|Name||Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance|
|Address||430 1st Avenue N.|
|Address Line 2||Suite 300|
|Name||Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance|
|Address||430 1st Avenue N.|
|Address Line 2||Suite 300|
|Name of CAP Director/Coordinator||Daniel Stewart|
|Person to contact regarding report||Brenda Jursik|
|Contact Person Phone||6127463768|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program||21|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||0|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||0|
|5. Other information provided||2|
|6. Information regarding CAP||2|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||25|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||27|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||960|
|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.
During this report period, CAP staff engaged in 14 outreach events throughout the state, which provided information about CAP services, VR rights and other disability rights. These outreach events included the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans’ Stand Down event in Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Community Action and Head Start program. CAP staff conducted outreach at The Arc of Minnesota’s Annual Conference, the Employment Resources for People with Disabilities event that was sponsored by Functional Industries, and at the Basilica of St. Mary Disability Fair in Minneapolis. CAP staff also conducted outreach during the Southcentral Organization of Providers to Educate at South Central Technical College in North Mankato. CAP staff provided resource information at the Minnesota Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) State Conference themed “Employment First It’s No Tall Tale!”
In addition, CAP staff conducted outreach that was specifically targeted towards reaching historically unserved/underserved populations and minority communities.
Transition—Aged Students: CAP staff delivered five presentations on transition issues, including a “Making Employment Work for You” session for students, teachers, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and service providers at an event sponsored by Minneapolis Transition Plus/Minneapolis Public School District. This presentation was delivered again to teachers and secondary school work coordinators at an event sponsored by the Minnesota Association for Career and Technical Education. CAP staff also made a presentation about CAP services to transition—aged students and a presentation about legal requirements for transition services to parents and school staff at an event sponsored by a suburban special education parent advocacy group. CAP staff delivered a presentation about guardianship and transition—aged services to students with disabilities at Dakota County Technical College. CAP staff provided information about CAP services and VR rights to transition students and parents attending the 2015 Transition Fair hosted by the Southeast Minnesota Center for Independent Living.
Minority Communities: CAP staff provided information about CAP services, VR rights and other disability rights at community fairs targeting members of racial minority populations. CAP training and outreach events reached homeless individuals at the Catholic Charities Opportunity Center, homeless individuals attending Project Homeless Connect in Minneapolis, and ethnically diverse community members at an event in urban south Minneapolis.
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||11|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||14|
|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)||21|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||32|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||53|
|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.)||28|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||0|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||9|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||9|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||2|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||1|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||4|
|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||15|
|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||4|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||14|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||0|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||6|
|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||1|
|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||7|
|2. Application for services completed||0|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||0|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||0|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||2|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||9|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||0|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||1|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||0|
|10. Other (Please explain below)|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||0|
|2. 19 - 24||4|
|3. 25 - 40||13|
|4. 41 - 64||35|
|5. 65 and over||1|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||53|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||53|
|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||4|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||1|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||5|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||4|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||0|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||1|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||0|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||6|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||0|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||1|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||0|
|17. Digestive Disorders||0|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||0|
|20. Intellectual Disability||2|
|21. Mental Illness||14|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||0|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||0|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||2|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||3|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||7|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||0|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||2|
|31. Speech Impairments||0|
|32. Spina Bifida||1|
|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.)||53|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||11|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||0|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||39|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||0|
|5. Transition student/High school student||1|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||2|
|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.||1|
|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-Protection and Advocacy agency|
|2. Name of designate agency||Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance|
|3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?||No|
|4. If yes, name of contracting agency:||NA|
Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)
Attorney FT .87 FTE 100% of year filled .87 Person years
Legal Advocate FT 1.14 FTE 100% of year filled 1.14 Person years
Clerical FT .06FTE 100% of year filled .06 Person years
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
A young man with autism sought CAP advocacy after Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) terminated the tutoring services he received while attending a community college. VRS believed that the college’s tutoring services were an appropriate comparable benefit and that any VRS—funded tutoring was unnecessary. The client received the college—provided tutoring services, but failed his courses. In frustration, he decided to take a break from college, whereupon VRS told him they would close his VR case. CAP staff investigated the situation and advocated on the client’s behalf to restore the VRS—provided tutoring services. CAP staff successfully argued that the college—provided tutoring was not the same and was ineffective in providing the client with the help he needed to succeed in school. CAP staff also worked to ensure that the client was assigned to a new VR counselor, that communications were improved, and that a plan was developed for the client to return to college. The client re—entered college and has maintained a B average in his courses. He also recently received two different job offers and is currently deciding which employment opportunity to take.
A young man with intellectual and physical disabilities had recently moved from a group home to an independent setting, but he still worked at a sheltered workshop. For years, he had told his employment team that he wanted to work in the community and his team members agreed his goal was achievable. Actual progress towards this goal, however, did not occur until the man sought CAP advocacy. CAP staff acted quickly to bring together the client’s vocational rehabilitation counselor, his county case manager and his job placement specialist who worked at the sheltered workshop. The CAP advocate determined that having a job placement specialist who was a sheltered workshop employee was problematic. CAP advocacy enabled the client to switch to a different placement specialist that was independent of the sheltered workshop. CAP staff also convinced the client’s employment team to schedule the client for trial work opportunities, job shadowing and a career aptitudes assessment. With all this activity, the client felt more was happening in a few weeks than had happened in the past two years. The client now works part—time at the sheltered workshop while he is also enrolled at the local state university for vocational training and continues to seek employment in the community.
CAP staff represented a visually impaired, unemployed carpenter who did woodworking projects from his rural home in north central Minnesota. The man wanted Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) in order to start a small business that would market and sell his woodworking projects. He ran into an impasse with State Services for the Blind (SSB) when he and his VR counselor could not agree on the services to be included on his Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). CAP staff investigated the situation and brought the parties together to work out an IPE acceptable to both sides. As a result, an IPE was developed that included assistive technology services and equipment, including an IMac computer and one—on—one computer training at the client’s residence. CAP staff also advocated for the IPE to include criteria to determine when the client had progressed sufficiently in his training to successfully use the technology in his small business. This computer will be used to sell the client’s woodworking projects, such as tables and chairs, on—line.
A northern Minnesota woman with mental illness and vertigo wanted to get a college degree and become a naturalist. When VRS refused to approve an IPE with this job goal, the woman called CAP for help. CAP staff worked with the client to gather the information needed to convince VRS of the viability of her job goal. With CAP’s help, the client presented VRS with information about the wages earned by people working in that field and how likely it was that she could work as a naturalist given the economy in that part of the state. When presented with all this information, VRS reversed its decision and approved the client’s Employment Plan. The client enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and she earned straight A’s in her courses.
A Blind woman who had a teaching degree and teaching experience had most recently operated her own answering service. Technological advances made that work obsolete and she needed to move on to alternate employment. She decided to become a Mac computer trainer for other persons with disabilities, but needed Apple certification to achieve this goal. She wanted to eventually work for an employer or on her own in a small business enterprise. SSB refused to provide the training and insisted that she choose either the self—employment track or work for an employer before VR services could begin. CAP staff brought the parties together to jointly develop an IPE that included the Mac certification training the client needed. CAP staff further persuaded the parties to agree that the client would look for employment in the community before writing a business plan and starting her own business. SSB further agreed to fund an Apple computer and job placement services after the client received Apple certification. Finally, CAP won the parties’ agreement that if job placement efforts were unsuccessful, SSB would provide the client with help to develop her own business.
CAP staff represented a veteran with serious mental illness who needed VRS assistance to move towards employment in the community. Because his disability was not service—related, he could not get any job assistance from the Veteran’s Administration. He had approached VRS for help, but his case was closed because he only requested funding for one month’s cost of employment services in a sheltered workshop. CAP staff advocated for VRS to take another look at the client’s case and consider the cost of segregated employment as a stepping stone to eventual work in the community. VRS agreed and the client’s case was reopened. The client then worked with a rehabilitation counselor to better assess his abilities to work and set up a trial work period.
A woman with mental illness sought CAP advocacy when VR closed her case because she had obtained employment with a temporary agency. The employment had not become permanent, and the client was unable to convince VR to reopen her case. CAP staff arranged a meeting with the client’s VR counselor and job placement provider and persuaded the parties to agree to reopen the client’s case. At CAP’s urging, the parties also agreed that job placement staff would follow the client more closely if the client found temporary employment. VR would then put supportive employment services in place in order to increase the client’s chance of keeping the job. The client agreed to stay in better contact with her vocational rehabilitation providers.
CAP represented a Blind man whose SSB case had been closed after several years of unsuccessful job placement services. The client had worked for many years part—time and seasonally as a vendor at the Minnesota Twins stadium and he wanted a second job to supplement his seasonal earnings. The client’s relationship with his VR counselor and with SSB reception staff had deteriorated after several altercations and he had missed many appointments with his job placement specialist. CAP staff recommended and, the client agreed, that the parties should meet to resolve problems informally and restore services. CAP staff was involved in the meeting to ensure that the client, his SSB counselor, and SSB management were able to discuss what was not working in the client’s vocational rehabilitation/job placement process and the client was able to clarify the types of work he wanted. SSB staff set out what sorts of behavior would be acceptable if they continued to provide him with services and all present agreed to work to treat each other with courtesy and respect. Due to CAP’s advocacy, SSB reversed its case termination decision. The client’s case was reopened so that he could continue to receive VR job placement services.
A young man with cerebral palsy had long been frustrated by his inability to make any progress towards employment. He had never held a job and had much difficulty communicating his vocational rehabilitation needs in a way that VR staff could act on in a concrete manner. He had recently moved and also needed his VR case to be transferred to an office nearer his new residence. CAP staff met with the client at his home to understand better what the client needed and provided him with clear information about how the vocational rehabilitation process works, what services could be available to him under the law and what strategies could help him navigate the VR system more effectively. CAP staff then advocated on the client’s behalf with VRS, pressing the agency to move forward with the case reassignment and to develop a plan to have the client’s abilities assessed and to arrange a trial work period. As a result of CAP’s efforts, the client was able to move forward with VRS and better understand his options.
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|Name of Designated Agency Official||Cathy Haukedahl|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||Executive Director|