Friedrich Receives Friends of Community Counseling Services Award
Dan Friedrich, director of outreach services at Dakota State University and executive director of the newly-created Center for Advancement of Health Information Technology at DSU was presented the Friends of Community Counseling Services (CCS) Award at the agency’s 49th annual meeting in September. The agency is based in Huron.
Friedrich was one of two recipients of the award; the other honoree was Fred Faussett, an employee at the Bradfield-Leary Community Counseling Center in Redfield.
Friedrich was honored for his work in bringing together Dakota State University and CCS to perform a HIPAA Risk Assessment of all CCS operations.
In the large-scale undertaking, each employee answered a series of HIPAA-related questions about their work. Friedrich supervised the assessment process and his staff spent hours gathering information and examining security mechanisms at all CCS locations.
Under other circumstances, the risk assessment would have cost thousands of dollars, but due to a cooperative agreement arranged by Friedrich and Greg Kludt, of Community Counseling Services, the DSU staff performed the assessment at a greatly reduced cost.
Dakota State has plans to replicate the process with other agencies seeking such assessments.
Faussett, the other honoree, was employed for 12 ½ years at the State Hospital in Redfield.