RSA-227 for FY-2019: Submission #1094

Nevada
9/30/2019
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center
2820 W. Charleston Blvd. Suite B-11
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Las Vegas
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89102
http://www.ndalc.org
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(800) 992-5715
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Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
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Additional Information
William (Bill) Heaivilin
Celeste Graham
(702) 257-8150
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
50
2
1
28
8
2
91
B. Training Activities
3
136
<p>In November 2018, NDALC&rsquo;s CAP staff went to two student transition events attended by several hundred student and parents. The events were sponsored by the Clark County School District in Las Vegas to provide information to students with disabilities. At the events, NDALC staff provided information on advocacy assistance and transition issues.</p><p><p>Also, in November, 2018, NDALC CAP staff provided information on CAP services to staff at the Easter Seals&rsquo; independent living and assistive technology program.</p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
<p>NDALC conducted outreach to underserved individuals with disabilities living in rural areas of Nevada. NDALC provided opportunities to meet with an NDALC advocate once a month in Winnemucca, Nevada, during a five-month period of time. The rural advocacy project began in May of 2019 and ended in September 2019. The NDALC Rights Advocate was in Winnemucca on the following dates: May 15<sup>th</sup>; June 19<sup>th</sup>; July 17<sup>th</sup>; August 21<sup>st</sup>; and September 28<sup>th</sup>.</p><p><p>An NDALC Rights Advocate collaborated with the Job Connect office in Winnemucca, Nevada, who provided with a space to utilize to meet with people who wanted to speak with an advocate. While in Winnemucca, the NDALC Rights Advocate also did networking with agencies within the area.</p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
0
5385
4
30654
<p>Other - Website hits</p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
<p>Not applicable</p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
3
14
17
17
6
B. Problem areas
3
3
8
0
0
3
0
0
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
0
0
0
5
6
0
11
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
4
3
0
1
0
2
0
0
1
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
0
0
0
0
2
4
0
1
3
1
<p>Other - Individual requested her case to be closed</p><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
3
4
10
0
17
B. Gender
8
9
17
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
1
0
5
0
11
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
0
0
0
0
7
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
17
E. Types of Individuals Served
9
0
7
0
1
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
<p>An NDALC Supervising Rights Attorney was a member of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Council as the Client Assistance Program representative through December, 2018. NDALC&rsquo;s Executive Director then applied to be appointed as the CAP representative on the Council but as of September 30, 2019, he has not yet been appointed. There are several other statutorily required positions on the State Rehabilitation Council which are also vacant. NDALC has contacted RSA and spoken to Rehabilitation Council members about this situation.</p><p><p>NDALC also met with state vocational rehabilitation staff in Las Vegas during this reporting period to establish a collaborative relationship for working on pre-employment transition services.</p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
<p>NONE</p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center, Inc.
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N/A
B. Staff Employed
<p>Supervising Rights Attorney &mdash; Reno FTE P1</p><p><p>Rights Attorney &mdash; Reno FTE P.5</p><p><p>Supervising Rights Attorney &mdash; Las Vegas FTE P1</p><p><p>Rights Attorney &mdash; Las Vegas FTE P1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Reno FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Elko FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Reno FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Las Vegas FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Las Vegas FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Las Vegas FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Las Vegas FTE 1</p><p><p>Rights Advocate &mdash; Las Vegas FTE 1</p><p><p>Executive Director &mdash; FTE P1</p><p><p>Deputy Director &mdash; FTE P1</p><p><p>Accounting Assistant &mdash; FTE P1</p><p><p>Intake/Office Coordinator &mdash; Reno &mdash; FTE C1</p><p><p>Front Desk &mdash; LV FTE C.5</p><p><p>Intake/Admin Asst - Las Vegas FTE C.5</p><p><p>P=Professional, C = Clerical</p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
<p><b>Case of A.B</b>. - This is a continuation of advocacy efforts reported by NDALC in last year&rsquo;s program performance report. A.B. is a 38 year old man from rural Nevada with physical impairments. After NDALC advocated for A.B. during a meeting with vocational rehabilitation, NDALC was successful in getting A.B.&rsquo;s previously closed vocational rehabilitation case re-opened to allow him to get a driver&rsquo;s license so he could get to and from work. After this was accomplished, NDALC advocacy was needed to get the state vocational rehabilitation to authorize payment for a modified vehicle so A.B. could complete the driving time in a modified vehicle that was a prerequisite to taking the driving test needed for a license. A modified van was located and secured for the client to complete his driving evaluation and test. Further advocacy was also needed to complete the plan for employment necessary for A.B. to travel to Las Vegas for testing. As a result of NDALC advocacy, A.B. passed his driving test, and he was able to obtain his driver&rsquo;s license which would allow him to travel to and from work independently.</p><p><p><b>Case of S.K</b>. - S.K. is a 21 year old with specific learning disabilities living in rural Nevada. S.K. contacted NDALC regarding the delay in finalizing his plan for employment to authorize funding by the state rehabilitation agency for his out-of-state college tuition. NDALC&rsquo;s CAP program agreed to assist S.K. to get his plan for employment approved. NDALC determined that S.K.&rsquo;s plan needed approval from the rehabilitation agency district manager, but the district manager had held the plan for several months. As a result of the several month time delay, S.K. took out a student loan so he could continue with his college courses. NDALC contacted the district manager several times to get the plan approved. As a result of NDALC advocacy efforts, S.K.&rsquo;s plan for employment was approved authorizing payment of S.K.&rsquo;s tuition. The state vocational rehabilitation agency agreed to reimburse S.K. for his out-of-pocket expenses incurred prior to the plan being finalized, including the loan.</p><p><p><b>Case of J.G.</b> - J.G. is a 51 year old woman with physical impairments who uses a wheelchair. She was seeking vocational rehabilitation assistance to get additional modifications for a van that she already owned in order to have transportation to and from work. J.G. contacted NDALC because of delays in getting approval for her needed modifications. NDALC contacted the state vocational rehabilitation agency. The vehicle modification requested needed to have an exception to agency policy approved by the agency. While there had been some delay, the vocational rehabilitation agency supervisor was in agreement for an exception to agency policy to authorize the modification. J.G. was able to get approval for the van modification needed.</p><p>
Certification
Approved
Jack Mayes
Executive Director
2019-11-05
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