State Independent Living Council Discussion Archive

NATSILC: Help For The Alaska SILC

Posted by: Lou Diehl
Date Mailed: Monday, April 21st 2003 06:12 PM

Last week this list serve distributed an item from Patrick Reinhart of 
the Alaska SILC requesting help in providing him with information on how a 
SILC can be housed outside the DSU.  Below are several responses which 
were submitted to his request. Lou

From: "Brian Higgins" <>
Subject: RE: NATSILC: Alaska Needs Help
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 12:48:20 -0500

Maine is working on becoming a 501-c3

Brian Higgins=A0
Executive Director

Statewide Independent Living Council
"Guiding the future of=A0Independent Living in Maine"

From: "Paula Margeson" <>
Subject: Re: NATSILC: Alaska Needs Help
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 14:50:27 -0500

Patrick, the Texas SILC is a 501 (c)(3) organization. While our VII B grant
is administered by the VR agency, we are autonomous. The state is in an
upheaval right now and major restructuring is being proposed. At first, the
prevailing bill put independent living centers and services under Long Term
Care, but we have fought that placement. Below is an interpretation of the
Rehab Act relevant to this issue that you may find interesting. It was
provided by the regional office of RSA here in Dallas.

 -----Original Message-----
From:   Hardman, Sylvia
Sent:   Thursday, April 10, 2003 10:55 AM
To:     Wolfe, Mary
Cc:     Arrell, Max; Larsen, Roy; Candler, Leigh Ann; Neal, Glenn; Darley,
Subject:        RE:  Possible Consolidation Bills for Human Service Agencies

As to whether HHSC could be the designated state agency for purposes of both
Title I and Title VII of The Rehabilitation Act, our research indicates that
based upon The Act, sections 101(a)(2)(A) and (a)(2)(B)(ii), and 34 CFR
sections 361.13(a)(1)(ii) and (b)(1), HHSC could be the designated state

   (1) the State plan is re-written to designate HHSC and to assure that
HHSC includes a vocational rehabilitation bureau, division, or unit that-
(i) is
primarily concerned with vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other
rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities and is responsible for the
of the State agency's vocational rehabilitation program under the State
plan; (ii) has a full-time director; (iii) has a staff, at least 90 percent
whom are employed full time on the rehabilitation work of the organizational
unit; and (iv) is located at an organizational level and has an
status within HHSC comparable to that of other major organizational units of
HHSC; and

   (2) RSA approves the revised State plan.

Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 17:50:58 -0500
Subject: Re: NATSILC: Alaska Needs Help

    I just recently reread a good publication put out by ILRU about "Should
SILCs Become a 501 (c) (3)?" If you contact them I'm sure you can get a copy.
It gives several instances of SILCs that are in different parts of State 
Government. It also said, I believe, that there are 14 states whose SILCs are 
501 (c) (3)s. Let me know how I (or others here in Indiana, but NOT our SILC) 
can help. Give my best to Duane French!
Mark Bair

From: "Dawn Heinsohn" <>
Subject: RE: NATSILC: Alaska Needs Help
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 10:04:08 -0500

On our website ( ) is our list of
SILCs.  Each SILC that are 501C3 are annotated as such. I update as I get
new information.  If you need more information or see omissions from my
list, please let me know.

Dawn Heinsohn

ilru 25 years of creating a world of independence!

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Houston, TX  77019
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----Original Message-----

From: Camille Pansa <>
Subject: RE: NATSILC: Alaska Needs Help
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 08:25:36 -0400

The Rhode Island SILC is a non-profit tax exempt corporation.  Hope this

Camille Pansa

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