RSA-227 for FY-2018: Submission #1043

South Carolina
9/30/2018
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities
3710 Landmark Dr. Suite 208
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Columbia
SC
29204
https://www.pandasc.org
(866) 275-7273
(866) 232-4525
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
Pete Cantrell
Pete Cantrell
(864) 235-0273
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
8
0
0
4
20
6
38
B. Training Activities
11
452
<ul><p><li><u>Transition Conference February 16 & 17, 2018</u>: The two-day conference is a partnership with Able SC (local independent living center) and others. The goal of the conference is to help young people with disabilities prepare for employment and postsecondary education. P&A&rsquo;s work on this conference was partially funded with CAP funding.</li><p></ul><p><p>o The first day is for professionals who work with young people with disabilities. It is called Empowering a Future. P&A delivered a presentation entitled Making the Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment.</p><p><p>o The second day is for parents and transition age students. It is called Mapping Your Future. P&A presented on college & university accommodations.</p><p><p>o P&A shared information about CAP, pre-employment transition services and other services available from VR. P&A also provided a P&A information table each day to answer questions and share information about P&A&rsquo;s services and the rights of transition age students.</p><p><ul type=disc"><p><li><u>Hopes & Dreams Conference March 20, 2018</u>: P&A worked with the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) in planning their annual Hopes & Dreams Conference. P&A delivered a presentation entitled School-to-Work Transition: Help Beyond the SchoolVR, Employers, & CAP. P&A also provided an information table to answer questions and share information about P&A services including CAP. P&A&rsquo;s work on this conference was partially funded by CAP funding.</li><p><li><u>Disability Benefits & Employment: Make it Work for You presentations: </u>P&A is an active member of S.C. Disability Employment Coalition (SCDEC). SCDEC is a coalition of state agencies, disability advocacy organizations and educators. The goal of the coalition is to address employment barriers for people with disabilities. For more information please visit their website: <a href="https://www.hiremesc.org/coalition/?rq=disability%20employment%20coalition">https://www.hiremesc.org/coalition/?rq=disability%20employment%20coalition</a> A key project of one of the coalition&rsquo;s committees is the &ldquo;Disability Benefits and Employment: Make it Work for You&rdquo; events. P&A presents at each of these events. This fiscal year we have included information about CAP at each presentation. Seven of these events were held this year at locations around the state:<p><ul type="circle"><p><li>11/8/17 Anderson S.C.</li><p><li>12/5/17 Sumter, SC</li><p><li>2/7/18 Beaufort, SC</li><p><li>3/28/18 Anderson SC</li><p><li>5/23/18 Greenwood, SC</li><p><li>7/11/18 Myrtle Beach, SC</li><p><li>8/29/18 Orangeburg, SC</li><p></ul><p></li><p></ul><p>"
C. Agency Outreach
P&A has a long history of serving individuals with disabilities in South Carolina. The CAP program is, however, new to us so we tried to take advantage of every opportunity to make it known that we were the new CAP in S.C. The following are examples of how we reached out to specific populations: <p><p>Deaf: We have a staff member who is deaf and fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). On January 27, 2018 she attended a SC Association of the Deaf (SCAD) workshop in Greenville, SC to provide information about CAP and other P&A services to individuals who are deaf. In addition, she assisted in the preparation of an ASL video providing information about the CAP program that is available on our website. P&A shared information about this video widely within the deaf community in SC. Mental illness: On May 8, 2018 P&A presented to our Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council about the new CAP program. This group contains members who have a mental illness and family members. Foster care: On April 30, 2018 P&A presented to the SC Youth Advocate Program Therapeutic Foster Care Treatment Coordinators in North Charleston, SC. P&A shared information about CAP and Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services for students and youth with disabilities. Youth with Disabilities: P&A attended multiple school district transition fairs at which we provided information about our CAP services and VR transition services to students with disabilities and their parents. We also attended a college accessibility day to share information about CAP and VR with college students with disabilities. In addition, as noted above in the training section (Part I.B.), we provided a table at the two day Transition Conference where we shared information about CAP and VR services. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
1
16270
17
91482
Website 21943, Email Blast 6814, Facebook 47907, Twitter 14818 <P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
none <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
0
51
51
1
30
B. Problem areas
5
8
16
8
0
9
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
20
0
2
0
0
0
22
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
7
5
0
1
1
7
0
1
0
0
0
0
n/a <P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
5
2
0
0
0
2
1
3
1
8
Explanation for Item 10 Other": 2 Individuals failed to remain in contact with P&A (82355/80748); 2 Individuals no longer desired VR services as they obtained jobs (86095/82544); 1 Individual obtained other representation (88561); 1 Individual received resolution through Ombudsman (83708); 1 Individual no longer wanted P&A's assistance as she was going to move out of state (88561); 1 Individual resolved issue on her own by deciding to stop attending VR workshops and by seeking full time employment with assistance from their VR counselor (86134) <p><p>"
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
1
12
13
24
1
51
B. Gender
26
25
51
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
2
0
1
20
0
27
0
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
1
0
0
1
3
9
1
2
3
0
4
3
1
0
1
0
0
2
2
5
0
0
3
4
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
51
E. Types of Individuals Served
26
0
21
0
1
3
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
1
SCVRD changes policy limiting payment for postsecondary education: As a result of advocacy by P&A, SCVRD indicates that it has changed its prior policy limiting payments for postsecondary education to $1850 per semester. This came about as a result of P&As advocacy in a case that came to us in August 2017 shortly before the CAP redesignation process was complete. At that time the prior CAP was no longer accepting new cases. CAP funding was not yet available to us so we used other P&A funding in order to assist this individual. Our client attended the SCVRD TBI Comprehensive Evaluation Center in early 2017. During that 4-week stay a recommendation was made that he obtain a BA in Graphic Design. This goal was added to his IPE. Client enrolled at a local university for the 2017-18 school year but was forced to withdraw when SCVRD failed to pay his tuition. He contacted the Client Assistance Program (CAP) for assistance. For many months, our client and his CAP advocates have been working with SCVRD staff in both the local and state offices to try to make sure that he would not again be denied payment of his tuition by SCVRD. In August 2018, our client once more enrolled at the university, and for the second time SCVRD refused to pay his tuition. On August 15, 2018, P&A requested a Formal Hearing on behalf of our client. The parties agreed to mediation. A mediation session was held on October 24, 2018. No agreement was reached, but, the parties continue to work together in the hope that this can be resolved in time for our client to begin school in January 2019. In discussions prior to the mediation session SCVRD confirmed to P&A that the prior limit of $1850 per semester is no longer a barrier as this policy has been changed (80632) <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
<P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
No
Not applicable
B. Staff Employed
Position Hours FTE Professional 3306 1.70 Clerical 280 0.14 <P><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Individual with visual disability receives Customized Employment Services: P&A was contacted in August 2017 by an individual who had an open case with S.C. Commission for the Blind (SCCB) but was unhappy with the IPE and the follow up from his counselor. P&A advocated for a better IPE and better services for this individual. A new IPE was developed that included services from SCCB in their pilot Customized Employment Program. P&A monitored his satisfaction with his new plan and services and he was satisfied. P&A closed the file on 04/23/18. (80423) Individual with visual disability receives a response to application request: P&A was contacted in December 2017 by an individual who had contacted the S.C. Commission for the Blind (SCCB) both by phone and email requesting assistance. He had received no response. P&A obtained the individual&rsquo;s consent to contact the SCCB Regional Coordinator on his behalf and share his contact information. P&A did so and later followed up the individual to confirm that SCCB had responded to him and he was proceeding with the eligibility process. He was satisfied so P&A closed the file on 1/12/18. (82319) <p><p>SCVRD changes policy limiting payment for postsecondary education: As a result of advocacy by P&A, SCVRD indicates that it has changed its prior policy limiting payments for postsecondary education to $1850 per semester. This came about as a result of P&A's advocacy in a case that came to us in August 2017 shortly before the CAP redesignation process was complete. At that time the prior CAP was no longer accepting new cases. CAP funding was not yet available to us so we used other P&A funding in order to assist this individual. Our client attended the SCVRD TBI Comprehensive Evaluation Center in early 2017. During that 4-week stay a recommendation was made that he obtain a BA in Graphic Design. This goal was added to his IPE. Client enrolled at a local university for the 2017-18 school year but was forced to withdraw when SCVRD failed to pay his tuition. He contacted the Client Assistance Program (CAP) for assistance. For many months, our client and his CAP advocates have been working with SCVRD staff in both the local and state offices to try to make sure that he would not again be denied payment of his tuition by SCVRD. In August 2018, our client once more enrolled at the university, and for the second time SCVRD refused to pay his tuition. On August 15, 2018, P&A requested a Formal Hearing on behalf of our client. The parties agreed to mediation. A mediation session was held on October 24, 2018. No agreement was reached, but, the parties continue to work together in the hope that this can be resolved in time for our client to begin school in January 2019. In discussions prior to the mediation session SCVRD confirmed to P&A that the prior limit of $1850 per semester is no longer a barrier as this policy has been changed. (80632) <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Gloria M. Prevost
Executive Director
2018-12-19
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