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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1198

Kentucky
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
500 Mero Street, 4th floor
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Frankfort
Kentucky
40601
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5022290607
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Department of Protection and Advocacy
5 Mill Creek Park
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Frankfort
40601
Kentucky
jeffp.edwards@ky.gov
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5025642967
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Additional Information
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Jacob Fouts
5022290607
jacob.fouts@ky.gov
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
7
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1
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2
10
B. Training Activities
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0
n/a
C. Agency Outreach
n/a
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
0
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0
n/a
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
n/a
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
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4
6
6
3
B. Problem areas
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2
3
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0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
2
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1
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3
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
2
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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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1
n/a
E. Results achieved for individuals
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1
1
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0
0
1
Other chosen because it was not selected.
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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3
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6
B. Gender
3
3
6
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
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2
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4
0
6
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
E. Types of Individuals Served
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0
5
0
0
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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n/a
B. Litigation
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0
0
n/a
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Yes
Department for Protection and Advocacy
B. Staff Employed
Part of the Fiscal Year there was a director for the program. Once the director left the position, services were contracted out to Protection and Advocacy. The program has been overseen by Executive Director of Admin Services, Beth Roark and reporting has been done by Jacob Fouts, Assistant Director of Fiscal Management until the full redesignation was complete on 9/15/2021.
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
TM, a 28 year old rural Western Kentucky resident with multiple mental health diagnoses, contacted CAP because he was experiencing difficulties getting connected with Rehabilitation Act services. Lacking a supportive nuclear family to assist him get educational needs met through either an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan in secondary level school, TM became frustrated with his struggles and dropped out of school. He eventually went to Job Corps where he obtained his GED and heavy equipment certification. While driving heavy equipment was fun, TM didn’t see himself doing this for the rest of his life. When he initially spoke with a KY Protection & Advocacy Disability Rights Advocate, TM stated that he was even more frustrated with himself because he didn’t have an employment goal.
Advocate asked about his interests and passions; this was something TM said no one had ever asked him. An in-depth discussion revealed TM’s love for nature, the environment, and history. While TM wants to contribute to society through sharing his work and loves, his mental health issues preclude him from being comfortable in crowds. He realized that he, ultimately, would like to work as a “behind the scenes” museum exhibit curator. TM likes the idea of increasing his education on the job and not by simply sitting in a classroom.
TM and his mental health counselor have been working on strategies regarding his anxiety and panic attacks. This was a prerequisite to taking the next step in the employment process. Earlier in 2021, the counselor made a referral for supported employment. However, TM never was contacted by the program and didn’t know to what agency the referral was made. He happily accepted advocate’s offer of assistance.
Advocate obtained a signed release and retainer agreement from TM. Documentation was immediately faxed to the therapist with a request for her to call advocate. When no response occurred, advocate contacted the therapist. Therapist provided advocate the date she made a referral to the supported employment program within her own Community Mental Health Center; this program works closely with Vocational Rehabilitation. Advocate pointed out that more than 90 days had elapsed since the referral, which prompted the therapist to say that she would reach out to the supported employment team. Advocate informed therapist that Governor Beshear had recently redesignated Kentucky’s Client Assistance Program to Protection & Advocacy. Therapist was also advised that if TM didn’t receive contact from the team during the current business week, the advocate would take further action.
In a follow-up contact with TM at the end of FY’2021, advocate was told that he had received a call from the supported employment team shortly after advocate’s call with his therapist. He was sent documents to complete and return via postal mail to the supported employment team.
To ensure that TM receives desired vocational services leading to overall employment goal, Kentucky Protection & Advocacy will continue representation of TM into FY’2022.


LA, a 56 y/o urban Central Kentucky resident with mental health diagnoses, contacted CAP regarding a disagreement with Vocational Rehabilitation. Her employment goal was to become an adjunct Social Work professor at a university. While she had her Master’s degree and several years of work experience, LA told her Vocational Rehabilitation counselor that she needed a PhD/DSW. Vocational Rehabilitation declined payment for additional education, saying that she could become a professor with her current level of education.
LA had applied for adjunct professor positions but was rejected due to lack of teaching experience. Vocational Rehabilitation held that LA could simply obtain teaching experience by applying to work as a substitute teacher through her local public school system. LA had no desire to teach at the secondary level but counselor said that this would give LA experience to determine if she really wanted to teach.
KY Protection & Advocacy Disability Rights Advocate reached out to Vocational Rehabilitation’s Director of Field Services. The Director cited Vocational Rehabilitation policy “The degree level specified on the Plan should be consistent with the entry-level requirements of the consumer’s chosen vocational goal”. Based upon this policy, Vocational Rehabilitation wouldn’t be required to pay for a PhD/DSW program for LA.
Advocate conducted intensive research of professor position and university program requirements via scouring the internet, as well as electronic and telephonic communications. Results indicated that although the PhD/DSW isn’t always required for LA’s vocational goal, college level teaching experience is. Further, pursuit of a PhD/DSW would be beneficial in providing college level teaching experience but many job announcements noted that having a PhD/DSW would potentially replace some of the college level teaching experience.
Advocate communicated this information to LA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Afterwards, Vocational Rehabilitation approved payment for LA to pursue her PhD/DSW so that she can truly reach her vocational goal.
Certification
Approved
Jacob Fouts
Assistant Director
2021-12-07
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