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Governor's Commission on Disability

Priority Actions - Strategic Plan

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GOAL 1: To advise the governor, appropriate state agencies, and the public on matters pertaining to public policy and the administration of programs, services, and facilities for persons with a disability in NH  
Strategy A: Develop relationships with, support, and inform our elected officials on disability related matters  
1 Provide information and resources to our constituents. HI
2. Testify as needed and requested at state legislative hearings. HI
3. Respond to specific requests for information regarding legislation of real and potential importance to the disability community. HI
Strategy B: Gather relevant and meaningful data re: living with a disability in New Hampshire.  
1. To become the best non-partisan resource for the disability community to be empowered as individuals.  
2. Conduct annual survey of New Hampshire residents on "living with a disability in New Hampshire".  
3. Track information and referral call data to understand sources and numbers of requests for information. ONGOING
4. Develop and implement a feature on our website "telling our stories" to better inform the public what living with a disability is like.  
5. Offer awards, commendation, recognition, and engage the media to promote awareness of those who excel in providing support to people with disabilities.  
6. Research and write a "white paper" that addresses the question of "what makes a state accessible" (with metrics) and attempt to answer that for NH.  
7. Engage the media through public services announcements, human interest stories, and publications of awards and other recognition projects.  
8. Ensure that all staff attend ADA trainings and teleconferences and that they attend refresher courses periodically.  
9. Establish positions in-house to collect and document data on various disability related matters and/or topics discussed above. Once means of achieving some of the more involved goals have been determined, the scope and SJD can be created to justify the need for essential services.  
10. Ensure that all committees, hearings, meetings, etc., comply with ADA Title II at all levels of state government for both aural and oral communication (i.e.: general funding pool for interpreters, CART reporters, or Pocket Talkers or providing auxiliary aids in all conference rooms utilized by state entities) and making us the first state in the nation to do so (making NH the Primary Example around the nation).  
11. Complete the annual report to the Governor and legislature. BY 12/31
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GOAL 2: To encourage the development of coordinated, interdepartmental goals and objectives and the coordination of programs, services and facilities among all state departments and private providers of service as they relate to persons with a disability;  
Strategy A: Collaborate with other state agencies and commissions regarding disability issues.  
1. Expand monthly e-newsletter re: disability related events.  
2. Collaborate on disability-related grant requests.  
3. Work with New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation on specific employment related initiatives.  
4. Update state agencies and local government officials re: ADA and accessibility issues.  
5. Provide demographic and disability related information as needed and requested regarding needed supports and services. ONGOING
GOAL 3: To serve as a source of information to the public regarding all services to persons with a disability;  
Strategy A: Provide individual information and referral information.  
1. Respond to all information and referral calls within 24 hours with complete and accurate information ONGOING
2. Track data re: information and referral call topics. ONGOING
Strategy B: Speak publicly and present as requested to state entities and public groups.  
1. Offer interest based webinars and expand presentations to promulgate information.  
2. Continue to provide timely and accurate information regarding available federal benefits and programs and tax incentives for landlords and business owners.  
3. Continue to provide timely and accurate information regarding available federal benefits and programs and tax incentives for landlords and business owners.  
4. Increase (renew) frequency of workshops and seminars on various disability related issues, medical updates, ADA Rules and Regulations, and code compliance seminars for both public and code officials.  
5. Collaborate with Bureau of Education and Training to hold mandatory ADA compliance training and education on the ADA Titles.  
6. Ask Gov. to present "Accessibility Awards" in process
7. Ask Gov. to sign HB 398 working on it
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7. Hold sessions with other state entities to seek their questions and input regarding issues they are experiencing around hiring, employment accommodations, medical issues, etc with their staff  
Strategy C: Offer information and education re: our legislative process.  
1. Provide at least two legislative trainings yearly to advocates, professionals, and family members. in fall
Strategy D: Expand our outreach efforts.  
1. Collaborate with NH Voc Rehab and other disability agencies to recognize and encourage companies and groups who excel in supporting people with disabilities.  
Retool, revamp and update our website to offer videos, timely information, links, presentations, and webinars HIGH
2. Develop and implement Public Service Announcements and other media to heighten disability awareness  
3. Establish a collaborative of eight agencies (Corrections, HHS, Disability Rights Center, GCD, Employee Assistance Program, Safety, Voc Rehab, and NH Housing Finance Authority) that addresses the housing needs of people with disabilities  
4. Solidify a program with Service Link, 211, Dept of Safety, and the GCD that addresses the functional needs of people with disabilities during local and state-wide emergencies and covers issues such as pharmaceutical, guide dogs, service animals, transportation, training of emergency personnel, etc. (This program was begun as part of the Emergency Preparedness program development and needs to be developed more fully. DHHS currently receives funding for this program and so should take lead with GCD as partner.)  
5.Establish a policy in place that addresses bullying of students with disabilities  
6. Establish a collaborative of certain agencies that addresses the educational needs of students of all ages with disabilities that allows for a broad scope of needs.  
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GOAL 4: To review and make comment to the governor, state agencies, the legislature, and the public concerning adequacy of state programs, plans and budgets for services to persons with a disability and for funding under the various federal grant programs  
Strategy A: Support and encourage active committees which address the needs and requirements of people with disabilities.  
1. Ensure a GCD presence on state committees and commissions addressing these issues.  
2. Provide technical assistance RE: ADA and other related matters.  
Strategy B: Participate in emergency and disaster planning efforts specific to people with disabilities.  
1. Continue to work with the Functional Needs committee as well as the New England ADA network to provide information and assistance during planning and actual emergencies.  
Strategy C: Conduct educational seminars and trainings as needed and requested to heighten awareness of disability issues.  
1.Provide technical assistance and support as needed and requested.  
2. Continue to provide free monthly seminars on timely information and other resources to the disability community.  
3. Continue to provide access to seminars to state employees and Bureau of Education and Training.  
4. Continue to provide information and resources to persons with disabilities and the general public regarding private, state, and federal programs and updates for treatments, etc.  
Strategy D: Collaborate with the Secretary of State to ensure full accessibility to voting in NH.  
Strategy E: To become the Commission that other State Depts, Agencies, Boards, and Commissions come to for validation of their programs.  
1. Work with other groups and entities to evaluate programs for compliance and need.  
Strategy F: Develop research and write "white papers" on specific topics of interest to present to the disability community.  
1. Develop and solicit a list of topics from phone calls, interviews, and meetings.  
2. Draft "white papers" for widespread distribution; largely on our web site.  
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GOAL 5: To research, formulate and advocate plans, programs and policies which will serve the needs of persons with a disability, which may include an assessment of the needs of persons with disabilities, a census of services provided by public and private organizations, identification of unfilled needs, long term goals, short term objectives, action plans to meet objectives and measures of performance. The commission shall be guided by the goal of formulating an integrated, comprehensive, statewide plan to address the needs of persons with a disability;  
Strategy A: Widen our scope and presence thru active participation with other disability specific groups.  
1. Attend at least three (3) disability related conferences per year, as financing is available, to assess needs of the general public and to assess current programs  
Strategy B: Encourage people with disabilities to participate in leadership roles as well as on the Commission.  
1. Actively seek leaders in the disability community to fill positions on committees and subcommittees (See Goal 7 below.)  
GOAL 6: To make annual reports to the governor on the activities of the commission.  
Strategy A: Submit an annual report by December of each year. VERY HIGH
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Organizational strategy - Not a statutory goal  
GOAL 7: Internally within the Governor's Commission on Disability:  
Strategy A: Support and encourage all GCD members to be actively involved in at least one internal committee.  
1.Ensure that the GCD is represented for a "disability awareness focus" on all relevant state councils, commissions, task forces, etc.  
Strategy B: Support our Bylaws and Rules Committee to review/revisit our existing bylaws and rules.  
1. Call first meeting in May 2011.  
2. Review RSA 257: C with regard to the statutes. Review rules in Sept.
3. Clarify mechanism & system to identify and approve new prospective members.  
Strategy C: Support and encourage volunteers to work for the GCD and thereby develop an interest in working with people with disabilities.  
1. Contact local medical, public administrators, education, social work, and human services colleges.  
Strategy D: Enhance and strengthen the Governor's Commission on Disability membership  
1. Develop an "orientation to GCD and disability issues in NH" handbook.  
2. Select and implement an active “nominations committee” to identify & track terms of members; plan for vacancies & screen prospective candidates.  
3. Finalize development of internal Policy and Procedures Manual for all staff and the Commission itself. important
Strategy E: Create a comprehensive Policy & Procedure Manual to strengthen the GCD's abilities.  
1. Develop a guidebook for each position and/or responsibility at the GCD as well as a committee to review.  
Strategy F: Annually strategize changes and adjustments to our Strategic Plan, Orientation Handbook, Policies and Procedures Manuals, and Job Descriptions for accuracy.  
nominations process established  

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