RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #943

Idaho
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
DisAbility Rights Idaho, Inc.
4477 Emerald Street
Suite B-100
Boise
ID
83706-2066
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(866) 262-3462
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
DisAbility Rights Idaho, Inc.
4477 Emerald Street
Suite B-100
Boise
83706
Idaho
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(866) 262-3462
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Additional Information
Dina M. Flores-Brewer
Dina M. Flores-Brewer
(208) 336-5353
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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1
0
0
0
2
5
B. Training Activities
11
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1. 6/27/17: ADA Training to Court clerks, trial court administrators, and other court staff within the 5th Judicial District at the District's All Clerk's Training in Twin Falls, ID. Overview on ADA's requirements for effective communication program access, and reasonable modifications, as well as review of new ICAR 50, adopted last year, which outlines court's obligations to provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities, creates ADA coordinator for the court system, outlines who is responsible for granting/denying accommodation requests, and outlines grievance process.<p>2. 5/18/17: Training at Idaho State University to speech language pathology students regarding assistive technology, Medicaid, and funding options for AT, including VR. Provided information about P&A and CAP program. Approximately 30 students.<p>3 & 4. 4/11/17: Two transition presentations regarding transition IEPs, IDVR services, CAP and P&A services to 3 students/3 teachers (morning session) and 7 students/3 teachers (afternoon session) at Highland High School in Pocatello. Information was provided on transition services/IEPs, what they are, what they should include, self advocacy tips and other information on services/accommodations from college disability centers and IDVR. Questions and answers were discussed after the presentation.<p>5. 3/6/17: Hot Topics in Employment:Rights of Workers with Disabilities presented at Tools for Life Transition Fair in Pocatello, ID to approximately 23 transition age students with disabilities, parents and teachers. Topics included rights of workers with disabilities under the ADA, Section 504, and other laws. Hot topics included reasonable accommodations, rights in sheltered workshops, fair wages, and additional protections under WIOA.<p>6. 3/6/17: Self-Advocacy: Making Dreams a Reality presented at Tools for Life Transition Fair. Approximately 55 transition age students with disabilities, parents, teachers and providers attended the session learning about the definition of self-advocacy, characteristics of self-advocacy and skill development, providing examples of decision making opportunities, and increasing independence.<p>7. 3/6/17Transition IEPs: The Force Is With You training provided at Tools for Life Transition Fair. Approximately 31 transition age students with disabilities, parents and teachers attended this workshop on transition IEP plans, what is important to know about them, understanding a students rights to transition services, questions to be asked, and students' roles.<p>8. 3/7/17: Supported Decision Making workshop at Tools for Life Transition Fair was given to 31 transition age students with disabilities, parents, and teachers. Supported decision making was discussed as an alternative to guardianship and conservatorship, allowing students with disabilities to participate in and self-direct decisions affecting their lives. Self-Advocacy packets were distributed, including sample supported decisi
C. Agency Outreach
1/27/17: Outreach to Rocky Mountain High School Special Ed Transition program. 25 transition age students with disabilities, teachers and parents. 2/13/17: Highland High School, Pocatello, ID; 13 transition age students with disabilities, including students who were Hispanic and Shoshone-Bannock. 3/6-7/17: Tools for Life, Pocatello ID. Approx. 300 transition age students with disabilities, parents, teachers and service providers. There were less than 20 minority students, predominately Hispanic. 3/8/17: Disability Awareness Day at the Capitol in Boise. Approximately 100 attendees, including people with disabilities, minorities, transition age youth, veterans, Legislators, service providers and family members. 3/20/17: Outreach to Renaissance High School special education students. 25 transition age students with disabilities and staff. 4/10/17: Highland High School 16 transition age youth with disabilities, several of whom were Hispanic or members of the local Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. 4/13/17: Outreach presentation to Brain Injury Alliance of ID on accessing accommodations & disability services in college, and how to access VR services, including CAP information. 4/17/17: Canyon County Juvenile Detention Center in Caldwell, ID. 5/1/27: Outreach to Veterans Administration VR program and Employment Officers. Approx. 7 VA VR officers in attendance. 6/7-8/17: 3 sheltered Workshops in N. Idaho (Tri-Co in Craigmont 11 individuals, TESH in Coeur d&rsquo;Alene 40 individuals, Seven Oaks in Coeur d&rsquo;Alene 5 individuals). Provided info on CAP and P&A services, information on Rights in the Workplace and VR services. 6/8/17: Veterans Administration Mental Health summit at Concordia School of Law. Approx. 125 attendees received information about P&A and CAP services. 6/14/17: Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired college/career transition fair at Boise State University. 37 attendees, including transition age youth with disabilities, young adults, and others. 6/20/17: Outreach to Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services Sheltered Workshop in Twin Falls, ID to approximately 23 individuals. 6/22/17: Outreach to the ARC Sheltered Workshop in Boise to approximately 150 individuals with disabilities. 6/27/17: Outreach to 25 Hispanic parents and transition age youth with disabilities at Nampa Public Library in collaboration with Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities. 8/7/17: Fort Hall Bannock Gathering Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, 30-35 people received information about the P&A and CAP programs. 8/9/17: Shoshone-Bannock Fun Run 40 individuals received information about the P&A and CAP programs. 10/18/16: Outreach presentation to 15 students & staff at Idaho Commission for the Blind and visually Impaired. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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5
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7280
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4
Outreach to RSA funded agencies: 1. CAP Director attended Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Inservice - provided CAP information to approximately 100 VR Counselors, Managers and Administrators from around the state. 2. Outreach to Independent Living Centers - CAP conducted outreach to Disability Action Center NW in Moscow in March, and Living Independence Network Corporation in Boise in August. 3. Outreach to the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired in October, 2016, providing information about the P&A and CAP. <p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Centers for Independent Living all regularly distribute information about the CAP. Combined, over 4000 CAP brochures in English and Spanish were distributed to these entities. Additionally, another 200+ brochures were distributed to the Nez Perce Tribal VR Program and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal VR Program. <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
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26
29
2
5
B. Problem areas
1
7
13
2
0
7
1
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
24
0
0
0
2
1
27
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
17
2
2
2
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
N/A <p><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
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2
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6
5
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5
2
2
1. Complaint withdrawn b/c client found employment 2. Client obtained second CBWE <p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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7
16
3
29
B. Gender
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11
29
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
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1
0
0
0
23
2
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
2
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
2
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
9
0
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6
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29
E. Types of Individuals Served
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13
0
3
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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State Rehabilitation Council: CAP/Advocacy Director participated on the Idaho State Rehabilitation Council. Agenda items involved IDVR staff giving detailed information about the agency, including computer programs, staff changes, etc. At the request of Council members, future meetings will include more time for SRC issues, and providing more meaningful input into IDVR customers&rsquo; unmet needs. SRC members participated in a focus group by IDVR&rsquo;s technical assistance provider for input into IDVR&rsquo;s Triennial Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment. CAP, as a member of the SRC was able to provide input in VR proposed rule changes, including some recommendations in preparation for possible Order of Selection process. <p><p>Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition: The Council&rsquo;s primary purpose is to review Idaho&rsquo;s performance in meeting the needs of transition age youth, address barriers to transition, and help coordinate the Tools for Life Transition Conference sponsored by the Idaho AT Project. The Council received information from IDVR on its second year of providing pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Sponsored programs included college camps at BSU, ISU, and Lewis-Clark State College; McCall Science Camp; IDVR&rsquo;s summer work experience; and IPUL&rsquo;s summer art program, all aimed at getting work or college experiences to transition age youth ages 16-21. Programs will be provided next year, with possibly more introduced. Idaho&rsquo;s statistics for youth with disabilities participating in work, college or training after high school are slowly improving, but a full third report not participating in anything one year after high school. <p><p>Community NOW: The Executive Director and Advocacy Director participated as family members in the Community NOW! Project, sponsored by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the ACLU and the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, resulting from the settlement in the KW v. Armstrong lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of Idaho adults with developmental disabilities regarding their Medicaid services. Adults receiving services through the Medicaid DD Waiver and their families were the primary respondents, giving input in two workgroups Work, and Home/Community, about services for people with DD, barriers to community and work, and brainstorming remedies. Agency representatives, including representation from Vocational Rehabilitation and community rehabilitation partners, were asked to listen and not comment, until the end of the meetings where they were able to help brainstorm solutions. The result was a comprehensive report on recommendations to IDHW Medicaid for improving DD waiver services, including employment services. Smaller workgroups continue to provide input to Medicaid in implementing the suggestions. <p><p>Input on IDOL Able to Work website: CAP staff met wi
B. Litigation
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The CAP has been successful at resolving issues prior to resorting to litigation. <p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Disability Rights Idaho, Inc.
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
CAP Director/Attorney, Legal Director, Advocacy Supervisor, Senior Advocates (2), Staff Attorney (2), Advocate (3) <p><p>Type of Position Professional: FTE = .81, % of year filled = 100%, Person-Years = .81 Full-time: FTE = N/A, % of year filled = N/A, Person-Years = N/A Part-time: FTE = .81, % of year filled = 100%, Person-Years = .81 Vacant: FTE = 0.00, % of year filled = 0.00%, Person-Years = 0.00 <p><p>Clerical: FTE = .31, % of year filled = 85.83%, Person-Years = 1.33 Full-time: FTE = N/A, % of year filled = N/A, Person-Years = N/A Part-time: FTE = .31, % of year filled = 85.83%, Person-Years = 1.33 Vacant: FTE = .63, % of year filled = 5.21%, Person-Years = 0.03 <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
1. Client is a 61 year old Caucasian male diagnosed with Hard of Hearing impairment, not deaf, who called the CAP/P&A program requesting assistance with a conflict of services to be provided from Voc Rehab. The caller was a past recipient of VR services, in which they purchased a hearing aid for him less than two years ago, and successfully closed his case. The hearing aid is not working, however the warranty is expired, and VR was refusing to assist with repairs. The P&A reviewed the client's information and requested records from the VRC. After review of the records, it was confirmed that the client was eligible for Post Employment Services, and eligible for repair of costs associated with his hearing aid. After several communications with the VRC, and providing copies of the pertinent regulations and policies, it was agreed that the client's hearing aid repair would be paid for by VR as a post employment service to maintain his employment. The client had the hearing aid repaired to working condition, using a secondary provider, as the first provider recommended by VR could not fix it. As a result of CAP intervention and advocacy, the client is back to work with a working hearing device, and the case was successfully closed. 2. CAP was contacted by a 52 year old not Hispanic/Latino, Caucasian female with Mental illness, Neurological disorders, and physical/orthopedic impairments, needing assistance with IDVR services. She applied, and was found eligible, for VR services, but several months later still did not have an Individual Plan for Employment due to multiple cancellations by her VR counselor. The P&A helped her get another counselor, and attended meetings with the VR counselor to finalize the plan, which included getting an employment specialist to locate an appropriate job. After several weeks, the client was not satisfied with the employment specialist, who CAP agreed was not providing adequate services. CAP advocated with VR and was able to assist the client get a different employment specialist. The client was able to get a preferred job. 3. CAP was contacted by a 42 year old white male with blindness and Multiple Sclerosis, appealing IDVR denial of vehicle modifications to accommodate his employment goals of obtaining a Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree at a local university (IDVR was paying for the post secondary program under an approved IPE). The VR counselor felt that paying for public transportation was more appropriate and cost effective, ignoring client&rsquo;s assertions that public transportation would not work because it was not available at all times for his classes, labs/research, and other activities required for him to obtain his degree. He would then need to pay for a cab for transport during those times, adding to the cost of his plan. Nonetheless, IDVR refused. CAP represented client at informal review with the Regional Manager, presenting a detailed analysis that public transport for the next two years would be mor
Certification
Approved
James R. Baugh
Executive Director
2017-12-07
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