Priorities and Objectives

DISABILITY RIGHTS IDAHO

STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND PRIORITIES

Fiscal Year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014)

COMMUNITY INTEGRATION

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.

DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION

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.

EDUCATION

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.

EMPLOYMENT

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.

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

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.

MEDICAID

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.

OUTREACH/TRAINING

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.

VOTING

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.