RSA-227 for FY-2019: Submission #1102

South Carolina
9/30/2019
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
Beth Franco
Pete Cantrell
(864) 235-0273
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
16
0
0
0
0
9
25
B. Training Activities
16
799
Disability Benefits Workshops: Our presentations at these workshops were partially funded by CAP. The workshops are part of our work with the SC 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 the SCDEC website: https://www.hiremesc.org/coalition/?rq=disability%20employment%20coalition. The purpose of the workshops is to provide information on SSI/SSDI and Work Incentives to members of the community. Attendees include people with disabilities, family members, and service providers. We include information about CAP in each workshop. P&A presented at the following workshops this fiscal year: <p><p>a.10/17/18: Easley, SC. b.11/15/18: Allendale, SC. c.12/11/18: Lancaster, SC. d.4/25/19: Newberry, SC. e.6/25/19: Greenville, SC. f.7/17/19: Florence, SC. g.8/8/19: Sumter, SC. h.8/27/19: Lexington, SC. <p><p>Hopes & Dreams Conference: Our presentation at this conference was partially funded by CAP. On February 27, 2019 P&A presented at the Hopes & Dreams Conference (sponsored by Family Connection, our Parent Training Initiative or PTI) in Columbia, SC. Parents, students and service providers were in the audience. The presentation focused on the role of Vocational Rehabilitation in the school to work transition process. <p><p>Transition Conference: Our presentations at this conference were partially funded by CAP. The two-day transition conference is a partnership with Able SC (local independent living center) and others. The first day is for professionals who serve youth with disabilities. It is called Empowering a Future and was held on March 15, 2019. P&A presented on employment discrimination, workplace accommodations, postsecondary accommodations, and the role of Vocational Rehabilitation in the school to work transition process. The second day is for parents and transition age students. It is called Mapping Your Future and was held on March 16, 2019. A CAP attorney co-presented with one of our education attorneys. The presentation was on school to work transition. The CAP portion focused on the role of Vocational Rehabilitation in the transition process. <p><p><p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
P&A serves a diverse client population. We recently created a new Outreach Team that will provide targeted outreach to minority populations and include information about CAP. We have a Minority Rural Outreach Project Advisory Council to advise us on the needs of individuals with disabilities from minority communities. We have a staff member who is fluent in Spanish to handle Spanish language intakes. She also provides support to other staff members regarding Spanish language and cultural issues. We also have a staff member who is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). She handles ASL intakes and assists other staff regarding deaf language/culture. P&A uses Language Line when needed, which can provide telephone interpretation services in over 200 languages. <P><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
0
1
11203
7
105391
Website - 25,323 Facebook - 55,012 Twitter - 9,898 YouTube - 480 Email Blast - 14,678 <P><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
ABLE SC, SC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and SC Commission for the Blind disseminate CAP brochures. <P><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
30
50
80
0
36
B. Problem areas
2
18
32
9
0
14
1
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
34
1
9
0
0
0
44
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
16
6
3
1
0
16
0
0
2
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
5
0
0
1
6
7
2
3
0
20
Training Program ended, individual found a job, and VR case closed as individual determined to be &lsquo;Job Ready.&rsquo; VR agreed to pay for hearing aid repair. VR agreed to pay for individual&rsquo;s counseling and to provide additional training to staff re: addressing consumer complaints/concerns. VR investigated concerns individual had with nursing staff at evaluation center. SCCB paid for transportation to eye doctor appointment and facilitated/provided other services to individual. VR provided services and tuition assistance to individual. Individual obtained employment and no longer wanted assistance from VR 6 x Individual no longer desired services from VR 3 x Individual failed to main contact with CAP 2 x Individual withdrew request for CAP&rsquo;s assistance 2 x Individual withdrew due to health concerns <P><p>
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
4
14
19
42
1
80
B. Gender
29
51
80
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
2
0
1
36
0
40
0
1
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
0
1
0
0
0
6
11
0
6
4
0
4
4
4
1
2
0
0
0
3
12
0
0
6
10
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
80
E. Types of Individuals Served
31
0
46
0
0
3
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
1
P&A identified issues with South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (SCVRD) funding for postsecondary education during our advocacy for several individual clients. SCVRD was limiting the amount of post-secondary funding to $1850 per semester. In addition, funding was not being provided in time for students to make appropriate decisions about whether to take out student loans, or, if so, how much to borrow. After we pointed out these problems SCVRD invited P&A to meet with them on June 3, 2019, to discuss these issues. SCVRD shared a new draft policy for discussion. P&A agreed to provide written comments. P&A consulted with National Disability Rights Network staff and other CAPs about policies in their states. Based on these consultations and our own research P&A has provided written comments to SCVRD. A new policy is not yet in place. We will continue to monitor this situation. We have, however, observed through our individual advocacy that the practice has changed. SCVRD support for post-secondary education has improved in both the amount of support provided and the timeliness of the support. We hope a new policy will be put in place soon. <p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
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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 4509 hours 2.43 FTE FTE Clerical 305 hours .135 FTE <P><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Individual Who is Deaf Obtains Hearing Aids through SCVRD: An individual who is deaf contacted P&A to report difficulty having his hearing aids repaired or replaced by SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD). After P&A communicated with the SCVRD Area Supervisor, SCVRD began moving on the client&rsquo;s request. In October, SCVRD finally issued its purchase order, and the client subsequently received repaired hearing aids. Case closed 11/28/18. (CAP 90710) <p><p>Individual with a spinal cord injury receives SCVRD help with vehicle modifications: An individual with a disability who was struggling to get SCVRD to provide agreed upon vehicle modification services contacted P&A for assistance. P&A advised the client to contact the local SCVRD area supervisor with his concerns. The client informed P&A during a follow-up call that the services were being provided and he had no more concerns. Case closed January 11, 2019. (89887 CAP) <p><p>Youth with Autism receives additional job coach services from SCVRD: A private provider case manager called P&A regarding concerns about VR services for a transition age youth with Autism. VR wanted to close his case but he felt he needed continued job coaching services at his place of employment. P&A attended a meeting with the family, case manager, and VR staff to advocate for increased job coaching time. VR kept his case open and provided job coach services for four more months. The young man then transferred to employment services from the local Disabilities and Special Needs Board, a Medicaid waiver provider. Case closed January 11, 2019. (84838 CAP) <p><p>Individual who is blind receives computer equipment and instruction from SCCB: An individual who is blind sought help from P&A because he needed assistance with transportation to his eye doctor in order to have his eligibility re-established for continued services from South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB). P&A communicated with SCCB staff who agreed to pay for the client&rsquo;s taxi to his doctor. Afterwards, the client was able to receive continued SCCB services including a computer with JAWS software to use in his business. He expected to receive additional VR services from SCCB in his home and no longer needed P&A&rsquo;s help. Case closed March 25, 2019. (CAP 88782) <p><p>
Certification
Approved
Beth Franco
Executive Director
2019-12-10
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