RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #935

Colorado
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Center for Legal Advocacy
455 Sherman Streeet
Suite 130
Denver
CO
80203
(800) 288-1376
(800) 288-1376
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Center for Legal Advocacy
455 Sherman Streeet
Suite 130
Denver
80203
Colorado
(800) 288-1376
(800) 288-1376
Additional Information
Jennifer Purrington
Jennifer Purrington
(303) 722-0300
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
30
0
1
1
9
4
45
B. Training Activities
8
396
October 11, 2016 Presentation for the Combined Federal Campaign on DLC Services and Priorities. 100 individuals were present. October 28, 2016 Presentation at Parents Encouraging Parents in Vail, CO on Special Education Law and transition services. There were 100 parents and educators present. February 3, 2017 Presentation at Parents Encouraging Parents in Colorado Springs, CO on special education law and transition services. There were 100 parents and educators present. May 5, 2017 Presentation at Parents Encouraging Parents in Crested Butte, CO on Special Education Law and transition services. There were 110 parents and educators present. August 29, 2017 Presentation to parents and advocates about special education law and transition services in Grand Junction, CO. There were 25 advocates and parents present. September 11, 2017 - Presentation to parents and advocates about special education law and transition services in Fort Collins, CO. There were 25 advocates and parents present. September 14, 2017 - Presentation to parents and advocates about special education law and transition services in Pueblo, CO. There were 25 advocates and parents present. September 14, 2017 Presentation at New DVR Counselor Orientation about CAP/PABSS services. There were 11 new counselors present. <p><p>In August 2017, our CAP advocate in Grand Junction met with the DVR office in that area to discuss their process of covering students in transition at the Grand Junction High Schools. She learned that each counselor in the office has been assigned a school and they are fairly heavily involved with transition services at their assigned schools. <p><p>We recently developed a brochure regarding students and transition services. The brochure includes information on DVR and the CAP and PABSS programs. The brochure was cleared with our PABSS program specialist before it was distributed to the public at resource fairs/events. <p><p>Throughout September we have been finalizing a fact sheet on DVR services. This fact sheet should be finalized in November for distribution to the public. <p><p><p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
We collaborate with and reach out to the following entities and request referrals of individuals who are unserved/underserved/minorities: the Colorado Department of Education, the Arc of Colorado and the local Arcs throughout the state, the PEAK Parent Training Center, Parent to Parent Colorado, the Colorado Autism Society, the International Dyslexia Association, the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, the Colorado Assistive Technology Project, the Denver Metro Parent Center, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. <p><p>Our primary means for reaching minority communities has been through our training sessions across the state. This is especially true with our participation with Parents Encouraging Parents and the trainings they have all across Colorado. These sessions attract hundreds of parents from varying ethnic and racial communities from across Colorado. We also provide a large majority of our resource information in English as well as Spanish so consumers in the Hispanic community have access to the same information.<p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
9
0
2
34
1
210621
Social media impressions - 121,892 website hits - 88,729 <p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
CBS Denver Report blasts Colorado Division of Youth Corrections highlights thousands of incidents KDVR 3/2/17 New report puts Colorado Division of Youth Corrections under fire CBS Denver 4/6/17 Regular restaurant customer asked to show proof of service animal KGNU disability Rights Activist Sues Red Rocks for Access -12/6/16 CPR Lawsuit demands better wheelchair accessibility at Red Rocks -12/2/16 CBS Denver Lawsuit alleges ADA violations at Red Rocks 2/7/17 KDVR Trial expected for Red Rocks federal discrimination suit -2/5/17 9NEWS Advocacy groups sue Red Rocks over accessibility 12/1/16 KKTV.com - Red Rocks releases statement in response to lawsuit 12/7/16 <p><p>Denver Post 3/9/17 Inappropriate response to abuse of Colorado&rsquo;s incarcerated youth NDRN - Colorado corrections staff wrap youths in straitjackets, subdue with knee strikes, report says Denver Post 3/2/17 Colorado juvenile corrections investigation Denver Post 6/22/17 Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo inmate competency evaluations Advocacy Denver 4/19/17 local control argument rejected by restraints bill sponsor Durango Herald 9/27/17 Service dog owner butts heads with Vallecito restaurant Denver Post - Wheelchair patrons sue Red Rocks, Denver claiming discrimination 12/1/16 The Coloradoan - Denver sued over disability access at Red Rocks 12/4/16 <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
9
20
29
0
7
B. Problem areas
3
5
16
0
0
3
0
2
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
12
4
6
0
0
0
22
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
5
0
1
0
0
5
1
0
4
0
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
11
0
0
0
4
3
0
0
0
4
<P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
1
4
21
3
29
B. Gender
16
13
29
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
1
0
0
5
0
22
0
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
2
1
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
1
1
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
3
6
0
0
2
0
3
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
29
E. Types of Individuals Served
8
19
0
1
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
2
As indicated in our previous PPR, DVR and its implementing regulations have gone through a large shift in the last year. DVR transitioned from the Colorado Department of Human Services to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). While we believe this has been a good shift, as both DVR and CDLE are focused on getting Coloradoans back to work, we realize there have been some transition pains. Additionally, with the implementation of WIOA there has been an overhaul at DVR regarding their training efforts with their staff. We are trying to stay on top of those changes to training and to the DVR policy manual itself. Part of our success in following these changes and addressing issues as they come, is making sure that we are having an open dialogue with DVR at the highest level possible, namely their Director, Steve Anton. We also continue to see a large need for CAP services. <p><p>With the changes created by WIOA and an emphasis on pre-employment services, we plan to increase our outreach to high schools in Colorado to inform them about DLC and transition services through DVR. We are also increasing our presence in western Colorado specifically, as we have a small satellite office in Grand Junction. Additionally, we have some concerns about DVR regarding the amount of case closures occurring and whether counselors and supervisors are adequately trained. Thus, we will be requesting detailed data from DVR to delve into the case closure issue more deeply. We have also reengaged with DVR regarding their training procedures and plan to reinstitute our presence in their new counselor orientation trainings. We also plan to train some veteran counselors and supervisors to remedy some systemic concerns and provide them with updated information on the PABSS and CAP programs. <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
n/a <p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Center for Legal Advocacy d/b/a Disability Law Colorado
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
Total FTE = 1.65 Program Coordinator 28.9% Advocate 55.3% Staff Attorney 19.7% Legal Director 4.0% Staff Attorney 3.8% Senior Attorney 2.4% Staff Attorney 3.0% Advocate 8.8% Admin Assistant 6.9% Financial Manager 7.0% Office Manager 6.6% Executive Director 7.0% Accounting Assistant 7.0% Admin Assistant 2.4% Admin Assistant 2.7% <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Case 1 This was a coaching for self-advocacy case. The client was a man in his early thirties, used a wheelchair, and was quadriplegic. He required the services of a daily attendant. He was in a doctorate program at the University of Denver and had two years until program completion, and his academic performance was good. When DVR changed his counselor, the new counselor decided to no longer honor the IPE and decided he had to finish his program at the University of Colorado-Boulder because it was a publicly funded university. When the case came to CAP, the client was already in the midst of an appeal with the Supervisor II. The CAP advocate assisted the client with self-advocacy, since the client believed he could proceed with advice and coaching. The client believed that in view of his goals and level of education, he should be able to navigate the appeal process at least mostly on his own; however, he needed to understand what arguments would be persuasive and valid. He was deeply concerned about losing his ability to move forward with his program of study. The client lived in the vicinity of the University of Denver, his driver and his care attendant were in constant attendance, especially during the commute to classes and while attending classes. However, if he were forced to attend the university in Boulder, he would lose his services due to the providers&rsquo; terms of service which restricted services to the Denver Metro area; and he would have to seek, successfully or not, new services, which he discovered would require two personnel (driver and attendant) shifts between agencies while en route. That would make attending school in Boulder impossible to sustain. Further, he would have to reapply for the doctoral program at CU-Boulder, placing additional burdens on him. Based on the situation, CAP helped the client formulate arguments regarding policy and regulations to take to the Supervisor II. The conclusion was that the client was able to successfully argue his case with the Supervisor II, who concluded the client&rsquo;s current program should proceed without interruption. The client was thrilled to be able to continue in his program of study at the University of Denver as planned. <p><p>Case 2 Client is 59 years old with multiple disabilities including blindness. She had been working with DVR off and on for the past four years and her case was recently closed when she approached CAP. After speaking with client over the phone, meeting her in person, and reviewing her records, the CAP attorney determined that her first and most important barrier was that she was not able to effectively communicate with DVR. The CAP attorney negotiated with DVR to reopen client&rsquo;s case, as DVR had an obligation to effectively communicate with her. She had received multiple case closures from DVR over the years and the effective communication issue had never been addressed. Once her case was reopened, it was determined that th
Certification
Approved
Mary Anne Harvey
Executive Director
2017-12-22
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