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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1185

South Carolina
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Disability Rights South Carolina (previously Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.)
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208
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Columbia
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29204
803-782-0639
866-275-7273
866-232-4525
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
Beth Franco
Pete Cantrell
803-782-0639
cantrell@disabilityrightssc.org
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
0
0
0
0
2
7
9
B. Training Activities
7
126
a. What you need to do if you are interested in going back to work. How to address problems with SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department or SC Commission for the Blind about the job goal, not getting needed services or devices. What you need to do if you receive an overpayment notice about SSI.
b. To provide information on CAP services, Social Security work incentives, work-related overpayments and employment accommodations.
c. Individuals that attended were receiving SSI and SSDI, their family members and caregivers.
C. Agency Outreach
As shown in our Program Data, DRSC serves a diverse client population. Our Outreach Team provides targeted outreach to minority populations, including information about CAP. We have a Minority Rural Outreach Project Advisory Council to advise us on the needs of individuals with disabilities from minority communities. We have a staff member who is fluent in Spanish to handle Spanish language intakes. She also provides support to other staff members regarding Spanish language and cultural issues. DRSC uses Language Line when needed, which can provide telephone interpretation services in over 200 languages.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
8261
3
183276
Twitter: 87900
Facebook: 73645
Email Blast: 20,602
YouTube: 1,129
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Not applicable.
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
31
10
41
1
22
B. Problem areas
0
6
23
0
0
10
1
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
12
2
6
0
0
0
20
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
8
5
0
0
0
5
0
0
2
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
0
0
0
0
4
7
0
3
0
6
3 - Individuals failed to maintain contact with CAP
1 - Individual no longer desired services from VR
1 - SCCB Commissioner approved a specialized deaf/blind program
1 - Letter sent to individual was returned with envelope marked as deceased
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
6
12
20
3
41
B. Gender
21
20
41
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
1
0
17
0
23
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
1
7
0
3
5
0
0
2
0
1
1
1
0
1
0
7
0
0
0
6
3
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
41
E. Types of Individuals Served
5
0
37
0
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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• DRSC remains an active member of South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition (SCDEC). SCDEC is a coalition of state agencies, disability advocacy organizations and educators. Both SCVRD and SCCB are members along with each of the centers for independent living in SC. The goal of the coalition is to address employment barriers for people with disabilities. For more information, please visit the SCDEC website:
https://www.hiremesc.org/coalition/?rq=disability%20employment%20coalition.
A big part of our work on SCDEC is done by the Infrastructure Committee. This year the committee worked on a Resource Mapping process for each of the state agencies involved in supporting employment for people with disabilities. This process was suggested by WINTAC. It is designed to improve agency services by identifying problems with the process and areas for potential collaboration. Recently, at WINTAC’s suggestion, the committee agreed to supplement Resource Mapping with Journey Mapping. Each Journey Map examines how the process actually worked for a real client. Each of the clients examined so far interacted with either SCVRD or SCCB among other agencies. The committee reviewed each map during a monthly virtual meeting. We then identified and discussed areas for improvement. Our hope is that the agencies will use this information to make meaningful improvements to employment supports for people with disabilities in SC.
• In July 2021 SCVRD invited us to participate in their process to update their policy manual. We provided some initial input on several issues at that time including the issues on payment for postsecondary education and financial needs tests that were discussed in last year’s report. We have provided additional input on other systemic issues as the process has moved forward. We do not yet know what changes will be made as a result of our input. We are hopeful that this process will result in significant changes that will benefit our clients.
• Monthly meetings with SCVRD have not proven to be very helpful. One of the speakers at the CAP & VR Moving Forward Together webinar in June 2021 suggested that quarterly meetings had been helpful. As a result, we requested a change to quarterly meetings and SCVRD agreed. We hope this may be more helpful.
• We have also restarted quarterly meetings with SCCB. These were suspended during COVID-19.


B. Litigation
0
0
0
DRSC engaged in no systemic litigation activities during this fiscal year.
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Disability Rights South Carolina (previously Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.)
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B. Staff Employed
DESCRIPTION OF CAP STAFF

Position # Hours # FTE
Professional 2865 1.47
Clerical 162 0.08
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
• SC Commission for the Blind (SCCB) client receives support to complete her studies at the Louisiana Center for the Blind: DRSC was contacted by a client who was being denied assistance from SCCB to complete the training she had begun at the Louisiana Center for the Blind. This training was especially important as the Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center at SCCB had been closed due to COVID-19. We encouraged our client to reach out to the Director of SCCB. We recommended that she write a statement about the benefits of her receiving training at the Louisiana Center for the Blind and send it to the Director of the SCCB. As a result of her self-advocacy, SCCB approved payment for three more months of training from the Louisiana Center for the Blind. Closed October 2020. (CAP 98709)
• Young Deaf-Blind client supported by SCCB in an Immersion Experience at the Hellen Keller National Center in New York: Mother of a client with deaf-blindness reached out to DRSC with concerns about the level of services her child was receiving from SCCB. DRSC worked with the family on school-to-work transition and training with a goal of customized employment. The family asked for our help in convincing SCCB to pay for and to participate in a week-long, on-site Deaf-Blind Immersion Experience at the Hellen Keller National Center in Long Island, New York. SCCB agreed, and our client’s advocates, teachers, and SCCB staff participated along with him and his mother. Closed January 25, 2021. (CAP 92337)
• SCVRD client receives needed dental services: P&A was contacted in March 2020 by an individual struggling to get dental services and other assistance from SCVRD. P&A recommended client contact the SCVRD area supervisor and express his concerns about delays to agreed upon services. Client did so and shared with DRSC that he had received his dentures and had no further concerns. Closed December 14, 2020. (CAP 96750)
Certification
Approved
Beth Franco
Executive Director
2021-12-08
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