|Name||Disability Rights New York (DRNY)|
|Address Line 2||Suite 450|
|Address Line 2|
|Name of CAP Director/Coordinator||Erica M. Molina, Esq.|
|Person to contact regarding report||Erica M. Molina, Esq.|
|Contact Person Phone||518-432-7861|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program||63|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||2|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||4|
|5. Other information provided||35|
|6. Information regarding CAP||13|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||117|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||38|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||630|
|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.
DRNY has made a great effort in conducting outreach and providing services to individuals in previously unserved or underserved groups. These efforts include maintaining and strengthening its relationship with the two tribal VR councils in the state: the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal VR Program and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) VR Program. DRNY is represented on the Seneca Nation’s Tribal VR Council, which meets about once a month and whose members include ILC and ACCES-VR representatives. DRNY is represented on both the ACCES-VR and NYSCB State Rehabilitation Councils along with the SRMT. DRNY also attended this year’s Disability Awareness Day hosted by the SRMT.
DRNY has conducted extensive outreach to the transition age population in light of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s emphasis on pre-employment transition planning. DRNY conducted several outreaches targeting this population. Such events have been held at school transition fairs; special needs and family support fairs; hospitals; non-profit legal agencies; and Special Education PTA meetings.
DRNY has also focused its efforts to those people with disabilities who work in sheltered workshops at a subminimum wage rate. DRNY staff conducted outreach at these workshops.
DRNY attended the Resource Fair and Educational Conference in the Korean-American Community. Over 50 parents, family members, and people with developmental disabilities attended the Fair and some have contacted DRNY for services.
DRNY also attended NYC’s First Annual Disability Pride Parade, where about 75 people received information. DRNY was also represented at the New York Metro Abilities Expo, at which information about DRNY services was shared with about 100 attendees.
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||2|
|2. Articles about CAP Featured in Newspaper/Magazine/Journals||15|
|3. PSAs/Videos Aired about the CAP Agency||1|
|4. Publications/Booklets/Brochures Disseminated by the Agency||1237|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||6|
|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)||185|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||200|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||385|
|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.)||23|
|5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)||157|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||15|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||100|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||196|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||54|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||0|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||36|
|7. Related to independent living services||1|
|8. Other Rehabilitation Act-related problems||4|
|9. Non-Rehabilitation Act related||1|
|10. Related to Title I of the ADA||2|
(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||82|
|4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution||6|
|5. Administrative / Informal Review||15|
|6. Formal appeal / Fair Hearing||3|
|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||117|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||37|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||12|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||6|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||4|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||40|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||1|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||20|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||15|
|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||71|
|2. Application for services completed||16|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||4|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||9|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||59|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||40|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||24|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||23|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||1|
|10. Other (Please explain below)|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||6|
|2. 19 - 24||56|
|3. 25 - 40||82|
|4. 41 - 64||220|
|5. 65 and over||21|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||385|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||385|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||43|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||3|
|4. Black or African American||125|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||16|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||18|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||8|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||2|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||2|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||11|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||4|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||19|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||7|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||5|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||9|
|17. Digestive Disorders||1|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||4|
|20. Intellectual Disability||20|
|21. Mental Illness||107|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||1|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||1|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||9|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||18|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||53|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||1|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||38|
|31. Speech Impairments||2|
|32. Spina Bifida||0|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||11|
|34. Other Disability||14|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||385|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||134|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||0|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||255|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||5|
|5. Transition student/High school student||2|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||7|
|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||Disability Rights New York|
|3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?||No|
|4. If yes, name of contracting agency:||N/A|
Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)
|Type of position||Full-time equivalent||% of year position filled||Person-years|
DRNY paid 13 professional staff in the 2015 fiscal year from Section 112 funds. Allowing for the timing of hires during the year as well as the percentage of indirect staff time allocated to Section 112 funds the 13 professional EE’s equate to 6.54 FTE. During FY 2015, 100% of the full time professional positions were filled for 12 months equating to 6.54 person years. The vacancies for FY 2015 equate to 0% of the positions unfilled. DRNY did not have any part time Professional employees during FY 2015.
DRNY paid 10 clerical staff in the 2015 fiscal year from Section 112 funds. Allowing for the timing of hires during the year as well as the percentage of indirect staff time allocated to Section 112 funds the 10 EE’s equate to .82 FTE. During FY 2015, 89.5% of the full time positions were filled for 12 months equating to .657 person years. The vacancies for FY 2015 equate to 10.5% of the positions unfilled which equals .086 FTE’s totaling .009 person years. DRNY did not have any part time clerical employees during FY 2015.
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
***Note*** DRNY’s FY 2014 number reported for individuals who were being served as of October 1, 2014 (reported in FY 2014’s RSA-227 in response I.C.) does not match the FY 2015 reported number for individuals still being served as October 1, 2014 (reported in this report at II.A.1.). This is due to changes during the 2015 fiscal year to certain service requests by which some case services were reclassified as I&Rs, and vice versa, based on activity or outcome. The numbers reported on this report are accurate as of October 1, 2015.***
DRNY represented a 52-year-old man with schizophrenia who sought the approval of an IPE goal as a welder. Our client was seeking financial and other support to achieve this goal. Due to concerns based on his physical and academic abilities, this IPE goal was denied. DRNY represented the client at an administrative review and then at an impartial hearing. At the hearing, DRNY successfully obtained ACCES-VR’s approval to support the IPE goal of “Welder.” VR also agreed to fund the client for the first course in the welding program at his chosen vocational school. Based on his performance in the first course, VR approved the rest of the training. The client began his welding classes in summer 2015, and continues to be successful.
DRNY represented a 70-year-old woman with blindness who was a client of NYSCB and had been a longtime vendor and manager in the agency’s Business Enterprise Program (BEP). Her license to operate any BEP store was revoked due to customer complaints. She sought assistance at an impartial hearing to regain it. Prior to the hearing, DRNY negotiated a settlement for the client which included back payments from the date of revocation, plus interest, as well as a one-time lump-sum payment and standard retirement benefits. The hearing request was withdrawn and the client was very satisfied with the outcome.
DRNY represented a 22-year-old man with intellectual disabilities and speech impairment. He was an ACCES-VR client and requested DRNY’s assistance in having his college tuition support and funding continued. The service had been abruptly discontinued after his GPA fell just below the minimum required by VR policy. DRNY represented the client at his administrative review and argued that ACCES-VR did not discuss with him how to improve his academic performance, nor were available support services such as tutoring explored. As a result of DRNY’s efforts, the agency agreed to support the client in his attendance at college.
DRNY represented a 63-year-old male with mental illness. He sought DRNY’s assistance in having his impartial hearing request accepted by ACCES-VR. In 2012, he had previously been denied a due process hearing regarding a delay in his IPE development. He then requested a new impartial hearing in FY 2015, regarding the same issue of a failure to create an IPE. His hearing request was denied due to the previous finding against the client. DRNY successfully argued that this was a new hearing request regarding a different period of time. ACCES-VR agreed and a new hearing was scheduled.
DRNY represented a 56-year-old woman with mental illness and specific learning disabilities. She sought reassignment to a new VR counselor and also needed assistance in advocating for college funding toward a goal of becoming an early education music teacher. DRNY was able to obtain a new VRC reassignment. DRNY advocated for the provision of tutoring and assistive technology to this client and also provided the client with extensive counseling on self-advocacy and education on her rights with regard to VR. The client is successfully attending school with VR support and is on her way to earning her teaching license.
DRNY represented a 55-year-old man with orthopedic and physical impairments whose case had been closed at ACCES-VR. The client sought assistance from ACCES-VR to become a diamond cutter. The client’s case had been closed due to a lapse in communication with his counselor. DRNY assisted the client in reapplying for VR services and his eligibility determination was expedited. As a result of DRNY’s efforts, he was soon assigned a new VR counselor, with whom he reports having a productive working relationship.
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||Erica M. Molina, Esq.|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||CAP Director|