RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #931

Alabama
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
602 S. Lawrence Street
{Empty}
Montgomery AL
AL
36104
(800) 441-7607
(800) 441-7607
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
602 S. Lawrence Street
{Empty}
Montgomery AL
36104
{Empty}
(800) 441-7607
(800) 441-7607
Additional Information
Rachel L. Hughes
Rachel L. Hughes
(334) 263-2749
{Empty}
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
150
10
0
10
30
1880
2080
B. Training Activities
21
1880
a. SACAP services - how to use them and when b. to inform consumer's the path to take if they need help with their program. Refer people to VR. c. Consumer's of VR, non VR participants, friends & family, service providers. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Organized a Disability Expo - opened to the community. Offered information on services to people with disabilities from birth to mature adult. Working with an agency that provides services to deaf individuals. Want them to include a program that would involve working with mental health and autistic consumers. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
3
0
0
3000
21
{Empty}
<P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Full Life Ahead, Partners in Care Summit, Alabama Disability Conference, Disability Expo (Montgomery & Dothan), State Independent Living Council (SILC), and Supported Employment (AL-APSE). <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
13
31
44
0
15
B. Problem areas
2
24
25
1
0
0
0
5
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
10
10
13
10
0
0
43
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
18
13
4
1
1
3
2
1
1
0
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
5
2
2
4
1
14
8
6
0
0
<P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
3
11
11
19
0
44
B. Gender
25
19
44
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
1
0
0
20
0
21
1
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
2
1
0
0
2
2
1
0
3
1
0
3
3
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
4
0
0
1
6
2
0
1
0
1
1
0
0
6
44
E. Types of Individuals Served
39
0
39
4
1
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
N/A <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
N/A <p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
1 Full time Director/Advocate 1 Part-time Assistant (Vacant from 10/1/16-04/17/17) <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
CASE 1 When you have a consumer that really wants to work and is highly motivated to work one can expect the likelihood of that person going to work should be high especially if the consumer has some basic skills and is willing to get some additional training if needed. However if you have a VR counselor that isn&rsquo;t as motivated as the consumer, does not complete tasks or does not follow up with the consumer you have a problem. The consumer requested a change in counselor but after meeting with the supervisor, counselor along with the consumer and SACAP representative, a plan was put into place. The consumer agreed he would remain with the same counselor. The SACAP representative continued to follow up on the case for several months. It was soon realized that the consumer just wasn&rsquo;t receiving adequate services from his VR counselor and the plan was being ignored. The SACAP representative called the VR supervisor and asked that the consumer be moved to another counselor. The consumer ended up being moved to another unit and counselor. The counselor that would be serving this consumer was a transfer from another unit and hadn&rsquo;t arrived upon making the referral. I am happy to report after waiting a month for the new counselor to arrive he was referred to a rehab program which provided training and placement in a job. <p><p>CASE 2 This is a case SACAP has been involved with for 2.5 years. When the consumer contacted SACAP she had met with a VR counselor over a year earlier and was waiting for services to begin. It was when she was told she was too old to work by the VR counselor that SACAP was contacted. The consumer had lost a job she had held for 23 years. The consumer had previously received services by VR prior to this placement. Because consumer had lost her job she was feeling depressed and exhibited a lot of anxiety of not having an income. Furthermore, she was battling the fact she could lose her home. I would like to say she was referred to a new counselor and all was well but this hasn&rsquo;t been the experience of this individual. After many evaluations, several counselors, job developers, and several rehab centers working to help the consumer find employment all the consumer found was heartache. The SACAP representative kept on top of this case in order to keep the rehab professionals on track with this consumer. No doubt this consumer has disabilities that made this case challenging. The consumer wanted to return to the type of work she had done for so many years and as a single person needed the amount of pay she had received. Unfortunately, going back to this field in this area would not be option. After many completed applications, too few interviews and no job offers a decision was made by the consumer to go back to school and get another degree in a field she felt she could get a job. The consumer started back to school this past school year. VR has been instrumental in providing a great deal of
Certification
Approved
Rachel L. Hughes
SACAP Director/Advocate
2017-12-12
OMB Notice

OMB Control Number: 1820-0528, approved for use through 07/31/2023

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 16 hours per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. The obligation to respond to this collection is required to obtain or retain a benefit (Section 13 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended). Send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202-4537 or email ICDocketMgr@ed.gov and reference the OMB Control Number 1820-0528. Note: Please do not return the completed form to this address.