RSA-227 for FY-2019: Submission #1092

New Jersey
9/30/2019
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)
Disability Rights New Jersey
210 S Broad Street
FL 3
Trenton
08608
New Jersey
advocate@drnj.org
http://www.drnj.org
(800) 922-7233
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Additional Information
Mary Ciccone
Mary Ciccone
(609) 292-9742
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
19
0
0
0
2
8
29
B. Training Activities
6
514
<p>DRNJ provided information regarding CAP and the vocational rehabilitation system at the New Jersey Statewide Network for cultural Competency Annual Conference in New Brunswick, New Jersey on December 4. Approximately 150 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ staff were guest speakers at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Professionals Class at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions in Scotch Plains, New Jersey on January 25. DRNJ spoke about CAP and DRNJ services, the vocational rehabilitation system, and laws affecting individuals with disabilities. Approximately 14 individuals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ staff presented a workshop about CAP and DRNJ services, and the vocational rehabilitation system at the Transition Coordinators Network of South Jersey Winter Event in Westampton, New Jersey on January 16. Approximately 100 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ staff spoke to staff of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services about DRNJ programs and CAP services on May 28. Approximately 30 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ staff provided information regarding transition, CAP, and vocational rehabilitation services to participants of the Dare to Dream Conference sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education in Lawrenceville, New Jersey on May 22. Approximately 175 consumers and 25 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ staff participated in the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment Focus Group event in Woodbridge, New Jersey on May 6. Approximately 20 professionals attended the event.</p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
<p>DRNJ participated in the Immigrant Rights Summit sponsored by the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Rights which was held in Ewing, New Jersey on December 18, 2018. Approximately 20 consumers, 20 family members and 100 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ participated in the Annual Social Justice and Interfaith Conference sponsored by La Convivencia which was held in Princeton, New Jersey on March 24. Approximately 54 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ participated in the Annual Legislative Conference sponsored by Latino Action Network which was held in Newark, New Jersey on February 2. Approximately 25 consumers, 100 family members, and 100 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ participated in the Annual Excellence in Cultural Awards Event sponsored by Cultural Access Network Project which was held on June 27 in Hamilton, New Jersey. Approximately 25 consumers and 100 professionals attended the event.</p><p><p>DRNJ participated in the NJ Reentry Corporation Annual Conference which was held on April 18 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Approximately 100 consumers, 100 family members and 1000 professionals attended the event.</p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
3718
36
0
<P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
<P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
37
32
69
2
14
B. Problem areas
1
5
10
1
0
51
0
2
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
17
16
2
5
14
0
55
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
30
10
3
4
0
4
0
0
4
0
0
0
<P><p>
E. Results achieved for individuals
30
1
0
2
11
6
1
1
0
3
<p>client refused to cooperate</p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
12
21
33
3
69
B. Gender
39
30
69
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
7
0
2
17
0
46
3
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
5
1
0
1
0
2
5
0
4
5
1
2
4
1
0
0
1
0
0
9
11
0
2
0
6
4
0
0
0
4
0
1
0
0
69
E. Types of Individuals Served
12
0
54
2
0
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
1
<p>CAP staff met with the Acting Director and senior staff at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in order to begin a dialogue to discuss policies and practices of DVRS that impact upon the clients it serves.</p><p><p>CAP staff worked with DVRS to have DVRS's website changed to include information about CAP and to have it listed prominently on the website so that DVRS clients know about CAP.</p><p><p>DRNJ engaged in an agency-wide project under the PABSS program to monitor the sheltered workshops in New Jersey. During this project, DRNJ staff learned that there was a lack of coordination between DVRS and the sheltered workshops and that many of the consumers at the sheltered workshops mistakenly believed that they were clients of DVRS because DVRS was not communicating properly with the consumers about its role and how these individuals could in fact become DVRS clients. During the next year, CAP staff will work to address these issues so that sheltered workshop consumers have better access to DVRS services.</p><p><p>During 2019, DRNJ has undergone an organizational restructuring in order to emphasize more systemic activities. Due to this restructuring, CAP staff expect to have more systemic activities to report in the upcoming years.</p><p>
B. Litigation
1
0
1
<p>DRNJ intervened on behalf of a 19-year-old resident of Union County who has Duchene&rsquo;s Muscular Dystrophy. He uses a wheelchair for ambulation and requires personal care assistance (PCA) services to attend school. The student and his family contacted DVRS seeking transition and college sponsorship services. However, the student&rsquo;s parents felt that the local DVRS office was not responsive, and instead sought PCA services through Medicaid and sought vocational rehabilitation services from Pennsylvania because he was attending a college located in the state. Following his first year, Pennsylvania advised him that he needed to seek services from New Jersey. He and his parents contacted DRNJ/CAP to obtain services through DVRS. DRNJ/CAP first sought to ensure that he had adequate PCA services through Medicaid and a New Jersey discretionary program known as Personal Assistance Service Program. Once these services were in place, DRNJ/CAP helped the student re-engage with his local DVRS office. DRNJ/CAP attempted to negotiate with the local office to obtain college sponsorship for him through DVRS, but DVRS refused to provide such assistance in violation of federal law. DRNJ eventually appealed to the Director of DVRS who also refused to provide college sponsorship of the student. DRNJ/CAP then filed for a fair hearing to challenge DVRS&rsquo;s denial. Following the filing, DVRS then agreed to fully fund his college, and agreed to provide some additional PCA services to permit him to attend school. DRNJ/CAP has seen numerous complaints that DVRS refuses to provide funding for college for eligible students. As a result, DRNJ will continue to file for impartial hearings in each matter to compel DVRS to revise their policies regarding postsecondary school funding to comply with federal law.</p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Disability Rights New Jersey
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
<p>(A) Coordinator; (B) 49%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.49 (A) Professional; (B) 70%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.7 (A) Professional; (B) 36%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.36 (A) Professional; (B) 26%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.26 (A) Professional; (B) 10%; (C) 100%; (D) 0.1 (A) Clerical; (B) 100%; (C) 100%; (D) 1</p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
<p>DRNJ/CAP intervened on behalf of a 38-year-old male resident of Monmouth County, diagnosed with ADHD, LD&rsquo;s, anxiety and depression. The client contacted DRNJ regarding a termination of supported employment (SE) services by DVRS. DRNJ contacted DVRS and reviewed documentation relevant to the case. DRNJ successfully advocated that DVRS continue to provide SE services to the client and assign him a vendor of his choice.</p><p><p>DRNJ/CAP intervened on behalf of a 28-year-old female resident of Passaic County diagnosed with a hearing impairment. The client contacted DRNJ and reported experiencing significant difficulties with accessing a range of DVR services, including communication technology, vocational training and supported employment services. DRNJ investigated the concerns reported by reviewing extensive DVRS documentation, and by attending DVRS meetings with the client. Despite DRNJ advocacy, DVRS continued to delay the provision of appropriate services. Based on these delays, DRNJ represented the client at an Administrative Review. As a result of DRNJ&rsquo;s representation at the Administrative Review, DVRS agreed to provide the client with a specialized assessment to determine technological communication needs, and sponsor the client to attend a computer training course. DVRS also agreed to provide the client with job search services after she completed computer training.</p><p><p>DRNJ/CAP intervened on behalf of a 24-year-old male resident of Somerset County diagnosed with bilateral blindness and bilateral deafness. The client, who is a recent immigrant from Jordan, reported service delays and communication difficulties with CBVI. The client requested CAP assistance to obtain CBVI financial sponsorship to attend Gallaudet University's English Language Institute. After reviewing the facts in the case, CAP requested a meeting at the CBVI offices with interpreters to enable the client to present his request for CBVI services. At this meeting CBVI agreed to provide the client with financial sponsorship to attend Gallaudet University's English Language Institute.</p><p><p>DRNJ/CAP intervened on behalf of an 18-year-old male resident of Cumberland County, diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD, CAPD, and dysgraphia. The client, who does not receive SSI or Medicaid, was accepted into an out-of-state college for individuals with learning disabilities. The client&rsquo;s mother contacted DRNJ when DVRS denied financial sponsorship for the college, citing the client's inability to be successful in a college program. DRNJ contacted DVRS and requested documentation to support their denial decision. DRNJ also contacted the college to obtain information about their program, and the client&rsquo;s ability to pursue this program. DRNJ facilitated the transfer of clinical and other relevant documentation to DVRS to support the client&rsquo;s request for financial sponsorship. DVRS reversed the denial decision and agreed to the financial sponsorship. The mother
Certification
Approved
Gwen Orlowski
Executive Director
2019-12-13
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