RSA-227 for FY-2020: Submission #1142

Nebraska
09/30/2020
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
301 Centennial Mall South-6th Floor
Box 94987
Lincoln
Nebraska
68509
http://vr.nebraska.gov
402.430.1689
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
402.430.1689
877.637.3422
877.637.3422
Additional Information
Jerry Bryan
Jerry Bryan
402-417-3412
jerry.bryan@nebraska.gov
Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
52
6
0
2
484
37
581
B. Training Activities
2
8
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, several state, county and city offices were closed to the public. The training we were able to hold were done by zoom meeting only allowing a small group. The topics discussed were the importance of informed choice, mediation process, what to expect at the impartial hearing process and how to access the Nebraska Hotline for Disabilities. The purpose of these topics was to provide additional information and resources to all participants. Those who attended were new VR and General VR employees.
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. However, due to the pandemic our (CAP) efforts were very limited, as several offices were working remotely, CAP was not able to disseminate the information needed for this area.
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
0
1
1
500
0
0
N/A
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
N/A
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
2
6
8
0
4
B. Problem areas
5
6
4
0
0
4
1
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
0
4
1
0
1
0
6
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
1
1
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
N/A
E. Results achieved for individuals
4
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
N/A
Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
0
2
6
0
8
B. Gender
4
4
8
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
0
0
0
0
0
8
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
E. Types of Individuals Served
1
6
1
0
0
0
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
N/A
B. Litigation
0
0
0
N/A
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
Internal to the State VR agency
Nebraska Department of Education/Nebraska VR
No
There are no contracting agency
B. Staff Employed
Nebraska 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.
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
A client from Nebraska VR called the Client Assistance Program (CAP) complaining he was misinformed by AgrAbility on a lift that was purchased by Nebraska VR. After reviewing the case notes and interviewing VR staff, it appeared to CAP that VR did not ensure the client had informed choice prior to the purchase of the tractor lift. CAP did speak with AgrAbility about the recommended tractor lift. AgrAbility staff did indicate another model was recommended, however, the client could not use this model as it required a flatbed pickup, which the client did not have at the time. The client also understood he would be provided with the recommended model later when he purchased a flatbed pick-up. Based on this miscommunication CAP, Nebraska VR, Easter Seals and Farm Recuse worked together to correct this issue. It was agreed VR and Farm Recuse would provide additional funding towards the purchase of the first recommended lift. The client also agreed to cover the remaining balance through a loan from Easter Seals. The client is very satisfied with the lift purchased as he can now access his combine tractor.

Certification
Approved
Lindy Foley
Nebraska VR Director
2020-12-14
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