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Disability Rights Arkansas Inc

Dignity. Respect. Advocacy

aka DRA   |   Little Rock, AR   |  http://www.disabilityrightsar.org

Mission

Vigorously advocate and enforce the legal rights of people with disabilities in Arkansas.

Ruling year info

1982

Executive Director

Tom Masseau

Main address

400 W Capitol Ave Ste 1200

Little Rock, AR 72201 USA

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EIN

71-0536689

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR)

PAIR serves individuals with disabilities who do not qualify for the protection and advocacy services described above. It is not limited to individuals with a specific disability or facing a certain issue.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

PADD serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and neurological impairments. A developmental disability is a mental or physical impairment beginning before the age of 22, which is likely to continue indefinitely, limits certain major life activities and reflects a need for special care, treatment and/or individualized planning. See the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, 42 U.S.C. § 15001, et seq.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

PAVA educates and assists individuals with disabilities so they may enjoy full participation in the electoral process. These efforts include ensuring physical accessibility of polling places and informing individuals about the rights of voters with disabilities. See the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access program of the Help America Vote Act of 2002, 42 U.S.C. § 15461-15462.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

PAIMI serves individuals with a diagnosis of serious mental illness. PAIMI prioritizes services to individuals receiving care and treatment in a facility and has a mandate to investigate complaints of neglect and abuse. See the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act of 1986, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 10801 et seq.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

CAP assists individuals with disabilities who have questions or have encountered problems while receiving or applying for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services from state VR agencies. CAP also advocates for those who receive services from Independent Living Centers (ILCs), The Division of Services for the Blind (DSB), and for those applying for or receiving services from Tribal VR offices. See the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title I, Part B, Sec. 112, 29 U.S.C. § 732.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

PATBI serves individuals diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). PATBI works to ensure that individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their families have access to information, referrals and advice, individual and family advocacy services, legal representation, and
support and assistance with self-advocacy. See the Traumatic Brain Injury Act, authorized as part of the Children’s Health Act of 2000, 42 U.S.C. § 300d-53.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

PAAT serves individuals with disabilities with issues related to assistive technology devices and services. This includes investigating the denial of, and negotiating access to, assistive technology devices and services, as well as educational outreach efforts. See the Assistive Technology Act of 2004, 29 U.S.C. § 3004.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

PABSS serves individuals with disabilities who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplementary Security Income (SSI) and who are trying to return to work, obtain employment, or receive certain employment-related training and services. PABBS educates beneficiaries about Social Security’s work incentives and provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services advice. Additionally, PABSS assists beneficiaries with understanding their rights regarding representative payees. See the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1320b-21.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

SPSSB, also known as the Representative Payee program, serves individuals with disabilities whose social security benefits are managed by a representative payee. DRA coordinates with the Social Security Administration to conduct periodic onsite reviews as well as additional discretionary reviews to determine whether a representative payee is carrying out their duties in keeping a beneficiary safe and ensuring their needs are being met.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The purpose of the project is to build a strong network of self-advocates.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of cases received by Disability Rights Arkansas from Arkansans with disabilities and/or family members who were accessing the Medicaid/PASSE system.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PADD)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of cases received from Arkansans with disabilities and/or family members increased by 16% from Fiscal Year 2020 to Fiscal year 2021.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve all people with disabilities in Arkansas.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Many of our clients do not have access to digital forms of feedback.,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Disability Rights Arkansas Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Jones

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.