RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #956

North Dakota
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1237 West Divide Avenue Ste 1A
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Bismarck
ND
58501
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr/
(800) 755-2745
(800) 366-6888
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Protection & Advocacy Project
400 E. Broadway
Suite 409
Bismarck
58501
North Dakota
tlarsen@nd.gov
http://www.ndpanda.org
(800) 472-2670
(800) 366-6888
Additional Information
Teresa Larsen
Teresa Larsen
(701) 328-2950
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
4
0
0
0
3
7
14
B. Training Activities
16
209
a) VR services; CAP services; ND Transition App; advocacy strategies; subminimum wage; b) encourage interested individuals to avail themselves of VR services; encourage use of the ND Transition App for high school students and young adults; educate interested individuals and the public re subminimum wage jobs and the focus on this for people with disabilities; c) teachers; individuals with disabilities; family members; CIL staff; new VR counselors; advocates; Transition Community of Practice committee; Tribal 121 VR staff <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
The CAP staff made 25 outreach visits across the State. These included meetings with entity staff (e.g., program managers, service providers, veterans' center, human service centers, recovery center for people with mental illness, Native American reservations, booths at community health fairs, and a presentation at a statewide youth conference <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
1500
5
0
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
<P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
24
16
40
2
9
B. Problem areas
1
16
17
7
0
1
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
9
0
24
0
0
0
33
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
5
11
3
0
0
1
0
0
11
0
1
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
5
2
0
0
4
13
0
2
1
6
Individuals did not want to continue with their complaints and/or were not responsive to CAP contacts (e.g., phone service discontinued, no response to calls/mail). <p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
8
8
22
2
40
B. Gender
21
19
40
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
3
9
0
3
0
25
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
3
16
0
0
2
1
7
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
40
E. Types of Individuals Served
25
0
14
0
1
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
4
Transition App: CAP developed a transition app for ND through a contract with the Kansas P&A. The tool, which is available for use through the a website, or can be downloaded as an app to a mobile device, is a survey of questions for transition aged students. Once the youth completes the questionnaire, the information is formatted into a report which can be printed or e-mailed. This document is helpful for the student to share with his/her IEP team for transition planning and it is a great way to engage students in the transition discussion with his/her team. A young adult and a teenager, both familiar with IEP's and the transition process from personal experience, helped with development of the app which was completed in May 2017. The high school student also developed the logo for the app. Information is available at: http://ndpanda.org/. CAP has received significant positive feedback from schools, transition councils, students, parents, and advocates. <p><p>State Rehabilitation Council: CAP is an active member of the SRC. With a change in CAP staff occurring during FY 2017, the CAP representative on the SRC also changed. The Governor's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities was ended by the State Legislature during the 2017 Session. Some members of this committee were folded into the SRC. <p><p>Transition Community of Practice: CAP staff remain actively involved with this group which has been supportive of the transition app.<p>Transition Consortium: This group includes the ND Center for Persons with Disabilities (Minot State University), VR, Dept. of Public Instruction, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and CAP. It has maintained the Launch My Life" website, and is actively working on some updates, aimed at transition.<p>"
B. Litigation
0
0
0
<P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
ND Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Yes
Protection & Advocacy Project
B. Staff Employed
The ND CAP had staff changes in FY 2017. Vickay Gross, a long time employee, retired this summer. Her position was reclassified to that of an attorney and Cynthia Goulet was hired with a start date of Oct. 1, 2017. Following is the current CAP team with their roles and percentage of time they work in the program: Cynthia Goulet (attorney, 40% - first day of work - Oct. 2, 2017); Loretta Movchan (advocate, 50%); Dave Boeck (Dir. of Legal Services, 5%), and Teresa Larsen (Exec. Dir., 10%). <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Case Summary 1: <p><p>Betsy is 34 years-old, Native American, and lives on one of the reservations in ND. She has a kidney disorder and an anxiety disorder. She contacted CAP reporting that she was having difficulty accessing VR services through the Tribal 121 VR office. Betsy stated she was told that there was a wait list for VR services and she'd already been helped before". Betsy's concerns were resolved and she was provided with VR services. She is attending college and plans to graduate soon with a degree in accounting.<p>Case Summary 2:<p>Jeremy requested services from CAP as he was not in agreement with VR reducing payment (number of hours) for his personal care attendant services while he was attending classes at the local university. VR was paying for 35 hours of services/week for Jeremy to take classes. VR decided to reduce the hours to 6/week to cover classroom time only. Jeremy reported that this is not adequate as he needs 3 hours/day to do homework plus time for assistance with personal cares and assistance with eating. Jeremy has appealed the decision and is being represented by CAP. While this process is going on, VR is continuing to provide personal care services to Jeremy to meet his needs. Other options for home and community-based services are also being explored.<p>"
Certification
Approved
Robyn Throlson
Acting Director of ND Vocational Rehabilitation
2017-12-21
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