RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #900

Nebraska
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
301 Centennial Mall South-6th Floor
Box 94987
Lincoln
NE
68509
http://vr.nebraska.gov
(877) 637-3422
(877) 637-3422
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
301 Centennial Mall South-6th Floor
Box 94987
Lincoln
68509
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mark.schultz@nebraska.gov
http://vr.nebraska.gov
(877) 637-3422
(877) 637-3422
Additional Information
Shari Bahensky
Shari Bahensky
(402) 471-3656
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
51
0
0
6
797
49
903
B. Training Activities
26
281
<p>Nebraska VR offices across the state; CAP/Hotline process/purpose, VR&rsquo;s responsibility; VR Staff</p><p><p>League of Human Dignity/Independence Rising; CAP process/purpose, League/IL responsibility; League/IL staff</p><p><p>Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI); CAP/Hotline process/purpose, Commission responsibility; Commission Staff</p><p><p>Nebraska Center for the Education of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Staff and students</p><p><p>Disability Support Services-Metro Community College; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Staff</p><p><p>Omaha Tribe; CAP process/purpose; Staff</p><p><p>Brain Injury Resource Faciitators; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Brain Injury Facilitators</p><p><p>Hastings Sertoma Group; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Community Leaders</p><p><p>Coordinated Funding Committee; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Various Community agencies</p><p><p>United Way-Omaha; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Staff</p><p><p>Career Pathway Recruiters; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Director and recruiters</p><p><p>Heartland Family Services-Papillion; CAP/Hotline process/purpose; Staff</p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
<p>Every year CAP obtains a copy of Nebraska VR and NCBVI&rsquo;s Outreach Plans and from there will do a mailing about CAP/Hotline to new agencies they have been in contact with. This year&rsquo;s Minority Outreach involved 64 letters mailed.</p><p><p>For unserved/underserved: Letters/Emails to over 100 agencies</p><p><p>CAP continues to work with the Traumatic Brain Injury Council, and a member of a Latino Committee and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Committee identified as underserved by Nebraska VR and facilitated by Nebraska VR.</p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
5
2
1500
4
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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
3
24
27
1
1
B. Problem areas
1
2
15
8
0
5
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
5
14
8
0
0
0
27
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
19
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
11
4
0
0
5
6
1
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
2
3
11
11
0
27
B. Gender
13
14
27
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
4
0
0
5
0
19
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
11
0
1
0
0
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
27
E. Types of Individuals Served
9
0
19
0
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
4
<p>A couple of cases had occurred that involved the client wanting to receive a copy of their casefile with Nebraska VR. When looking at Policy and Process for Records, Confidentiality and Information Release it was difficult to distinguish the difference in how an individual could receive this information versus an agency or organization. Asked Nebraska VR to make this clarification and they then updated this Policy for better understanding of the process to follow.</p><p><p>Several individuals stated they were not being helped by Nebraska VR because they were attending school. Discovered that one Nebraska VR office was giving out incorrect information to clients regarding this issue of VR&rsquo;s ability to work with individuals who are in post-secondary school. Discussed with Office Directors and at the Development and Implementation Group this information was not accurate and to discuss with staff.</p><p><p>Discovered the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) did not have a policy in place for verbal authorizations, only written authorizations. Federal Rule requires that a policy must be established on written as well as verbal authorizations. Authorizations are required in advance of service provision. Asked NCBVI to establish this policy and policy was written.</p><p><p>Discussion involving Mediation Centers and the NCBVI appeal process. NCBVI had an appeal process in place, but to fulfill the requirements, they also needed to maintain a current list of Mediation Centers. Asked NCBVI to include this in their process. This was completed and available for clients.</p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Nebraska VR
No
There is no contracting agency
B. Staff Employed
<p>Nebraska&rsquo;s CAP consists of a .75 FTE Program Director. The position is 100% of year position filled at .75 FTE.</p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
<p>The Uncle of a Nebraska VR client called CAP with questions regarding services for his nephew. He felt VR was not giving his nephew a chance to work an OJE (On the Job Evaluation) over the summer even with a letter from his therapist stating his support. VR was concerned with clients&rsquo; bullying and aggressive behaviors that he exhibited at school and was not comfortable placing him in an employment situation at this time. In talking further with VR I discovered that they had not investigated the situation any further than what was happening in his school environment and were making the assumption that the same behaviors would occur in a work environment.</p><p><p>CAP encouraged them to gather more information including visiting with the client&rsquo;s therapist, the store manager where he had worked some community hours in the past and the potential employer identified for the summer position. After receiving this additional information, VR agreed and decided to proceed with the employment for the summer.</p><p><p>I followed up and found that the OJE had been completed successfully.</p><p>
Certification
Approved
Mark Schultz
Deputy Commissioner/VR Director
2016-12-07
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