The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
 

Interagency Outreach Training Initiative

 

ABOUT IOTI

The description below provides a general overview of the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative in six sections: purpose, scope, recent results, operation, history, and funding process.

PURPOSE

The Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) is intended to improve the lives of people with disabilities by supporting training for consumers and agency personnel. It has three unique features:

1. The IOTI initiative focuses on areas where there are gaps in training already offered within the state. Thus, training can be directed to critical needs. For example, people may need help in learning to use newly-developed equipment or to understand changes in service delivery that result from policy shifts.

2. The IOTI promotes coordinated training across agencies. A Steering Council makes decisions about IOTI policies and procedures. Its members are consumers with disabilities and representatives of the state agencies that serve people with disabilities. The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University carries out the Council's decisions.

3. The IOTI supports innovative training. The Steering Council determines training needs and request proposals for training from public and non-profit agencies throughout the state. Only those proposals with the most merit are funded. Thus the training that results reflects the thinking of many, including representatives of people who need training and those who provide it.

SCOPE

Since 1995, the IOTI has funded more than 100 projects conducted by over 30 public and private agencies and organizations. Projects have included:

Eight separate projects were funded for the 2012-13 year.  Over 2500 individuals statewide participated in the trainings provided through these programs during the past fiscal year. Overall, more than 150 agencies and organizations statewide have participated in training provided through  IOTI.

HISTORY

The IOTI was funded in 1995 by the Utah State Legislature. It was intended to coordinate training efforts across agencies in order to reduce costly duplication. Also, it was to address areas of current need. For example, one recognized training gap was in the education of paraprofessionals who provide supports to people with disabilities. Paraprofessionals serve in varied roles in many agencies: education, adult services, early intervention, and health care. Often paraprofessionals have not had preservice training to help them learn to serve people with disabilities. The IOTI offered a means to provide educational opportunities for paraprofessionals, thus helping them to provide improved services.

The IOTI continued to develop through the combined efforts of Center for Persons with Disabilities' former director Marvin Fifield, heads of state disability agencies, and leaders of consumer organizations. They worked over a several year period to secure adequate funds for this collaborative inservice effort and to develop the operating procedures described above.

FUNDING PROCESS

To encourage quality in the way that the state's training needs are addressed, the Steering Council solicits competitive proposals for training from any non-profit agency or organization in Utah. The process, which begins early in the calendar year, is:

IOTI Steering COUNCIL MEMBERS

Bryce Fifield, Chair
Center for Persons with Disabilities

Jennifer Smart
Office of Rehabilitation Services

Kris Fawson
Statewide Independent Living Council

Darren Hotton
Division of Aging and Adult Services

Al Romeo
CSHCN, Utah Department of Health
 
Rick Hendy
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Melanie Austin
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind

James Q. Jensen
TKJ

Peggy Milligan
Utah Office of Education

Jennie Gibson
Utah Parent Center

Chris Nguyen
Division of Services for People with Disabilities

Carol Ruddell
UDOH/Work Ability

REPORTING

2012 - 2013 Project Report
PDF Format

Quarterly Reporting Form
Word Format(docx)

Yearly Reporting Form
Word Format(docx)