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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1171

Nevada
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center
2820 W. Charleston Blvd
Ste. B-11
Las Vegas
Nevada
89102
https://www.NDALC.org
702 257 8150
771
888 349 3843
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
William (Bill) Heaivilin
Celeste Graham
702 257 8150 x7123
celeste@ndalc.org
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
33
1
0
29
3
0
66
B. Training Activities
2
27
Due to pandemic challenges - there were only 2 training activities of note - Training was provided to approximately 12 members of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) by NDALS's Executive Director on CAP services during a SILC retreat in July 2021. Also in July a CAP Rights Advocate in Las Vegas conducted a presentation to approximately 15 staff members at a community training center specific to CAP services - working while receiving SSA Benefits and vocational rehabilitation services.
C. Agency Outreach
The continuing COVID-19 pandemic limited the ability to conduct outreach activities for much of FY 2021. State government restrictions were somewhat lifted in June for in-person activities and NDALC was able to participate in a few outreach opportunities.

We hired a replacement, bi-lingual Rights Advocate in May who initiated contacts to both general groups as well as specifically within the Hispanic community. From June through September, he was able to complete in person contact with some 20 separate locations and/or functions, address approximately 228 people, and disburse 730 brochures in both English and Spanish. In person contacts included – the Rape Crisis Center, the Youth Advocacy Program (multiple groups), Cardeñas and Mariañas (market personnel) multiple locations, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, FEAT, Hispanic Coalition (multiple people/meetings), Mexican Consulate (multiple people/meetings), Aqua Fresca With a Cop, Chicanos Por La Causa, FEAT – Back to School Pool Party, the Walnut Rec Center, the Bob Price Rec Center, the Mass Liberation Coalition, Ariba Las Vegas, and the West Las Vegas Library.

In July 2021, NDALC staff in the northern end of the State also participated in an ADA 30+ (as the actual 30 years fell in 2020) Celebration in the Reno/Sparks area, which was open to the public. NDALC staff provided information on all NDALC services to attendees at this event.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
1082
0
35179
Website Hits
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
N/A
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
9
13
22
0
2
B. Problem areas
2
7
7
2
0
3
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
2
0
1
9
7
0
20
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
7
3
1
0
1
2
1
0
3
0
0
2
1 - Unable to assist due to client's erroneous belief of our involvement in Worker's Compensation investigation making it impossible for us to effectively advocate on his behalf.
2 - Completed services per short term agreement, reviewed BVR file and provided information on fair hearing process.
E. Results achieved for individuals
2
1
1
0
0
13
0
0
0
3
1 - Communication attempts with counselor were sporadic
2 - Provided information regarding fair hearing process
3 - No response from caller, ROI and agreement forms not returned, and calls not returned
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
1
1
5
14
1
22
B. Gender
12
10
22
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
1
1
0
4
0
15
1
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
8
0
0
0
2
6
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
22
E. Types of Individuals Served
3
18
0
0
1
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
2
While NDALC did not address any specific issues during this reporting period, staff did provide input to administrators and policy makers with the State’s vocational rehabilitation program and Independent Living program. NDALC’s Executive Director met frequently throughout this reporting period with the State’s vocational rehabilitation administrators to discuss areas of concern relative to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services in Nevada. An NDALC Rights Advocate serves as a member of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and provides ongoing input into independent living services in Nevada.

1) Statewide Independent Living Council created a sub-committee to address the needs of youth in Nevada transitioning from high school; SILC is accepting applications for this sub-committee
2) Statewide Independent Living Council created a website to provide independent living information/resources.
B. Litigation
0
0
0
NONE for fiscal year 2021 - NDALC attempts to resolve issues at the lowest possible level (such as direct contact with the local vocational rehabilitation office level with an individual VR counselor) utilizing advocacy skills, alternative dispute resolution, and negotiation.
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center
No
Not applicable
B. Staff Employed
JM Executive Director 1
LB Supervising Rights Attorney - Northern NV 1
LT Rights Attorney - Northern NV 0.5
CK Rights Advocate - Northern NV 1
JS Rights Advocate - Northern NV 1
DDB Rights Advocate - Northern (Rural) NV 1
AMC Intake - Office Coordinator - Northern NV 1
CG Deputy Director 1
WH Supervising Rights Attorney - Southern NV 1
JBS Rights Attorney - Southern NV 1
AF Rights Advocate - Southern NV 1
KO Rights Advocate - Southern NV 1
KC Rights Advocate - Southern NV 1
MCT Rights Advocate - Southern NV 1
YC Rights Advocate - Southern NV 0.5
CDC Rights Advocate - Southern NV 0.5
JC Intake and Fiscal Operations Assistant 1
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Case of LD - LD is a 39-year-old man with a mental health and seizure disorder living in rural Nevada. He contacted NDALC because of his vocational rehabilitation case being closed. NDALC CAP Advocate reviewed L.D.’s vocational rehabilitation file and contacted an administrator at the State’s vocational rehabilitation services agency to discuss the case closure. The administrator agreed to expedite the re-opening of LD’s case. NDALC CAP Advocate facilitated communication between LD and the vocational rehabilitation agency, as well as assisting him with obtaining a new vocational rehabilitation counselor. LD now has vocational rehabilitation services in place because of NDALC’s advocacy.

Case of JF - JF is a 52-year-old woman with physical impairments living in Las Vegas. She contacted NDALC because she was having difficulty re-applying for vocational rehabilitation services from the State’s vocational rehabilitation services agency as she had limited technology options available to her, and the State’s VR agency was closed to the public as a result of the pandemic. The NDALC CAP Advocate contacted the Rehabilitation Division and facilitated the application process for vocational rehabilitation services. JF was determined eligible for services and assigned a rehabilitation counselor as a result of NDALC’s intervention.

Case of WH -WH is a 58-year-old man with physical impairments living in Northern Nevada. He reported that he had begun receiving vocational rehabilitation services three years ago and that he had been accepted into the 700-hour State’s government employment program, but that he was not having regular communication with the State’s vocational rehabilitation services agency as well as still not obtaining employment. The NDALC CAP advocate reviewed WH’s file and facilitated communication between WH and his vocational rehabilitation counselor to get regular communication started, as well as assistance for obtaining a “survival job” until he is able to find suitable employment with our state government. The NDALC CAP Advocate also discovered that WH needed services from the Business Team to acquire job leads, interviewing skills, and resume development for state government positions. The NDALC CAP Advocate facilitated communication between WH and the Business Team.

Case of PB - PB is a 63-year-old woman with mental health and physical impairments living in Las Vegas, who contacted NDALC’s CAP because of conflict with her vocational rehabilitation counselor over services to be provided so she could obtain her employment goal as a commercially certified, unmanned, aircraft operator. PB wanted a new laptop computer equipped with appropriate software to allow her to study and obtain her FAA certification to fly unmanned aircraft. The NDALC CAP Advocate reviewed PB’s plan for employment and her vocational rehabilitation file. The Advocate also attended a phone meeting with PB and her vocational rehabilitation counselor to discuss PB’s vocational rehabilitation services. As a result of NDALC advocacy, PB obtained a new laptop computer with the appropriate software that allowed her to prepare for and pass her FAA certification to receive licensing for flying unmanned, commercial aircraft.
Certification
Approved
Jack Mayes
Executive Director
2021-11-02
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