State Plan for Independent Living Goals and Activities Open For Public Comment Thru April 30, 2016

Each state develops a State Plan for Independent Living every 3 years.  The current State Plan ends on September 30, 2016, and a new plan must be submitted by June 30, 2016.
Therefore, the Statewide Independent Living Council is seeking public comment on the draft of Goals and Activities listed below.  Please send all comments to:kgreenarch@theadaptables.com
Goal 1: The Independent Living Network of NC provides quality services as needed by people with disabilities.
Objective 1.1 IL Network staff members are well trained.
Activities:
              • Annually, a minimum of 8 IL Network staff members receive training by attending conferences such as, but not limited to, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), Southeastern Center Directors Association (SECDA), National ADA Symposium, Disability Rights NC, GREAT Conference, etc.
              • Annually, the IL Network conducts 2 retreats to focus on network building, and development and dissemination of a uniform service delivery manual.
              • Annually, the IL Network meets in person at the SILC quarterly meetings to focus on network building and development of a uniform service delivery manual.
              • Upon request, the IL Network provides information on “how to start a center for independent living” to a Grassroots Advocacy Organization in an unserved area of NC.
Goal 2: People with disabilities in NC have increased leadership and empowerment.
Objective 2.1 Youth with disabilities are prepared for leadership roles.
Activities
              • Annually, the IL Network recruits 20 youth with disabilities and coordinates a Youth Leadership Forum.
              • Annually, the IL Network provides training on Independent Living, including transitions to post-secondary education and/or employment, for a minimum of 50 youth with disabilities.
              • Annually, the IL Network provides a minimum of 8 outreach events to youth with disabilities in rural areas.
              • Annually, the SILC assists 2 youth with disabilities to attend the APRIL conference which focuses on rural independent living; SILC funding for each youth supplements other funding resources, such as the NCCDD Jean Wolff-Rossi Fund for Participant Involvement.
Goal 3: Independent Living services in NC are improved.
Objective 3.1: Current service areas do not become unserved or underserved to a greater degree, and previously unserved consumers in NC are served.  At a minimum, the current level of funding for CILs is maintained, and funding increases are the optimum outcome.
Activities
              • Annually, the SILC and the IL Network facilitate a minimum of 8 meetings to educate legislators about CILs, and to advocate for state funding of the IL Network of NC.
              • Annually, the SILC maintains Title VII Part B funding levels annually for Part B and Part C Centers.
              • Annually, the SILC and the IL Network provide a minimum of 1,000 Information and Referrals.
              • Annually, the SILC coordinates a mental health training for IL Network staff and SILC members with key partners from mental health organizations.
Objective 3.2: People with disabilities have greater access to transportation in their communities.
Activities
              • In year 1, the SILC forms an ad hoc committee of not fewer than five member to meet at least once with a representative of Disability compliance with the NC Department of Transportation to discuss opportunities for SILC, CILs and NCDOT to advocate for greater access for people with
              • In year 2 and 3, the SILC uses finding from year 1, in collaboration with NCDOT, to implement at least 1 annual activity to further transportation access for people with disabilities. Activities may include at least one training in accessible transportation to local transit boards.
              • Annually the SILC coordinates a training on accessible transportation if Independent Living Network staff and SILC members with NCDOT.
Goal 4: People with disabilities in NC live in the community of their choice.
Objective 4.1 Residents in institutions transition to community-based living.
              • Annually, the IL Network assist a minimum of 16 transitions or diversions from institutions with potential partners including but not limited to, Money Follows the Person, NC Housing Finance Agency, Local Council on Governments, Housing Authorities and Department of VR Independent Living Rehabilitation Program, etc.
              • Annually, the IL Network refers a minimum of 16 people with disabilities for affordable and/or accessible housing through the Key Program Targeted Housing.
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The North Carolina Statewide Independent Living Council (NCSILC) is a federally-mandated, not-for-profit, Governor appointed council.  A majority of council members must be people with a disability. By federal law, the SILC is charged with:
              • Developing a state plan addressing the provision of statewide independent living services (SPIL)  (Final-2014-2016-SPIL-1)
              • Developing and supporting a statewide network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs)
              • Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the state plan (SPIL).