|Name||Alaska State Department of Education and Early Dev|
|Address||801 West 10th Street, Suite 200|
|Address Line 2|
|Name||Disability Law Center of Alaska|
|Address||3330 Arctic Blvd. 103|
|Address Line 2|
|Name of CAP Director/Coordinator||David Fleurant|
|Person to contact regarding report||Karen Tessandore|
|Contact Person Phone||907-565-1002|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program||6|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||0|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||1|
|5. Other information provided||3|
|6. Information regarding CAP||1|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||11|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||1|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||10|
|3. Describe training presented by the staff. Include the following information:|
Describe the agency's outreach efforts to previously un-served or underserved individuals including minority communities.
The training described above is an example of outreach to underserved individuals residing in the remote communities on Kodiak Island, where just under 14,000 people live. The P&A has also sought to provide outreach to underserved and unserved individuals through the distribution of CAP brochures by request to the Alaska Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, the Alaska State Vocational Rehabilitation offices, and the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) Wounded Warrior Program. 4,375 brochures were disseminated in all.
Relevant to outreach to veterans with disabilities, the Alaska P&A participated in Stand Down, an annual event geared specifically toward providing services and information to homeless veterans in Anchorage. At this event, which staff from the P&A attends each year, we provided information and referral regarding disability—related questions. Booths are staffed with several human services agencies for a day. The veterans can obtain information ranging from housing, Social Security, employment, and having a will drawn up. Veterans can also obtain clothing, sleeping bags, haircuts, etc. At this outreach event, information was provided to 96 veterans.
Similar in description to Stand Down, the Alaska P&A also participated in the annual Project Homeless Connect event. Rather than focusing on homeless veterans, Project Homeless Connect is described as a “one—stop event to provide housing, services, and hospitality in a convenient one—stop model directly to people experiencing homelessness in Anchorage.” At this outreach event, information was provided to 56 people.
For each method of dissemination, enter the total number of each method used by your agency during the reporting period to distribute information to the public. For publications/booklets/brochures (item 4), enter the total number of documents produced. Agencies should not include website hits. See instructions for details.
|1. Agency Staff Interviewed or Featured on Radio and TV||0|
|2. Articles about CAP Featured in Newspaper/Magazine/Journals||0|
|3. PSAs/Videos Aired about the CAP Agency||0|
|4. Publications/Booklets/Brochures Disseminated by the Agency||6247|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||2|
|6. Other (specify below)|
Describe the various sources and information disseminated about your agency by an external source.
An individual is counted only once during a fiscal year. Multiple counts are not permitted for Lines A1-A3.
|1. Individuals who are still being served as of October 1 (carryover from prior year)||7|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||5|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||12|
|4. Individuals (from Line A3) who had multiple case files opened/closed this year (In unusual situations, an individual may have more than one case file opened/closed during a fiscal year. This number is not added to the total in Line A3 above.)||0|
|5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)||3|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||0|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||5|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||4|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||2|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||0|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||1|
|7. Related to independent living services||0|
|8. Other Rehabilitation Act-related problems||0|
|9. Non-Rehabilitation Act related||0|
|10. Related to Title I of the ADA||0|
(Choose one primary service the CAP provided for each closed case file. There may be more case files than actual individuals served.)
|1. Short Term Technical Assistance||9|
|4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution||0|
|5. Administrative / Informal Review||0|
|6. Formal appeal / Fair Hearing||0|
|7. Legal remedy / Litigation||0|
(Choose one primary reason for closing each case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)
|1. All issues resolved in individual's favor||3|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||0|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||0|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||1|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||0|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||0|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||0|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||0|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||5|
|10. CAP unable to take case due to lack of resources||0|
|11. Conflict of interest||0|
|12. Other (Please explain below)|
(Choose one primary outcome for each closed case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)
|1. Controlling law/policy explained to individual||0|
|2. Application for services completed||0|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||0|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||0|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||1|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||2|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||1|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||0|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||5|
|10. Other (Please explain below)|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||0|
|2. 19 - 24||1|
|3. 25 - 40||3|
|4. 41 - 64||7|
|5. 65 and over||1|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||12|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||12|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||1|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||0|
|4. Black or African American||1|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||0|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||0|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||1|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||0|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||0|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||0|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||0|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||0|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||1|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||0|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||0|
|17. Digestive Disorders||0|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||0|
|20. Intellectual Disability||0|
|21. Mental Illness||1|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||0|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||0|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||0|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||4|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||2|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||0|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||0|
|31. Speech Impairments||0|
|32. Spina Bifida||0|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||0|
|34. Other Disability||3|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||12|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||6|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||0|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||6|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||0|
|5. Transition student/High school student||0|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||0|
|1. Number of non-litigation systemic activities not involving individual representation that resulted in the change of one or more policy or practice of an agency.||0|
|2. Describe the systemic activities conducted by CAP during the fiscal year and its impact on other agency's policies or practices.|
|1. Total number of CAP cases requiring litigation involving individual representation resulting in, or with the potential for, systemic change.|
|a. Number of cases requiring litigation involving individual representation filed during fiscal year.||0|
|b. Number of on-going cases pending at start of fiscal year (carryover from prior fiscal year).||0|
|c. Number of cases resolved through litigation during fiscal year.||0|
|2. Describe the agency's on-going and completed systemic litigation activities involving individual representation.|
|1. Agency Type (select only one option)||External-other public agency|
|2. Name of designate agency||State Department of Education and Early Development|
|3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?||Yes|
|4. If yes, name of contracting agency:||Disability Law Center of Alaska|
Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)
Type of position Full—time equivalent % of year position filled Person—years Professional Full—time 0.88 100% 0.88 Part—time Vacant 0.20 0% 0.20 Clerical Full—time Part—time Vacant DLC utilizes a number of attorney and non—attorney advocates in three offices in the state to achieve statewide coverage. DLC’s staffing arrangement provides for 1.08 full—time equivalent employees, with 6 employees in Anchorage (1.01 FTE), 1 employee in Fairbanks (.05 FTE), and 1 employee in Juneau (.02 FTE). The advocates in Juneau and Fairbanks respond to I&R requests, provide individual advocacy assistance, and conduct outreach in their communities. In the Anchorage office, an Intake Specialist takes the initial call, obtains information and/or paperwork, and passes the matter on to the advocates for assessment. Individuals seeking CAP services can do so by contacting any of the three offices or submit an email request. The Anchorage office also maintains a statewide toll—free 800 number for individuals outside of these three hub communities.
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
Favorable Outcomes: In two cases this year individuals were able, and preferred to, advocate on their own behalf after first meeting with an Advocate from the P&A to determine what they were within their rights to request from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
In another instance, the P&A was contacted by a man who was incensed that DVR would require him to participate in a trial work experience. In the view of our client, DVR was disrespecting him by overlooking the 30+ years of work he had done before acquiring a disability. By the time he contacted the P&A he had already filed for an administrative review of his case, which had been closed due to his refusal to participate. Once the Advocate from the P&A met with him and explained a trial work experience was a common way for DVR to assess a client’s current strengths, skills, and capabilities, our client was again ready to participate and withdrew his complaint. DVR then re—opened his case and offered a change of VR counselor, which was accepted.
Ambiguous Outcomes: In five instances this year, the P&A was initially contacted with complaints related to DVR including: 1. DVR’s refusal to pay for specific software classes at the local university; 2. DVR’s refusal to pay for new clothes for work; 3. A man living more than 100 miles from the nearest DVR office requested help in receiving VR services which he had been denied; 4. DVR’s refusal to re—open client’s case now that she had been medically cleared to work; and, 5. Individual unhappy with VR counselor and requesting assistance in changing counselor.
In all five cases, we expressed our willingness to assist, were able to collect the initial information, and in some cases, releases of information giving us access to the client’s DVR case records. But each individual dropped out of contact with the P&A after their initial complaints and despite best efforts (follow—up phone calls and letters) we could not reestablish contact. We could find no thread of similarity between the client complaints, ages, disabilities, nor living situations, so can draw no conclusions as to whether this is a trend or merely frustrating happenstance.
Reports are to be submitted to RSA within 90 days after the end of the fiscal year covered by this report. Please be reminded that you can enter data directly into RSA's website via the internet. Information on transmittal of the form is found on pages 19 and 20 of the reporting instructions.
|Name of Designated Agency Official||David Fleurant|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||Executive Director|