[Nfbc-info] Fw: NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS Proposed 2010 StatePlan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services andSupported Employment Services, the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Angela fowler fowlers at syix.com
Sun Apr 12 12:24:14 CDT 2009


Is the state making an organized effort to get folks to these meetings? If
everyone just comes on there own we might have a few people at each one, but
if the state affiliate and/or the local chapters make an event out of it,
the response could be much better.  

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Behalf Of Eileen Misrahi 
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2009 9:48 AM
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Subject: Re: [Nfbc-info] Fw: NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS Proposed 2010
StatePlan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services andSupported Employment
Services,the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment,and the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

If one looks at the locations of these meetings, it is obvious that one
would need to take a day off from work and may not have the necessary
transportation to participate in making a change with the way DOR operates.
I am an ISP provider, but there are really no reasonable locations to attend
the public hearings. The grater Los Angeles area is really not represented
here and there are a vast amount of seniors that could benefit from future
services under part II of this meeting. The baby boomer generation will
require services in the State of California and this segment will contribute
to the growth in numbers that DOR will need to provide services to. This is
only my thoughts. 

Eileen 

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Behalf Of Lisamaria Martinez, NOMC
Sent: Saturday, April 11, 2009 9:18 PM
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Subject: [Nfbc-info] Fw: NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS Proposed 2010 State Plan
for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services,
the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, and the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009

Hi Californians,

I just wanted to remind all of you about these public hearings.

LM


Subject: FW: NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS Proposed 2010 State Plan for
Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services, the
Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, and the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009


> FW:
> This information was procured directly from the front/home page of
> www.dor.ca.gov:
>
> California Department of Rehabilitation NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS 
> Proposed 2010 State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and 
> Supported Employment Services, the Comprehensive Statewide Needs 
> Assessment, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
>
> Public Meetings / Focus Groups
>
> OVERVIEW:
>
> The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is inviting the public, 
> particularly those who represent individuals, groups or agencies, who 
> impact or are impacted by the Department of Rehabilitation Vocational 
> Rehabilitation Services, including Supported Employment Services, to 
> provide public comment on the Proposed 2010 State Plan (State Plan), 
> Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (SNAP), and/or the American 
> Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
> 2009
> (ARRA).
>
> To facilitate comment, the DOR has scheduled four (4) public meetings 
> / focus groups throughout the State for interested parties to present 
> comments to the DOR Directorate, DOR Deputy Directors, DOR District 
> Administrators, and members of the State Rehabilitation Council.  
> Director Anthony Sauer and/or Chief Deputy Director Luciana Profaca 
> will preside at each of the public meetings. Meeting dates and 
> locations are listed below.
>
>
> GUIDELINES:
>
> Each public meeting will be divided into two sessions. Session I will 
> allow for the public to comment on the State Plan and SNAP. Session II 
> will allow for comment on the ARRA. You do not need to pre-register. 
> However, if you plan to comment, the DOR would appreciate it if you 
> would:
>
> . Pre-register by contacting the DOR by April 20, and identify which 
> session(s), identified below, that you wish to address. (See contact 
> information below).
> . Limit comments to three (3) minutes.
> . Prepare comments in writing, and present them at either the public 
> meeting or submit them to the DOR no later than 5:00pm, May 11, 2009. 
> (See contact information below.)
>
> Walk-ins are welcome.
>
> AGENDA:
>
> Session I: Comments from the Public on SNAP and the State Plan.
> . Focus your comments on the specific questions/areas identified in 1) 
> and
> 2) below. The questions/areas relate specifically to SNAP and the 
> State Plan. These documents are available for your review at 
> http://www.dor.ca.gov/public/plnlettr.htm beginning April 10, 2009.
>
> 1) Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (SNAP) *The DOR defines:
> . Unserved: "Those individuals who are likely to be eligible for the 
> DOR's services, but who are not receiving the DOR's services."
> . Underserved: "Those individuals who are receiving the DOR's 
> services, but are not receiving sufficient services to meet their 
> needs."
> a) Who do you identify as population(s) that are either "unserved" or 
> "underserved?"
> b) Of individuals who are eligible for the DOR services, how can the 
> DOR effectively and efficiently outreach those unserved or better 
> serve the underserved?
> c) What are the most critical needs for those eligible for DOR 
> services to achieve their objective?
> d) What are the most significant barriers for those eligible for DOR 
> services to obtaining their objective, and how can they be most 
> effectively and efficiently addressed/mitigated?
> e) What trends or challenges (related to the DOR's service needs or 
> equity issues impacting individuals with significant disabilities) 
> should the DOR prepare for in the next 3 to 5 years?
>
> 2) Proposed 2010 State Plan
> a) Please identify the specific part of the State Plan (Attachment 
> Number and section within the Attachment) that you will be addressing.
> b) Please provide the DOR your opinions and comments on the identified 
> State Plan section. Specifically, in the State Plan, how can we better 
> address the needs that you identified in Item 1 above?
>
>
> Session II: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
>
> The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) anticipates receiving $56.5 
> million in ARRA stimulus funds Title I Vocational Rehabilitation 
> Services, $1.6 million for Title VII-B Independent Living, and $3.7 
> million for Title VII -Chapter 2 - Independent Living Services for 
> Older Individuals Who Are Blind to be utilized over the next two 
> years. For more information on the ARRA, refer to  
> http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/index.html
>
> To assist the DOR in identifying areas in which to dedicate ARRA 
> funds, we are requesting your input or ideas based on the criteria 
> below. Responses must meet all four criteria to be considered.
>
> 1. Funds are for one-time use only.
> 2. Funds must be utilized to lower unemployment rates in the State of 
> California.
> 3. Funds must be utilized to stimulate the California economy.
> 4. The expenditure of funds cannot result in an unfunded liability for 
> the DOR, as the availability of funds is for two years only.
>
>
> PUBLIC MEETING DATES & LOCATIONS:
>
> Monday, April 27, 2009 (9:30am - completion) Department of 
> Rehabilitation
> 721 Capitol Mall, Room 242
> Sacramento, CA, 95814
> Members of the public may participate at the Sacramento meeting via 
> conference-call. Using a touch-tone phone, dial 1-877-950-6160 and 
> enter Participant Pass Code 2037518#. If the number is busy, call 
> (916) 558-5895 and request for the alternative number.
> Parking is available at the Downtown Plaza East Garage (6th & L, 6th & 
> J, 7th & K). See
>
http://www.cityofsacramento.org/transportation/parking/offstreetrates.html#D
> owntownEast
>
> Wednesday, April 29, 2009 (10:00am - completion) Elihu M. Harris 
> Building State of California Department of Rehabilitation
> 1515 Clay Street, Room 1 (Second Floor) Oakland, CA, 94612 For parking 
> information, see
>
http://maps.live.com/OneClickDirections.aspx?rtp=~pos.37.805373_-122.273548_
>
1414%20Clay%20St%2c%20Oakland%2c%20CA%2094612_Clay%20Street%20Garage_(510)%2
> 0893-9669_e_YN119x2205536&rtv=0&mkt=en-US&FORM=LLDP
>
>
> Friday, May 8, 2009 (9:30am - completion) City of Irvine, City Hall
> 1 Civic Center Plaza
> Irvine, CA  92623
> Please note that food and drink are not allowed in the Irvine City 
> Chambers.
> For maps and driving directions, see
> http://www.cityofirvine.org/maps/popups/irvine_city_hall.htm
>
> Monday, May 11, 2009 (9:30am - completion) Hugh M. Burns State 
> Building Department of Rehabilitation 2550 Mariposa Mall, Room 1036 
> (1st Floor) Fresno, CA  93721 For map of location, see
>
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Fresno&state=CA&address=2550+Mariposa+Mall
>
> If disability-related accommodations are required for your attendance 
> at the DOR meetings, or if you require the documents in an alternative 
> format, contact the DOR no later than 3 days before the meeting, and 
> reference "State Plan/SNAP Meeting." (See contact information below.) 
> Copies of materials will be made available at each session. 
> Interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as foreign 
> language translators, will be provided only upon request, no later 
> than 3 days prior to the meeting.
>
> In consideration of attendees who are sensitive to environmental odors 
> created by chemicals and perfumes, please avoid the use of fragrances 
> at these meetings.
>
>
> CONTACT INFORMATION:
>
> Department of Rehabilitation
> Re: State Plan, SNAP, and ARRA Public Meeting Planning Unit
> 721 Capitol Mall, 3rd Floor
> Sacramento, California 95814
> Phone: (916) 558-5895
> TTY: (916) 558-5807
> FAX: (916) 558-5879
> E-mail: planningsurvey at dor.ca.gov
>
> 


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