Program Authorization: The Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112) as amended. R.S. 36:477 (B)
The mission of the Client Payments Program is to provide an orderly sequence of rehabilitation services to eligible physically and/or mentally disabled citizens of Louisiana.
The goal of the Client Payments Program is to provide superior vocational and other rehabilitation services that will lead to opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with disabilities.
The Client Payments Program include the following activities: Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Rehabilitation Program Services, Randolph-Sheppard Vending Facility Services, Supported Employment Services, Independent Living Services, Personal Care Attendants, Telecommunication Services, Rehabilitation Technology Services, Interpreter Services, and Supported Living Services.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Payments Program, will provide effective, outcome based rehabilitation services to disabled individuals through vocational guidance and career counseling, training, and job placement such that 3,250 of these individuals are placed in gainful employment.
2. Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Payments Program, will increase opportunities for individuals with the most severe disabilities who do not fall within the scope of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to live independently with their families in their communities by providing independent services so that 395 individuals are served by June 30, 1999.
3. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Payments Program, will provide effective community and family support services to 12 eligible individuals ages 22-55 with sensory disabilities to prevent institutionalization so they can live independently in their communities.
4. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Payments Program will provide independent living services through the State Independent Living Program to 470 severely disabled individuals so they can live independently in their communities.
5. Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Payments Program, will provide personal care attendant services to 13 eligible individuals by June 30, 1999.
6. By June 30, 1999, Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Payments Program, will continue to contract the Title VI, Chapter 2, Independent Living Services for older individuals to Affiliated Blind of Louisiana, Inc., to operate Project Choices and Project for the Elderly Blind (COPE), and to the Louisiana Center for the Blind to operate the newsline and information services for the blind, and increase the number of people served by 10%.
7. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services will manage 114 vending facility operations through monthly on-site visits, automation of vending facilities, upgrading existing vending facilities and expanding facility locations to provide blind eligible individuals an opportunity for employment.
8. By June 30,1999, Rehabilitation Services will increase by 10% the number of individuals benefiting from interpreting services.
9. By June 30, 1999, Rehabilitation Services will increase by 15% the number of interpreters enrolled in the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf Interpreter Certification Program by June 30, 1999.
10. By June 30, 1999, Rehabilitation Services will increase by 25% the number of interpreters achieving certification.
11. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services will increase by 25% the number of individuals benefiting from advocacy outreach activities.
1 This does not include media releases, public service announcements, and exhibits.
12. Rehabilitation Services will increase by 20% the number of individuals benefiting from the TDD Distribution Program activities by June 30,1999.
13. Rehabilitation Services will increase by 20% the number of telecommunication devices distributed by June 30, 1999.
14. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services will continue to provide services in a flexible, individualized manner to 200 Louisiana citizens who survive traumatic head and spinal cord injuries, enabling them to return to a reasonable level of functioning and independent living in their communities.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund, self-generated revenues, statutory dedications, and federal funds. The self-generated revenues are from the Deaf Interpreter Certification fee. The statutory dedications are from: (1) Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund, (2) Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund, and (3) the Blind Vendors Trust Fund. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The federal funds are from: (1) Title I, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 110, (2) Independent Living Part A, Title VII, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, (3) Independent Living Part B, Title VII, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and (4) Supportive Employment, Title VI, Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Health and Hospitals - Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse to establish a Community Rehabilitation program to serve individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 85.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 98.7% of the total request ($49,597,988) for this program. The major changes reflected in the analysis of recommendation include: decreased funding in non-recurring carryforwards totaling ($8,542,328)
For Randolph Sheppard Blind Vending Stand program which establishes blind individuals in business, primarily vending facilities in order to render those operators and their employees self-supporting citizens
To purchase direct client services that relate to the provision of rehabilitation services to disabled clients that include: diagnostic exams, physical restoration, mental restoration, surgery, hospitalization, prosthetic/orthodontic appliances, education tuition, etc.
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund for the sole purpose of funding the cost of care for the traumatic head and spinal cord injury as a source of last resort after private and governmental sources have been exhausted
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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