RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #975

Indiana
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Ave.
Suite 222
Indianapolis
IN
46205
http://www.in.gov/idr
(800) 622-4845
(800) 838-1131
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services
4701 N. Keystone Ave.
Suite 222
Indianapolis
46205
Indiana
http://www.in.gov/idr
(800) 622-4845
(800) 838-1131
Additional Information
Dawn Adams
Dawn Adams
(317) 722-3455
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
19
0
0
1
2
13
35
B. Training Activities
0
0
N/A <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
The agency has expanded its social media presence and is currently reviewing data to determine areas of need. In addition, Indiana is currently part of a Cultural and Linguistic Competency Community of Practice which is being led by the P&A. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
4
4
7
1000
0
19425
Website hits <p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
N/A <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
10
35
45
39
6
B. Problem areas
0
4
24
2
0
8
4
7
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
3
13
22
1
0
1
41
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
31
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
1
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
4
0
2
3
21
3
1
0
0
6
<P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
3
6
15
20
1
45
B. Gender
28
17
45
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
0
11
0
33
0
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
3
0
0
0
1
2
0
4
3
0
1
2
3
0
0
0
1
2
2
7
1
2
0
1
9
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
45
E. Types of Individuals Served
8
2
33
1
0
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
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Indiana Protection & Advocacy Services Commission aka Indiana Disability Rights
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
1.) CAP Lead Staff Attorney: Direct all case management within the Employment team to include the Client Assistance Program. Represent clients with disabilities who have experienced civil rights violations through administrative and litigation processes Provide legal direction to advocates. Design and perform community training to educate community members regarding legal rights and obligations. 2.) CAP Program Coordinator (fulfilled by Executive Director) - Ensure timely federal grant reporting. Serve as an advisory representative on the Indiana Commission on Rehabilitation Services. Remain current with all issues impacting CAP. Ensure CAP program guidelines are followed. Assist with report assignments.Participate in weekly case review committee meetings. Coordinate with the other program area staff attorneys to develop a yearly strategic plan for the area including: proposed individual advocacy cases and case selection criteria, systemic projects or potential litigation issues, and policy initiatives for presentation to the Executive Director and Legal Director. 3.) CAP Advocate II Team Leader: Specific duties of this regionally positioned Advocate is to work with individuals with disabilities to redress individual disability rights concerns and promote system change to protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Serve as a subject?matter expert to the IPAS Employment Team. Provide technical assistance to other team members on advocacy tactics relating to employment. Perform individual case advocacy as directed by staff attorney. Assist or manages systemic projects as assigned. Perform in public speaking for education and training purposes. Monitor facilities as assigned. Serve as an advisory member on the Indiana Council on Independent Living as a representative of CAP. Assist or manages reports from the subject matter group as assigned. Coordinate with the assigned areas attorney(s) as necessary for advocacy. 4.) CAP Advocate III: Specific duties of this regionally positioned Advocate is to work with individuals with disabilities to redress individual disability rights concerns and promote system change to protect and promote the rights of individuals with disabilities. Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Investigate alleged civil rights violations against persons with disabilities, in reference issues related to their disabilities Implement advocacy plans to alleviate rights violations involving persons with disabilities.Provide information and referral services regarding regional resources. Conduct agency outreach activities specifically regarding disability rights. During the 2016 federal fiscal year, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) employed 25 staff members. IPAS administers eight federally funded advocacy programs: Client Assistance Program (CAP), Protection & Advocacy: Assistive Technology (PAAT), Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Darryl" requested assistance because VR was taking a long time to provide necessary home modifications. Darryl needed these modifications to continue working from his house. Aside from a referral to a home modification specialist three months earlier, VR had not made any progress. P&A attended a meeting with Darryl and his VR counselor and advocated for VR to update his IPE. P&A continued to advocate for timely progress until Darryl finally selected a contractor to complete the modifications. <p><p>"Jack" contacted P&A for assistance after VR denied his request to attend an out-of-state life skills training program. This request was made after Jack lost all of his vision. With support from P&A, Jack appealed, explaining that he required specialized training to prepare for employment. Jack and VR signed a Mediation Agreement, under which VR agreed to send Jack for a comprehensive blindness skills assessment. Although the assessment that occurred was ultimately not comprehensive, the low vision doctor did support Jack's need for specialized training. With continued advocacy, VR finally agreed to grant Jack's request. Jack and VR amended the IPE in May 2017 to reflect provisions for out-of-state training. <p><p>"
Certification
Approved
Dawn M. Adams
Executive Director
2017-12-18
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