RSA-227 for FY-2019: Submission #1048

Alabama
9/30/2019
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)
56
7
0
2
35
2250
2350
B. Training Activities
25
2000
Advocate presented a workshop at the Deaf/Blind retreat. Various professionals that serve that population in VR were in attendance. The topic included great professionals vs. not so good and mediocre professionals. It gave professionals a way of looking at themselves without pointing fingers. <p><p>After presenting at the Deaf/Blind retreat, I presented to a Community Rehab Program that serves the deaf/blind population in the state. The topic was the same as above but also included information regarding the Client Assistance Program <p><p>CAP delivers a 3 day training 3 times a year with participants who attend a Full Life Ahead Retreat. Participants are families and teens/young/adults who need to understand about VR services. Some individuals are stuck in the VR system and need help in moving forward. Others are referred to a VR counselor. There are usually, 175-200 participants at each retreat. In a presentation to parents, we discuss the VR process and how to work with professions, what to do if they get stuck in the system, how to work with a counselor that doesn't seem to be working with them, and who to call for help. <p><p>Presented at an AL-APSE workshop on the work being done with Full Life Ahead with an individual needing additional supports in order to go to work. Attendees were service providers and a few were consumers. The purpose of the training was to encourage service providers not to give up too soon on consumers whom utilize supported employment. <p><p><p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Much time is spent with groups that work with supported employment by being involved in organizations that believe consumers who are more limited than others also need to have an opportunity to work. <P><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
2
0
0
3000
20
3
Full Life Ahead Camps Disability Expo Consumer Advisory SILC <P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
*All professionals such as VR, SAIL, and CRP's have access to the CAP brochures at no cost to their programs. *CAP director attends many conferences that provides information at the CAP table. *Disability Expo *Full Life Ahead Camps *Consumer Advisory group - Dothan, AL *State Rehab Council *Partner's in Care <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
6
22
28
0
5
B. Problem areas
2
12
21
1
0
5
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
7
6
9
3
2
1
28
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
16
4
2
1
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
2
1
0
0
0
3
4
4
0
0
<P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
2
7
5
13
1
28
B. Gender
16
12
28
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
1
0
0
6
0
18
2
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
2
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
5
0
0
1
3
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
1
1
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
4
28
E. Types of Individuals Served
27
0
0
2
1
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
I do not have any knowledge that what I've advocated for in each case has made an impact on other cases. <P><p>
B. Litigation
0
13
0
If consumer's are directed to use CAP, we try to solve the problems without going to a Fair Hearing. There were three cases this year that went to a Fair Hearing without the support of CAP in which CAP had an open case. In each of the three cases, CAP tried to advocate for the consumer within reason.. In two cases, the consumers were requesting services from VR that were not reasonable. The other case, I felt like the consumers case should have been changed to not only a new counselor (which was provided) but also a new unit. <P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
No
Not Any
B. Staff Employed
1. Full-time Director/Advocate 2.Part-time Assistant <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
CASE 1 This case involves a young man that had sought help from his VR counselor in Alabama. When VR only agreed to a portion of his wheelchair, his VR counselor suggested he contact SACAP. This individual had had a long history of working with VR from another state. When he was a freshman in college, he suffered a spinal cord injury. In fact, he is a quadriplegic. VR assisted him in returning to college. He graduated with honors and then earned a paid scholarship to attend graduate school. He was then gainfully employed. Years later, he comes back to VR asking for assistance in helping to pay for a wheelchair. VR opened a RAVE case (Retaining A Valued Employee). They agreed to provide him $3,500 which still meant he had to pay $5,855.65. This individual is single and makes a good living. In fact, he also has Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance and they are willing to pay for 80% of the allowable cost of the wheelchair. If you only look what he makes, you'd think he should be able to pay for the remainder of the cost of the chair which is $9,405.65. However, when you began to look at his cost of living expenses you found where all his income was going; paying for a live-in attendant care and all the other non-covered medical expenses. He had of course a house payment, food, utilities, and gas to and from work and errands that he was responsible. This person had never been on SSI; therefore, he was not eligible for a PASS plan nor did he qualify for any other program that might help him with the cost of the chair. I am happy to report with some strong advocating on his behalf, the VR administration agreed to pay for the full $9,405.65. Unfortunately, prior to getting his new chair the old chair completely gave out and he is having to pay several thousand dollars to get it fixed. Overall, I am very happy this consumer is receiving the necessary services from ADRS and allowing him to continue working. <p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p><p>CASE 2 This case was referred to SACAP because the VR counselor believed VR should have more of a presence with this consumer sooner rather than later. This is a shared case between VR and the VA. The VA had agreed to pay for this consumer to participate in a certification as a dive master instructor. The consumer had asked VR to help him get a boat and had in fact found one that was reasonable in cost and had minor repairs that he and his father could fix. The consumer was able to take the training closer to where he lived which meant the course work would be done online and over video with him only traveling once a month for driving applications and tests. The consumer had stated that one of the benefits of this set up is that he could go ahead and begin a self-employment business. In other words, he didn&rsquo;t need the schooling for him to run a Charter, but it would strengthen his business overall. The consumer had identified other related activities of a dive boat including taking drivers off shore to scuba, snork
Certification
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Rachel L. Hughes
Director/Advocate
2019-12-26
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