RSA-227 for FY-2018: Submission #1012

Mississippi
9/30/2018
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Mississippi Society for Disabilities
P.O. Box 4958
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Jackson
MS
39296
(800) 962-2400
(800) 962-2400
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Mississippi Society for Disabilities
P.O. Box 4958
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Jackson
39296
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(800) 962-2400
(800) 962-2400
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Additional Information
Johnny McGinn
Johnny McGinn
(601) 362-2585
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
278
41
2
0
0
20
341
B. Training Activities
31
600
MS-CAP Staff has worked hard this year to connect, educate and inform clients state wide. A.) We have covered basic guidance and information to assist individuals through the VR, VR for the Blind, & Independent Living programs associated to MDRS. We also have help topic conversation regarding how eligibility is decided, services available for clients, and the roll of CAP throughout their process in VR, VR for the Blind, and Independent Living. We also assist individuals in obtaining employment and job training to enhance their skillsets and confidence in their abilities. <p><p>B.) The purpose of our training with the individuals we serve is to ensure their understanding, their requirements, and expectations throughout the VR process. We aim to help people to utilize the tools to advocate for their needs, and to understand and utilize the help and resources provided to them through CAP services and other government affiliations. <p><p>C.) Our attendees range in forms of disabilities and backgrounds. Some individuals have mental illness related issues, or other ailments that may not be visible to the eyes. We also work with students who are faced with learning impairments or physical limitations. The majority of our clients are individuals between the ages of 18 - 65 who are either veterans, citizens who face physical limitation, or in isolated cases - face moderate to severe mental illness. Our client base ranges through all ethnic backgrounds, orientations, and sex. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
MS-CAP is dedicated to all of our citizens in the State of Mississippi. We are proud to have the opportunity to build necessary relationships with our minority groups and regularly speak, educate, and assist our African American community and our Native American community. We regularly witness these communities struggling to find the resources that are imperative to their success in achieving a place in the workforce and a higher quality of life. <p><p>MSCAP has been involved with wheelchair sporting events as a method for outreach. Sport brings together all types of people in a positive way. MSCAP also goes by the Choctaw reservation for different events and activities. MSCAP along with Metro Area Community Empowerment (MACE) holds an awareness day with wheelchair basketball at the Choctaw&rsquo;s gym. We get all involved to play wheelchair users and not by having them get in sport wheelchairs to play. We play a basketball game and teach show how this can bring us all together. Plus help shows to the able body world how wheelchair users can still have fun and get involved with the local community. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
9259
9
0
<P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
We believe it is of upmost importance that MS-CAP have a presence in our state so people know our services are available to them. This is why, through our designated society, MS-CAP maintains a presence through Facebook and Instagram by receiving and handling messages and help requests - ensuring we reach every individual that needs our assistance. We also have brochures, audio, and online resource tools provided to all Department of Rehab Services offices and their clients in the state. These helpful items are provided in English and Spanish. <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
2
14
16
0
2
B. Problem areas
16
5
11
4
0
0
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
2
0
21
1
0
0
24
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
12
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
0
10
2
0
0
3
1
0
0
0
<P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
1
2
6
7
0
16
B. Gender
10
6
16
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
0
7
0
9
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
16
E. Types of Individuals Served
2
0
13
3
1
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
No non-litigation systemic activities were conducted during FFY 2018. <P><p>
B. Litigation
0
2
0
No litigation activities were conducted during FFY 2018. <P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-other nonprofit agency
Mississippi Society for Disabilities
Yes
Mississippi Society for Disabilities
B. Staff Employed
MS-CAP employs two full time employees. <p><p>CAP Director, Johnny McGinn CAP Assistant/ Advocate, Zachary Halstead <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
MS CAP stepped in to help a gentleman in Meridian, MS who was discriminated against due to sexual preferences and personal lifestyle. The client moved to Mississippi from Minnesota and is a sleep pathologist tech. He worked only 2 months before being fired from Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Mississippi. As stated above, the client believed he was fired because he lives a homosexual" lifestyle. Johnny spoke with the client 3 months after the firing initially occured and asked the client if he had applied for services through MDRS? The client said he didn't believe they would help due to his lifestyle. Johnny explained that MDRS&rsquo; job is to help any person with a disability to find and maintain a job regardless of background or lifestyle. The client applied for services and Johnny went over how the state has 60 days to determine your eligibility. MDRS Vocation Rehabilitation branch ended up denying the client. CAP found out through VR that the client filled out the application BUT would not let MDRS have any of his medical records. CAP called the client and explained that VR must be aware of medical records to identify the primary disability that is impediment to employment. CAP finally was able to have the client get reevaluated in Mississippi. He didn't believe a doctor in Mississippi would be bias and do the proper diagnosis because he of his lifestyle. CAP told Thomas he can choose the doctor he wants his evaluation to come from. CAP listed out Anxiety, HIV and Sleep Apnea as 3 disabilities. HIV was under control with medication. VR needed proof and finally got the evaluation stating that the client had some emotional issues and along with physical health disabilities (HIV) and could be served by Rehabilitation Services. CAP also found out that the client was fired because he was late for work many times and took about twice as long to hook a patient up for their evaluations. CAP was able to have VR pay for the client to travel up to 150 miles to apply for a job in his field because Anderson Regional was the only medical center in his area that provided employment for his experience. CAP was also able to have VR pay for better interview clothes. The client ended up getting a job in his field in a neighboring state. CAP told the client to let that states VR know he was moving there and might need help. MDRS ended up with a successful closer because the client got a job with MDRS and CAP&rsquo;s assistance. <P><p>"
Certification
Approved
Michael A. Grantham
Executive Director
2018-11-21
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