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Title: CAP CHAT


1
CAP CHAT
  • Anne M. Robertson
  • Staff Attorney
  • Client Assistance Project, Minnesota Disability
    Law Center
  • June 2014

2
CAP and PABSS Advocacy in Minnesota
  • The Client Assistance Project (CAP) and
    Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of
    Social Security (PABSS) are two of several
    advocacy programs at the Minnesota Disability Law
    Center.
  • In 2012 the Social Security Administration ended
    the PABSS program but re-funded it in 2013.
  • MDLC is the designated protection and advocacy
    system for people with disabilities in the state
    of Minnesota

3
How does MDLC accomplish our mission?
  • We work to promote, expand and protect the human
    and legal rights of persons with disabilities
    through the provision of information, training,
    advocacy and legal representation
  • We receive federal funds for this purpose
  • Services are provided at no cost to individuals
    and there are no income guidelines

4
Current Priorities at MDLC
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Self-Determination
  • Community-Based Services, Supports and Health
    Care
  • Accessibility and Discrimination
  • Special Education
  • Employment

5
How are we different from other advocacy
organizations?
  • We are a legal office, affiliated with
    Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Our staff members are lawyers and advocates
  • We screen cases for merit and fit with our
    priorities
  • We are statewide

6
MDLCs Employment Group
  • CAP, since 1991, serves persons with disabilities
    encountering problems with vocational
    rehabilitation.
  • PABSS serves Social Security beneficiaries
    encountering barriers to work.

7
Employment Group Staff Members (Dan Stewart,
Supervisor)
  • Anne Robertson Minneapolis
  • Janna Peterson NW Minnesota
  • Rochelle Roehrich Minneapolis
  • Dalaine Remes SW Minnesota

8
What does CAP do?
  • We help consumers having difficulty accessing
    services from Minnesota VR Agencies and their
    service partners
  • Rehabilitation Services (general)
  • State Services for the Blind (blind, visually
    impaired, and deaf/blind)
  • Community Rehabilitation Programs
  • Independent Living Programs

9
What Services Can CAP Offer?
  • Advocate with VR counselors over the phone or at
    meetings
  • Review VR eligibility determinations and
    Employment Plans
  • Advise clients of rights and services available
    under the federal Rehabilitation Act
  • Represent clients in mediation and, if legal
    merit exists, VR administrative appeals process

10
What Doesnt CAP Do?
  • CAP does not provide direct VR services, such as
    education, training or equipment
  • CAP does not handle most legal issues unrelated
    to vocational rehabilitation (i.e., employment
    discrimination, housing, other benefits, family
    law, criminal law)

11
CAP Stats
  • In FY 2013 CAP provided in total
  • individual advocacy to 123 clients
  • information and referral to 29 consumers
  • Technical assistance to 12 professionals/VR
    service providers/advocates in the community and
  • outreach and training to 510 people

12
Who CAP Served in 2013
  • Significant numbers of CAP clients served in 2013
    were
  • White (67), Nonwhite or undisclosed (33 )
  • Persons with mental illness (25)
  • Persons with orthopedic impairments (13)
  • Blind or visually impaired (12)
  • Persons with learning disabilities (7)
  • Persons with TBI (6)
  • Persons with developmental/intellectual
    disabilities (11)

13
How did we help VR consumers?
  • Majority of CAP cases resolved with informal
    advocacy (phone calls meetings with VR staff)
  • In 2013, CAP was involved in
  • 1 Administrative Review
  • 1 Mediation
  • 1 Formal Administrative Hearing Process

14
CAP Community Outreach and Involvement
  • FY2013 16 outreach/training events to 510
    people
  • Substantial outreach to underserved/underrepresent
    ed communities
  • American Indian
  • Immigrant communities of color
  • transition-aged students

15
CAP Ongoing Community Involvement
  • CAP staff members actively serve on SRC, the
    internal VRS Policy Committee, the State Rehab.
    Council for the Blind, the State Special
    Education Advisory Panel, as well as a task force
    re Ex-Offenders with disabilities.

16
CAP Systemic Advocacy
  • In FY2013, CAP worked on several systemic issues,
    including
  • Reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Segregated Employment
  • Olmstead Planning

17
Whats Cookin at CAP?
  • Increasing Supported Employment opportunities and
    reducing reliance on sheltered workshops for the
    most severely disabled Minnesotans
  • Improving services to transition students in
    Minnesota
  • Helping consumers request exceptions to VRS and
    SSB rules and policies when appropriate

18
Want More CAP CHAT?
  • Call
  • Anne Robertson (612) 746-3725

19
New Client Intake Contact Information
  • New clients should call
  • Twin Cities (612) 332-1441
  • TDD 332-4668
  • Greater Minnesota (800) 292-4150
  • Client should ask for Disability Law Centers
    New Client Intake

20
More Information
  • Check out our website!
  • www.mnlegalservices.org/mdlc
  • Access CAP Annual Reports at
    http//rsa.ed.gov/
  • click Reports, About your state,
    Minnesota, View Information, CAP
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