RSA-704 Part I for IL program for Louisiana - H169A120026 FY2012

Subpart I - Administrative Data

Section A - Sources and Amounts of Funds and Resources

Indicate amount received by the DSU as per each funding source. Enter 0 for none.

Item 1 - All Federal Funds Received

(A) Title VII, Ch. 1, Part B

311,766

(B) Title VII, Ch. 1, Part C - For 723 states Only

0

(C) Title VII, Ch. 2

0

(D) Other Federal Funds

0

Item 2 - Other Government Funds

(E) State Government Funds

34,641

(F) Local Government Funds

0

Item 3 - Private Resources

(G) Fees for Service (program income, etc.)

0

(H) Other resources

0

Item 4 - Total Income

Total income = (A)+(B)+(C)+(D)+(E)+(F)+(G)+(H)

346,407

Item 5 - Pass-Through Funds

Amount of other funds received as pass through funds to consumers (include funds, received on behalf of consumers, that are subsequently passed on to consumers, e.g., personal assistance services, representative payee funds, Medicaid funds, etc.)

0

Item 6 - Net Operating Resources


[Total Income (Section 4) minus Pass-Through Funds amount (Section 5) = Net Operating Resources

346,407

Section B - Distribution of Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B Funds

What Activities were Conducted with Part B Funds?

Expenditures of Part B Funds by DSU Staff

Expenditures for Services Rendered by Grant or Contract

(1) Provided resources to the SILC to carry out its functions

0

0

(2) Provided IL services to individuals with significant disabilities

0

268,977

(3) Demonstrated ways to expand and improve IL services

0

0

(4) Supported the general operation of CILs that are in compliance with the standards and assurances set forth in subsections (b) and (c) of section 725 of the Act

0

0

(5) Supported activities to increase capacity to develop approaches or systems for providing IL services

0

0

(6) Conducted studies and analyses, gathered information, developed model policies, and presented findings in order to enhance IL services

0

0

(7) Provided training regarding the IL philosophy

0

0

(8) Provided outreach to unserved or underserved populations, including minority groups and urban and rural populations

0

0

Section C - Grants or Contracts Used to Distribute Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B Funds

Name of Grantee or Contractor

Use of Funds (based on the activities listed in Suppart 1, Section B)

Amount of Part B Funds

Amount of Non-Part B Funds

Consumer Eligibility Determined By DSU or Provider

CSRs Kept With DSU or Provider

New Horizons Independent Living Center, Inc.

IL Services to individuals w/ significant disabilities

116,110

18,387

Provider

Provider

Southwest Louisiana Independence Center

IL Services to individuals w/ significant disabilities

118,226

16,254

Provider

Provider

Section D - Grants or Contracts for Purposes Other than Providing IL Services or For the General Operation of Centers

Describe the objectives, activities and results for each Part B grant or contract awarded for purposes other than IL services or the general operation of centers.

All Part B funds in Louisiana are used to provide IL services.

Section E - Monitoring Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B Funds

Provide a summary of the program or fiscal review, evaluation and monitoring conducted by the state of any of the grantees/contractors receiving Part B funds during the reporting year.

IL Program Coordinator receives quarterly reports from two of Louisiana’s CILs as required in contract monitoring. These two IL Centers who are receiving Part B funds through contract, also have annual on-site reviews. These reviews result in monitoring reports which include accomplishments and corrective action plans as needed.

Site Review Results:

New Horizons Independent Living Center

New Horizons Independent Living Center continues to provide excellent IL services throughout its service area as well as through its statewide collaborative efforts. The staff supports the mission of independence and works diligently to deliver cost effective, quality IL services. There were no corrective actions noted during the annual on-site review.

Southwest Louisiana Independence Center (SLIC)

Southwest Louisiana Independence Center continues providing excellent IL services throughout its service area as well as through its statewide collaborative efforts. SLIC continues providing assistive technology services through its loaner closet and community donations. SLIC continues providing cost effective, quality IL services. There were no corrective actions noted during the annual on-site review.

Section F - Administrative Support Services and Staffing

Item 1 - Administrative Support Services

Describe any administrative support services, including staffing, provided by the DSU to the Part B Program.

Item 2 - Staffing

Enter requested staff information for the DSU and service providers listed in Section C, above (excluding Part C funded CILs)

Type of Staff

Total Number of FTEs

FTEs filled by Individuals with Disabilities

Decision Making

0.78

0.00

Other Staff

0.01

0.00

Section G - For Section 723 States ONLY

Item 1 - Distribution of Part C Funds to Centers

Name of CIL

Amount of Part C Funding Received

Cost of Living Increase?

Excess Funds After Cost of Living Increase?

New Center?

Onsite Compliance Review of Center?

N/A

0

 

 

 

 

Item 2 - Administrative Support Services

Describe the administrative support services used by the DSU to administer the Part C program.

Louisiana is not a Section 723 State

Item 3 - Monitoring and Onsite Compliance Reviews

Provide a summary of the monitoring activities involving Part C centers conducted by the state during the current reporting year, including the onsite reviews of at least 15% of centers receiving Part C funds under section 723. The summary should include, at least, the following:

N/A

Item 4 - Updates or Issues

Provide any updates to the administration of the Part C program by the DSU, if any, including any significant changes in the amount of earmarked funds or any changes in the order of priorities in the distribution of Part C funds. Provide a description of any issues of concern addressed by the DSU in its administration of the Part C program.

N/A

Subpart II - Number and Types of Individuals With Significant Disabilities Receiving Services

Section A - Number of Consumers Served During the Reporting Year

(1) Enter the number of active CSRs carried over from September 30 of the preceding reporting year

0

(2) Enter the number of CSRs started since October 1 of the reporting year

0

(3) Add lines (1) and (2) to get the total number of consumers served

0

Section B - Number of CSRs Closed by September 30 of the Reporting Year

(1) Moved

0

(2) Withdrawn

0

(3) Died

0

(4) Completed all goals set

0

(5) Other

0

(6) Add lines (1) + (2) + (3) + (4) +(5) to get total CSRs closed

0

Section C - Number of CSRs Active on September 30 of the Reporting Year

Indicate the number of CSRs active on September 30th of the reporting year.

Section A(3) [minus] Section (B)(6) = Section C

0

Section D - IL Plans and Waivers

Indicate the number of consumers in each category below.

(1) Number of consumers who signed a waiver

0

(2) Number of consumers with whom an ILP was developed

0

Section E - Age

Indicate the number of consumers in each category below.

(1) Under 5 years old

0

(2) Ages 5 - 19

0

(3) Ages 20 - 24

0

(4) Ages 25 - 59

0

(5) Age 60 and Older

0

(6) Age unavailable

0

Section F - Sex

Indicate the number of consumers in each category below.

(1) Number of Females served

0

(2) Number of Males served

0

Section G - Race and Ethnicity

Indicate the number of consumers served in each category below. Each consumer may be counted under ONLY ONE of the following categories in the 704 Report, even if the consumer reported more than one race and/or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity).

(1) American Indian or Alaska Native

0

(2) Asian

0

(3) Black or African American

0

(4) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

0

(5) White

0

(6) Hispanic/Latino of any race or Hispanic/Latino only

0

(7) Two or more races

0

(8) Race and ethnicity unknown

0

Section H - Disability

Indicate the number of consumers in each category below.

(1) Cognitive

0

(2) Mental/Emotional

0

(3) Physical

0

(4) Hearing

0

(5) Vision

0

(6) Multiple Disabilities

0

(7) Other

0

Subpart III - Individual Services and Achievements Funded through Title VII, Chapter 1, Part B Funds

Section A - Individual Services and Achievements

For the reporting year, indicate in the chart below how many consumers requested and received each of the following IL services. Include all consumers who were provided services during the reporting year through Part B funds, either directly by DSU staff or via grants or contracts with other providers. Do not include consumers who were served by any centers that received Part C funds during the reporting year.

Services

Consumers
Requesting
Services

Consumers
Receiving
Services

(A) Advocacy/Legal Services

0

0

(B) Assistive Technology

0

0

(C) Children's Services

0

0

(D) Communication Services

0

0

(E) Counseling and Related Services

0

0

(F) Family Services

0

0

(G) Housing, Home Modifications, and Shelter Services

0

0

(H) IL Skills Training and Life Skills Training

0

0

(I) Information and Referral Services

0

0

(J) Mental Restoration Services

0

0

(K) Mobility Training

0

0

(L) Peer Counseling Services

0

0

(M) Personal Assistance Services

0

0

(N) Physical Restoration Services

0

0

(O) Preventive Services

0

0

(P) Prostheses, Orthotics, and Other Appliances

0

0

(Q) Recreational Services

0

0

(R) Rehabilitation Technology Services

0

0

(S) Therapeutic Treatment

0

0

(T) Transportation Services

0

0

(U) Youth/Transition Services

0

0

(V) Vocational Services

0

0

(W) Other Services

0

0

Section B - Increased Independence

Item 1 - Goals Related to Increased Independence in a Significant Life Area

Indicate the number of consumers who set goals related to the following significant life areas, the number whose goals are still in progress, and the number who achieved their goals as a result of the provision of IL services.

Significant Life Area

Goals Set

Goals Achieved

In Progress

(A) Self-Advocacy/Self-Empowerment

0

0

0

(B) Communication

0

0

0

(C) Mobility/Transportation

0

0

0

(D) Community-Based Living

0

0

0

(E) Educational

0

0

0

(F) Vocational

0

0

0

(G) Self-care

0

0

0

(H) Information Access/Technology

0

0

0

(I) Personal Resource Management

0

0

0

(J) Relocation from a Nursing Home or Institution to Community-Based Living

0

0

0

(K) Community/Social Participation

0

0

0

(L) Other

0

0

0

 

Item 2 - Improved Access To Transportation, Health Care and Assistive Technology

(A) Table

Area

Number of Consumers Requiring Access

Number of Consumers Achieving Access

Number of Consumers Whose Access is in Progress

(A) Transportation

0

0

0

(B) Health Care Services

0

0

0

(C) Assistive Technology

0

0

0

Note: For most IL services, a consumers access to previously unavailable transportation, health care and assistive technology is documented through his or her CSR. In some instances, consumers may achieve an outcome solely through information and referral (I&R) services. To document these instances as successful outcomes, providers are not required to create CSRs for these consumers but must be able to document that follow-up contacts with these consumers showed access to previously unavailable transportation, health care and assistive technology.


(B) I&R Information

To inform RSA how many service providers engage in I&R follow-up contacts regarding access to transportation, health care services or assistive technology, please indicate the following:

Follow-up contacts with I&R recipients  

The service provider did not engage in follow-up contacts with I&R recipients to document access gained to previously unavailable transportation, health care or assistive technology.

Section C - Additional Information Concerning Individual Services or Achievements

Louisiana’s Independent Living Centers all receive Part C funds.

Subpart IV - Community Activities and Coordination

Section A - Community Activities

Item 1 - Community Activities Table

In the table below, summarize the community activities involving the DSU, SILC and CILs in the Statewide Network of Centers (excluding Part C fund recipients) during the reporting year. For each activity, identify the primary disability issue(s) addressed as well as the type of activity conducted. Indicate the entity(ies) primarily involved and the time spent. Describe the primary objective(s) and outcome(s) for each activity. Add more rows as necessary.

Issue Area

Activity Type

Primary Entity

Hours Spent

Objectives

Outcome(s)

Other

Outreach Efforts

SILC

4

To promote the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and to promote the importance of IL services.

The Governor's Office of Outstanding Leadership with Disabilities Awards presentation is an annual award show that recognizes the accomplishments of individuals w/disabilities throughout Louisiana.

Other

Other

SILC

12

To provide consumers an opportunity for feedback on the State Plan's Year 2

The SILC mtgs. set aside time to evaluate current goals/whether they are reaching the community. Public provides comments as Council/Centers implement goals.

Other

Collaboration/Networking

SILC

3

To promote SILC relationships w/other groups within the disability community and to increase other groups' awareness of IL activities.

SILC staff was able to attend & meet with leaders in the blind community at the event. Contact information was exchanged and blind community expressed an interest in participating in other activities.

Other

Community/Systems Advocacy

SILC

12

To promote community awareness and involvement with disability related activities statewide.

SILC website has a calendar that informs members of mtgs and events but also permits different groups represented on the Council and the Ctrs. to publize their community events.

Other

Collaboration/Networking

SILC/DSU

12

Work towards collaboration of stakeholders,CILs, and SILC according to State Plan as well as increasing awareness of all disability issues among organizations and communities statewide.

Time is provided at each SILC mtg. for Centers, GODA, LRS and other represented entities to share issues and seek input from members as well as promote upcoming activites & invite other stakeholders.

Other

Collaboration/Networking

SILC

8

To promote IL services and provide individuals with exposure to IL services provided through the centers and the lives impacted.

SILC members were able to view the Ctr. and the accommodations for IWD. Mtg. open to public and attended by several consumers which provided knowledge of IL services.

Other

Other

SILC

32

SILC, Governor's Office and GODA coordinated needs of disability community in post Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.

Staff identified needs and accessibility issues along w/feedback to Governor's Office of Emergency Preparedness and addressed potential concerns.

Other

Outreach Efforts

SILC

40

The Council utilizes grant research software in collaboration w/its exposure to the needs of communities represented & stakeholders to find possible funding sources.

Council increased interaction w/ disability groups in community to learn about services and needs of these groups. Projects are presented to SILC in needed areas.

Other

Collaboration/Networking

SILC

2

A FEMA representative attended mtg. following Hurricane Isaac to explain relief efforts as well as gain insight into the needs of disability community.

Contact info was shared with FEMA for future disasters, problem solving issues discussed and exchange of information.

Other

Other

SILC

40

The council is actively searching for new members across the state by actively engaging other community groups and disability stakeholders.

Council sends out info packets and posted on website regarding council duties, IL philosophy and services provided by Ctrs. to find potential members. Increased exposure in the State.

Other

Collaboration/Networking

SILC

6

Healthcare delivery model in LA has changed and has impacted disability community. SILC mtgs served as forums for Ctrs. and disability community to receive info to impacted groups and stakeholders.

Council was able to hear presentations from representatives of service providers regarding changes to healthcare, services available to Medicaid population and changes to current care arrangements.

Item 2 - Description of Community Activities

For the community activities mentioned above, provide any additional details such as the role of the DSU, SILC, CIL, and/or consumers, names of any partner organizations and further descriptions of the specific activities, services and benefits.

The Council was able to become involved in the community through new and different opportunities this year. The Council disseminated information to affected groups within the community regarding the changing Medicaid healthcare service provision. The stakeholders and Centers who attended these meetings were able to not only provide input to the representatives of the insurance providers but also take this information back to other groups. One of the Centers for Independent Living served as a site for the presentation, inviting public participation and input. The recovery efforts of Hurricane Isaac also provided opportunities for collaboration with all levels of state and federal government as well as valuable interaction with the community and individuals with disabilities.

Section B - Working Relationships Among Various Entities

The Council has spent this past year expanding its awareness and interaction with other stakeholders and community groups, both to gain perspective of issues facing the disability community as well as building future collaborative partnerships. Some of the groups have had representatives attend the SILC meeting and provide the Council with opportunities to work together; these groups include Lighthouse for the Blind, Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, and the LSU Office of Disability Affairs. These growing contacts have also provided outlets for the Council to continue its search and recruitment of new memberships. The Council continues to work and foster existing coordination with the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council, as SILC program coordinator serves on the Executive Committee. Other groups such as the Governor’s Advisory Council of Disbility Affairs and the Developmental Disabilities Council continue to have representation on the SILC and collaboration takes place through the sharing of information.

Subpart V - Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

Section A - Composition and Appointment

Item 1 - Current SILC Composition

In the chart below, provide the requested information for each SILC member. The category in which the member was appointed can be described, for example, as ex-officio state agency representative, other state agency representative, center representative, person with a disability not employed by a center or state agency, section 121 funded project director, parent of person with a disability, community advocate, other service provider, etc. Include current vacancies, along with the corresponding appointment category for each. Add more rows as necessary.

Name of SILC member

Employed by CIL, State Agency or Neither

Appointment Category

Voting or Non-Voting

Term Start Date

Term End Date

Wayne Blackwell

Neither

Advocate pwd

Voting

11/02/2012

11/02/2015

Mallery Callahan

Neither

Private Business

Voting

12/18/2009

12/18/2012

Joseph Cooper

State agency

Advocate pwd

Voting

04/15/2010

04/15/2013

Anna Gale Dean

Center

CIL Director pwd

Voting

07/30/2011

07/30/2014

Keith DeSonier

Neither

Parent

Voting

12/18/2009

12/18/2012

Allan Walker Estes

Neither

Advocate pwd

Voting

07/30/2011

07/30/2014

Rocky Fuselier

Center

CIL Representative pwd

Voting

07/30/2011

07/30/2014

Mitchell Granger

Center

Org. Providing Services pwd

Voting

04/23/2010

04/23/2013

Paige Kelly

State agency

LRS Representative

Non-voting

11/02/2012

11/02/2015

Keith Menville

Neither

Private Business pwd

Voting

07/30/2011

07/30/2014

Amanda Vinson

Neither

Dir. of Section 121 Project pwd

Voting

05/26/2010

05/26/2013

Tara Warner

Neither

Advocate

Voting

04/15/2010

04/15/2013

vacant

 

CIL Representative

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Advocate - application pending approval

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Advocate

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Advocate

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Advocate

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Parent/Guardian of IWD

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Private Business

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

Org. Providing Services - application pending approval

Voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

vacant

 

State Agency Providing Ser. for IWD

Non-voting

09/09/1999

09/09/1999

Item 2 - SILC Composition Requirements

Please provide the information requested in the chart below. Include any current vacancies in a particular appointment category.

(A) How many members are on the SILC?

12

(B) How many members of the SILC are individuals with disabilities not employed by a state agency or a center for independent living?

4

(C) How many members of the SILC are voting members?

11

(D) How many of the voting members of the SILC are individuals with disabilities not employed by a state agency or a center for independent living?

4

Section B - SILC Membership Qualifications

Item 1 - Statewide Representation

Describe how the SILC is composed of members who provide statewide representation.

The SILC continues to maintain a membership representing the people throughout the state of Louisiana. Both rural and major metropolitan areas are represented. There are also members from Shreveport, Lake Charles, Leesville, Baton Rouge, the New Orleans metropolitan area, representing north and south Louisiana cities. As the Council is looking to grow its membership, there is a commitment to ensure all areas of the state have members serving. Currently, there is a need for more membership from New Orleans metropolitan area as well as a member from the northeast, rural portion of the state which was lost when a member resigned earlier this year.

Item 2 - Broad Range of Individuals with Disabilities from Diverse Backgrounds

Describe how the SILC members represent a board range of individuals with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.

The SILC has a diverse membership, made up of individuals representing various disabilities, ethnic groups, and geographical and professional backgrounds.

In addition to widespread geographic representation, there is representation from several ethnic backgrounds - African Americans, Pacific Islander, and Caucasian groups. The disabilities represented on the Council include cognitive, physical, hearing, vision, mental and health impairments.

Item 3 - Knowledgeable about IL

Describe how SILC members are knowledgeable about centers for independent living and independent living services.

The SILC seeks to continue educating its diverse membership and stakeholders about IL philosophy and services provided by the Centers for Independent Living. One of the most valuable and informative ways for sharing this information is hosting one meeting a year at a CIL. This year an extensive two day meeting was held in Shreveport where members heard presentations from every staff member employed by New Horizons IL Center and learned more about each of the programs and services offered. The Council also heard from several consumers served by the Center and their experiences as well as members of the Shreveport community were invited to participate at the meeting. Time at each of the quarterly meetings is also devoted to updates by Centers for Independent Living as well as discussion of IL services and philosophy.

New members of the SILC are provided an orientation prior to their first meeting. A copy of the bylaws, executive order, and federal regulations are provided in addition to a presentation by the SILC coordinator and Council members.

Section C - SILC Staffing and Support

Item 1 - SILC Staff

Please provide the name and contact information for the SILC executive director. Indicate the number and titles of any other SILC staff, if applicable. Also indicate whether any SILC staff is also a state agency employee.

Jennifer Bollinger, Program Coordinator

jennifer.bollinger@la.gov

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 94004, Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Physical Address: 150 N. Third Street, Suite 129, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Telephone: 225-219-7552; Fax: 225-219-7551

The Statewide Independent Living Council is administratively housed within the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. The Council maintains its autonomy yet receives oversight on issues of state law compliance and other administrative issues, such as office space, human resource personnel, etc. All programmatic and personnel direction is under the authority of the Council. The placement within the Governor’s Office provides for beneficial collaboration while maintaining its autonomy. The SILC staff receives no supervision or oversight from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

At the current time, the SILC staff is made up of one full time program coordinator and one administrative assistant. Jennifer Bollinger serves as the program coordinator. The posiition of administrative assistant was filled in January 2012 by Catherine Morgan.

Item 2 - SILC Support

Describe the administrative support services provided by the DSU, if any.

There is no administrative support by the DSU.

Section D - SILC Duties

Item 1 - SILC Duties

Provide a summary of SILC activities conducted during the reporting year related to the SILC's duties listed below.

(A) State Plan Development

Describe any activities related to the joint development of the state plan. Include any activities in preparation for developing the state plan, such as needs assessments, evaluations of consumer satisfaction, hearings and forums.

The current State Plan has received input from both stakeholders and consumers throughout every step of the process, as it enters its third year of implementation. In addition to the public forums held in the first year, time is allotted at each SILC meeting to review the goals and objectives and activities the Council is implementing. Currently, the Council has begun looking at the State Plan for the years 2013-2016 and gathering input from the public. The January meeting will address the process for setting up public forums and engaging the consumers at every subsequent step of the drafting. Potential tools discussed with the Executive Committee in reaching greater numbers include possible surveys sent to consumers and stakeholders as well as public forums held across the state of Louisiana.

(B) Monitor, Review and Evaluate the Implementation of the State Plan

Describe any activities related to the monitoring, review and evaluation of the implementation of the state plan.

The Council devotes time at each of the meetings to review the mission of the State Plan and its goals, objectives, and activities. Following extensive discussion and review of the plan, the Council creates quarterly implementation plans. Each meeting three activities are highlighted to be the focus of the next quarter and discussion and follow up of the implementation is held at the following meeting. The Council is engaged and actively participating at each stage of implementation.

(C) Coordination With Other Disability Councils

Describe the SILC's coordination of activities with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) established under section 105, if the state has such a Council, or the commission described in section 101(a)(21)(A), if the state has such a commission, and councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues under other Federal law. Please state whether the SILC has at least one representative serving as a member of the SRC and whether the SILC has any members serving on other councils, boards or commissions in the state.

The SILC continues its longstanding collaboration with other Councils on issues impacting the disability community and stakeholders. This year the Council has utilized these working relationships to further its search for new members. Council members have been given opportunities to present information regarding the SILC at the meetings of the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council, Work Pays Coalition, the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs, and the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities. Representatives from other organizations and councils, such as the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf and the Lighthouse for the Blind have also been invited to present information to the Council and invited to provide potential members.

In addition to the working relationship of the Council with these other groups, individual members of the SILC are very involved in their own communities and serve as representatives to many other groups, including: Governor’s Council on Disability Affairs, the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, the Developmental Disabilities Council, Louisiana Rehabilitation Council, the Paralyzed Veterans’ Association, the Louisiana Guardianship services, the Louisiana Assistive Technologies Action Network, District School Boards, the Disabled Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs, as well as the American Legion. The program coordinator of the SILC has developed a greater involvement with Louisiana Rehabilitation Council by serving on the Executive Committee.

(D) Public Meeting Requirements

Describe how the SILC has ensured that all regularly scheduled meetings and other public hearings and forums hosted by the SILC are open to the public and sufficient advance notice is provided.

The SILC complies with Louisiana’s Open Meeting Law in the announcement and operation of all official meetings of the council. The following requirements are met in the offical announcement of meetings: Notice of regular meetings is posted online; posting of meeting notices is made in and around the meeting location prior to the date; notice of meetings is disseminated to members and interested parties in a timely fashion.

In addition to the legal compliance, the SILC staff works with other disability partners to publish and promote upcoming meetings and SILC events. The SILC website and calendar are updated to include current meeting dates/locations/times.

Item 2 - Other Activities

Describe any other SILC activities funded by non-Part B funds.

This year the Council had an opportunity to become involved in additional activities that increased the exposure of the community to IL services as well as exposing the Council to new stakeholder groups. The SILC continues to utlize access to the Metasoft grant research software. Time at each meeting is allocated to discussing potential funding needs of various organizations and stakeholder groups, including Centers for Independent Living and possible grant solutions. SILC staff was active in hurricane relief efforts following Isaac to ensure disability populations were receiving the necessary help. The Council is currently working with the Louisiana Department of Insurance to disseminate information regarding changes in insurance law which may impact the disability community.

Section E - Training and Technical Assistance Needs

Please identify the SILC's training and technical assistance needs. The needs identified in this chart will guide the priorities set by RSA for the training and technical assistance provided to CILs and SILCs. For each category, choose up to 10 Priority Needs - Rate items 1-10 with 1 being most important.

Advocacy/Leadship Development

General Overview

 

Community/Grassroots Organizing

 

Individual Empowerment

 

Systems Advocacy

10 - Least important

Legislative Process

 

Applicable Laws

General overview and promulgation of various disability laws

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

 

Air-Carrier"s Access Act

 

Fair Housing Act

 

Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act

 

Medicaid/Medicare/PAS/waivers/long-term care

 

Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended

 

Social Security Act

 

Workforce Investment Act of 1998

 

Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

 

Government Performance Results Act of 1993

 

Assistive Technologies

General Overview

 

Data Collecting and Reporting

General Overview

 

704 Reports

 

Performance Measures contained in 704 Report

 

Dual Reporting Requirements

 

Case Service Record Documentation

 

Disability Awareness and Information

Specific Issues

 

Evaluation

General Overview

 

CIL Standards and Indicators

 

Community Needs Assessment

 

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys

 

Focus Groups

 

Outcome Measures

 

Financial: Grant Management

General Overview

 

Federal Regulations

 

Budgeting

 

Fund Accounting

 

Financial: Resource Development

General Overview

 

Diversification of Funding Base

 

Fee-for-Service Approaches

 

For Profit Subsidiaries

 

Fund-Raising Events of Statewide Campaigns

 

Grant Writing

8

Independent Living Philosophy

General Overview

 

Innovative Programs

Best Practices

 

Specific Examples

 

Management Information Systems

Computer Skills

 

Software

 

Marketing and Public Relations

General Overview

 

Presentation/Workshop Skills

 

Community Awareness

9

Network Strategies

General Overview

 

Electronic

 

Among CILs & SILCs

1 - Most important

Community Partners

 

Program Planning

General Overview of Program Management and Staff Development

 

CIL Executive Directorship Skills Building

 

Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

First-Line CIL Supervisor Skills Building

 

IL Skills Modules

 

Peer Mentoring

 

Program Design

 

Time Management

 

Team Building

 

Outreach to Unserved/Underserved Populations

General Overview

 

Disability

 

Minority

 

Institutionalized Potential Consumers

 

Rural

 

Urban

 

SILC Roles/Relationship to CILs

General Overview

2

Development of State Plan for Independent Living

6

Implementation (monitor & review) of SPIL

7

Public Meetings

 

Role and Responsibilities of Executive Board

4

Role and Responsibilities of General Members

3

Collaborations with In-State Stakeholders

5

CIL Board of Directors

General Overview

 

Roles and Responsibilities

 

Policy Development

 

Recruiting/Increasing Involvement

 

Volunteer Programs

General Overview

 

Option Areas and/or Comments

Subpart VI - SPIL Comparison And Updates

Section A - Comparison of Reporting Year Activities with the SPIL

Item 1 - Progress in Achieving Objectives and Goals

Describe progress made in achieving the objectives and goals outlined in the most recently approved SPIL. Discuss goals achieved and/or in progress as well as barriers encountered.

Surveying Stakeholders. Much of the surveying of stakeholders takes place at the quarterly meetings where members, reflecting diverse geographical backgrounds and representing different cross sections of the disability community, provide updates regarding different community events and subgroups where there is a need to disseminate Independent Living services and education. This is one of the primary means of identifying target groups. This time also allows members to develop strategies in reaching these target groups. This year additional groups, such as Lighthouse for the Blind, Louisiana Commission for the Deaf, and FEMA were invited to provide exposure to the issues and surveying opportunities of other stakeholder groups.

Orienting new members of the SILC to resources and services of each council member. The new members of the SILC are provided an orientation prior to their first meeting. A copy of the bylaws, executive order, and federal regulations were provided in addition to the presentation made by the SILC coordinator and several members of the Council. As part of the orientation to independent living and the services of the Centers, the quarterly meeting held in June at New Horizons Independent Living Center afforded the members an ability to experience the information shared in their orientation. There was great feedback from this meeting and as a result, the Council has requested future meetings to be held at the CILs across the state. Potential new members, as they begin the application process, are also provided an initial orientation as well.

Providing updates at the quarterly Council meetings regarding activities/events occurring in each member’s local community that are opportunities for dissemination of IL philosophy and service information. The meetings serve as a time for members to keep the Council informed of local activities impacting the disability community. Because the Council has a diverse geographic and racial composition as well as representing a large cross section of the disability community, the Council is kept up to date on a wide range of activities, such as local job and health fairs. By sharing this information with the members, opportunities for CILs and other stakeholder groups to disseminate IL information are made possible.

Email targeted populations; create mass mailings. As the Council looks to grow its membership, the Council developed a one page informational sheet which provided basic requirements and duties of the SILC as well as information regarding IL services and philosophy. Potential members and stakeholders groups were targeted to send out the information to their memberships. This activity not only fulfilled a State Plan Objective but also was a valuable tool in recruiting new membership.

Investigating the potential addition of a youth member to the Council. Transition from youth to adult services is an issue the Council feels would benefit from a youth member serving on the SILC. The Council utilized its relationship with the LSU Office of Disability Affairs to work with finding a potential college student. Information regarding the Council, its duties, and IL philosophy was provided to the Director of Services for students receiving services. Currently, no youth/college members have applied for membership to the SILC.

Continuing the networking between centers and service providers. This collaboration objective is furthered each quarterly SILC meeting, as the representatives of the Centers on the Council are given time to discuss updates and issues. Another networking tool between the Centers and service providers was using one of the CILs as a meeting location, which afforded the stakeholders and service providers an opportunity to see firsthand the services and work being done for independent living in that particular community.

Using the SILC meeting as a forum to collaborate and develop strategic ways for enhancing service capacity. The Council serves as a forum for both Centers and stakeholders to evaluate the current services provided and find creative alternatives for funding and innovative ways for providing efficient and effective services. Time is allotted at each meeting to discuss current needs and the Council is available for feedback. Grant research updates for local disability projects are also given at this time.

Sharing information regarding grants and other income sources among centers. The access to the grant research software in the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs has afforded the Council members a large database of private foundations, corporations, and other granting sources. Through the community updates portion of the meeting, community needs of the members have been shared and addressed. Examples of grant research projects this year include transportation for the disability community and funding for durable medical equipment.

Attending Other Councils’ Meetings and Reporting to the SILC. The SILC members are also active on other councils for government agencies, stakeholder groups. This year the program coordinator was nominated to serve on the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council Executive Committee which permits a higher level of involvement and collaboration between both Councils. Because of the wide ranging membership, Council members are able to get updates on any issue facing other Councils. This works in conjunction with several other goals, objectives, and activities which then permit IL information to be disseminated and other groups to become involved.

Utilizing Webinars, conference calls, and training materials from national groups such as the National Council on Independent Living. The SILC was approached by APRIL, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living to participate in a grant opportunity. The SILC was partnered with Pat Puckett of the Georgia SILC to receive valuable insight and perspective on issues the Council is currently facing, including increasing membership size as well as participatation levels. The Executive Committee had several meetings following her visit and is currently working on implementing an action plan with her suggestions.

Item 2 - SPIL Information Updates

If applicable, describe any changes to the information contained in the SPIL that occurred during the reporting year, including the placement, legal status, membership or autonomy of the SILC; the SILC resource plan, the design of the statewide network of centers; and the DSU administration of the SILS program.

Section B - Significant Activities and Accomplishments

If applicable, describe any significant activities and accomplishments achieved by the DSU and SILC not included elsewhere in the report, e.g. brief summaries of innovative practices, improved service delivery to consumers, etc.

The Council has been active in providing information to its members this year regarding timely changes in state programs that have a potential impact on consumers and members of the disability community. The SILC meetings have served as a forum for the sharing of information by Bayou Health providers regarding Medicaid delivery services and changes to the individual patient. This fall the Council is collaborating with the Louisiana Department of Insurance on the new Medicare SHIP program to provide representatives at each of the Centers. The Council membership engaged in discussions with FEMA regarding the CILs, stakeholders, and other affected parties’ roles in hurricane and disaster recovery efforts. The SILC staff worked closely with the Governor’s Office and other state agencies during this time to ensure disability issues were heard.

Section C - Substantial Challenges

If applicable, describe any substantial problems encountered by the DSU and SILC, not included elsewhere in this report, and discuss resolutions/attempted resolutions, e.g., difficulty in outreach efforts; disagreements between the SILC and the DSU; complications recruiting SILC members; complications working with other state agencies or organizations within the state.

The SILC continues to address decreasing membership and participation issues with Council. The Council sent a letter to each member earlier this year, reminding them of the duties and obligations of the SILC and asked if they were willing to continue serving. As a result, two members decided that they would not have the time and ability to continue serving. Membership has also decreased as terms of service have expired.

The SILC maintains constant communication with the Office of Boards and Commissions regarding the status of two (2) pending applications. The last communication on November 27, 2012 was about the Governor’s next appointment meeting. There was a third pending application, Advocate for an Individual with a Disability, however; since the initial application, the member has passed away.

The other seven vacancies are being addressed by outreach efforts on part of the Council and CILs. The SILC program coordinator has had the opportunity to speak at the Work Pays Coalition Meeting, the LRC meeting, and the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. The Council has established contact with a local university’s Office of Disability Affairs, the Lighthouse for the Blind, the La. Commission for the Deaf and other stakeholder organizations recruiting members. A one page informational letter regarding the Council and its duties has been sent out. Membership recruitment has been a priority this year for the Council.

Section D - Additional Information

Include any additional information, suggestions, comments or explanations not included elsewhere in the report.

N/A

Subpart VII - Signatures

Signatures

Please type the names and titles of the DSU directors(s) and SILC chairperson and indicate whether the form has been signed by each of them. Retain the signed copy for your records.

As the authorized signatories we will sign, date and retain in the files of the state agency(ies) and the Statewide Independent Living Council this 704 Report and the separate Certification of Lobbying forms ED-80-0013 (available in MS Word and PDF formats) for the state independent living program (IL Part B)

SILC Chairperson

Name and Title

Mitch Granger, SILC Chair

 

Signed

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)

12/18/2012

DSU Director

Name and Title

Mark S. Martin, Director, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

 

Signed

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)

12/21/2012

DSU Director (Blind Program)

Name and Title

 

Not signed

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)