RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #921

Nevada
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center
2820 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite 11
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Las Vegas
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http://www.ndalc.org
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(800) 992-5715
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
Bill Heaivilin
Cheryl Katzmark
(775) 333-7878
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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B. Training Activities
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Summary of Presentations Made: Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Centers (NDALC) CAP advocate from Las Vegas provided CAP information and information on NDALCs Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) grant to vocational rehabilitation counselors in May, 2016. NDALC provided information on how the two programs interacted and how to make referrals to both programs. <p><p>NDALC was contacted in August of 2016 by a grant administrator for Workforce Connections, Southern Nevadas workforce development board, about conducting a presentation for its contractors on NDALC services, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. NDALC agreed to provide a presentation for around 40 individuals who were employees of agencies that received funding from Workforce Connections. The presentation is scheduled for October 18, 2016. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Outreach to Unserved/Underserved Populations: NDALC wrote a series of articles on disability issues including returning to work for The Challenger newspaper. The Challenger is a monthly newspaper targeted to persons with disabilities in the Las Vegas area. The Challenger is available in print and online with monthly readership of approximately 31,000. <p><p>Hispanic Outreach: NDALCs Executive Director met with the Director of the Las Vegas Mexican Consulate on 2/26/2016 and the Director of Milagros Escondido on 11/15/2015 to provide information on NDALC and the employment related services offered through our organization.<p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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On-line Information/Outreach: NDALC has a specific email address for CAP related inquiries. The email address is cap@ndalc.org. NDALC also has an agency website which includes information on CAP services, and NDALCs CAP brochures in English and Spanish are available for viewing online. During this reporting period from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, NDALCs website received a total of 48,839 sessions <p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
NDALC contact information is available on a specific CAP page on the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) website. <p><p>
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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E. Results achieved for individuals
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Individual not responsive/cooperative -4 Other services obtained; communication re-established with counselor. Case re-opened immediately. Client had TPO filed against him by VR Counselor and approved by the court. Provided information at intake regarding BVRs application process. Client still receiving VR services despite lack of success with employment. <p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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B. Gender
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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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Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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INVOLVEMENT WITH ADVISORY BOARDS: An NDALC Supervising Rights Attorney was named to the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council as the Client Assistance Program representative in January, 2016. NDALCs Executive Directors term on the state rehabilitation council ended in 2015. NDALC provides updates to the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council at its meetings on the Client Assistance Program (CAP). NDALCs Executive Director was named to the Commission for Services to Persons with Disabilities Subcommittee on Integrated Employment to implement the work of the Task Force on Integrated Employment. The subcommittee is providing input to the State of Nevada regarding employment options for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. SYSTEMIC ADVOCACY: NDALC has one employee on the State Vocational Rehabilitation Council as the Client Assistance Program representative. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Rehabilitation Council and chairs the state plan subcommittee. As stated above, NDALCs Executive Director serves on a subcommittee of the Commission for Services to Persons with Disabilities looking at integrated employment options in Nevada . This subcommittee was formed to implement recommendations of a Governor-created task force which explored the service delivery system of employment options for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. In December, 2015, NDALC received a complaint that a bus stop across from one of the Reno vocational rehabilitation offices had accessibility issues. NDALC contacted the Director of Public Transportation and Operations at the Regional Transportation Commission to discuss the accessibility concern. As a result of NDALC advocacy, the Regional Transportation Commission completed upgrades to the bus stop to improve access to the rehabilitation agency office. NDALC s CAP Advocate from Las Vegas participated in a town hall meeting in Laughlin, Nevada, a rural Southern Nevada Community, to provide input into the state of Nevadas Independent Living Program in June 2016. NDALCs CAP advocate in rural Nevada has provided information to the Vocational Rehabilitation agencys district manager and counselor in rural Nevada during this grant reporting period about Client Assistance Program services. <p><p>
B. Litigation
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ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: NDALCs policy for all programs is to resolve disputes at the lowest level of conflict possible and to engage in alternative dispute resolution prior to initiating formal legal remedies such as a fair hearing. For example, as in the case of S.W. listed below, NDALC will attend a meeting between a vocational rehabilitation client and counselor to attempt to resolve issues prior to notifying administration of concerns or filing for a fair hearing. <p><p><p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center
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B. Staff Employed
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Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
INTERESTING CASES: CASE OF DW-DW is a 46 year old man from the Reno area who is deaf. The Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation denied DWs request to pay for a Bachelors degree in nursing. The agency did not believe that DW was able to physically work as a nurse, and the agency had concerns about his academic and social readiness to attend college. NDALC advocated for DW to receive medical and psycho-social evaluations which indicated that DW would be able to work as a nurse. The Bureau agreed to pay for trial prerequisite classes at a local community college which DW passed with a 4.00 grade point average. Subsequently, the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation agreed to fund DWs nursing degree and DW is currently completing this academic program. CASE OF JW-JW is a 55 year old woman with a mental illness diagnosis from Las Vegas. JW contacted NDALC because the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation would not support her employment goal of becoming a licensed, clinical social worker which required a masters degree in social work. The Bureau had previously paid for some of the funding for JW to receive a Bachelors degree and believed that JW could obtain employment with a Bachelors degree. Because of the delay with Vocational Rehabilitation not agreeing to fund her goal, JW obtained student loans and had already successfully completed one semester of her masters degree program. NDALC filed for a fair hearing challenging the Bureaus decision not to fund a masters degree to support her goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker. After a hearing, it was determined that JWs appeal of the Bureaus decision was not timely. However, JW and the Bureau were able to come to an agreement and the Bureau did agree to fund the remainder of JWs masters in social work program. CASE OF RR-RR is a 54 year old man with a mental illness from rural Nevada. After being a client of the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation for over one year, RR contacted NDALC because he was frustrated that he was unable to secure employment. Because of his limited reading skills, RR had requested a job developer, but the Bureau had not provided a job developer to him. NDALC was able to successfully advocate for RR to obtain a job developer. CASE OF SW-SW is a 40 year old woman with a mental illness living in Las Vegas. SW contacted NDALC for assistance with developing her individual plan for employment (IPE) to obtain the necessary services and supports she needed from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation to allow her to achieve her employment goal of becoming a bookkeeper. NDALCs CAP advocate in Las Vegas reviewed previous IPEs and attended a meeting with SW and her counselor to assist with drafting an amended IPE. As a result of NDALC advocacy, SW and the Bureau were able to resolve their differences and an IPE was developed which was agreeable to both SW and the Bureau. CASE OF SR-SR is a 49 year old woman with anxiety disorder and learning d
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Jack Mayes
Executive Director
2016-12-13
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