RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #899

North Dakota
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1237 West Divide Avenue Ste 1A
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Bismarck
ND
58501
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr/
(800) 755-2745
(800) 366-6888
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Protection & Advocacy Project
400 E. Broadway
Suite 409
Bismarck
58501
North Dakota
tlarsen@nd.gov
http://www.ndpanda.org
(800) 472-2670
(800) 366-6888
Additional Information
Teresa Larsen
Teresa Larsen
(701) 328-2950
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
6
1
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1
3
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11
B. Training Activities
11
337
a) topics covered included: transition; CAP; VR services; self-advocacy. b) purpose of trainings was to educate attendees on topics presented to ensure eligible individuals are aware of services they may be entitled to as well as their rights. c) attendees included: individuals with disabilities; family members; university students; service providers; new VR counselors; conference attendees. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
CAP staff are pro-active with outreach to other Rehab Act agencies and try to meet with each of the 8 regional VR offices, 4 CILs (plus their &quot;branch offices&quot;), and 4 Tribal 121 programs each quarter. The contracted CAP director (P&A) meets monthly with the CAP liaison from VR. <p><p>CAP had a booth at the Veterans Stand Down in two different cities - Minot and Bismarck. CAP met with staff from the Veterans Center in Fargo to provide program information. <p><p>CAP sponsored a booth at the Project Service Connect event in Bismarck. This is a one-day event providing individuals and families experiencing homelessness to vital services. <p><p>CAP was part of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara (MHA) Nation VR Disability Awareness event held on Ft. Berthold Reservation. It included a walk and luncheon. CAP had a booth at the two-day 2015 Secondary Transition Interagency Conference in Bismarck. It was attended by parents, teachers, school administrators, and advocates. Rural schools were represented including ones located on reservations. <p><p>CAP had a booth at the Spring 2016 Behavioral Health Conference. This was sponsored by the ND Dept. of Human Services, the ND Mental Health & Substance Abuse Planning Council, Mental Health America of ND, ND P&A, the ND Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation, the ND Addition Counselors Assoc., the ND Addiction Treatment Providers Coalition, and the ND Federation of Families for Childrens Mental Health. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
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Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
21
15
36
2
24
B. Problem areas
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9
15
8
0
5
1
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
8
0
6
0
0
0
14
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
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4
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1
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0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
1
8
10
14
3
36
B. Gender
20
16
36
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
2
7
0
1
0
26
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
2
0
1
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
12
1
0
1
1
5
0
0
0
4
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1
0
0
36
E. Types of Individuals Served
17
4
12
1
1
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
6
Services for young adults ages 18-21: CAP staff have brought up the issue, in several different groups, of the gap in services for individuals on the DD/ID Waiver between the ages of 18 and twenty-one. This impacts their ability to access services through VR due to the lack of Extended Services. A task force was set up to address this issue. Members include the Dept. of Public Instruction, VR, Dept. of Human Services DD Division, and CAP. <p><p>Governors Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities: This is a governor-appointed task force which is working to remove barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities. <p><p>State Rehabilitation Council: CAP is an active member of the SRC with CAP staff chairing this Council for the last year. CAP staff was part of the membership committee that worked to ensure the make up of the SRC included the required individuals with disabilities. <p><p>Transition Community of Practice: The 18-21 year-old service gap issue has been discussed in this group and the task force was promoted.<p>Transition Application: CAP staff presented to the Transition Community of Practice as well as a session at the Youth Move ND conference regarding development and use of a transition tool for students. The feedback was very positive from both groups. CAP is in the development stages of this project and hope to have it completed by early 2017. <p><p>Transition Consortium: This group includes the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities (Minot State University), VR, Dept. of Public Instruction, the State Council on DD, and CAP. It has maintained the website named &quot;Launch my Life&quot; which targets students with disabilities who are looking at transitioning out of school. <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Yes
North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project
B. Staff Employed
The North Dakota CAP had staff changes that went into effect on August 1, 2016. Craig Sinclair and Angie Dubovoy left the program and Loretta Movchan joined the CAP team. The following is the current CAP team with their roles and percentage of time they work in the program: Vickay Gross (CAP advocate) 40%, Loretta Movchan (CAP advocate) 50%; David Boeck (Lead Attorney) 5%; and Teresa Larsen (Executive Director) 10%. <p><p>CAP staff participated in the following training between 10/1/15 9/30/16: 10/6-8/15: P&A Training with topics that included: Therapeutic Intervention Training; State of Behavioral Programming & Services in ND 10/22/15: Disability, Employment & Lane v. Brown hosted by the LEAD Center 11/10/15: Connecting Partners and Resources to Prepare Youth for Careers: A Federal Partners in Transition 11/18-19/15: 2015 Secondary Transition Interagency Conference - Launching Opportunities 9/3-5/16: P&A Training with topics that included Advocating for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders; Consumer & Parent Perspectives on Autism; Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Roles of Advocacy Organizations; 6/27/16: Section 511 training provided by ND Vocational Rehabilitation 8/31/16: Overview Of The New Federal Regulations Implementing The Rehabilitation Act, As Amended By Title IV Of The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) webinar hosted by NDRN 9/7/16: CAP Advocates also work part-time in the PABSS Program. They both attended the WIOA Regional Meeting hosted by RSA in Chicago, IL. 9/21/15: Reviewing Section 511: Limitations on the Use of Subminimum wage-webinar hosted by NDRN.<p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Case Summary 1: <p><p>Joseph is a 33 year old gentleman who has a history of substance abuse, mental illness and anger control issues. Since high school he has had several employment opportunities that were career oriented. He has lost several jobs due to illegal drug use. Joseph has attempted treatment through several programs but did not feel he had good outcomes. Joseph, at the time of referral to CAP, stated he had not used drugs or alcohol for two weeks. He felt he was doing very well. <p><p>Joseph contacted CAP because he was sent a letter stating he was not eligable for VR services because he had &quot;a lack of desire to work&quot;. CAP staff spoke to the VR counselor who indicated he thought there were comments in his file that supported a lack of desire to work. He also stated that it felt like Joseph was just applying for VR services as part of a requirement for another program. The CAP advocate took the position that guidance and counseling came after an eligibility determination. The VR counselor was informed that Joseph had been seeking employment on his own without success which demonstrates the desire to work and a need for support to be successful in securing employment. <p><p>As a result of CAP services, the VR counselor agreed to take a new application and expedite eligibility. Joseph was found eligible within a week and began working with his VR counselor to identify a vocational goal and develop an IPE. <p><p>Case Summary 2: <p><p>Sheri is 19 years of age and was attending her senior year of high school when she contacted CAP. Her primary disability is spina bifida along with associated health issues. Sheri was very unhappy in school because she says they were not helping her with transition from school to work. She expressed wanting meaningful work experience and to graduate with a regular diploma. Through PABSS funding the advocate assisted Sheri to advocate for services through the school. Sheri also wanted to move forward with receiving services through VR in order to have a smooth transition from school to the adult world. The CAP advocate assisted Sheri to access services through the Center for Independent Living and also the VR program. VR began evaluations during Sheris last semester in school. These included an evaluation of her needs regarding assistive technology, career testing and a functional capacity assessment. Sheri also received guidance and counseling from VR. The business specialist from VR provided information to the school as well as leads on potential work experience sites. Sheri graduated with her peers in May 2016 with a regular diploma, work experience and an active VR case. She also was receiving independent living training through the CIL. <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Russ Cusack
Director, Vocational Rehabilitation, ND DHS
2016-11-23
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