RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #876

American Samoa
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled
P.O. Box 3937
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Pago Pago
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96799
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled
P.O. Box 3937
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Pago Pago
96799
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fsavali94@yahoo.com
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Additional Information
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
48
20
0
14
20
50
152
B. Training Activities
12
180
a. Disability Month Awareness b, CAP participated in the Disability Month Awareness conducted by many government agencies in recognition and acknowledgement of disabled individuals within the Territory. During this special occasion, CAP provided information pertaining to program purposes with different agencies, to further develop and strengthen the interagencies coordination effort. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Every year an increase number of minority moving to American Samoa, they bought with them their own traditions, culture and languages. PAIR program has redirect its focus to accommodate theses communities to the advocacy services. There is a language barrier and we have to have a translator depending on the country of origin to improve communication. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
12
0
0
240
0
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Local radio stations, aired advertisements for CAP Program every week providing more information on the program, The tremendous increase of cases and clients seeking for more information were the result of the program advertisement through means of radio advertisement. <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
3
18
21
4
0
B. Problem areas
40
12
10
4
0
2
6
4
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
18
0
4
0
0
0
22
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
16
2
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
0
4
0
0
2
6
0
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
10
11
0
0
21
B. Gender
10
11
21
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
0
0
21
0
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
2
12
0
0
0
0
4
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
21
E. Types of Individuals Served
19
0
2
0
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
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B. Litigation
0
0
0
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Office of Protection and Advocacy For The Disabled
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N/A
B. Staff Employed
CAP Program Director - 1.Conduct intake for applicants seeking assistance, both in the agencys office and in other locations, as needed;<p>2.Conducts case assessments to identify all potential courses of action;<p>3.Maintain thorough and current knowledge of appropriate community resources for agency applicants and clients;<p>4.Provide short-term information and referral for clients, families of persons with disabilities, service providers and the general public;<p>5.Research statutes and regulations; analyze their applicability to cases; utilize statutes and regulations to their full extent on behalf of clients; keep abreast of relevant developments in disability law and policies;<p>6.Encourage and guide applicants and clients to utilize self advocacy where appropriate;<p>7.Maintain active caseload of individual cases, as assigned; utilize mediation, negotiation and advocacy appropriately to resolve cases and obtain resolution of client problems;<p>8.Develop expertise on needs and abilities on the individuals represented<p>9.Advocate for clients at administrative hearings, meetings and conferences, as appropriate, Conduct investigations into abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities;<p>10.Develop and maintain effective working relationships with service providers, other agencies, public and private organizations, and the community at large with regard to rights of people with disabilities;<p>Case Manager: Assist Program Director with administrative duties, complete intake forms and provide information and referral, before referring cases to proper assistance either one of the P&A programs or government agencies. Participate with Program Director in Case Management, outreach activities and workshops related to CAP program.<p><p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
CASE 1: Client came to CAP because she wanted to work, she applied for a job through VR employment services. However, as of now shes still waiting for a respond from VR. She applied for their services at the beginning of this fiscal year. CAP contacted VR and spoke with clients case worker, she stated that they are still awaiting for any openings from private sectors or government agencies so that they could place their clients. CAP provided information and referral to client and refer her to the government human resources to apply for any openings. Client agreed and stated shell notify CAP if she gets a job. CASE 2: Client seek CAP assistance in regards with his request being denied by VR. He requested tools for his business contract as a carpenter, but was quoted they will only provide with he has a new disability different from the one thats on record during initial time that he applied for services. CAP met with the client case worker to discuss the issue. However, VR stated a different story, but yet they agreed to provide the client with his request. <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Dr. Peter Tinitali, Director
Office of Protection & Advocacy for the Disabled.
2017-01-10
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