RSA-227 for FY-2018: Submission #1034

New Jersey
9/30/2018
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S Broad Street
FL 3
Trenton
NJ
08608
http://www.drnj.org
(800) 922-7233
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
Lillie Lowe-Reid
Lillie Lowe-Reid
(609) 292-9742
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
10
5
1
1
0
30
47
B. Training Activities
4
2144
DRNJ CAP advocate was a guest speaker at Rutgers School of Health&rsquo;s Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling. The M.S. students were in the Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Health Counseling Track. Topics included: CAP, PABSS, vocational rehabilitation services, and DRNJ programs and services. (December 13; 2017, 14 professionals attended) <p><p>DRNJ CAP staff provided information to teachers and other school professionals at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City on CAP, AT, transition, and all DRNJ programs on November 9, 2017. 100 consumers, 100 family members and 2,000 professional attended.<p>DRNJ CAP Coordinator provided training to a consumer group at Oaks Integrated Care Program in Berlin. Topics included: SSI and SSDI specific programs, work incentives and SSA work rules. Additional information was provided on PABSS and WIPA services, CAP, PAIR, DVRS and CBVI employment programs, Ticket to Work and Employment Networks. (November 16 2017; 16 consumers, 2 professionals attended)<p>DRNJ CAP advocate was a guest speaker at Rutgers School of Health&rsquo;s Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling. The M.S. students were in the Rehabilitation Counseling, Clinical Health Counseling Track. Topics included: CAP, PABSS, vocational rehabilitation system and services, DRNJ programs and services. (January 19, 2018, 10 graduate students and two professionals attended) <p><p><p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
DRNJ participated in the Annual Legislative Conference sponsored by Latino Action Network. (Newark; February 3; 2018. DRNJ/PABSS information was available to 20 consumers, 20 family, 200 professionals) <p><p>DRNJ participated in the National Minority Health Forum sponsored by the NJ Department of Health. (April 27; 2018 in Blackwood NJ; 100 professionals attended) <p><p><p><p>Throughout FY 2018, CAP staff continuously provided brochures to local places of worship in minority communities.<p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
1
0
0
2563
26
0
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E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
An overview of DRNJ's programs and priorities, including the CAP program, was aired on The Dialogues with Dan Internet Radio Show on September 18, 2018. <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
83
29
112
2
37
B. Problem areas
1
3
6
13
0
90
0
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
18
30
28
0
0
0
77
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
35
16
8
3
0
5
0
0
8
0
0
2
Client had issue with childcare <p><p>Client prepared preliminary plan but could not have plan reviewed by Small Business Development Center due to financial, housing and health issues. <p><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
14
4
2
9
26
11
3
3
0
5
Client did not respond = 3 <p><p>Client refused to cooperate = 1 <p><p>Client withdrew = 1 <p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
2
15
35
53
7
112
B. Gender
59
53
112
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
11
0
3
25
0
72
0
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
8
6
0
1
0
4
9
0
2
8
1
2
5
3
0
1
0
0
2
9
25
0
2
0
6
12
0
0
0
5
0
1
0
0
112
E. Types of Individuals Served
21
1
89
1
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
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B. Litigation
0
0
0
<P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Disability Rights New Jersey
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
(A) Coordinator; (B) 70%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.7 <p><p>(A) Professional; (B) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.5 <p><p>(A) Professional; (B) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.5 <p><p>(A) Professional; (B) 50%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.5 <p><p>(A) Clerical; (B) 100%; (C) 100%; (D) 1<p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
*** DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 22-year-old with an anxiety disorder and orthopedic impairments. She was attending Penn State University pursuing a degree in Biological Anthropology with sponsorship of DVRS to the capitated amount of $2,500 per semester allowed by their policies. The client obtained loans and grants in order to pay the balance of college costs. <p><p>In the summer of 2017, the client had the opportunity to study abroad in Israel. The course was a six credit course in archaeological sciences and would allow her to graduate in the fall of 2017, instead of the spring of 2018. DVRS denied her request and informed her that they do not pay for summer courses. Because the client had changed her major from Forensic Science to Biological Anthropology, her graduation date was extended, and she had reached the limit of financial aid that Penn State would allow. The client&rsquo;s mother took out her own loan in order for the client to travel to Israel, where she earned the six credits with a grade of A-. <p><p>DRNJ requested an Administrative Review of DVRS&rsquo;s decision not to provide financial assistance, and met with two field chiefs, the client's DVRS counselor, and his supervisor. At the Administrative Review DRNJ was successful in arguing the following points: there is nothing in federal and state regulations or DVRS policies that states that summer courses will not be sponsored; sponsoring the client's summer course was going to save DVRS money, because if she passed her fall courses the client would graduate, and would not need to be sponsored for the spring semester; an unofficial transcript showed that the client&rsquo;s grades were exemplary and there was no reason to believe that she would not graduate in the fall; the client was in an internship that was likely to result in an employment offer after graduation; and the Rehabilitation Act&rsquo;s goal is to assist individuals like the client gain the skills and degrees that they need to pursue employment. DVRS approved payment of the summer course in anthropology, including tuition, room and board. <p><p>The graduated in December and is now employed. <p><p>*** DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 28-year-old resident of Cape May County, diagnosed with a TBI, intellectual disability, visual impairment, and neurological disorders. The client&rsquo;s mother contacted DRNJ when her daughter was advised by the assigned VR counselor that he was closing her case because she had achieved successful employment. The client was concerned that she would lose her job coach, as she required support at work, especially for required online work-related trainings. DRNJ contacted the VR counselor to discuss the client&rsquo;s need for continued long-term follow-along job coach services. DVRS agreed to cointinue long-term follow-along job coach services. <p><p>*** DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 29-year-old old Salem County resident, diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He was seek
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Joseph B Young
Executive Director
2018-12-11
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