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RSA-227 for FY-2021: Submission #1214

Indiana
09/30/2021
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Indiana Disability Rights (Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services)
4755 Kingsway Drive
Suite 100
Indianapolis
IN
46205
3177225555
8006224845
8006224845
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
Melissa Keyes
Melissa Keyes
3177223463
mkeyes@indianadisabilityrights.org
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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B. Training Activities
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175
a. Topics covered include: P&A basics, introduction to the CAP program, when and how
to refer clients to the CAP program, how the CAP program can serve clients, how to support decision-making in employment.
b. Purpose: to inform VR counselors and regional managers about the CAP program and
their responsibilities under the CAP program, information to employment service recipients and families about their rights under VR services.
c. attendees: VR counselors and managers, people using VR services and their families.
C. Agency Outreach
IDR continues to be a community of practice for cultural competency. We are working with other stakeholders in Indiana to address outreach issues common amongst
agencies, particularly in rural and minority communities and communities of color. We are expanding our efforts to reach more minority communities. We have partnered with the Mexican consulate and other organizations providing services to the Hispanic community. Our CAP attorney and paralegal are both bilingual and have expanded our outreach into the Hispanic community along with development of materials and resources in Spanish. Materials developed by IDR are provided in Spanish and ASL at a minimum and other languages by request.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
We have many external partners that share our information with their communities and followers on social media and in their newsletters and communications. These are other state agencies, the Indiana DD Council, the state UCED, The Arc of Indiana, IN*Source, the state Independent Living Council, Down Syndrome Indiana, and other disability focused partners. We also share information with other legally-based and community-based advocacy groups and attorneys. Our information is shared on their websites, social media accounts, newsletters, trainings, and conferences. The information disseminated is sometimes more general about our basic services we provide or more focused on specific rights issues such as clients rights when receiving services from VR or how to apply for VR services. We always provide information on how to contact us via phone, email, online, or in-person. IDR also regularly has traditional media coverage for press releases and special announcements.
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
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B. Problem areas
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C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
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D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
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N/A
E. Results achieved for individuals
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N/A
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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B. Gender
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8
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
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D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
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E. Types of Individuals Served
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2
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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IDR staff advocated with the state DD Council, the statewide Independent Living Council to further implementation of the state's Employment First state plan. This included working with the Governor's office to develop a plan for Indiana state government to be a model employer. IDR/CAP will be at the table for those discussions moving forward. IDR staff also advocated for the development of a VR job bank for state agencies to find applicants connected to VR. While an official job bank software platform has not been implemented, IDR changed VR's practice so that job openings are sent to the state VR director who then shares those job openings with VR Counselors. This new practice results in VR clients having access to internal State of Indiana job opportunities.
B. Litigation
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N/A
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Commission / Indiana Disability Rights
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B. Staff Employed
1.) CAP Lead Staff Attorney: Direct all case management within the Employment team to include the Client Assistance Program. Represent clients with disabilities who have
experienced civil rights violations through administrative and litigation processes. Provide legal direction to advocates. Design and perform community training to educate
community members regarding legal rights and obligations. 2.) CAP Program Coordinator (fulfilled by Executive Director) - Ensure timely federal grant reporting. Serve as an advisory representative on the Indiana Commission on Rehabilitation Services. Remain current with all issues impacting CAP. Ensure CAP program guidelines are followed. Assist with report assignments. Participate in weekly case review committee meetings. Coordinate with the other program area staff attorneys to develop
a yearly strategic plan for the area including: proposed individual advocacy cases and case selection criteria, systemic projects or potential litigation issues, and policy
initiatives for presentation to the Executive Director and Legal Director. 3.) CAP Advocate II Team Leader: Specific duties of this regionally positioned Advocate is to
work with individuals with disabilities to redress individual disability rights concerns and promote system change to protect and promote the rights of individuals with
disabilities. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Serve as a subject matter expert to the IPAS Employment Team. Provide technical assistance to other team members on
advocacy tactics relating to employment. Perform individual case advocacy as directed by staff attorney. Assist or manages systemic projects as assigned. Provide education and training purposes. Monitor facilities as assigned. Serve as an advisory member on the Indiana Council on Independent Living as a representative
of CAP. Assist or manages reports from the subject matter group as assigned. Coordinate with the assigned areas attorney(s) as necessary for advocacy. 4.) CAP
Advocate III: Specific duties of this regionally positioned Advocate is to work with individuals with disabilities to redress individual disability rights concerns and promote
system change to protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities. Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Investigate alleged civil rights violations against
persons with disabilities, in reference issues related to their disabilities Implement advocacy plans to alleviate rights violations involving persons with disabilities. Provide information and referral services regarding regional resources. Conduct agency outreach activities specifically regarding disability rights. IDR employs 28 staff members. IDR administers 9 federally funded advocacy programs as the state's P&A, including CAP; Protection & Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT), Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), Protection and Strengthening of Social Security Beneficiaries (Rep Payee Reviews); Protection & Advocacy: Developmental Disabilities (PADD), Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI), Protection & Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR); Protection & Advocacy for Traumatic Brain
Injury (PATBI), Protection & Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA). The CAP program staff is comprised of the Employment Team to include the CAP program coordinator,
one attorney, one attorney supervisor and two advocates. These staff members also work under the other seven programs as needed. The time reporting system utilized by IDR requires staff to closely track and report their work activities under each program. Biweekly, each staff member accounts for the amount of time worked in each program. This accounting is used to determine the portion of each staff member’s salary and benefits paid by each of the federal programs for that biweekly period. This cost allocation approach ensures that each funding source supports only those activities and expenses which are authorized under that source’s legislation and regulations. The number and type of positions are listed here: 1 Executive Director; 1 Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer; 1 Legal Services Director; 1 Policy Director; 2 Managing Attorneys; 3 Staff Attorneys; 1 Advocate Supervisor; 1 Investigation Coordinator; 2 Intake Advocates; 6 Advocacy Specialists; 1 Communications Specialist; 1 Technology Clerk; 1 Administrative Assistant; 2 Accountants; 3 Representative Payee Reviewers.
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
“Carlos” utilizes a prosthetic leg. During the last two years, he stated that VR had failed to provide him employment services. He initially stated that his employment goal was selling vegan food and plant-based personal care products, but VR was not providing him with any services. IDR’s fact-finding revealed that VR had failed to consider Carlos’ informed choice to select his employment goals. IDR agreed to advocate for Carlos. IDR met with Carlos, his Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, and the VRS Area Supervisor. In this meeting, Carlos was able to identify his skills, vocational interests, and needs. Based on this assessment, he determined that he wanted to work from home so he could fund a vehicle and safely provide for his family. Carlos agreed to do some research about short-term computer courses and trainings that would allow him to get a job while working from home. Carlos identified the trainings he needed to meet his employment's goal and his IPE was amended to reflect his choice.
Certification
Approved
Melissa Keyes
Executive Director
2022-01-26
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