RSA-227 for FY-2019: Submission #1073

Nebraska
9/30/2019
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
301 Centennial Mall South-6th Floor
Box 94987
Lincoln
NE
68509
http://vr.nebraska.gov
(877) 637-3422
(877) 637-3422
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
301 Centennial Mall South-6th Floor
Box 94987
Lincoln
68509
Nebraska
lindy.foley@nebraska.gov
http://vr.nebraska.gov
(877) 637-3422
(877) 637-3422
Additional Information
Jerry Bryan
Jerry Bryan
(402) 417-3412
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
45
7
5
12
412
65
546
B. Training Activities
22
218
CAP presented this year to (8) Nebraska VR offices, (5) Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) offices, (5) Independent Living (IL) agencies, (2) Nebraska Department of Corrections Community work facilities, (1) Nebraska Division of Parole office and the Omaha Tribe VR across the state. The topics covered and purpose of the training; to provide additional information to participants and a general overview of CAP/ Hotline for Disabilities services. Also Nebraska VR's responsibilities to the client, client rights covered under the Rehabilitation Act, ADA Title I, Order of Selection, the impartial hearing process and new changes brought by WIOA. Description of the attendees ranges from VR, NCBVI, and IL staff, new employees, support staff, supervisors, administrators, stake holders and VR/IL clients. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Every year CAP works with Nebraska VR, Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Nebraska Statewide Independent Living Council to review their outreach plans. CAP takes this information and reaches out these agencies, providing them with information about CAP and the Hotline for disabilities. Minority outreach involved 70 letters mailed and unserved and underserved involved 105 letters mailed. CAP continues to increase its efforts in this area. <P><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
2000
5
0
<P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
This year, CAP did not have any sources and or information disseminated by external sources. <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
4
14
18
0
4
B. Problem areas
2
9
3
0
1
4
1
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
0
8
1
0
5
0
14
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
4
1
6
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
5
1
0
0
3
5
0
0
0
0
<P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
1
3
4
9
1
18
B. Gender
6
12
18
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
1
0
0
1
0
16
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
0
0
1
0
1
2
0
2
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
18
E. Types of Individuals Served
1
2
13
0
1
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
1
This year CAP's systemic activities came while reviewing a client's (Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired) Individual Plan for Employment. I did notice all services were showing a start date in services and asked if this was NCBVI's practice when writing an IPE with a client. I inquired more information about this practice, which led to requesting more guidance from RSA in writing an IPE. It was determined when writing an IPE, an emphasis should be placed on individualized services and informed choice. Previously, staff opened all services with a start date and later decided which services were and were not appropriate for the client. Since then, NCBVI has changed this practiced and now are providing individualized services and informed choice when creating an IPE plan with the client. <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
<P><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Nebraska VR
No
There are no contracting agency
B. Staff Employed
Nebraska's CAP consists of (1) Program Director and (1) Program Specialist to assist the CAP Director. The CAP Director position is 100% of the year filled at 1.0 FTE. The Program Specialist position is 100% of the year filled at .75 FTE. <P><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
A client of the Nebraska Client Assistance Program (CAP) was denied post-secondary education funding because the client&rsquo;s semester grade point average (GPA) fell below a 2.0. CAP staff reviewed the client&rsquo;s case and felt the policy of the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency was not interpreted appropriately. CAP Advocate brought this to the attention of the VR agency, and as a result, VR agreed there was a misinterpretation of policy and decided to continue to support the client with post-secondary education funding. <p><p>A Pre-Employment Transition client of the Nebraska Client Program (CAP) was delayed in a Work-Base Learning Experience (WBLE) opportunity as the state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) felt he was not ready for and needed more supports. CAP staff reviewed the client&rsquo;s case and felt VR did not have enough information to make this determination. CAP Advocate met with the client, his mother and VR to provide additional information needed for a WBLE. As a result, VR agreed to consider the additional information and placed the client in a WBLE. <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Lindy Foley
Nebraska VR Director
2019-11-18
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