettyann Cramer-Manchin for active work within her chapter, her assistance with coordinating one of the ATRA Academies, and her successful recruitment of new ATRA members.

The Individual Citation Award was given to Pamela Clark, an Administrator at Inova Cameron Glen Care Center for her constant support of her staff and their involvement with their professional association.

The Organization/Institution Award was given to Atascadero State Hospital, who employ over 50 people in their Activities Therapy Department, with plans to hire even more in the near future and their work in sponsoring educational opportunities for Therapeutic Recreation Professionals and students. and their efforts to promote legislation to ensure that RT services are provided by competent Certified Professionals.

The Scholarly Achievement Award was given to Dr. Linda Buettner for her research, articles, and teaching in the area of TR and diseases of aging. She has authored a book on TR for the Nursing Home. She has worked as the Treatment Network Coordinator for the ATRA Gerontology Treatment Network. She has presented at the Alzheimer's Association and the Gerontological Society of America on the use of TR in nursing homes.

There was a tie for the Chapter of the Year Award, so both the New Jersey/Eastern Pennsylvania and the Arkansas Chapter received the Award.

Certificates of Recognition were given to Mary Ann Aquadro, Debra Blair, Suzanne Lesnick-Emas, Marjorie Malkin, Bryan McCormick, and Becki Chilcote-McGrath.


Dr Lee is new Associate Professor at IU
submitted by David Austin

(9-10-99) Youngkhill Lee, Ph.D., has assumed the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Park Administration at Indiana University. Dr. Lee will primarily teach in the area of therapeutic recreation. While specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, he has published numerous papers that have examined the role of leisure in the process of adjustment to spinal cord injuries. He serves as an Associate Editor for Therapeutic Recreation Journal and the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation.


Relevance of the MDS 2.0 and Section T (Recreational Therapy)
by Bill Bryan, Ph.D., CTRS, R.N., LNHA
For complete article go to NTRS web site

(4-19-99) The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), responsible for the Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) program, is also responsible for the development and implementation of the Minimum Data Set (MDS), used in every nursing home in the country. The MDS, for Medicare recipients, is used as both a clinical and a reimbursement tool. Use of the clinical portions of the MDS determines into which one of the 44 Resource Utilization Groups (RUGS) categories a nursing home resident will be placed. Along with the RUG-level of determination, a dollar value is assigned to each RUG category.

NTRS urges all CTRS's who work in long term care settings to utilize Section T in order to demonstrate to HCFA the relevance of "recreational therapy". Widespread use of Section T will demonstrate to HCFA staff that recreational therapy is a major part of the rehabilitation process, and should be viewed as one of the rehabilitation therapies, receiving equal reimbursement.

For additional information, please contact Lora Serra, MA, CTRS, NTRS Liaison to HCFA, at (718) 240-5104 or via e-mail at <>.


New Online Resource Wires Rehab Professionals and Students to Jobs, Continuing Ed
Scott Kulstad, M.Ed., ATC/R, 612-672-7104
Dennis O'Donnell, M.H.A., P.T., 612-944-6659

MINNEAPOLIS, March 16, 1999--Rehab jobs, continuing education and resources are now just a click away with, a powerful new online service that brings multiple rehab resources together on one Web site.

Appropriate for clinicians, instructors, administrators and students in 11 rehab disciplines, the site is the first Internet service to offer free custom rehab job and continuing education searches, e-mail notification, and access to geographic-specific information. is a new venture of the rehabilitation division of Minnesota-based Fairview Health Services, a hospital and health care system.

An animated character guides users through current job, continuing education and resource postings in disciplines that range from athletic training and occupational therapy to orthotics/prosthetics, a comprehensive Internet library, and such helpful business travel information as area-specific weather and news. Organized by state, region, top 20 rehab facilities, and specialization, easy-to-follow directions help users to narrow information or job searches, and to learn more about postings. is free to rehab professionals and students searching for jobs, continuing education and resources. Staff recruiters, course organizers and vendors post vacancies, courses and products on the site for nominal cost.

For more information or to unsubscribe, please send a separate e-mail to, or call 612-537-7194.


Dr. Austin Receives National Literary Award

(1-25-99) The National Recreation and Park Association recently presented their National Literacy Award to Dr. David R. Austion of Indiana University. This award was presented in recognition of literature that has national significance and makes major impact on the field, stirring professional awareness; creating new concepts in recreation, parks and conservation; and motivating action on behalf of parks, recreation and conservation.


ATRA Awards Announced

(1-25-99) The following awards were presented at ATRA's Annual Conference in Boston, MA.

Presidential Awards:
Diane Wagner, Sandra Negley, Gloria Gram

Certificate of Recognition:
Raychul Goldenburg, Jodi Dively-Sprouls, Diane Baumann, Mary Ann Keogh Hoss, Ann James, John Jacobson, Nancy McFarlane, Dr. Linda Buettner, Annette Jacobs, Karen Kay Gray

Chapter Affiliate of the Year Award:
CDARTA (Cincinnati-Dayton Area Recreational Therapy Association)

Excellence in Education:
Shriner's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Organization/Institution Citation:
The Center for Recreation and Disability Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Member of the Year:
Pamela Griffin

Outstanding Professional of the Year:
Rick Vroman

Distinguished Fellow:
Linda Hutchinson Troyer



LASNet Formed
Dr. Nancy Rogers

(1-11-99) The Leisure and Aging Section of the National Recreation and Park Association and Department of Recreation and Sport Management at Indiana State University have created a new electronic discussion group, LASnet,  for professionals, students, and educators who work with older adults in recreation and leisure services. Professionals in park and recreation departments, adult day care centers, long-term care, senior residential communities and other activity or recreation based environments may be interested in the group. The discussion group will provide a forum to share programming ideas, solicit feedback, share resources, and announce relevant conferences, publications, etc.  Membership in the group is not restricted to Leisure and Aging Section members.   We are hopeful that members of many professional associations will participate in the group.



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