RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #918

Indiana
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Ave.
Suite 222
Indianapolis
IN
46205
http://www.in.gov/idr
(800) 622-4845
(800) 838-1131
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Ave.
Suite 222
Indianapolis
46205
Indiana
http://www.in.gov/idr
(800) 622-4845
(800) 838-1131
Additional Information
Dawn Adams
Dawn Adams
(317) 722-5555
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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0
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24
0
24
B. Training Activities
1
29
Information on the CAP program was provided for the purpose of educating new vocational rehabilitation counselors their responsibilities to inform clients about the CAP program. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
The agency has undergone a massive transition and will be applying to be part of a cultural and linguistic competency community of practice. An outreach plan will then be developed based on data. <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
N/A <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
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12
B. Problem areas
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12
13
10
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3
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2
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
22
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12
3
1
4
42
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
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0
0
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7
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E. Results achieved for individuals
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2
13
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5
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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2
10
22
8
42
B. Gender
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23
42
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
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2
8
0
32
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
3
1
0
0
1
0
1
0
4
3
0
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2
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1
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2
2
6
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8
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42
E. Types of Individuals Served
37
1
1
1
2
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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This summer Indiana Disability Rights staff participated in a sheltered workshop monitoring project, visiting more than 30 sheltered workshops across the state. Management, as well as at least three workers with disabilities, were interviewed at each site. The Employment Team is reviewing data gathered from the project and developing a plan for future advocacy in this area. <p><p>Emily Munson, the Employment Teams lead attorney began serving on the VR Commission this quarter. She attended her first meeting, which addressed Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, as well as the VR Symposium in late September. <p><p>Bonnie Bomer continues to serve as a nonvoting member of the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council. She and Emily Munson were involved in participating in the development of the three-year state plan for independent living, restructuring and energizing the Council, and will attend a retreat planned for the coming months. <p><p>Bonnie Bomer also participates in the Employment First Coalition, which provided data to a summer study committee regarding Employment First outcomes. <p><p>Emily Munson was appointed to the Indianapolis Mayors Advisory Council on Disability in July. She has attended two meetings thus far, and is using her position to bring attention to the importance of good public transportation in enabling those with disabilities to participate in employment. <p><p>
B. Litigation
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0
0
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services aka Indiana Disability Rights
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N/A
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. Perform in public speaking for 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. During the 2016 federal fiscal year, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) employed 25 staff members. IPAS administers eight federally funded advocacy programs: Client Assistance Program (CAP), Protection & Advocacy: Assistive Technology (PAAT), Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (P
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Despite good communication, work, and travel skills, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) placed Rudy in a sheltered workshop without any other options. After months at the workshop, Rudy again sought services from VR for his blindness. However, when these services failed to materialize, he contacted Indiana Disability Rights for assistance. We advocated for Rudy to <p><p>receive a new VR counselor, as well as helped him develop a new Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) more in line with his professional goals. In fact, Rudy plans to attend postsecondary training for design. <p><p>During the course of our advocacy, we also coached Rudy to develop his self-advocacy skills. When we learned that his workshop forbade him from taking his guide dog into common areas of the facility, we helped Rudy write a letter to his employer explaining its obligations under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Rudy is better prepared to advocate for himself in the future, and Rudys guide dog can do his job while Rudy does his. <p><p>Kenneth, a bright college freshman who plans to become a meteorologist, contacted Indiana Disability Rights after VR denied him funding for tuition, room and board, and book fees. Although VR did agree to fund personal care assistance, as a recipient of supplemental security income (SSI), Kenneth would have had to take tens of thousands of dollars in student loans to pursue his employment goal. After Indiana Disability Rights agreed to represent Kenneth at an administrative hearing, VR reviewed its decision, ultimately determining that Kenneth was eligible for more than $10,000 this semester for tuition and other post-secondary expenses. <p><p>Chase contacted Indiana Disability Rights after VR scheduled his intake appointment eight months away. We got Chases case transferred to a new VR counselor, who rescheduled the intake appointment for the following month. <p><p>George, a high school sophomore with a visual impairment, applied for VR services and was denied. His mother contacted Indiana Disability Rights for assistan <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Dawn Adams
Executive Director
2016-12-21
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