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Goals & Priorities for 2020

Request for Public Comments

The IPAS Commission has voted to accept the following Goals & Priorities for Indiana Disability Rights to implement in Federal Fiscal Year 2020. Prior to finalizing in August, the IPAS Commission is requesting the public to provide input on the Goals & Priorities.

Public comments may be submitted using a survey tool at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IDRGoals2019

Public comments may also be submitted through U.S. mail by sending to:

Indiana Disability Rights
ATTN: Executive Director
4701 N. Keystone Ave., Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN  46205

Public comments may also be sent via email to: ExecutiveDirector@IndianaDisabilityRights.org

Survey comments close on August 2, 2019. Written comments close on August 9, 2019.

Opportunity for public comments given orally is scheduled for:
August 16, 2019 from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m at the Indiana Disability Rights offices.

Any requests for accommodation may be made by calling IDR at 1-800-622-4845.

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Indiana Disability Rights Proposed Goals & Priorities for 2020

GOAL 1: MAINTAIN AN INCLUSIVE, HEALTHY, SAFE, POSITIVE AGENCY ENVIRONMENT.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:

  1. Integrate cultural and linguistic competency practices at all levels of the agency.
  2. Implement the use of a strengths-based model to maximize employee engagement.
  3. Develop safety committee, review operational processes and implement needed improvements.
  4. Create and monitor agency budgets, maximize the use of Federal funding, maintain accurate financial records and follow accounting policies and procedures to prevent fraud.
  5. Begin the process for development of a comprehensive strategic plan for the agency.
     

GOAL 2: PREVENTING, FINDING, AND STOPPING ABUSE AND NEGLECT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN FACILITIES.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:

  1. Conduct systemic investigations at private secured facilities and psychiatric rehabilitation treatment facilities.
  2. Investigate suspected abuse and neglect in facilities or by a service provider.
  3. Use monitoring authority to ensure appropriate treatment of residents in: children’s nursing homes, mental health facilities, nursing facilities, private psychiatric facilities, sheltered workshops, educational settings, waiver settings, and juvenile detention centers.
     

GOAL 3: BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS AND ENSURING SUPPORTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO ENSURE EQUALITY AND INCLUSION IN SOCIETY.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:

  1.  Provide individual legal advocacy to ensure the protection of rights for individuals with disabilities in the areas of abuse and neglect, accessibility, community integration, education, employment, justice and voting.
  2. Develop a plan to conduct systemic investigations into the education received by students with disabilities in facilities and/or students with disabilities who are wards of the state.
  3. Develop a plan for a systemic approach to prevent unnecessary guardianships by increasing the use of supported decision making.
  4.  Outreach to VR Offices and Centers for Independent Living (CIL) to educate them on their legal responsibilities under CAP.
     

GOAL 4: EMPOWERING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES BY SERVING AS A PARTNER IN RIGHTS ISSUES, PROVIDING RESOURCES FOR SELF-ADVOCACY AND BY BRINGING AWARENESS THROUGH OUTREACH TO SOCIETY TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATION.

PRIORITIES TO ADDRESS:

  1. Provide easily accessible pathways to the public for the purpose of contacting IDR for advocacy needs, and distribution of information, referrals, and resources to individuals.
  2. Expand the professional image, credibility, and distribution of resources through the strategic use of social media, development of relevant video resources, and implementation of an inclusive outreach program.
  3. Support the self-advocacy movement in Indiana through continued collaboration with self-advocates on voting initiatives.
  4.  Create a plan for participation in the State policy process including the monitoring of emerging trends in the area of disability rights, the use of developing strategic collaborations with other disability organizations and educating legislators and policymakers regarding the impact of policies on people with disabilities.