|Name||Disability Rights MS|
|Address||5 Old River Place|
|Address Line 2|
|Name of P&A Executive Director||Polly Tribble|
|Name of PAIR Director/Coordinator||Polly Tribble|
|Person to contact regarding report||Polly Tribble|
|Contact Person phone||601-968-0600|
Multiple responses are not permitted.
|1. Individuals receiving I&R within PAIR priority areas||224|
|2. Individuals receiving I&R outside PAIR priority areas||1|
|3. Total individuals receiving I&R (lines A1 + A2)||225|
|1. Number of trainings presented by PAIR staff||1|
|2. Number of individuals who attended training (approximate)||200|
The training was done with all sschool personnel in Green County School DIstrict. The training was to introduce all staff to DRMS services and to discuss the elements of a successful IEP for a student with disabilities. DRMS staff discussed the need for proper documentation. The rights of students with disabilties was the main focus of the inservice training.
|1. Radio and TV appearances by PAIR staff||0|
|2. Newspaper/magazine/journal articles||1|
|3. PSAs/videos aired||0|
|4. Hits on the PAIR/P&A website||12,855|
|5. Publications/booklets/brochures disseminated||1,555|
|6. Other (specify separately)||35,000|
Social media followers, friends, members, etc., on our Facebook page and in the Facebook group. This includes people who were served any activity from the Page including posts, posts to the Page by other people, Page likes, mentions and check-ins. The DRMS twitter account automatically receives the posts from the Facebook accounts, so this is included even though that account is not actively utilized at this point.
DRMS directed and collaborated with our DD partners to host 3 statewide outreach opportunities to receive public input. These events were called “Rights and Resources Workshops” and were an attempt to change up the way in which the agency receives input from the community. The public radio broadcasting network agreed to conduct and include PSA’s during regular programming about the events prior to their occurrence. These ads ran daily for 3 weeks but since these were not paid advertising, there is no record of how many times they aired. It is estimated that each event was mentioned approx. 5 times a day, for 14 days in advance, so it is estimated that there were roughly 70 mentions of the P&A that aired throughout the state.
Count individual once per FY. Multiple counts not permitted for lines A1 through A3.
|1. Individuals still served as of October 1 (carryover from prior FY)||27|
|2. Additional individuals served during the year||32|
|3. Total individuals served (lines A1 + A2)||59|
|4. Individuals w. more than 1 case opened/closed during the FY. (Do not add this number to total on line A3 above.)||8|
Carryover to next FY may not exceed total on line II. A.3 above 17
|1. Architectural accessibility||1|
|3. Program access||5|
|5. Government benefits/services||1|
|8. Assistive technology||0|
|10. Health care||2|
|12. Non-government services||0|
|13. Privacy rights||0|
|14. Access to records||0|
|1. Issues resolved partially or completely in individual favor||25|
|2. Other representation found||2|
|3. Individual withdrew complaint||3|
|4. Appeals unsuccessful||2|
|5. PAIR Services not needed due to individual's death, relocation etc.||2|
|6. PAIR withdrew from case||2|
|7. PAIR unable to take case because of lack of resources||0|
|8. Individual case lacks legal merit||4|
DRMS had several cases which involved higher education issues at a community coillege and one at a major state university. DRMS also had a detailed case about a service dog being allowed on aprivate college campus.
List the highest level of intervention used by PAIR prior to closing each case file.
|1. Technical assistance in self-advocacy||6|
|2. Short-term assistance||22|
|5. Mediation/alternative dispute resolution||2|
|6. Administrative hearings||0|
|7. Litigation (including class actions)||1|
|8. Systemic/policy activities||0|
|1. 0 - 4||0|
|2. 5 - 22||32|
|3. 23 - 59||12|
|4. 60 - 64||3|
|5. 65 and over||12|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|1. Hispanic/Latino of any race||0|
|2. American Indian or Alaskan Native||0|
|4. Black or African American||26|
|5. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0|
|7. Two or more races||1|
|8. Race/ethnicity unknown||2|
Multiple responses not permitted.
|2. Parental or other family home||37|
|3. Community residential home||4|
|4. Foster care||0|
|5. Nursing home||2|
|6. Public institutional living arrangement||0|
|7. Private institutional living arrangement||0|
|8. Jail/prison/detention center||0|
|10. Other living arrangements||0|
|11. Living arrangements not known||0|
Identify the individual's primary disability, namely the one directly related to the issues/complaints
|1. Blind/visual impairment||5|
|2. Deaf/hard of hearing||1|
|4. Orthopedic impairment||7|
|5. Mental illness||1|
|6. Substance abuse||0|
|7. Mental retardation||0|
|8. Learning disability||0|
|9. Neurological impairment||38|
|10. Respiratory impairment||0|
|11. Heart/other circulatory impairment||1|
|12. Muscular/skeletal impairment||2|
|13. Speech impairment||0|
|15. Traumatic brain injury||1|
|16. Other disability||3|
|1. Number of policies/practices changed as a result of non-litigation systemic activities||7|
|2. Number of individuals potentially impacted by policy changes||4,000|
Describe your systemic activities. Be sure to include information about the policies that were changed and how these changes benefit individuals with disabilities. Include case examples of how your systemic activities impacted individuals served.
Transition issues for students 14 and over in the public schools have been explored and addressed during IEP meetings during this school year. DRMS also developed a training inservice about IDEA and dyslexia for parents and teachers. We will continue to present this information to many. DRMS has monitored various emergency shelters over the year and is involved in preparedness training and sensitivity training to emergency personnel. In fact, one client with Autism benefitted from our involvement when we alerted our emergency management agency about the family's sheltering needs. DRMS continues to work on the taxi situation in our capital city. We need accessible taxis in Jackson.
|1. Number of individuals potentially impacted by changes as a result of PAIR litigation/class action efforts||2,000|
|2. Number of individuals named in class actions||8|
Describe your litigation/class action activities. Explain how individuals with disabilities benefited from your litigation activities. Be sure to include case examples that demonstrate the impact of your litigation.
DRMS has been involved for years in an effort to make accessible transportation more readily available for people traveling in Jackson. The CIty of Jackson has several accessible buses, but they are constantly in disrepair. In 2007-2008 DRMS was receiving numerous reports of poor service from people with mobility and visual disabilities when it came to the capital city's major buses. We filed suit in 2008 with a group of individual Plaintiffs and the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities and MS Council For the Blind (Jackson's chapter). It was certified as a class action and the DOJ joined the case on our side in 2009. In 2010 we entered into a Consent Decree with the City of Jackson and that has extended to the present day. The terms of the Consent Decree are basically that Jatran will maintain the bus fleet, both fixed route and paratransit, in working order including all equipment for wheelchairs and the like (i.e. lifts). There are reporting requirementsand DRMS gets a progress report monthly fromt he city. Sicne this remains a huge problem for our clients, we will continue to monitor.
For each of your PAIR program priorities for the fiscal year covered by this report, please:
1. Children , ages 3 - 21, with disabiltiies wiho are receiving or are in need of special education service will receive a free appro\priate public education in the least restrictive environment. In MS there is a great need for students to have appropriate discipline procedures and timely testing and evaluation. There is a great need for oversight in transition services as well. DRMS handled 30 education client related issues in this fiscal year. A successful outcome happened when the parents and DRMS advocates felt that each child was getting the accommodations and assistance needed to successfully attend school and master skills.
2. DRMS focused on community living for people with disabilties. DRMS focused on and will continue the needs of students in higher education and getting accommodations that they need. DRMS helped 29 people with these issues to include the highere eduation issue explained elsewhere in this report. DRMS also handled 8 transportation cases which allowed clients to fully enjoy life.
Please include a statement of priorities and objectives for the current fiscal year (the fiscal year succeeding that covered by this report), which should contain the following information:
Priority One: Individuals with disabilities will be protected from abuse and neglect. DRMS will promote safe living arrangements.
Priority Two: Individuals with disabilities will live in integrated and inclusive settingsin the community with appropriate services and supports. The rights of individuals with disabilities who reside in facilities will be protected and advanced.
Priority Three: Children, ages 3 - 21, with disabilities who are receiving or are in need of special education services will receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.
Priority Four: Mississippians will be provided with high quality detailed information to their issues through the intake process and through outreach efforts. Monitored referrals will be made when the issue is beyond the scope of our work.
At a minimum, you must include all of the information requested. You may include any other information, not otherwise collected on this reporting form that would be helpful in describing the extent of PAIR activities during the prior fiscal year. Please limit the narrative portion of this report, including attachments, to 20 pages or less.
The narrative should contain the following information. The instructions for this form outline the information that should be contained in each section.
A. Sources of funds received and expended.
Source of funding
|Federal (section 509)||186,598 (includes carryover)||186,598|
|All other funds||0|
|Total (from all sources)||186,598|
B. The money spent for fiscal year 2017 and budget for fiscal year 2018
|EXPENSE||2017 Actual||2018 Budget|
|Sub-Contract Supp Srvcs||2,486.32||1,934.46|
|Insurance - Group||20,276.72||20,165.26|
|Insurance - General||1,320.70||1,231.02|
|Out of State Travel||663.27||468.96|
|Furniture and Equipment||306.48||58.62|
|IT Support Services||312.90||351.72|
|Online Law Subscriptions||200.52||1,113.78|
|I/S Travel - Board||850.60||586.20|
|O/S Travel - Board||33.60||-|
|Training - Board||14.90||46.90|
|Membership Fees and Dues||1,684.43||1,524.12|
|Rent & Utilities||12,181.37||12,896.38|
C. PAIR staff
Type of position
Type of position
% of year filled
D. The Governing Board for DRMS is involved in the oversight of the PAIR program. There is no spate advisory board for this program.
E. There were no grievances filed in the PAIR program in this fiscal year.
F. The Client Assistance Program (CAP) nor the state long term care program is housed within Disability Rights MS. DRMS staff and CAP staff regularly coordinate on various projects. DRMS also refers callers to the state long term ombudsman program. The director of the ombudsman program is a former Board member and continues to donate to our general agency mission.
|Signed By||Polly Tribble|