Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

inclusion. integration. independence.

 

Funded Projects

The Council is supporting a variety of projects in the 2017-2018 grant period to benefit Arkansans with I/DD and their families. These projects are taking place across the state, with programs in every Congressional District. The projects are listed below, grouped by Area of Emphasis:

Supporting Self-Advocacy (SA)
The Self-Advocacy Network Development Project (SAND) – To employ statewide self-advocacy coordinator, and support that coordinator in reversing the trend of declining local SA organization participation (by providing training to create strong SA leaders across Arkansas). CONTINUATION

Access to Community Supports & Services
"Community of Champions" The Advocate Training Project/DD Services Awareness Campaign – To educate advocates and allies on the needs of Arkansans with I/DD and to inform individuals with I/DD and their families of available supports and services.

The Community Resources Awareness and Training Project – To provide information/training on available community resources and reach underserved individuals and families.

Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)
The Provider Transformation Project – To increase competency of employment service providers in providing support for CIE and to build capacity of employment service providers. CONTINUATION

The Independence Project – To create a path to independent living through CIE and promote healthy lifestyles for individuals with I/DD.

The Transitions for Life and Career Project – To increase access to and coordination of educational and vocational opportunities for individuals with I/DD to train as direct care professionals, increasing their career readiness and leading to more employment opportunities.

"Employing Possibilities" The CIE Awareness Campaign Collaboration Project – To increase employer awareness of the diverse pool of capable, potential employees with I/DD and to increase competitive, integrated job placements.

The Ready to Work Project – To assist in the transition from sheltered to integrated workplace and provide increased job opportunities for individuals with I/DD.

This section will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.

 

Projects funded by the Council for the period of 10/01/2016 - 09/30/2017, pursuant to Interagency Agreements:

Council Website and Marketing Project (with Arkansas Department of Finanace and Administration - Management Services)

Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Provider Transformation Project - To provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. A contracted Subject Matter Expert was engaged to provide intensive technical assistance and guidance to both community based and state agency service providers and staff in working through this transition.

University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project - To employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016 as Disability Rights Arkansas' Self-Advocate Coordinator.

This section will be updated as more projects are funded across the state.

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov or 501-682-2897.
 

Funded Programs

The Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Advocate Training Fund (DDATF)

The Council staff administers this reimbursement program which provides funding for Arkansans with developmental disabilities, their family members, or their guardians to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. This fund is designed to empower individuals with disabilities and their family members with the opportunities, experiences, resources and information they need to participate meaningfully in the decisions that are being made which affect their lives. This fund has a set total maximum amount available for use each fiscal year, and when that amount is expended funding will not be available until after the beginning of the next fiscal year. Other restrictions apply.


Funding/Program Period: July 1st - June 30th (the State of Arkansas fiscal year)

FUNDING FOR THE PERIOD OF 07/01/17-06/30/18 HAS BEEN EXPENDED
ADDITIONAL FUNDING WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER 07/01/2018

 

What is the Arkansas Developmental Disability Advocate Training Fund (DDATF)?

The DDATF is a Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) reimbursement program that provides partial funding for individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members, or their guardians in Arkansas to participate in professional or informational conferences, legislative advocacy skills training events, public forums, focus groups, hearings and other similar activities. The intent of the DDATF is to promote consumer empowerment and involvement in activities that enhance independence, productivity and community inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. The Council’s consumer involvement funds are distributed based on goals and priorities set by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Many policy, procedure, and program decisions affecting the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities are made without the involvement of the people who are most affected by those decisions. Often, individuals with disabilities and their families cannot afford the costs associated with involvement in some activities, or do not have the experiences and information which would make their participation as meaningful as it could be. The Developmental Disability Advocate Training Fund is designed to empower individuals with intellectual / developmental disabilities and their family members with the opportunities, experiences, resources and information they need to participate meaningfully in the decisions that are being made which affect their lives.

Requests are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. However, this fund will give considerable weight to applicants that are:

  • First time users of the fund
  • First time attendees at a particular activity or event
  • Attending to enhance cultural competency or sensitivity
  • Applicants residing in rural or other underserved and/or unserved areas


Who’s Eligible to Apply for the Funds?

  • An individual with a developmental disability (as defined in the DD Act)
  • Parent of an individual with a developmental disability
  • A family member of an individual with a developmental disability
  • A guardian of an individual with a developmental disability

NOTE: The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, through the DDATF, will provide funding for registration and/or lodging and/or mileage for ONE training session each year for Arkansan self-advocates, their parents, caregivers or guardians who apply and meet the criteria set by the Council.

To be eligible to receive funding from the DDATF, the applicant must be able to and agree to meet a 10% match requirement. Examples of the match requirement are: volunteer hours, travel time, donated time/items, discounted fees/items, and any expenses paid personally. If needed, please contact DDATF staff and request assistance in understanding how to meet this requirement.


Who Determines the Amount of Funds Available?

The Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) for the State of Arkansas. The GCDD will determine the amount of funding available (each state fiscal year) based on the availability of funds allocated to the Arkansas Council for the year and the number of applications received. The State of Arkansas fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30. When the set total maximum amount available for use each fiscal year is expended, funding will not be available again until after the beginning of the next fiscal year. Other restrictions apply, see details herein.


What Cost(s) Can Be Reimbursed By this Fund?

  • Registration Fees (may be paid directly to the training company or conference organizer)
  • Child Care or Respite Care
  • Personal Assistance
  • Hotel/Lodging (may be paid directly to the hotel)
  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Other (at the discretion of the DDATF)

NOTE: The Council’s consumer involvement funds can only partially fund the cost of attending an event. Attendee will be responsible for any other expenses exceeding the stated award amount for an approved training.

The Council requires persons wishing to receive consumer involvement funds to secure partial funding from other sources, such as other state agencies, private foundations, consumer or advocacy organizations, an employer, use of his/her own money, or time match.


How Do I Apply for Funding?

  • Apply no later than 30 days prior to the event (absent extraordinary circumstances)
  • Print, mail, or fax the appropriate application form(s) to the GCDD staff office

Application materials are available upon request to the Council administrative staff via email (ddcstaff@dfa.arkansas.gov) or phone (501-682-2897). Application materials are also available in large print upon request.


What is the Application Process?

  • The applicant applies for funding
  • A GCDD/DDATF staff member will review applications for funds received
  • Received application is reviewed by DDATF staff, staff will consider application eligibility and key selection criteria in determining approval (see “Who’s Eligible to Apply for the Funds” and “What Costs Can Be Reimbursed By this Fund”).
  • Selection of awardees is completed and applicant(s) are sent an approval notice from the DDATF informing of the amount of the award or are sent a denial notice.
  • If awarded DDATF funds, included in the approval/award notice will be details for requesting reimbursement of approved expenses and an acceptance form (Participant Pre-training Survey) to be returned to the DDATF.

NOTE: The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities has set a total maximum amount available for use each fiscal year and when that amount is expended, funding will not be available again until after the beginning of the next fiscal year (the State of Arkansas fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30). Other restrictions apply, see details herein.


What is the Reimbursement Process?

Awardee must:

  • Submit request for reimbursement form with supporting documentation
  • Submit report summarizing your experience and knowledge gained
  • Submit Impact Data Survey
  • Submit a W9 form
  • Submit additional documentation required by DDATF staff upon request

DDATF staff will:

  • Process the submitted forms and data in a timely manner
  • Request setup of awardee as a vendor in the statewide accounting system
  • Request a reimbursement check for the approved amount

NOTE: This fund reimburses for actual expenses only.

Supporting documentation (a receipt) for each expense claimed for reimbursement must be submitted to the DDATF/Council staff before a request can be processed.

After returning from training or an educational event, all individuals receiving consumer involvement funds will be asked to complete forms and reports that must be returned before reimbursements will be processed.

DDATF awardees may be asked to share information received or knowledge gained from the event with their local community, local legislators and/or the GCDD.

Awardees may have the opportunity to share their experiences at Council meetings and/or write articles for the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and share photographs or documentation of their attendance.

You will be responsible for any other expenses incurred during this training or educational event which exceed the annual yearly amount allotted for training or which are considered unallowable expenses.  Awardees/attendees who have been awarded or have received this maximum annual yearly amount allotted, within one state fiscal year, will not be able to request reimbursement for any further expenses during that same fiscal year.


What is Local Match?

Local match is your financial portion of the DDATF award. The Local Match Share consists of in kind value and/or non-federal cash contributions. All fund recipients are required to contribute a 10% match of the total fund award (unless waived by the Council).

In-kind match examples can be: attendance at event/activity, travel time to and from destination of event/activity for the applicant and/or driver, time spent on presentations regarding event/activity the applicant attended and/or volunteer time.


How Do You Calculate Local Match?

To calculate the 10% required match, divide the amount of your federal dollars request by 5. Then add that amount to the federal dollars to get the total amount of the funding. The amount above the federal award is what you must match.

 

Still have questions?

For additional questions or information, please contact:
 

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Advocate Training Fund

ATTN:  Diana Wilson, Program Manager

1515 West 7th Street, Suite 320-330

Little Rock, AR 72201

 

Phone  (501) 682-2897

Fax      (501) 682-2975

Email: diana.wilson@dfa.arkansas.gov


The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities is funded through Public Law 106-402 with a grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, as administered by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).