RSA-227 - Annual Client Assistance Program (CAP) Report

Wisconsin (WISCONSIN STATE DEPT OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE and CONSUMER PROTECTION) - H161A150054 - FY2015

General Information

Designated Agency Identification

NameWisconsin Client Assistance Program
Address2811 Agriculture Drive
Address Line 2PO Box 8911
CityMadison
StateWisconsin
Zip Code53708
E-mail Addresslinda.vegoe@wisconsin.gov
Website Address
Phone608-224-5070
TTY
Toll-free Phone800-362-1290
Toll-free TTY
Fax608-224-5069

Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)

NameWisconsin Client Assistance Program
Address2811 Agriculture Drive
Address Line 2PO Box 8911
CityMadison
Zip Code53708
E-mail Addresslinda.vegoe@wisconsin.gov
Website Address
Phone608-224-5070
TTY
Toll-free Phone800-362-1290
Toll-free TTY
Fax608-224-5069

Additional Information

Name of CAP Director/CoordinatorLinda Vegoe
Person to contact regarding reportLinda Vegoe
Contact Person Phone608-224-5070

Part I. Non-case Services

A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)

Multiple responses are not permitted.

1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program520
2. Information regarding independent living programs10
3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects10
4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA5
5. Other information provided30
6. Information regarding CAP60
7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)635

B. Training Activities

Topics included: VR process, CAP role, WIOA, Trends in Consumer Complaints, The IPE — the importance of planning. Purpose: enhance understanding of the VR purpose and process; what the common complaints are; CAP’s role in the VR process, and what to expect from WIOA. Attendees: VR staff, new VR staff (orientation), Work Incentive Specialists, disability councils, community rehabilitation program trade association members, staff of an agency serving people who are blind or visually impaired.

1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.20
2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.426
3. Describe training presented by the staff. Include the following information:
  1. topics covered
  2. purpose of the training
  3. description of the attendees

C. Agency Outreach

Describe the agency's outreach efforts to previously un-served or underserved individuals including minority communities.

Outreach has focused on the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation projects in our state. We are sharing resource materials with staff, offering to provide training for new staff, and seeking their feedback on how CAP can be more effective in serving AIVR consumers.

D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency

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.

CAP posters on the VR process and on VR fiscal processes are located in each VR office in the state. The poster on the process is also shared at disability conferences, transition conferences, and with community rehabilitation agencies.

1. Agency Staff Interviewed or Featured on Radio and TV1
2. Articles about CAP Featured in Newspaper/Magazine/Journals0
3. PSAs/Videos Aired about the CAP Agency0
4. Publications/Booklets/Brochures Disseminated by the Agency0
5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.2
6. Other (specify below)

E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage

Describe the various sources and information disseminated about your agency by an external source.

Part II. Individual Case Services

A. Individuals served

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)38
2. Additional individuals who were served during the year169
3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)207
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.)9
5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)46

B. Problem areas

Multiple responses permitted.

1. Individual requests information21
2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor53
3. Conflict about VR services to be provided114
4. Related to VR application/eligibility process7
5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category1
6. Related to IPE development/implementation
  1. Selection of vendors for provision of VR services
  2. Selection of training, post-secondary education
  3. Selection of employment outcome
  4. Transition services
18
7. Related to independent living services2
8. Other Rehabilitation Act-related problems3
9. Non-Rehabilitation Act related
  1. TANF
  2. SSI/SSDI
  3. Housing
  4. Other:
0
10. Related to Title I of the ADA0

C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases

(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 Assistance7
2. Investigation/Monitoring5
3. Negotiation35
4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution4
5. Administrative / Informal Review53
6. Formal appeal / Fair Hearing1
7. Legal remedy / Litigation0
8. Total105

D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files

(Choose one primary reason for closing each case file. There may be more case files than the total number of individuals served.)

CAP and PABSS discovered we were working with the same individual on the same issue. Consulted with PABSS staff and the individual and recommended she continue to work with PABSS.

1. All issues resolved in individual's favor57
2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)39
3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual24
4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)25
5. Individual chose alternative representation2
6. Individual withdrew complaint13
7. Issue not resolved in clients favor8
8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.0
9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP1
10. CAP unable to take case due to lack of resources0
11. Conflict of interest0
12. Other (Please explain below)

E. Results achieved for individuals

(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 individual91
2. Application for services completed0
3. Eligibility determination expedited1
4. Individual participated in evaluation1
5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided24
6. Communication re-established between individual and other party24
7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office91
8. Alternative resources identified for individual4
9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made0
10. Other (Please explain below)

Part III. Program Data

A. Age

Multiple responses not permitted.

1. Up to 1814
2. 19 - 2432
3. 25 - 4092
4. 41 - 6468
5. 65 and over1
6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)207

B. Gender

Multiple responses not permitted.

1. Females101
2. Males106
3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)207

C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served

1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)3
2. American Indian or Alaskan Native4
3. Asian1
4. Black or African American62
5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander0
6. White136
7. Two or more races0
8. Race/ethnicity unknown1

D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served

Multiple responses not permitted.

1. Acquired Brain Injury3
2. ADD/ADHD2
3. AIDS/HIV0
4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities2
5. Arthritis or Rheumatism5
6. Anxiety Disorder3
7. Autism Spectrum Disorder4
8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)0
9. Blindness (Both Eyes)2
10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)3
11. Cancer0
12. Cerebral Palsy0
13. Deafness5
14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)2
15. Deaf-Blind0
16. Diabetes0
17. Digestive Disorders1
18. Epilepsy0
19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions2
20. Intellectual Disability11
21. Mental Illness59
22. Multiple Sclerosis0
23. Muscular Dystrophy0
24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment0
25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment13
26. Orthopedic Impairments50
27. Personality Disorders10
28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment1
29. Skin Conditions0
30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)22
31. Speech Impairments0
32. Spina Bifida0
33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)7
34. Other Disability0
35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)207

E. Types of Individual Served

Multiple responses permitted.

1. Applicant of VR7
2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list0
3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list205
4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living2
5. Transition student/High school student14
6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act2

Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation

A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities

1. Bi—monthly meeting with VR management to discuss trends in consumer complaints and possible remedies. Used these meetings to advocate for a more statewide approach to staff training, service provider selection, and supervision to improve consistency across the local VR offices. VR was receptive to expanding training for staff, to collaboration to address service provider training. A recent state audit of VR has made the recommendation for more consistency across offices, so we hope to work with VR and the state rehabilitation council to develop methods to improve consistency through a better understanding of VR law and policy. 2. Met with VR management and arranged a tour of a Think College campus for two VR staff to encourage them to approve programs based on merit rather than asking VR for across the board approval of any program calling itself Think College. 3. Participated in a year long workgroup to redesign funding for college students and used the opportunity to advocate for more up front information on careers, labor market, and student loan costs. Training materials will include links for VR counselors and clients to use to encourage informed decision—making. 4. CAP and the state rehabilitation council advocated for centralized intake to do the information gathering and free up VR staff time for guidance and counseling. We cited high caseloads and longer delays in scheduling appointments. VR has entered into a pilot with Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute. The initial response from the pilot offices has been positive.

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.4
2. Describe the systemic activities conducted by CAP during the fiscal year and its impact on other agency's policies or practices.

B. Litigation

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.

Part V. Agency Information

A. Designated Agency

1. Agency Type (select only one option) External-other public agency
2. Name of designate agencyDepartment of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?No
4. If yes, name of contracting agency:Wisconsin Client Assistance Program

B. Staff Employed

Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)

2 person years

Part VI. Case Examples

Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.

1. Individual has been a volunteer. VR questioned her ability to work given her difficulty working with VR job developers in the past. Met with VR and client to develop a plan to assess what she can do. Take one class as an assessment of her ability to succeed in a formal training setting. Research job goals related to skills and training she had prior to her head injury. 2. An individual had one year of college left to complete a degree that would prepare her for her career goal. Her financial aid and assistance from VR was not adequate. CAP worked with her to get the precise amounts and to get confirmation from the college financial aid office that she was not eligible for additional aid. VR supervisor approved the dollar amount we requested. 3. Two cases involved students attending what is referred to as "think college" programs. Each student was working with a different VR office. One office calculated the level of assistance based on the training grant VR provides to college students. The other office calculated what they would spend with the local community rehabilitation facility on job readiness skill training and offered the equivalent. While VR accepted each student’s choice for training, the methods used to determine how much assistance VR would provide was very different. We raised this example with the VR leadership team to illustrate the need for more detailed guidance so staff will apply policy more consistently across the state.

Certification

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 OfficialLinda Vegoe
Title of Designated Agency OfficialCAP Director
Date Signed12/30/2015