Priorities and Objectives
DISABILITY RIGHTS IDAHO
STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND PRIORITIES
Fiscal Year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014)
PRIORITY I: Individuals with disabilities will have better access to appropriate mental health care coverage and services.
Objective: Influence policy makers to improve the quality of mental health services.
PRIORITY II: People with disabilities will have access to assistive technology (AT) devices and services that they need.
Objective: Provide individual and systemic advocacy to ensure access to assistive technology.
PRIORITY: Public or private services will not discriminate on the basis of disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and HAVA.
Objective: Address selected cases of alleged illegal discrimination by state or local government entities.
Priority I: Students with disabilities will not be subjected to unnecessary restraint or seclusion in Idaho public schools.
Objective: Educate parents and policy makers about the practice of unnecessary restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities.
PRIORITY II: Students with disabilities will have access to transition services.
Objective: Ensure students have access to transition age services.
PRIORITY I: Social Security beneficiaries will secure, maintain or retain employment
Objective: Reduce barriers to employment for beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income and/or Social Security Disability Insurance.
PRIORITY II: Increase access to Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) funded services [e.g., Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR), Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI), Independent Living Centers (ILC)].
Objective: Provide individual and systemic advocacy to reduce barriers in accessing RSA funded services.
PRIORITY I: People with disabilities will not be subjected to unnecessary or abusive guardianships or conservatorships.
Objective: Increase public awareness as to the rights of people with disabilities who are, or may be subject to, a guardianship or conservatorship.
PRIORITY II: People with disabilities will have access to Social Security benefits.
Objective: People with disabilities who are entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income will receive their benefits.
PRIORITY III: Participate in systemic advocacy that protects and promotes the rights of people with disabilities.
Objective: Participate with stakeholders and disability groups on task forces, workgroups and councils that provide the opportunity to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.
PRIORITY I: People with disabilities will have increased access to Medicaid services.
Objective #1: Investigate and seek remedies for violations of federal EPSDT rules regarding providing evidenced based rehabilitative services or other required services for children with disabilities.
Objective #2: Advocate for changes to community based waivers.
Objective #3: Provide technical assistance/short term assistance according to protocol.
PRIORITY II: Idaho’s Medicaid program will provide access to adequate community based treatment and services for people with disabilities.
Objective: Address systemic public policy issues in the Idaho Medicaid or managed care programs.
PRIORITY III: Eligible individuals will receive Medicaid for Worker’s with Disabilities.
Objective: Reduce barriers for accessing MWD program.
PRIORITY I: People with disabilities will have increased access to the services offered by DisAbility Rights Idaho.
Objective #1: Conduct outreach to transition age youth.
Objective #2: Conduct outreach to employment networks and sheltered workshops.
Objective #3: Conduct outreach in the community to increase awareness of DRI services.
RIGHTS IN FACILITIES
PRIORITY I: People with disabilities will live free from abuse.
Objective #1: Address issues of restraints and/or seclusion in facilities.
Objective #2: Affect changes in policy or practice by investigating instances of death at facilities.
Objective #3: Address issues of abuse in facilities.
PRIORITY II: People with disabilities in facilities will live free from neglect.
Objective: Address issues of neglect in facilities.
PRIORITY III: People with disabilities in facilities will have their rights protected.
Objective #1: Address issues of rights violations in facilities.
Objective #2: Conduct monitoring of selected facilities.
PRIORITY: People with disabilities will have full access to the voting process.
Objective #1: Collaborate with other agencies and organizations to ensure access to the voting process.
Objective #2: Reduce barriers to the voting process for people with disabilities.
Objective #3: Conduct training that ensures people in select facilities have full access to the voting process.