RSA-227 for FY-2017: Submission #978

Nevada
9/30/2017
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center
2820 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite B-11
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Las Vegas
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89102
http://www.ndalc.org
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(888) 349-3843
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
William Heaivilin
Celeste Graham
(702) 257-8150
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
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18
4
96
B. Training Activities
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<p>In October, 2016, NDALC provided a presentation for around 40 individuals who were employees of agencies that received funding from Workforce Connections, Southern Nevada&rsquo;s workforce development board.</p><p><p>NDALC CAP staff conducted a presentation to 20 Desert Regional Center case managers in Las Vegas on vocational rehabilitation for transition age students in February, 2017. NDALC CAP staff provided information on NDALC CAP services and vocational rehabilitation in May, 2017, to approximately 40 community social service agency providers in an event sponsored by Clark County in Las Vegas.</p><p><p>On September 8, 2017, NDALC&rsquo;s Executive Director participated as a panelist in a session of an Integrated Employment Summit in Reno. There were several dozen participants at this Summit. NDALC CAP staff also attended this summit as well.</p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
<p>NDALC conducted a series of monthly outreach events in the rural Nevada community of Ely beginning in April, 2017. These outreach events occurred on the third Friday of every month from April through September. During these outreach events, the NDALC Rights Advocate is able to assist with various issues including vocational rehabilitation service concerns and social security benefits planning.</p><p><p>The NDALC CAP advocate from Las Vegas conducted an outreach to the Moapa tribal vocational rehabilitation agency to discuss CAP services in February, 2017.</p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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<p>On-line Information/Outreach NDALC has a specific email address for CAP related inquiries when NDALC was designated as the CAP in November, 2012. The email address is cap@ndalc.org. NDALC contact information is also available on a specific CAP page on the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) website.</p><p><p>NDALC also has an agency website which includes information on CAP services, and NDALC&rsquo;s CAP brochures in English and Spanish are available for viewing online. During this reporting period from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017, NDALC&rsquo;s overall website received a total of 317,533 sessions.</p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
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Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
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28
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4
B. Problem areas
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4
15
3
0
3
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1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
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0
5
7
14
0
26
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
12
1
3
3
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1
0
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6
0
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0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
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4
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5
<p>1 - dental services were provided to individual; 2 - Client did not return representation agreement and could not be reached despite attempts to follow up by phone, email and mail.; 3 - no response from client; 4 - individual did not follow through with returning releases; 5 - individual failed to return releases</p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
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28
B. Gender
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14
28
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
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1
7
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17
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0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
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1
0
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1
1
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1
0
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0
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5
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28
E. Types of Individuals Served
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14
1
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2
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
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<p>Involvement with Advisory Boards An NDALC Supervising Rights Attorney was named to the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council as the Client Assistance Program representative in January of 2016. He currently is co-chair of the State Rehabilitation Council and is chair of the state plan subcommittee of the Council. NDALC provides updates to the State Rehabilitation Advisory Council at its meetings on the Client Assistance Program (CAP) as well as input to state vocational rehabilitation policies. NDALC Executive Director continued to serve on an integrated employment subcommittee of the Commission on Services for Persons with Disabilities. The subcommittee is providing input to the State of Nevada regarding employment options for individuals primarily with intellectual or developmental disabilities. This subcommittee along with the Governor&rsquo;s Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) issued a strategic plan for integrated employment. In addition to developing a strategic plan, the subcommittee along with the DD Council facilitated an Integrated Employment Summit on September 8, 2017, in Reno. Systemic Advocacy NDALC has one employee on the State Vocational Rehabilitation Council as the Client Assistance Program representative. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Rehabilitation Council and chairs the state plan subcommittee. He also chaired a subcommittee regarding new measures to the VR participant satisfaction survey that was sent out for bids for a contractor to implement.</p><p><p>As stated above, NDALC&rsquo;s Executive Director serves on a subcommittee of the Commission for Services to Persons with Disabilities looking at integrated employment options in Nevada . This subcommittee was formed to implement recommendations of a Governor-created task force reviewing the service delivery system of employment options for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.</p><p><p>As stated above, in September, 2017, NDALC&rsquo;s Executive Director participated as a panelist in a session of an Integrated Employment Summit in Reno. There were several dozen participants at this Summit. NDALC CAP staff also attended this summit as well.</p><p>
B. Litigation
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0
0
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Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
<p>SUPERVISING RIGHTS ATTORNEY - RENOFTEP1 RIGHTS ATTORNEY - RENOFTEP1 SUPERVISING RIGHTS ATTORNEY - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ATTORNEY - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - ELKOFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - RENO FTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - LVFTEP1 RIGHTS ADVOCATE - LV - Part TimePTP0.5 EXECUTIVE DIRECTORFTEP1 ACCOUNTING ASSTFTEP0.25 DEPUTY DIRECTORFTEP1 ACCOUNTING ASST/IT MGRFTEP0.75 INTAKE/OFFICE COORDINATOR - RENOFTEC1 FRONT DESK - LVFTEC1 P = Professional C = Clerical</p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
<p>Case of P.E.- P.E is a 62 year old man with neurological impairments whose vocational rehabilitation case had been closed because his rehabilitation counselor determined that the P.E. was unlikely to find employment in his rural geographic area. The state rehabilitation agency also refused to pay a previously agreed-upon bill for neurology services. NDALC successfully advocated for P.E.&rsquo;s vocational rehabilitation case to re-opened, for P.E. to be reimbursed for his medical expenditures and for the state rehabilitation agency to conduct a thorough assessment to determine employment options for P.E.&rsquo;s disability and location.</p><p><p>Case of M.A.- M.A. is a 22 year old man with blindness who sought assistance from the state vocational rehabilitation agency to attend a residential orientation and mobility training Masters program at an out-of-state college. BVR declined to include this program in M.A.&rsquo;s individual plan for employment because the agency claimed the cost of this program was not justified because the agency believed M.A&rsquo;s skills were sufficient in mobility and orientation. NDALC worked with M.A. and his rehabilitation counselor on written justification for this out-of-state program. The state agency agreed to consider the program.</p><p><p>Case of S.C.- S.C. is a 29 year old man with autism and specific learning disabilities. S.C. contacted NDALC for assistance because of difficulty communicating with this vocational rehabilitation counselor. An NDALC CAP advocate reviewed S.C. vocational rehabilitation file, and attended a meeting with S.C. and rehabilitation agency staff. As a result of NDALC advocacy, a new rehabilitation counselor was assigned, an new assessment was completed and an individual plan for employment was signed between S.C. and the state rehabilitation agency.</p><p>
Certification
Approved
Jack Mayes
Executive Director
2017-12-11
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