|Name||Disability Rights New York (DRNY)|
|Address Line 2||Suite 450|
|Name||Disability Rights New York (DRNY)|
|Address Line 2||Suite 450|
|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||51|
|2. Information regarding independent living programs||3|
|3. Information regarding American Indian VR Service projects||0|
|4. Information regarding Title I of the ADA||1|
|5. Other information provided||26|
|6. Information regarding CAP||10|
|7. Total I&R services provided (Lines A1 through A6)||91|
|1. Number of training sessions presented to community groups and public agencies.||4|
|2. Number of individuals who attended these training sessions.||121|
|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 continued its tradition of conducting outreach at SRMT’s Annual Disability Awareness Day event, which 220 people attended in FY 2016.
DRNY is represented on both the ACCES-VR and NYSCB State Rehabilitation Councils. DRNY is likewise represented on the Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. The Council is overseen by the NYS Education Department and its efforts are directly in line with working to increase and improve the opportunities available to the transition-age and postsecondary student population.
DRNY has also been focusing its efforts on those people with disabilities who work in sheltered workshops at a subminimum wage rate. DRNY staff conducted outreach at these workshops and will be organizing further outreach efforts within the agency for FY 2017.
DRNY continued its 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-sponsored transition and college fairs; special needs and family support fairs; and Special Education PTA meetings.
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||884|
|5. Number of Times CAP Exhibited at Conferences, Community Fairs, etc.||9|
|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)||154|
|2. Additional individuals who were served during the year||235|
|3. Total individuals served (Lines A1+A2)||389|
|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.)||33|
|5. Individual still being served as of September 30 (Carryover to next year. This total may not exceed Line A3.)||93|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Individual requests information||14|
|2. Communication problems between individual and VR counselor||124|
|3. Conflict about VR services to be provided||203|
|4. Related to VR application/eligibility process||41|
|5. Related to assignment to order of selection priority category||0|
|6. Related to IPE development/implementation||29|
|7. Related to independent living services||5|
|8. Other Rehabilitation Act-related problems||6|
|9. Non-Rehabilitation Act related||1|
|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||112|
|4. Mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution||8|
|5. Administrative / Informal Review||5|
|6. Formal appeal / Fair Hearing||1|
|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||120|
|2. Some issues resolved in individual's favor (when there are multiple issues)||51|
|3. CAP determines VR agency position/decision was appropriate for the individual||27|
|4. Individual's case lacks legal merit; (inappropriate for CAP intervention)||8|
|5. Individual chose alternative representation||2|
|6. Individual withdrew complaint||54|
|7. Issue not resolved in clients favor||0|
|8. CAP services not needed due to individual's death, relocation, etc.||44|
|9. Individual not responsive/cooperative with CAP||22|
|10. CAP unable to take case due to lack of resources||1|
|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||128|
|2. Application for services completed||20|
|3. Eligibility determination expedited||4|
|4. Individual participated in evaluation||17|
|5. IPE developed/implemented/Services Provided||63|
|6. Communication re-established between individual and other party||55|
|7. Individual assigned to new counselor/office||26|
|8. Alternative resources identified for individual||13|
|9. ADA/504/EEO/OCR complaint made||0|
|10. Other (Please explain below)|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Up to 18||8|
|2. 19 - 24||47|
|3. 25 - 40||99|
|4. 41 - 64||215|
|5. 65 and over||20|
|6. Total (Sum of Lines A1 through A5. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||389|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|3. Total (Lines B1+B2. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||389|
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race (for individuals who are non-Hispanic/Latino only)||45|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||2|
|4. Black or African American||111|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||13|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||7|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Acquired Brain Injury||10|
|4. Amputations or Absence of Extremities||3|
|5. Arthritis or Rheumatism||1|
|6. Anxiety Disorder||5|
|7. Autism Spectrum Disorder||23|
|8. Autoimmune or Immune Deficiencies (excluding AIDS/HIV)||4|
|9. Blindness (Both Eyes)||12|
|10. Other Visual Impairments (Not Blind)||5|
|12. Cerebral Palsy||14|
|14. Hard of Hearing/Hearing Impaired (Not Deaf)||8|
|17. Digestive Disorders||1|
|19. Heart & Other Circulatory Conditions||4|
|20. Intellectual Disability||18|
|21. Mental Illness||106|
|22. Multiple Sclerosis||3|
|23. Muscular Dystrophy||3|
|24. Muscular/Skeletal Impairment||7|
|25. Neurological Disorders/Impairment||15|
|26. Orthopedic Impairments||53|
|27. Personality Disorders||1|
|28. Respiratory Disorders/Impairment||1|
|29. Skin Conditions||0|
|30. Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)||37|
|31. Speech Impairments||1|
|32. Spina Bifida||0|
|33. Substance Abuse (Alcohol or Drugs)||6|
|34. Other Disability||4|
|35. Total (Sum of Lines D1through D34. Total must equal Part II, Line A3.)||389|
Multiple responses permitted.
|1. Applicant of VR||99|
|2. Individual eligible for VR services currently on a wait list||0|
|3. Individual eligible for VR services not currently on a wait list||291|
|4. Applicant or individual eligible for Independent Living||11|
|5. Transition student/High school student||1|
|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.||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-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 14 professional staff in the 2016 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 14 professional EE’s equate to 7.77 FTE. During FY 2016, 89% of the full time professional positions were filled for 12 months equating to 6.84 person years. The vacancies for FY 2016 equate to 11% of the positions unfilled. DRNY did not have any part time professional employees during FY 2016.
DRNY paid 12 clerical staff in the 2016 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 12 EE’s equate to .90 FTE. During FY 2016, 92% of the full time positions were filled for 12 months equating to .83 person years. The vacancies for FY 2016 equate to 8% of the positions unfilled which equals .07 FTE’s totaling .07 person years. DRNY did not have any part time clerical employees during FY 2016.
Provide some examples of some interesting cases during the past fiscal year.
***Note*** DRNY’s FY 2015 number reported for individuals who were being served as of September 30, 2015 (reported in FY 2015’s RSA-227 in response II.A.5.) does not match the FY 2016 reported number for individuals still being served as of October 1, 2015 (reported in this report at II.A.1.). This is due to changes during the 2016 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, 2016.***
DRNY represented a 47-year-old man with mental illness. The client had issues in communicating with his VR counselor. As an assistant college professor, he sought financial assistance to attend writing classes so that he could earn tenure at his college. DRNY represented the client in negotiations, after which ACCES-VR agreed to continue his supports through the 2016-2017 academic year. ACCES-VR also agreed to vendorize the client’s chosen vocational training program for academic researchers so he could continue his education and writing skills.
DRNY represented a 27-year-old woman with an eating disorder, learning disorder, and anxiety. She wanted to reestablish communication with her VR counselor and was also seeking assistance in advocating for graduate school sponsorship through ACCES-VR. The client aspired to be a Clinical Psychologist and was a senior in college. ACCES-VR denied the client graduate school support, citing her cognitive and neuropsychological abilities to complete such a program. Another reason for the denial was based upon the client’s lower grades earlier in her academic career, before proper diagnosis and treatments for her disabilities were established. She was a student on the Dean’s List at the time of DRNY’s intervention. DRNY advised the client on self-advocacy skills and negotiated on her behalf with ACCES-VR. She was eventually granted full graduate school sponsorship, including books and tuition.
DRNY represented a 52-year-old man with HIV/AIDS. Before DRNY’s intervention, an initial attempt at an ACCES-VR case, in which nursing training was approved for the client, was unsuccessful. The client was unable to attend his approved training due to personal matters. The client later reapplied for services and was assigned a new counselor. His new counselor insisted that the client was job ready and additional training was not necessary for the client to gain competitive employment. ACCES-VR claimed that his desired IPE goal of Radiology Technician was inappropriate due to physical limitations in his file. The client produced medical records that indicated that he was able to perform all essential duties. DRNY then successfully countered the VR counselor’s assertions that the client pursue the IPE goal of Medical Assistant. The client was finally approved for sponsorship toward his chosen IPE goal. His supports included tuition, books and transportation.
DRNY represented a 72-year-old woman with a vision impairment. The client was working with NYS Commission for the Blind (NYSCB) to obtain employment. However, the client wanted NYSCB to provide her with additional computer training. She thought that learning the computer would help her obtain employment faster. NYSCB concluded that specific computer training was not necessary at the time because the client had yet to reach employment. DRNY advised the client in self-advocacy skills to help her communicate to her job coach her concerns regarding a lack of training. DRNY also assisted the client in formatting a list of disability-related accommodations and training needs the client may self-advocate for once hired. Through learning self-advocacy skills, the client gained self-confidence, which allowed her to communicate with others more freely about her disability.
DRNY represented a 44-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis, heart, and other circulatory conditions. ACCES-VR encouraged the client to seek employment from home due to her disabilities. Before approving an IPE goal of dietician, which would allow her to work outside the home, ACCES-VR wanted the client to demonstrate her ability to work or volunteer for at least 20 hours per week over a period of 2 to 3 months before agreeing to school sponsorship. The client obtained a job through her local gym and achieved this goal, and funding for college was provided for via DRNY’s negotiation on behalf of the client. Also, DRNY worked extensively on finding a solution to the client’s lack of healthcare coverage, which in itself was another barrier to her employment goals. She was in danger of losing her health insurance coverage and losing critical medications. As a result of DRNY negotiation, ACCES-VR provided the funds for her needed medication while she waited for her Medicaid to go into effect. The client is now successfully attending school.
DRNY represented a 41-year-old man with a traumatic brain injury. He was, at the time of DRNY intervention, seeking ACCES-VR’s approval of a small business plan. As a result of many meetings with ACCES-VR and efforts by the client and various potential providers, he decided that a small business venture as a franchise or liquor store owner was not the right IPE goal for him at the time. He opted to turn back to his previous experience in the field of insurance sales. DRNY advocated on behalf of the client and after extensive negotiation, the IPE goal of Supported Employment - Insurance Claims or Processing Clerk was signed and agreed upon. The appropriate job development services were put into place and the client was able to begin moving toward his employment goal.
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|Name of Designated Agency Official||Erica M. Molina, Esq.|
|Title of Designated Agency Official||CAP Director|