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1 WELCOME TO…. The Munroe- Meyer AmeriCorps Program: A Unique Program Serving and Supporting Persons with Disabilities…

2 MMI AmeriCorps Presentation Objectives: Make the Case for UCEDDs to become AmeriCorps applicants Make the Case for UCEDDs to become AmeriCorps applicants Provide a History of MMI AmeriCorps at University of Nebraska Medical Center Provide a History of MMI AmeriCorps at University of Nebraska Medical Center Review the Tri-part Mission of the Program & Involvement of Persons with Disabilities at each level Review the Tri-part Mission of the Program & Involvement of Persons with Disabilities at each level Provide Tips on Overcoming Barriers and Challenges Provide Tips on Overcoming Barriers and Challenges Tips on Recruitment and Training of Persons with Disabilities Tips on Recruitment and Training of Persons with Disabilities

3 Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation of UNMC

4 MMI AmeriCorps: Mission Statement The Mission of the MMI AmeriCorps Program is to: The Mission of the MMI AmeriCorps Program is to: Provide Services to Persons with All Types of Disabilities - Physical, Developmental, Intellectual and Behavioral - through: –1. Providing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities to Participate in National Service –2. Providing Mental Health Services to Individuals with Behavioral Disorders in Underserved Areas of Nebraska, particularly Rural Communities –3. Providing Services to Persons Living in Underserved Inner-City Neighborhoods in the Urban Omaha Area

5 Persons with Disabilities Have Capabilities TOO!!! Unique Skills & Opportunities for Service: Unique Skills & Opportunities for Service: – Interpreter Services in Health Care – Patient/Consumer Greeting & Escort – Volunteer Service Coordination – Counseling Services – Teaching Art & Dance Classes – Reading Tutoring – Classroom Assistant – Creation of Recreation Activities – Service Dog Training

6 Dave – Team Lead Mel – Consumer Advocacy Kathleen – Patient Support Ann - Interpreter

7 Service Dog Training

8 MMI AmeriCorps Collaborations: Universities & Colleges University of Nebraska- Omaha University of Nebraska- Omaha University of Nebraska- Kearney University of Nebraska- Kearney University of Nebraska- Lincoln University of Nebraska- Lincoln Chadron State College Chadron State College Doane College Doane College Wayne State College Wayne State College Minnesota State Minnesota State Creighton University Creighton University University of Missouri University of Missouri Partnerships and Community Collaborations: Ollie Webb Center – Arc Ollie Webb Center – Arc Holy Name School Holy Name School Millard & Omaha Public Schools Millard & Omaha Public Schools Salem Baptist Church Salem Baptist Church Very Special Persons (VSP) Club Very Special Persons (VSP) Club Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Omaha Boys and Girls Club Omaha Boys and Girls Club Girls, Inc. Girls, Inc. St Richards Elementary St Richards Elementary UNMC Dentistry UNMC Dentistry Goodwill Industries Goodwill Industries Apollos School Apollos School MMI Institute–Recreation, Psychology. MMI Institute–Recreation, Psychology. Speech Therapy, PIO, Developmental Medicine

9 Provision of Counseling Services

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11 Angela, Carrisa Chadro n Jody, Kearney Kelly, Columbus Beth, Columbus Alicia, Neb City, Papillion

12 MMI AmeriCorps – (14 MSY) Membership – To Date: 5 Full-Time Members – 1700 Hours 5 Full-Time Members – 1700 Hours (Three Persons with Disabilities) (Three Persons with Disabilities) 10 Half-Time Members – 900 Hours 10 Half-Time Members – 900 Hours (Five Members w/ Disabilities) 11 Quarter-Time Members – 450 Hours 11 Quarter-Time Members – 450 Hours (One Member w/ a Disability) (One Member w/ a Disability) 4 Minimum-Time Members – 300 Hours – Usually Used during Summers 4 Minimum-Time Members – 300 Hours – Usually Used during Summers TOTALS: 30 Full and Part-time AmeriCorps Slots with 9 (30%) Members with Disabilities TOTALS: 30 Full and Part-time AmeriCorps Slots with 9 (30%) Members with Disabilities

13 Behavioral Health Clinics in Rural Underserved Areas Kearney Physicians Clinic Columbus Pediatrics Staff Crawford Medical Clinic

14 Inner City Agency Projects – Girls, Inc.

15 Kids’ ID Days – Salem Baptist & MMI

16 Jackson Playground Construction – MMI AmeriCorps Members

17 MMI AmeriCorps Activities Sportsmen Assisting Nebraska’s Disabled Sportsmen Derby Integrated Behavioral Health Services to Rural Areas

18 Applying for Funding for Your UCEDD AmeriCorps:

19 AmeriCorps Program Design: Membership – Not Employment or Volunteer Status Membership – Not Employment or Volunteer Status Living Allowance for Members is Available Living Allowance for Members is Available Full, Half, Quarter, Minimal Time Full, Half, Quarter, Minimal TimeMembers Educational Award (after completion) Educational Award (after completion) Provision of Service – NOT Clerical or Administrative Tasks Provision of Service – NOT Clerical or Administrative Tasks

20 Camp Munroe Participants

21 Corporation for National and Community Service - AmeriCorps Programs: Americorps Planning Grants Americorps Planning Grants AmeriCorps State Formula Grants AmeriCorps State Formula Grants AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants AmeriCorps State Competitive Grants AmeriCorps VISTA Grants AmeriCorps VISTA Grants AmeriCorps National Direct Grants AmeriCorps National Direct Grants

22 AmeriCorps ($350,000,000+ Funds) Mobilizing More Volunteers Ensuring a Brighter Future for All of America’s Youth Engaging Students in Communities Harnessing Baby Boomers’ Experiences (ie. Over 55 Crowd)

23 Services For, and With, Persons with Disabilities AmeriCorps Picnic Special Education Fishing Derby

24 Applying for AmeriCorps – State Competitive and Formula Through Designated State Agency Through Designated State Agency e-Grants Submission Required e-Grants Submission Required Minimum of 8 FTE (in Nebraska) Minimum of 8 FTE (in Nebraska) 33% Match Required 33% Match Required 15% Non-Federal Cash Match for Living Allowance 15% Non-Federal Cash Match for Living Allowance 5% Indirect Costs Maximum Allowed 5% Indirect Costs Maximum Allowed

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26 Applying for AmeriCorps – State Competitive and Formula Maximum Cost per MSY/FTE Member = $13,000 Maximum Cost per MSY/FTE Member = $13,000 FT Benefits: Health Insurance FT Benefits: Health Insurance (Child Care – from the CNCS) 2-Year Maximum FT Membership per Person 2-Year Maximum FT Membership per Person Up to Six Years Formula Funding Up to Six Years Formula Funding (Nebraska) ???

27 AmeriCorps Progress Monitoring- Administrative & Fiscal Enrollment Rate = Number of Slots Filled/Number of Slots Awarded Enrollment Rate = Number of Slots Filled/Number of Slots Awarded Retention Rate = Number of Slots Receiving Education Awards/Number of Slots Filled Retention Rate = Number of Slots Receiving Education Awards/Number of Slots Filled Member Files – Birth Cert/Crim Screens Member Files – Birth Cert/Crim Screens Fiscal Records – 2 Audits/Year Fiscal Records – 2 Audits/Year Reporting Status (Web-Based Reporting System) Quarterly Reporting Status (Web-Based Reporting System) Quarterly

28 Planning for Volunteer Days

29 2010 AmeriCorps Living Allowance: Service Term Stipends Minimums and Maximums Max AC $ Grant Contrib 15% Cash Contrib from Grantee Eductn Award Following completion Full-Time1700 hrs $11,800 (To Max of $23,600) $10,030$1770$5,350 Half-Time900 hrs = n/a $6035 MMI (To Max of $12,500) $5130$905$2,675 QuarterTime450 hrs = n/a $3018 MMI (To Max of $6,250) $2565$453$1,415 Minimal Time 300 hrs = n/a $2,012 MMI (To Max of $4,160) $1710$302$1,132

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31 AmeriCorps Administrative Start-Up Problems for UCEDDs University Personnel Departments University Personnel Departments University Payroll Departments University Payroll Departments Members are NOT Employees Members are NOT Employees Criminal Background Checks Criminal Background Checks Services & Positions are NOT Comparable to “Other” University Staff Services & Positions are NOT Comparable to “Other” University Staff Adequate Work Space and Accommodations Adequate Work Space and Accommodations

32 AmeriCorps Programmatic Start-Up Challenges Finding “Service Sites” for Members Finding “Service Sites” for Members Selling Members as “Value-Added” Selling Members as “Value-Added” Assuring Site Supervisors about ADA Requirements and Accommodations Assuring Site Supervisors about ADA Requirements and Accommodations Finding Members Finding Members Matching Skills to Site Service Needs Matching Skills to Site Service Needs Host Site Agreements and Training Host Site Agreements and Training

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34 Typical Agency/Site Concerns: Concerns about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Concerns about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Concerns about “drain” on existing staff time for supervision Concerns about “drain” on existing staff time for supervision Concerns about “capabilities” and stamina of persons with disabilities Concerns about “capabilities” and stamina of persons with disabilities

35 Finding AmeriCorps Members with Disabilities: Disability Agencies (e.g., Arc, League of Human Dignity, Goodwill, QLI, etc) Disability Agencies (e.g., Arc, League of Human Dignity, Goodwill, QLI, etc) University Disability Offices University Disability Offices BEST: Word of Mouth (after 1 st year) BEST: Word of Mouth (after 1 st year) Consider Persons on SSI/SSDI Consider Persons on SSI/SSDI Research and Confirm Amts that Can Be Earned above SSDI Income Research and Confirm Amts that Can Be Earned above SSDI Income

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37 Soooooo,…..Why AmeriCorps for My UCEDD??? Benefits of AmeriCorps Membership: Primary benefit – Increased and improved services to persons with disabilities & potential employment Primary benefit – Increased and improved services to persons with disabilities & potential employment Secondary benefit to UCEDD – Ability to expand and provide support for additional numbers of trainees Secondary benefit to UCEDD – Ability to expand and provide support for additional numbers of trainees Tertiary benefit - Increased ability to expand into “New” program areas Tertiary benefit - Increased ability to expand into “New” program areas It’s WORTH It!!!! It’s WORTH It!!!!


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