RSA-227 for FY-2018: Submission #991

Alabama
9/30/2018
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
602 S. Lawrence Street
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Montgomery AL
AL
36104
(800) 441-7607
(800) 441-7607
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
602 S. Lawrence Street
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Montgomery AL
36104
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(800) 441-7607
(800) 441-7607
Additional Information
Rachel L. Hughes
Rachel L. Hughes
(334) 263-2749
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
150
10
0
10
30
2250
2450
B. Training Activities
21
2250
CAP delivers a 3 day training 3 times a years with participate who attend a Full Life Ahead Retreat. Participants are families and teens/young adults who need to know about VR services. Some individuals are stuck in the system and needs help in moving forward or even getting a VR counselor. There are usually 175-200 participants at each retreat. <p><p>CAP speaks with consumers that participate in a Community Rehab Center that has been referred by ADRS. There are approximately 13 centers that have anywhere from 5 to 20 participants involved in a job search or development. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Each of the following groups of people either have a conference or a retreat that CAP participants in attendance. The outreach is usually by having a display and taking the time to speak with people about who we are. Outreach is spent mainly in the areas of supported employment and participants with severe disabilities. These individuals are reached through AL Assoc. for Persons in Supported Employment (AL-APSE) conference and being a Board Member of Full Life Ahead. Also, working with the State of AL Independent Living Council (SILC). Also, organize a Disability Expo for a tri-county community in AL - This provides a lot of information regarding services with Vocational Rehabilitation. <P><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
4
0
0
3000
21
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N/A <P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
Conferences - Displays, Disability Expo, Full Life Ahead Family Camps, etc. <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
13
30
43
0
6
B. Problem areas
1
31
21
0
0
0
0
2
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
11
14
14
1
0
0
40
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
14
12
6
2
0
2
2
0
3
0
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
8
0
0
2
0
3
12
8
6
0
N/A <P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
3
10
12
18
0
43
B. Gender
23
20
43
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
1
0
0
16
0
26
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
3
0
0
2
0
1
0
2
0
0
2
9
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
10
0
1
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
6
43
E. Types of Individuals Served
42
0
10
1
2
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
I do feel CAP has an impact on VR consumers when VR changes it mind about a service that will be provided to a consumer that may have been denied previously. Getting VR to change their mind when a rule has been put into place because changing the situation for that consumer is what's best for that consumer. I am happy to say at this point they are looking at the consumer on an individual bases and what will help him/her succeed. <P><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
N/A <P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
AL Dept.Rehabilitation Services
No
Not contracting
B. Staff Employed
Director/Advocate- Full-time Assistant - Part-time (20-25 hrs./week) <P><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
A. I think it's important to talk about those cases that aren't always as successful as you would like for them to be with Vocational Rehabilitation. I've had several cases that were extremely difficult and time consuming in that consumers were requesting services from the AL Department of Rehabilitation. In the cases that I had this year, I can honestly say that VR worked hard along side CAP to provide a particular service to a consumer. Unfortunately, after extensive time and energy, several consumers just were not mentally able to move forward in the VR process. Fortunately, in all these cases a window was left open for the person to return should their situation change. <p><p>B. This next case involves a young person attending college. In Alabama VR, all consumers are expected to participate in their community college for the first two years unless they do not have one available or their degree is so specific that they have to attend a 4 year degree. Then attend a college close by so that they can continue living at home. If that local 4 year college has their major. This individual had been attending their community college for their introductory classes and degreed course work. She was then going to transfer to the local (state) 4 year program in driving distance to her home town. Unfortunately, she did not get accepted into the program. Her grades were exceptional and she had been successful in her classes. Unfortunately, the competition to get into the field at that school was fierce. Because of her disability, the student, the parents, and the VR counselor felt it would be best for her to live as close to home as possible. A private school was located. It was in driving distance and the student was accepted into the program. Because VR would only pay the state rate and not private rate, it was leaving the student responsible for much debt. With some negotiation from CAP, the consumer qualified for 90% of her tuition to be paid. It was then paid on the private school rate. This allowed the student to have continued support of living with her parents, allowed the student to complete the chosen major, and not be overwhelmed by the additional cost of getting her degree. <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Rachel L. Hughes
Director/Advocate
2018-12-13
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