State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) for Louisiana for 2014-2016

General Information

Designated Agency Identification  

State:Louisiana

Agency:Louisiana Rehabilitation Services - Louisiana Workforce Commission

Plan for:2014-2016

Submitted in fiscal year:2013

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Part I: Assurances

Section 1: Legal Basis and Certifications  

1.1 The designated State unit (DSU) eligible to submit the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL or the plan) and authorized under State law to perform the functions of the State under the State Independent Living Services (SILS) and Centers for Independent Living (CIL) programs.

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).

1.2 The separate State agency eligible to submit the plan and authorized under State law to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to individuals who are blind.

N/A

1.3 The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) that meets the requirements of section 705 of the Act and is authorized to perform the functions outlined in section 705(c) of the Act in the State.

Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council

1.4 The DSU and, if applicable, the separate State agency authorized to provide VR services to individuals who are blind, and the SILC are authorized to jointly develop, sign and submit this SPIL on behalf of the State, and have adopted or otherwise formally approved the SPIL.Yes

1.5 The DSU, and, if applicable, the separate State agency authorized to provide VR services to individuals who are blind, may legally carry out each provision of the plan and will comply with all applicable Federal statutes and regulations in effect with respect to the three-year period it receives funding under the SPIL.Yes

1.6 The SPIL is the basis for State operation and administration of the program. All provisions of the SPIL are consistent with State law.Yes

1.7 The representative of the DSU and, if applicable, of the separate State agency authorized to provide VR services to individuals who are blind, who has the authority under State law to receive, hold, and disburse Federal funds made available under the SPIL and to submit the SPIL jointly with the SILC chairperson is Mark Martin, Director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).

Section 2: SPIL Development  

2.1 The plan shall be reviewed and revised not less than once every three years, to ensure the existence of appropriate planning, financial support and coordination, and other assistance to appropriately address, on a statewide and comprehensive basis, the needs in the State for:

Yes

2.2 The DSU and SILC conduct public meetings to provide all segments of the public, including interested groups, organizations and individuals, an opportunity to comment on the State plan prior to its submission to the Commissioner and on any revisions to the approved State plan.Yes

2.3 The DSU and SILC establish and maintain a written description of procedures for conducting public meetings in accordance with the following requirements. The DSU and SILC shall provide:

Yes

2.4 At the public meetings to develop the State plan, the DSU and SILC identify those provisions in the SPIL that are State-imposed requirements beyond what would be required to comply with the regulations in 34 CFR parts 364, 365, 366, and 367.Yes

2.5 The DSU will seek to incorporate into, and describe in, the State plan any new methods or approaches for the provision of IL services to older individuals who are blind that are developed under a project funded under chapter 2 of title VII of the Act and that the DSU determines to be effective.Yes

2.6 The DSU and SILC actively consult, as appropriate, in the development of the State plan with the director of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) authorized under section 112 of the Act.Yes

Section 3: Independent Living Services  

3.1 The State, directly or through grants or contracts, will provide IL services with Federal, State, or other fundsYes

3.2 Independent living services shall be provided to individuals with significant disabilities in accordance with an independent living plan mutually agreed upon by an appropriate staff member of the service provider and the individual, unless the individual signs a waiver stating that such a plan is unnecessary.Yes

3.3 All service providers will use formats that are accessible to notify individuals seeking or receiving IL services under chapter 1 of title VII about:

Yes

3.4 Participating service providers meet all applicable State licensure or certification requirements.Yes

Section 4: Eligibility  

4.1 Any individual with a significant disability, as defined in 34 CFR 364.4(b), is eligible for IL services under the SILS and CIL programs authorized under chapter 1 of title VII of the Act. Any individual may seek information about IL services under these programs and request referral to other services and programs for individuals with significant disabilities, as appropriate. The determination of an individual's eligibility for IL services under the SILS and CIL programs meets the requirements of 34 CFR 364.51.Yes

4.2 Service providers apply eligibility requirements without regard to age, color, creed, gender, national origin, race, religion or type of significant disability of the individual applying for IL services.Yes

4.3 Service providers do not impose any State or local residence requirement that excludes any individual who is present in the State and who is otherwise eligible for IL services from receiving IL services.Yes

Section 5: Staffing Requirements  

5.1 Service provider staff includes personnel who are specialists in the development and provision of IL services and in the development and support of centers.Yes

5.2 To the maximum extent feasible, a service provider makes available personnel able to communicate:

Yes

5.3 Service providers establish and maintain a program of staff development for all classes of positions involved in providing IL services and, if appropriate, in administering the CIL program. The staff development programs emphasize improving the skills of staff directly responsible for the provision of IL services, including knowledge of and practice in the IL philosophy.Yes

5.4 All recipients of financial assistance under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act will take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with significant disabilities on the same terms and conditions required with respect to the employment of individuals with disabilities under section 503 of the Act.Yes

Section 6: Fiscal Control and Fund Accounting  

6.1 All recipients of financial assistance under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act will comply with applicable EDGAR fiscal and accounting requirements and will adopt those fiscal control and fund accounting procedures as may be necessary to ensure the proper disbursement of and accounting for those funds.Yes

Section 7: Recordkeeping, Access and Reporting  

7.1 In addition to complying with applicable EDGAR recordkeeping requirements, all recipients of financial assistance under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act will maintain records that fully disclose and document:

Yes

7.2 With respect to the records that are required by 34 CFR 364.35, all recipients of financial assistance under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act will submit reports that the Commissioner determines to be appropriate.Yes

7.3 All recipients of financial assistance under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act will provide access to the Commissioner and the Comptroller General, or any of their duly authorized representatives, to the records listed in 34 CFR 364.37 for the purpose of conducting audits, examinations, and compliance reviews.Yes

Section 8: Protection, Use and Release of Personal Information  

8.1 Each service provider will adopt and implement policies and procedures to safeguard the confidentiality of all personal information, including photographs and lists of names in accordance with the requirements of 34 CFR 364.56(a)(1-6).Yes

Section 9: Signatures  

As the authorized signatories, we will sign, date and retain in the files of the state agency(ies) and the Statewide Independent Living Council the Part I: Assurances, 1-8, and the separate Certification of Lobbying forms ED-80-0013 (available in MS Word and PDF formats) for the state independent living program (Part B) and the centers for independent living program (Part C).

The effective date of this SPIL is October 1, 2013.

Section 9: Signature for SILC Chairperson  

NameMitch Granger

TitleSILC Chairperson

Signed?Yes

Date signed06/20/2013

Section 9: Signature for DSU Director  

NameMark Martin

TitleDirector of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)

Signed?Yes

Date signed06/25/2013

Section 9: Signature for Separate State Agency for Individuals Who Are Blind  

Is there a Separate State Agency for Individuals Who Are Blind?No

NameN/A

TitleN/A

Signed?No

Date signed

The SILC, DSU and, if applicable, the separate state agency for individuals who are blind, provide the following additional assurance(s) which RSA has deemed necessary to ensure the state's compliance with the assurances in sections 1 through 8, above, as a condition for approval of this SPIL Yes


Additional Assurances: Signature for SILC Chairperson  

Yes

Additional Assurances: Signature for DSU Director  

Yes

Additional Assurances: Signature for Separate State Agency for Individuals Who Are Blind  

Yes

Yes

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Part II: Narrative: Section 1 - Goals, Objectives and Activities

Section 1: Goals, Objectives and Activities  
1.1 Goals and Mission  

Describe the overall goals and mission of the State's IL programs and services. The SPIL must address the goals and mission of both the SILS and the CIL programs, including those of the State agency for individuals who are blind as they relate to the parts of the SPIL administered by that agency.

Goal Name:Mission

Goal Description:

"The mission of Louisiana?s Independent Living program(s) is to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities, facilitating integration and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the mainstream of American society. Louisiana?s IL partners promote a philosophy of independent living, including: consumer control, peer support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy."

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services provides these IL services which support this mission through contracts with two independent living centers funded by Part B dollars.

There is no separate state agency for the blind. The Older Blind Program is not addressed in this State Plan. The agency did not provide input to this state plan nor provided funding to it.

Goal Name:Increased Overall Awareness

Goal Description:

Residents of Louisiana have an increased overall awareness of the independent living philosophy and services. In Louisiana there are individuals with disabilities who are unfamiliar with the independent living philosophy and services available to them. The community as a whole is uneducated about the alternative of independent living versus institutionalized care. Through collaboration of SILC members these population groups can be targeted and appropriate information for services disseminated.

Goal Name:Increased Participation in IL initiatives

Goal Description:

Consumers have increased participation in independent living initiatives. Both the Council (Statewide Independent Living Council) and the Centers recognize that consumers play an invaluable role. Efforts made by both the Centers and the Council will encourage consumers to become more vocal in civic and political activities. This goal supports the mission as stated above.

Goal Name:Innovative Development Strategies

Goal Description:

Centers for independent living and other independent living service providers have enhanced service capacity through innovative development strategies. Decreases in the centers? operating budget and growing populations in need of independent living services require strategy development to address these issues. The Statewide Independent Living Council provides a forum for collaboration using the diverse backgrounds of its members and the resources of information each member brings. This goal supports the mission as stated above.

Goal Name:

Goal Name:

Goal Name:

1.2 Objectives  

1.2A. Specify the objectives to be achieved and the time frame for achieving them.

Goal(s) from Section 1.1

Objective to be achieved

Time frame start date

Time frame end date

Increased Overall Awareness

Targeted populations are identified. Certain populations are identified as targets for receiving information regarding independent living services and philosophies. These populations are identified by the following activities:

-Surveying stakeholders, including advocates of independent

living, contacts established by the centers, Council

members, and the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs.

-Using the census as tool regarding demographics of the

disability population.

-Using American Community Survey (ACS) as a tool.

-Using information from the Centers for Independent Living

and the 704 Report.

-Studying Reporting from the Governor?s Office of Elderly

Affairs, Veterans? Affairs, and Indian Affairs to analyze

independent living needs.

The resources needed for this activity are relatively minimal using compiled reports and collaborates with other agencies for the sharing of information. The focus of this objective is uncovering segments of the population who are unaware or in need of additional information regarding IL services and philosophy. There are many groups targeted for other services make them ideal candidates to receive information on independent living philosophy and services. Collaboration with those service providers means relatively little expense to uncover these groups. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

The identification of various groups in need of IL awareness and services will guide the Council in establishing priorities of which groups? needs are greatest. Each of the other objectives and corresponding activities will be prioritized according to the guidelines set by this identification.

The time line for this objective is six months for identification of groups. The target by the end of this time is that each member of the Council will have identified groups within their community who are unaware of IL services and philosophy. The quarterly March meeting of 2014 will serve as a time to update the Council of individual findings as well as evaluate whether this activity needs to continue past the first quarter of the year. The Council will determine, based on the groups identified, if currently each group may be addressed. If it appears the Council will have a capacity to address greater numbers, this activity will continue.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

03/01/2014

Increased Overall Awareness

Targeted populations are informed of independent living philosophy and services. Activities for informing the above-identified populations include:

-Orienting new members of the Statewide Independent Living Council to resources and services of each Council member.

-This is a significant activity because the diverse composition

of the Council means that each brings unique contacts

and resources from the disability community. It is an activity

that is readily accessible and can be conducted with

relatively little cost.

-Attending events of targeted populations to present information. This includes transition fairs, health fairs, disability and job fairs.

-Including reports from other agencies at each meeting regarding targeted populations. Because the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council is administratively housed in the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs, the work done by other agencies is very accessible. By having directors of the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs, Indian Affairs, Veteran?s Affairs, Elderly Affairs provide quarterly updates, opportunities will become available for the Council to participate and/or disseminate information to these groups.

-Emailing target populations; creating mass mailings. This occurs once the target populations are identified and contact information is obtained. Emails/mailings would provide populations with information regarding IL services and philosophy as well as upcoming promotional events.

-Providing updates, upcoming events, and motivational stories/testimonies on the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs website and Centers.

-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.

-Creating packets for the legislative session with information regarding the Centers for Independent Living and the services they provide. All information and packets must be in compliance with pertinent state law. The purpose of this activity is to promote informed budgetary decisions by the Louisiana Legislature, regarding monies spent on the disability community.

-Sending press releases to media outlets. Local news shows/newspapers are forums for publicizing the services provided by the Centers as well as motivational success stories of individuals with disabilities. The Statewide Independent Living Council designates a contact person in charge of handling all public relations with the media.

-Investigating the potential addition of a youth member to the Council. This requires the Council to look at any legal issue raised by adding a minor as well as fulfilling the make-up of the Executive Order. The addition of a youth to the Council provides another target community within the outreach of the Council. At present the Executive Order and bylaws are silent as to this issue.

-Maintaining the Council website to provide information regarding independent living philosophy and services.

There are minor costs associated with these activities. The focus of these activities is to provide the CILs with opportunities to promote and disseminate informational services to the public regarding independent living services and philosophy. The costs may include travel expenses but should be kept relatively low if each Council member is active within his/her own community. Other costs include the printing of materials to accompany presentations/tables at fairs. However, utilizing email and other existing publications cuts down on this expense. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

This objective and its corresponding activities are closely tied with the first objective. The groups identified above will become the recipients of IL information. This activity will be evaluated and monitored together with the first objective. Once the identification process has been established, the Council will prioritize which groups will be addressed first. By the end of the first year, 2014, of this State Plan, the Council hopes to have disseminated information to at least 50% of the groups identified. The dissemination of information may take place through any of the forms mentioned above. Each additional year, the Council will evaluate the number of groups identified and the number of groups addressed.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

10/01/2015

Increased Participation in IL initiatives

Consumers are involved in advocacy efforts related to legislative activities. This objective is particularly important during each Legislative Session, when elected officials make critical decisions regarding the budget. An active, vocal independent living community is vital to the continued funding of IL programs. Activities to foster consumers? participation include:

-Encouraging letter/phone/email writing campaigns to legislators by consumers.

-Fostering a relationship with Partners in Policy-making. Partners in Policy-making is an advocacy group that provides the disability community with pertinent legislation affecting their community as well as tools for self-advocacy.

-Inviting elected officials/legislators to quarterly Statewide Independent Living Council meetings to provide legislative updates.

-Working with the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs on legislative developments.

This objective also has minimal financial impact. The Council and the Centers both view the consumer as vital to the continued promotion of Independent Living in the political arena. Both the Council and the Center promote and provide tools to the consumer, including exposure to the lawmaking process and pertinent contact information. This will not require many resources. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

The fulfillment of this objective will be determined by the Council?s response to any pertinent legislation that arises during each Legislative Session. Any appropriations or policy bills that have an impact on the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council should elicit an advocacy role by the Council. Also, this objective encourages individual members to contact and educate legislators from their district. Evaluation of this objective and the corresponding activities will be gauged by the response to legislation and the ability of the members to contact the nine members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and the sixteen members of the House Health and Welfare Committee. This objective will be monitored at the Council meeting corresponding to the end of the legislative session.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

12/01/2013

07/01/2014

Increased Participation in IL initiatives

Consumers assume a more active role in community outreach. Both the Council and the Centers have a commitment to be vocal in the community, promoting Independent Living services and philosophies (see Objective 1, Activity 2). There is a commitment also to encourage the consumer to work with these groups and reach out to the community alongside the Council and the Centers. The activity for this objective is encouraging consumers to represent Centers and other stakeholders at events in the community.

This activity enhances current resources by providing additional manpower and a voice by way of the consumer. Center employees may utilize time in other areas by training and providing consumers with information to disperse. In this way the consumer assists the information and referral function of the Centers. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

This objective encourages an increased working relationship between Centers, Council, and consumers to be involved in community activities. A target set by the Council is that consumers will participate in 50% of the activities promoting IL services and philosophy. This State Plan recognizes the powerful impact consumers have on other consumers and potential consumers; therefore, there will be ongoing evaluation. These activities will be monitored throughout the duration of the three year State Plan.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

10/01/2016

Increased Participation in IL initiatives

Independent living initiatives are promoted through peer mentoring. This objective differs from the objective above in that here the consumers are actually the ones active in recruiting and mentoring fellow consumers. The purpose of this activity is to foster valuable relationships between consumers and fulfill one of the core services of Independent Living. The Centers assist in this objective through providing the forum for peer counseling and the appropriate contacts. Activities for this objective include:

-Recruiting and training consumers to participate in peer mentoring groups and activities.

-Hosting activities that encourage peer mentoring. These include events where consumers may interact and establish relationships.

The resources associated with this activity are relatively minimal. The Centers provide the forum and fund the activities. Many of these events may have little cost associated with them, depending on the discretion of the Center. It is a valuable way to increase limited manpower by having consumers assuming more responsibility and work alongside Center staff. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

This activity will be monitored by the Centers and reported to the Council at its quarterly meetings over the next three years. The Centers for Independent Living are best equipped to determine the current level of peer mentoring taking place, and based on population and needs, what degree of peer mentoring should be taking place.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

07/01/2015

Increased Participation in IL initiatives

Council continues to promote new and active membership. Activities for this objective include:

? Utilizing media outlets to recruit members, including newsletters, websites, and social media.

? Training on roles and responsibilities of SILC membership.

? Collaborating with other organizations for recruitment.

The resources associated with this activity are relatively minimal. Many of these events may have little cost associated with them, depending on the discretion of the Council and the Centers. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

This activity will be monitored by the SILC members and reported to the Council at its quarterly meetings over the next three years.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

10/01/2016

Innovative Development Strategies

Center and service providers develop collaboration. Both the centers and other service providers, including Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, supply valuable services to the independent living community with a finite amount of resources. To increase the output of both the centers and other service providers, it is crucial for collaboration to occur. This will ensure services are not being duplicated. Activities to foster collaboration between the centers and service providers include:

-Continuing the networking between centers and service providers. This takes place through constant communication between the state?s four centers and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, making each aware of the others? goals, missions, and current services being provided.

-Using the SILC meeting as a forum to collaborate and develop strategic ways for enhancing service capacity. The centers recognize the potential innovations that come about through group brainstorming. The SILC is composed of many facets of the disability community and that brings a variety of experiences and resources that may better the centers? output. This is an opportunity for services to improve from collaborative input.

This objective does not require many resources to be allocated to it. Communication here is encouraged via email, teleconference, at SILC meetings which most likely does not go above normal operating costs of any of the parties. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

Fulfillment of this objective will be monitored by the Council and Centers based upon updates by the Centers at each SILC meeting. The Centers work together on various issues and this is reported to the Council. The effectiveness of the means of communication will be determined by the information shared between them.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

10/01/2016

Innovative Development Strategies

Centers and service providers identify alternative funding for services. Centers rely on continued federal and state funding to maintain their ability to provide independent living services. In light of current and projected state deficits, it is crucial to find alternative monies to maintain current services. Activities include:

-Advocating for legislation appropriation of funds. The centers and the independent living community have a role to play when the legislature is appropriating money to different groups.

-Sharing information regarding grants and other income sources among the Centers. Grants are another opportunity to supplement a center?s budget. Closely tied with Goal 3, Objective 2 collaboration and communication between centers will foster an environment where grant opportunities are shared.

The resources required for these activities are relatively minimal. Expenses associated with the first activity include potential travel expenses to appear at legislative committee hearings, etc., any money spent on publication of informational handouts for the legislature, or any other monies spent on advocacy. Communication between the Centers and the Council will likely not rise above normal operating expenses. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

This activity will be monitored by the Council based on reporting by the Centers. As monies become available, the Centers provide information to both the Council and other Centers. This objective is ongoing and the meetings will provide a forum for this activity.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

07/01/2015

Innovative Development Strategies

Consumer, providers, the Centers for Independent Living, and other stakeholders have improved working relationships at local, state, and national levels. To foster these working relationships, activities include:

-Holding a retreat for the staff of the four centers and the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council members.

-Holding a joint meeting with the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council and the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council.

-Attending meetings of other councils and reporting back to the SILC. These council meetings include the Developmental Disabilities Council, the Governor?s Council on Disability Affairs, and the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network meeting.

-Utilizing webinars, conference calls, and training materials from national groups such as the National Council on Independent Living.

The resources required for the retreat will depend on the location, the duration of the retreat, and the number in attendance. It could potentially have a high cost associated with, including the time and manpower needed for the preparation and facilitation of the retreat. The joint meeting with the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council does require money and planning but is budgeted as one of quarterly SILC meetings each year. The attendance of other council meetings and the utilization of online resources have relatively little fiscal impact. The necessary resources will be funded by the operating budget of the IL Centers.

This is also another objective that is performed by the Centers and other entities. The progress and development of the working relationships between these groups will be reported by the Centers at the quarterly meetings.

CILs are taking the lead in activities that are not directly tied to the SILC?s 705C statutory duties.

10/01/2013

10/01/2016

1.2 Objectives  

1.2B Describe the steps planned regarding outreach to populations in the State that are unserved or underserved by programs under title VII, including minority groups and urban and rural populations.

  • Identify the populations to be designated for targeted outreach efforts

The Statewide Independent Living Council engages in an ongoing process of identifying unserved or underserved populations. This is consistent with Goal 1 Objectives 1 & 2. Louisiana has several large cities but is mostly made up of rural parishes. The Council has identified residents of these parishes as underserved. Also there are certain subsets within the population that have traditionally been underserved. These include: the transitional youth, veterans, Native Americans, the deaf-blind community, addictive disorders and the mental health community.

  • Identify the geographic areas (i.e., communities) in which the targeted populations reside

The rural populations of Louisiana are all parishes lying outside the state`s major cities which include: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Orleans and Shreveport. These rural parishes are not confined to the northern or southern portions of the state. The above identified groups: the transitional youth, veterans, Native Americans, the deaf-blind community, addictive disorders and the mental health community reside statewide. They live in rural parishes and major cities and are not contained in one geographic region.

  • Describe how the needs of individuals with significant disabilities from minority group backgrounds will be addressed

Technology is a method to reach underserved/unserved populations, which includes mass emails and information posted on the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs website. It creates minimum fiscal impact and has the potential to reach populations regardless of location. Outreach is also achieved through the activities set forth in Goal 1, Objective 2 for the underserved subsets of the populations. Developing relationships with local community leaders including clergy, school personnel, and elected officials, achieved through Goal 2, Objective 2, provides an outlet for reaching minority and underserved populations.

1.3 Financial Plan  

Describe in sections 1.3A and 1.3B, below, the financial plan for the use of Federal and non-Federal funds to meet the SPIL objectives.

1.3A Financial Plan Tables

Complete the financial plan tables covering years 1, 2 and 3 of this SPIL. For each funding source, provide estimated dollar amounts anticipated for the applicable uses. The financial plan table should include only those funding sources and amounts that are intended to support one or more of the objectives identified in section 1.2 of the SPIL. To the extent possible, the tables and narratives must reflect the applicable financial information from centers for independent living. Refer to the SPIL Instructions for additional information about completing the financial tables and narratives.

Year 1 - 2014Approximate funding amounts and uses

Sources

SILC resource plan

IL services

General CIL operations

Other SPIL activities

Title VII Funds

Title VII Funds Chapter 1, Part B

311766

Title VII Funds Chapter 1, Part C

241405

947331

Title VII Funds Chapter 2, OIB (only those provided by the OIB grantee to further a SPIL objective)

Other Federal funds - Sec. 101(a)(18) of the Act (Innovation and Expansion)

Other Federal funds - other

84209

Non-Federal funds - State funds

22791

34640

Non-Federal funds - Other

Total

107000

587811

947331

0

Year 2 - 2015Approximate funding amounts and uses

Sources

SILC resource plan

IL services

General CIL operations

Other SPIL activities

Title VII Funds

Title VII Funds Chapter 1, Part B

311766

Title VII Funds Chapter 1, Part C

241405

947331

Title VII Funds Chapter 2, OIB (only those provided by the OIB grantee to further a SPIL objective)

Other Federal funds - Sec. 101(a)(18) of the Act (Innovation and Expansion)

Other Federal funds - other

84209

Non-Federal funds - State funds

22791

34640

Non-Federal funds - Other

Total

107000

587811

947331

0

Year 3 - 2016Approximate funding amounts and uses

Sources

SILC resource plan

IL services

General CIL operations

Other SPIL activities

Title VII Funds

Title VII Funds Chapter 1, Part B

311766

Title VII Funds Chapter 1, Part C

947331

Title VII Funds Chapter 2, OIB (only those provided by the OIB grantee to further a SPIL objective)

Other Federal funds - Sec. 101(a)(18) of the Act (Innovation and Expansion)

Other Federal funds - other

84209

Non-Federal funds - State funds

22791

34640

Non-Federal funds - Other

Total

107000

346406

947331

0

1.3B Financial Plan Narratives

1.3B(1) Specify how the part B, part C and chapter 2 (Older Blind) funds, if applicable, will further the SPIL objectives.

Part B and C funds are used together to fund the Centers in all of the independent living services they provide. Therefore objectives carried out by the Center are supported by both Part B, which funds two Centers and their satellite offices, and Part C dollars, which funds all four Centers. These objectives include:

-Targeted populations are identified.

-Targeted populations are informed of independent living philosophy and services.

-Consumers are involved in advocacy efforts related to legislative activities.

-Consumers assume a more active role in community outreach.

-Independent living initiatives are promoted through peer mentoring.

-Centers and service providers develop collaboration.

-Centers and service providers identify alternative funding for services.

-Consumers, providers, the Centers for Independent Living, and other stakeholders have improved working relationships at local, state, and national levels.

Chapter 2 (Older Blind) funds will not be used in the furtherance of any objectives.

1.3B(2) Describe efforts to coordinate Federal and State funding for centers and IL services, including the amounts, sources and purposes of the funding to be coordinated.

Louisiana coordinates Federal and State funding for centers and IL services as follows:

IL Part B Program

Amount: $346,406 7-1-13 through 6-30-14

Amount: $346,406 7-1-14 through 6-30-15

Amount: $346,406 7-1-15 through 6-30-16

Source(s): 90% Federal 10% State

Purpose: IL Part B provides four core services information and referral, peer counseling, independent living skills training and individual systems advocacy and other direct consumer services for individuals in order to enhance their ability to live independently within the community. Services are provided through contracts with two of Louisiana s CILs.

IL Part C

Amount: $947,331 7-1-13 through 6-30-14.

Sources: 100% federal

Purpose: Purpose: IL Part C provides for the overall operations of the center, including four core services information and referral, peer counseling, independent living skills training and individual systems advocacy and other direct consumer services for individuals in order to enhance their ability to live independently within the community.

AARA funds are available to the IL Centers for the next two years and the funding ($241,405) is being used for outreach in the underserved parishes throughout the State.

Statewide Independent Living Council

Amount: $107,000

Source(s): 78.7% Federal and 21.3% State

Purpose: Funding provided for the SILC to carry out duties outlined in Title VII 705(c) of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended.

See IAT funding at 5.1A of Part II, Section 5.

1.3B(3) Describe any in-kind resources including plant, equipment or services to be provided in support of the SILC resource plan, IL services, general CIL operations and/or other SPIL objectives.

The DSU has assigned the IL Program under the general supervision of the Bureau Administrator and a part-time Program Coordinator to work with the CILs. Duties include:

- prepare and monitor CIL contracts

- manage and provide technical assistance for Title VII, Part B

- disseminate, interpret, and assure compliance of federal and agency policy relative to the IL program

- gather and analyze IL data

- prepare and submit reports relative to the development and implementation of the agency’s operation and strategic plans, specific legilslative audit requests and legislative impact studies

1.3B(4) Provide any additional information about the financial plan, as appropriate.

N/A

1.4 Compatibility with Chapter 1 of Title VII and the CIL Work Plans  

1.4A Describe how the SPIL objectives are consistent with and further the purpose of chapter 1 of title VII of the Act as stated in section 701 of the Act and 34 CFR 364.2.

The objectives in this State Plan focus on increasing awareness of IL philosophy across the state as well as increasing those benefiting from independent living services. This is consistent with the purpose of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act, which includes consumer control, peer-support, self-help, self-determination, equal access, and individual and system advocacy as part of the independent living philosophy. These purposes are furthered by:

(1) providing financial assistance to States for providing, expanding, and improving the provision of independent living services;

(2) providing financial assistance to develop and support statewide networks of centers for independent living; and

(3) providing financial assistance to States for improving working relationships among State independent living rehabilitation service programs, centers for independent living, Statewide Independent Living Councils established under section 705, State vocational rehabilitation programs receiving assistance under title I, State programs of supported employment services receiving assistance under part B of title VI, client assistance programs receiving assistance under section 112, programs funded under other titles of this Act, programs funded under other Federal law, and programs funded through non-Federal sources.

Increased Overall Awareness Objectives

1. Populations Identified - This objective is tied to the providing, expanding, and improving the provision of independent living services (701(1)).

2. Targeted Populations are informed of independent living philosophy and services.- This objective also promotes the providing, expanding, and improving the provision of independent living services (70191)). It furthers the idea of consumer control by actively seeking to inform consumers of the independent living options.

Consumer Increased Participation Objectives

1. Consumers are involved in advocacy efforts related to legislative activities. - This objective promotes the independent living philosophy, with a focus on consumer control, self-determination, and individual and system advocacy. By providing consumers with basic skills and information, they become powerful and vocal advocates. The result is empowering the consumer to become a leader for the independent living community.

2. Consumers assume a more active role in community outreach.- This objective fosters self determination of the consumer. It also furthers the provision, expansion, and improvement of independent living services.

3. IL initiatives are promoted through peer mentoring. Self-help, peer support, self-determination and individual advocacy are furthered by this objective.

Innovative Development Strategies Objectives

1. Centers and service providers develop collaboration. This objective fulfills the development and support of statewide networks of centers for independent living. It also contributes to the improved working relationships among the state vocational rehabilitation service programs provided by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the independent living services of the centers and the Council.

2. Centers and service providers identify alternative funding for services. - This objective furthers the provision, expansion, and improvement of independent living services. It also supports the development of a network of centers for independent living. It improves working relationships between the Centers and the vocational rehabilitation service provider, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

3. Consumers, providers, the Centers for Independent Living, and other stakeholders have improved working relationships at local, state, and national levels. The focus of this objective is to promote the network of centers as well as improving relationships among the centers, the Council, and Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (the DSU) to expand, and improve the ability of each to serve the independent living community.

1.4B Describe how, in developing the SPIL objectives, the DSU and the SILC considered and incorporated, where appropriate, the priorities and objectives established by centers for independent living under section 725(c)(4) of the Act.

The centers for independent living are crucial to the SPIL process by providing the Council with information regarding services and needs. They also provide input regarding the direction of independent living in Louisiana for the next three years. The Statewide Independent Living Council met in April for a two-day planning session and work group. There were representatives from each of the three centers, including the center directors and some additional staff members. They contributed throughout the entire process, sharing information about independent living in their respected region. The directors and staff addressed their needs and how the Council can work with them to support the IL provisions of Title VII. The mission statement, the goals, the objectives, and activities reflect the contributions of center representatives. The centers and their satellite offices also served as host sites for the meeting for public comments and revisions.

1.5 Cooperation, Coordination, and Working Relationships Among Various Entities  

Describe the steps that will be taken to maximize the cooperation, coordination and working relationships among the SILS program, the SILC, and centers; the DSU, other State agencies represented on the SILC and other councils that address the needs of specific disability populations and issues; and other public and private entities determined to be appropriate by the SILC.
The description must identify the entities with which the DSU and the SILC will cooperate and coordinate.

This State Plan recognizes that cooperation between multiple entities is necessary for the promotion of IL philosophy and to maximize the provision of IL services. The first step in fostering the working relationships between the appropriate entities is identification. The Council spent extensive time discussing Goal 1, Objective 1- Identifying targeted populations. During this process it became apparent that many entities have representation on the Council. Louisiana?s four centers have either a director or representative that serves as a SILC member. The Council has a representative from the designated state unit, LRS. There is a representative from the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs. The Council is made up of other individuals who are advocates from different facets of the disability community. By serving together on this Council, these groups are brought together quarterly and have contact with each other entity year round. Establishing relationships between members fosters working relationships between entities. Much of the new SPIL highlights the importance of information sharing and using the meetings as a forum for groups to provide updates of work being done in their area. (see Goal 1, Objective 2, Goal 3, Objectives 1,2, and 3). Collaboration occurs at this stage with the sharing of ideas, so that assistance may come in the form of idea sharing. Each of these represented entities has contributed to the formation of this SPIL and has a commitment to carrying it out. In this way, shared goals and a commitment to working alongside each other to further the objectives will improve the quality of independent living philosophy and services within the state.

1.6 Coordination of Services  

Describe how IL services funded under chapter 1 of title VII of the Act will be coordinated with and complement other services to avoid unnecessary duplication with other Federal, State, and local programs, including the OIB program authorized by chapter 2 of title VII of the Act, that provide IL- or VR-related services.

The Louisiana State Plan for 2014-2016 has a focus on improving relationships between all entities and stakeholders in the the disability and independent living community. To achieve this the Council has set forth in objectives and activities that these programs and service providers be identified. These services include special education, vocational education, developmental disabilities services, public health, mental health, housing, transportation, veterans? services, and programs administered under Social Security. Through identification and reaching out to these service providers, the Council then serves as a forum for the sharing of information and updates regarding the services they provide. In this way the Statewide Independent Living Council is a coordinating and collaborating body that shares what services are being provided and funds are utilized in doing so.

1.7 Independent Living Services for Individuals who are Older Blind  

Describe how the DSU seeks to incorporate into, and describe in, the State plan any new methods or approaches for the provision of IL services to older individuals who are blind that are developed under the Older Individuals who are Blind program and that the DSU determines to be effective.

New methods or approaches for the provision of IL services to older individuals who are blind developed by the OIB program (housed within LRS) will be communicated to the DSU representative, annually. These methods will be shared during a scheduled SILC meeting.

Part II: Narrative: Section 2 - Scope, Extent, and Arrangements of Services

2.1 Scope and Extent  

2.1A Check the appropriate boxes in the SPIL Instrument table indicating the types of IL services to be provided to meet the objectives identified in section 1.2 of this SPIL, and whether the services will be provided by the CILs or by the DSU (directly and/or through contract or grant).

Table 2.1A: Independent living services

Provided by the DSU (directly)

Provided by the DSU (through contract and/or grant)

Provided by the CILs (Not through DSU contracts/ grants)

Core Independent Living Services - Information and referral

No

Yes

Yes

Core Independent Living Services - IL skills training

No

Yes

Yes

Core Independent Living Services - Peer counseling

No

Yes

Yes

Core Independent Living Services - Individual and systems advocacy

No

Yes

Yes

Counseling services, including psychological, psychotherapeutic, and related services

No

No

Yes

Services related to securing housing or shelter, including services related to community group living, and supportive of the purposes of this Act and of the titles of this Act, and adaptive housing services (including appropriate accommodations to and modifications of any space used to serve, or occupied by, individuals with significant disabilities)

No

Yes

Yes

Rehabilitation technology

No

No

No

Mobility training

No

No

Yes

Services and training for individuals with cognitive and sensory disabilities, including life skills training, and interpreter and reader services

No

Yes

Yes

Personal assistance services, including attendant care and the training of personnel providing such services

No

No

Yes

Surveys, directories and other activities to identify appropriate housing, recreation, accessible transportation and other support services

No

Yes

Yes

Consumer information programs on rehabilitation and IL services available under this Act, especially for minorities and other individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been unserved or underserved by programs under this Act

No

Yes

Yes

Education and training necessary for living in the community and participating in community activities

No

Yes

Yes

Supported living

No

No

No

Transportation, including referral and assistance for such transportation

No

Yes

Yes

Physical rehabilitation

No

No

No

Therapeutic treatment

No

No

Yes

Provision of needed prostheses and other appliances and devices

No

No

Yes

Individual and group social and recreational services

No

Yes

Yes

Training to develop skills specifically designed for youths who are individuals with significant disabilities to promote self-awareness and esteem, develop advocacy and self-empowerment skills, and explore career options

No

Yes

Yes

Services for children with significant disabilities

No

No

Yes

Services under other Federal, State, or local programs designed to provide resources, training, counseling, or other assistance of substantial benefit in enhancing the independence, productivity, and quality of life of individuals with significant disabilities

No

Yes

Yes

Appropriate preventive services to decrease the need of individuals with significant disabilities for similar services in the future

No

Yes

Yes

Community awareness programs to enhance the understanding and integration into society of individuals with disabilities

No

Yes

Yes

Other necessary services not inconsistent with the Act

No

Yes

Yes

2.1B Describe any service provision priorities, including types of services or populations, established for meeting the SPIL objectives identified in section 1.2.

This State Plan recognizes the need to survey a variety of populations within the community and assess the awareness and needs of independent living services. Two of the SPIL objectives (Goal 1, Objective 1 & 2) directly address this. Increased awareness of independent living services and philosophy is of primary importance. This occurs before services are sought and provided because an informed consumer is the most proactive in receiving services. Priority established among populations identified in Objective 1 is determined once the Council assesses the expenses and feasibility of disseminating information and the availability of members to provide appropriate personnel.

2.1C If the State allows service providers to charge consumers for the cost of services or to consider the ability of individual consumers to pay for the cost of IL services, specify the types of IL services for which costs may be charged and for which a financial need test may be applied, and describe how the State will ensure that:

Indicate N/A if not applicable.

N/A

2.2 Arrangements for State-Provided Services  

2.2A If the DSU will provide any of the IL services identified in section 2.1A through grants or contractual arrangements with third parties, describe such arrangements.

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services provides independent living services through contracts awarded to two of the established IL Centers in Louisiana.

2.2B If the State contracts with or awards a grant to a center for the general operation of the center, describe how the State will ensure that the determination of an individual's eligibility for services from that center shall be delegated to the center.

While the DSU monitors CILs for overall compliance with the Act, all decisions related to eligibility are made by the IL professionals in their respective centers.

Part II: Narrative: Section 3 - Design for the Statewide Network of Centers

3.1 Existing Network  

Provide an overview of the existing network of centers, including non-Part C-funded centers that comply with the standards and assurances in section 725 (b) and (c) of the Act, and the geographic areas and populations currently served by the centers.

Louisiana has 4 Part C funded centers.

1. New Horizons Independent Living Center located in Shreveport (Caddo Parish) serves the following parishes: Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Tensas, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

The Shreveport office address:

8508 Line Avenue, Suite D

Shreveport, LA 71106

(877) 219-7327

There are also two satellite offices:

New Horizons - Central Louisiana

3717 Government Street, Suite 7

Alexandria, LA 71302

(888) 361-3596

New Horizons - Northeast Louisiana

2406 Ferrand Street, Suite 18

Monroe, LA 71201

(800) 428-5505

2. Resources for Independent Living has 2 offices that receive Part C funding. One is located in New Orleans:

2001 21st Street

Kenner, LA 70062

1-877-505-2260

3. The other office is located in Baton Rouge:

3233 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite 101A

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

225-753-4772

Together, they serve the following parishes in Southeast Louisiana: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Lower St. Martin, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

4. The Southwest Louisiana Independence Center serves the Southwest area of the state with a main office in Lake Charles.

2016 Oak Park Boulevard

Lake Charles, LA 70601

(337) 477-7194

(337) 477-7198 Fax

Toll Free 1-888-403-1062

There are two satellite office locations:

850 Kaliste Saloom Rd. 118

Lafayette LA 70508

(337) 269-0027

(337) 233-7660 FAX

Toll-Free 1-888-516-5009

1104 South Third St.

Leesville, LA 71446

(337) 238-1972

(337) 238-3379 (Fax)

(866) 372-7542 (Toll Free)

The parishes served by the Lake Charles, Lafayette and Leesville offices are the following: Allen, Acadia, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin, Vermillion, Vernon, and St. Mary.

3.2 Expansion of Network  

Describe the design for the further expansion of the network, including identification of the unserved and underserved areas in the State and the order of priority for serving these areas as additional funding becomes available (beyond the required cost-of-living increase).

All parishes are served by Part C Centers. Additional Part C funds that become available will be allocated to the existing Centers for Independent Living in the same proportion that the regular fiscal year Part C funds are distributed to existing centers to serve the following underserved parishes:

New Horizons: Concordia, Grant Sabine, Winn, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Morehouse, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll, Bienville, Vernon.

New Orleans area: LaFourche, Plaquemines, St. James, Terrebonne.

Baton Rouge area: East Feliciana, Iberville, Lower St. Martin, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Feliciana.

SLIC: Avoyelles, Cameron, Evangeline, Point Coupee, St Mary.

3.3 Section 723 States Only  

3.3A If the State follows an order of priorities for allocating funds among centers within a State that is different from what is outlined in 34 CFR 366.22, describe the alternate order of priority that the DSU director and the SILC chair have agreed upon. Indicate N/A if not applicable.

N/A

3.3B Describe how the State policies, practices and procedures governing the awarding of grants to centers and the oversight of these centers are consistent with 34 CFR 366.37 and 366.38.

N/A

Part II: Narrative: Section 4 - Designated State Unit (DSU)

4.1 Administrative Support Services  

4.1A Describe the administrative support services to be provided by the DSU for the SILS (Part B) program and, if the State is a Section 723 State, for the CIL (Part C) program.
Refer to the SPIL Instructions for additional information about administrative support services.

The DSU has assigned the IL Program under the general supervision of the Bureau Administrator and a part-time Program Coordinator to work with the CILs. Duties include:

-prepare and monitor CIL contracts

-manage and provide technical assistance for Title VII, Part B.

-disseminate, interpret, and assure compliance of federal and agency policy relative to the IL program

-gather and analyze IL data

-prepare and submit reports relative to the development and implementation of the agency’s operation and strategic plans, specific legislative audit requests and legislative impact studies

4.1B Describe other DSU arrangements for the administration of the IL program, if any.

N/A

Part II: Narrative: Section 5 - Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

5.1 Resource plan  

5.1A Describe the resource plan prepared by the SILC in conjunction with the DSU for the provision of resources, including staff and personnel, made available under parts B and C of chapter 1 of title VII, section 101(a)(18) of the Act, and from other public and private sources that may be necessary to carry out the functions of the SILC identified in section 705(c). The description must address the three years of this SPIL.

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The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council receives its funding on a yearly basis through an interagency transfer (IAT) made from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services to the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs. The amount transferred through the IAT is negotiated annually with LRS after the budget being requested has been determined by the Council. The Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs, as part of its administrative oversight, monthly submits documentation of all expenditures to Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. These invoices are submitted in arrears of monthly expenditures.

The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council staff includes a full time coordinator whose salary is solely paid for by the IAT. An administrative assistant is shared by the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs and one-third of the salary is funded by the Council?s yearly budget. The director of the Office of Disability Affairs, for his oversight and administrative assistance, receives one-fourth of his salary from the Council. The employees of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Council, and the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs work together to identify resources needed.

5.1B Describe how the following SILC resource plan requirements will be addressed.

Ultimately the Council determines the budget and how the money received from the IAT is allocated at an annual meeting. Proper expenditure of funds and appropriate use of resources are coordinated with the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs, which provides day-to-day administrative oversight to ensure that the Council is compliant with all rules and regulations of the state of Louisiana, including those concerning purchasing and procurement, hiring, firing, and evaluating staff, and ethical behavior and practices. Additionally, LRS conducts an annual audit of both programmatic and fiscal components of SILC activities.

The SILC maintains full authority over its budget and programmatic activities as enumerated in the Act. No portion of the resource plan supersedes the authority or compromises the independence of the SILC.

The resources of the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council are transferred on a yearly basis. No carryover of funding takes place. Therefore, the resources needed to carry out the State Plan are allocated each year during the three year period to be used accordingly.

5.2 Establishment and Placement  

Describe how the establishment and placement of the SILC ensures its independence with respect to the DSU and all other State agencies. Refer to the SPIL Instructions for more information about completing this section.

The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council is established by Executive Order BJ 2008-73. The Executive Order empowers the Council to carry out all required functions and enables it to meet all federal regulations. For administrative purposes it is housed within the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs; administrative purposes include the provision of a physical office and administrative oversight. It remains an autonomous body for all other intents and purposes. All activities are carried out by the SILC and any action taken by the Council is at the discretion of its members.

5.3 Appointment and Composition  

Describe the process used by the State to appoint members to the SILC who meet the composition requirements in section 705(b). Refer to the SPIL Instructions for more information about completing this section.

Appointment of members takes place through the Governor?s Office in accordance with Executive Order BJ 2008-73 and the SILC Bylaws. Potential SILC members must complete an application available on the website for Boards and Commissions of the Office of the Governor. Information requested in the application ensures that the Council will be made up of members with diverse backgrounds and come from different geographic locations across Louisiana. The applicants are also screened for those with a knowledge of independent living services and knowledge of the centers. Over half of the Council members are citizens with varying disabilities and are not employed by a center or a state agency. The Office of Boards and Commissions works with the SILC staff to ensure that members appointed by the Governor meet these requirements.

Council members serve a three year term and are eligible to serve no more than two consecutive terms. When a vacancy occurs during this three year term, members are appointed by the process discussed above by going through Boards and Commissions. The appointed member may then fill the remainder of the vacant term and is still eligible for two consecutive 3 year terms. The Governor?s Office of Boards and Commission oversees that the three year terms are being enforced through regular monitoring in collaboration with the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The offices of the Council include: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large. Each office is elected annually at a SILC meeting by all voting members of the Council.

5.4 Staffing  

Describe how the following SILC staffing requirements will be met.

The Executive Committee of the SILC directs the activities and objectives pursued by the SILC coordinator and assisted by the Administrative Assistant. The direction established by the State Plan every three years also provides the general framework from which the Coordinator acts; the State Plan is created from the collaborative efforts of the entire Council. In this way, the work performed by the Coordinator is in accordance to the parameters set by the Council.

Administrative supervision by the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs assists in the day to day management of funds, office practices, and compliance with state regulations.

As employees of the state, the SILC coordinator and administrative assistant, adhere to all ethics laws and stay within the bounds of state law.

The SILC Executive Committee at the discretion of the entire Council meets to ensure that SILC personnel remain committed to the direction established by the Council in the state plan. In this way, monitoring occurs so that no conflicts of interest are created. LRS conducts an annual programmatic and fiscal site review that ensures compliance with federal regulation and that no conflict of interest occurs. Evaluations by the SILC of the staff also monitor this.

Part II: Narrative: Section 6 - Service Provider Requirements

Describe how the following service provider requirements will be met:

6.1 Staffing  

Executive Directors of Centers for Independent Living maintain individual policies and procedures related to the requirements of this section; these policies and procedures are monitored by the DSU for compliance with the Act as a condition for receiving Part B and Part C dollars.

Executive Directors of Centers for Independent Living maintain individual policies and procedures related to the requirements of this section; these policies and procedures are monitored by the DSU for compliance with the Act as a condition for receiving Part B dollars. The IL Centers maintain interpreters on staff, as well as provide other modes of communication as necessary.

Executive Directors of Centers for Independent Living maintain individual policies and procedures related to the requirements of this section; these policies and procedures are monitored by the DSU for compliance with the Act as a condition for receiving Part B dollars. The IL Centers provide training annually for IL staff.

Executive Directors of Centers for Independent Living maintain individual policies and procedures related to the requirements of this section; these policies and procedures are monitored by the DSU for compliance with the Act as a condition for receiving Part B dollars.

6.2 Fiscal Control and Fund Accounting  

Independent third-party audits are conducted for each CIL in compliance with EDGAR.

6.3 Recordkeeping, Access and Reporting  

CILs are subject to record-retention laws and policies established by the Louisiana Secretary of State?s Office.

CILs will annually submit reports to RSA and the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. The DSU also conducts yearly site reviews of all Centers receiving Part B dollars.

They will provide access to the Commissioner and the Comptroller General, or any of their duly authorized representatives, for the purpose of conducting audits, examinations, and compliance reviews, to the information listed in 34 CFR 364.37.

6.4 Eligibility  

Any individual with a significant disability, as defined in 34 CFR 364.4(b), is eligible for IL services under Louisiana?s SILs and CIL programs. Decisions related to eligibility are made by the IL professionals in their respective centers for Part B and Part C funding. The CILs adhere to Part VII. Rehabilitation Services Chapter 15. IL Policy Manual 1509. Eligibility and Ineligibility section. The DSU?s annual site review monitors and provides feedback or needed action plans if there are any discrepancies regarding eligibility to ensure that these assurances are met.

Any individual may seek information about IL services under these programs and request referral to other services and programs for individuals with significant disabilities. All four of Louisiana?s CILs have information on their individual websites which provides contact numbers and addresses along with services provided. Referral and resources information is provided to all individuals through brochures. Each CIL provides this information, if requested, in alternative forms such as braille, video or large print.

An individual?s eligibility for IL services under the SILs and CIL program is determined in a manner that meets the requirements of 34 CFR 364.51. Decisions related to eligibility are made by the IL professionals in their respective centers for Part B and Part C funding. The CILs adhere to Part VII. Rehabilitation Services Chapter 15. IL Policy Manual 1509. Eligibility and Ineligibility section. The DSU?s annual site reviews monitor and provide feedback or needed action plans if there are any discrepancies regarding eligibility to ensure that these assurances are met.

Eligibility requirements are applied without regard to age, color, creed, gender, national origin, race, religion, or type of significant disability of the individual applying for IL services. The CILs adhere to Part VII. Rehabilitation Services Chapter 15. IL Policy Manual 1509. Eligibility and Ineligibility section C ? Compliance Provisions.

Any individual who is present in Louisiana and who is otherwise eligible for IL services will not be excluded from receiving IL services based on the imposition of any State or local residence requirement.

6.5 Independent Living Plans  

CILs provide services to individuals with disabilities according to an IL plan developed by the individual and the IL specialist, unless the individual signs a waiver stating that an IL plan is unnecessary. The IL professionals in their respective centers have individuals who choose to waive the IL Plan and these individuals then sign and date a waiver form to document this decision. The DSU?s annual site review monitors and provides feedback or needed action plans if there are any discrepancies to ensure assurances are being met.

6.6 Client Assistance Program (CAP) Information  

CILs provide information regarding the CAP to all consumers according to applicable laws and regulations and in alternate formats as necessary. Upon receipt of the CAP information, each individual signs and dates a form stating that they received the CAP information. The DSU?s annual site review of the CIL monitors and provides feedback or needed action plans if there are any discrepancies to ensure individuals are provided with CAP resources.

6.7 Protection, Use and Release of Personal Information  

Policies and Procedures related to consumer information, privacy and protection are part of each CIL?s operations. Additionally, trainings and signatures of confidentiality agreements are required for all IL staff. Consumer records are maintained in a secure environment.

Part II: Narrative: Section 7 - Evaluation

Describe the method that will be used to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of the plan in meeting the objectives established in Section 1. The description must include the State's evaluation of satisfaction by individuals with significant disabilities who have participated in the program.

Section 7: Evaluation  

Goal(s) and the related Objective(s) from Section 1

Method that will be used to evaluate

Increased Overall Awareness

Objectives 1 and 2: targeted populations are identified and informed of independent living philosophy and services. There are a couple indicators for this objective; the first is that there is awareness of independent living philosophy and services when events within the disability community take place. Currently some individuals with disabilities express lack of independent living services information. The other indicator occurs when there are increased requests for one of the core services: referral and information. Whether or not these measurable objectives are occurring comes from the disability population located across the state of Louisiana. This information can come in the form of merely surveying large groups at disability events, a survey via email/mailings, asking consumers about other members of the disability population. The resources needed to collect this data are minimal when surveying groups and gathering data from consumers. However, the mailings/official survey will have some costs associated. The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council represents a large cross section of the disability community and plays a key role in the surveying of the disability population. The Centers will also assist in speaking with consumers, and the consumers also play a role in individual surveying. Because the SILC convenes quarterly, the meetings serve as a forum for which information can be shared. Evaluation of this objective should be ongoing.

Once this data is collected, the Council will determine which populations have been informed of IL philosophy and services and which populations need additional attention. New plans will be devised for disseminating information to the targeted populations. Each plan will consider the current resources and membership of the SILC at the time of its creation.

Increased Participation in IL initiatives

Objectives 1 and 2: Consumers assume a more active role in community outreach, and consumers are involved in advocacy efforts related to legislative activities. As part of the independent living philosophy, consumers are encouraged to take part in activities promoting IL services and philosophy as well as the political process as self advocates. An indication of whether consumers are assuming an active role in the legislative process is participation with key legislative bills. Key bills include any legislation having a positive/adverse affect on funding or the quality of the independent living community. Participation can be measured by whether consumers are contacting their legislators, whether legislators are informed of the potential impact of legislation on the independent living community through letter writing, emails, phone calls or rallies. The response to this legislation is an indication of consumer participation. Information regarding participation can be obtained from Centers who facilitate the participation, from the Governor?s Office of Disability Affairs which closely monitors legislation, or by the consumers and legislators themselves. The Council can obtain this information through closely watching the legislation process, tracking each bill and the proponents and opponents who are testifying in committee. The Louisiana Legislature convenes annually from March to June; review of consumer participation may be evaluated at the next SILC meeting following the close of session. At this time it may be determined that certain key players/activities need improvement. Centers may/may not need to provide more instruction on self and group advocacy, the Council may need to disseminate more effectively regarding the upcoming legislation, or the process may need to become more accessible to the disability community. Solutions will be determined by which key step in the process needs addressing and the resources available to address it.

Objective 3: IL initiatives are promoted through peer mentoring. The Centers have a significant role to play in achieving this objective through the recruitment and training of consumers to become peer mentors. A measurable indicator for this objective is that this training is taking place. Another indicator that peer mentoring is being achieved is that a forum is provided and activities occur that promote peer mentoring. Reports from individual consumers receiving mentoring from other consumers are also indicators that this objective is achieved. Consumers and Centers are the source of these measurable indicators and this data can be achieved from individual surveying through interviews or creating a questionnaire. Both the Council and the Centers have a role in collecting this information and evaluating it. The quarterly SILC meetings provide a forum for the ongoing evaluation of consumers receiving peer mentoring.

The data collected and analyzed will provide the Council with valuable information: whether the Centers provide enough training and encouragement of peer mentoring, whether the Centers and the Council are creating opportunities for peer mentoring, and whether consumers are benefiting from peer mentoring. Upon evaluation of these factors, the Council may work with the Centers to provide alternate methods of training or allocate more resources to events.

Objective 4: Council continues to promote new and active membership. This can be measured by the attendance at quarterly SILC meetings as well as IL promotions and activities. Furthermore, SILC members may attend other councils? meetings and report back to the SILC.

Innovative Development Strategies

Objectives 1 and 2: Collections of data in Objective 3, above, will give ample information. The Centers develop new strategies and innovative methods from collaborative efforts to sustainable services and operations. Using the quarterly meetings as a forum will keep cost for funding this objective at a minimum. Furthermore, the Centers have networks through their local service providers. Additionally, the Centers for innovative development can be measured by identifying alternative funding for services, sharing information on grant opportunities, and participating in legislative appropriations of funds through advocacy efforts.

Objective 3: Having improved relationships at different levels of government is important to strategic development for the Centers and service providers. These relationships can be measured by holding a retreat for staff of the Centers and the SILC membership. Furthermore, SILC members may attend other councils? meetings and report back to the SILC. Moreover, utilizing webinars, conference calls, and training materials from groups, such as the National Council on Independent living, can be a measureable objective in improved relationships and development strategies. All collaborative efforts regarding best practices between the CILS can be measured through innovative development. The costs of these activities are already within SILC and Centers funds, or their cost is nominal. This object will allow the SILC and the Center to continue to promote IL philosophy, provide services, and maintain operations of both the Centers and SILC.

Part II: Narrative: Section 8 - State-Imposed Requirements

8 State-Imposed Requirements  

Identify any State-imposed requirements contained in the provisions of this SPIL.

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