|Name||Division of Vocational Rehabilitation|
|Address||1237 West Divide Avenue Ste 1A|
|Address Line 2|
|Name||Protection & Advocacy Project|
|Address||400 E. Broadway|
|Address Line 2||Suite 409|
|Name of CAP Director/Coordinator||Teresa Larsen|
|Person to contact regarding report||Teresa Larsen|
|Contact Person Phone||701-328-2950|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Information regarding the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program||6|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||1|
|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||0|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||11|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||11|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||337|
|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.
CAP staff are pro-active with outreach to other Rehab Act agencies and try to meet with each of the 8 regional VR offices, 4 CIL’s (plus their "branch offices"), and 4 Tribal 121 programs each quarter. The contracted CAP director (P&A) meets monthly with the CAP liaison from VR.
CAP had a booth at the Veterans Stand Down in two different cities - Minot and Bismarck. CAP met with staff from the Veterans Center in Fargo to provide program information.
CAP sponsored a booth at the Project Service Connect event in Bismarck. This is a one-day event providing individuals and families experiencing homelessness to vital services.
CAP was part of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation VR Disability Awareness event held on Ft. Berthold Reservation. It included a walk and luncheon. CAP had a booth at the two-day 2015 Secondary Transition Interagency Conference in Bismarck. It was attended by parents, teachers, school administrators, and advocates. Rural schools were represented including ones located on reservations.
CAP had a booth at the Spring 2016 Behavioral Health Conference. This was sponsored by the ND Dept. of Human Services, the ND Mental Health & Substance Abuse Planning Council, Mental Health America of ND, ND P&A, the ND Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation, the ND Addition Counselors Assoc., the ND Addiction Treatment Providers Coalition, and the ND Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
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||2179|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||8|
|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||15|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||36|
|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.)||2|
|5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)||24|
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||15|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||8|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||0|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||5|
|7. Related to independent living services||1|
|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||8|
|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||7|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||4|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||0|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||0|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||0|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||2|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||0|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||1|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||0|
|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||1|
|2. Application for services completed||0|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||2|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||0|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||4|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||3|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||1|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||2|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||1|
|10. Other (Please explain below)|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||1|
|2. 19 - 24||8|
|3. 25 - 40||10|
|4. 41 - 64||14|
|5. 65 and over||3|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||36|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||36|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||2|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||7|
|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||2|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||0|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||0|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||0|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||2|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||0|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||0|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||2|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||2|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||1|
|17. Digestive Disorders||0|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||0|
|20. Intellectual Disability||1|
|21. Mental Illness||12|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||1|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||0|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||1|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||1|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||5|
|27. Personality Disorders||0|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||0|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||4|
|31. Speech Impairments||0|
|32. Spina Bifida||1|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||0|
|34. Other Disability||0|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||36|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||17|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||4|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||12|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||1|
|5. Transition student/High school student||1|
|6. All other applicants or individuals eligible for other programs or projects funded unther Rehabilitation Act||1|
|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.||6|
|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)||Internal to the State VR agency|
|2. Name of designate agency||Vocational Rehabilitation Services|
|3. Is the designated agency contracting CAP services?||Yes|
|4. If yes, name of contracting agency:||North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project|
Provide a description of all CAP positions (see instructions)
The North Dakota CAP had staff changes that went into effect on August 1, 2016. Craig Sinclair and Angie Dubovoy left the program and Loretta Movchan joined the CAP team. The following is the current CAP team with their roles and percentage of time they work in the program: Vickay Gross (CAP advocate) 40%, Loretta Movchan (CAP advocate) 50%; David Boeck (Lead Attorney) 5%; and Teresa Larsen (Executive Director) 10%.
CAP staff participated in the following training between 10/1/15 — 9/30/16: • 10/6-8/15: P&A Training with topics that included: Therapeutic Intervention Training; State of Behavioral Programming & Services in ND • 10/22/15: Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown hosted by the LEAD Center • 11/10/15: Connecting Partners and Resources to Prepare Youth for Careers: A Federal Partners in Transition • 11/18-19/15: 2015 Secondary Transition Interagency Conference - “Launching Opportunities” • 9/3-5/16: P&A Training with topics that included Advocating for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Consumer & Parent Perspectives on Autism; Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Roles of Advocacy Organizations; • 6/27/16: Section 511 training provided by ND Vocational Rehabilitation • 8/31/16: Overview Of The New Federal Regulations Implementing The Rehabilitation Act, As Amended By Title IV Of The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) webinar hosted by NDRN • 9/7/16: CAP Advocates also work part-time in the PABSS Program. They both attended the WIOA Regional Meeting hosted by RSA in Chicago, IL. • 9/21/15: Reviewing Section 511: Limitations on the Use of Subminimum wage-webinar hosted by NDRN.
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
Case Summary 1:
Joseph is a 33 year old gentleman who has a history of substance abuse, mental illness and anger control issues. Since high school he has had several employment opportunities that were career oriented. He has lost several jobs due to illegal drug use. Joseph has attempted treatment through several programs but did not feel he had good outcomes. Joseph, at the time of referral to CAP, stated he had not used drugs or alcohol for two weeks. He felt he was doing very well.
Joseph contacted CAP because he was sent a letter stating he was not eligable for VR services because he had "a lack of desire to work". CAP staff spoke to the VR counselor who indicated he thought there were comments in his file that supported a lack of desire to work. He also stated that it felt like Joseph was just applying for VR services as part of a requirement for another program. The CAP advocate took the position that guidance and counseling came after an eligibility determination. The VR counselor was informed that Joseph had been seeking employment on his own without success which demonstrates the desire to work and a need for support to be successful in securing employment.
As a result of CAP services, the VR counselor agreed to take a new application and expedite eligibility. Joseph was found eligible within a week and began working with his VR counselor to identify a vocational goal and develop an IPE.
Case Summary 2:
Sheri is 19 years of age and was attending her senior year of high school when she contacted CAP. Her primary disability is spina bifida along with associated health issues. Sheri was very unhappy in school because she says they were not helping her with transition from school to work. She expressed wanting meaningful work experience and to graduate with a regular diploma. Through PABSS funding the advocate assisted Sheri to advocate for services through the school. Sheri also wanted to move forward with receiving services through VR in order to have a smooth transition from school to the adult world. The CAP advocate assisted Sheri to access services through the Center for Independent Living and also the VR program. VR began evaluations during Sheri’s last semester in school. These included an evaluation of her needs regarding assistive technology, career testing and a functional capacity assessment. Sheri also received guidance and counseling from VR. The business specialist from VR provided information to the school as well as leads on potential work experience sites. Sheri graduated with her peers in May 2016 with a regular diploma, work experience and an active VR case. She also was receiving independent living training through the CIL.
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||Russ Cusack|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||Director, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND DHS|