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Florida PYs 2020-2023 Published Approved

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  • III. Operational Planning Elements

    The Unified or Combined State Plan must include an Operational Planning Elements section that supports the State’s strategy and the system-wide vision described in Section II(c) above.  Unless otherwise noted, all Operational Planning Elements apply to Combined State Plan partner programs included in the plan as well as to core programs.  This section must include—

    • a. State Strategy Implementation

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include–

      • 2. Implementation of State Strategy

        Describe how the lead State agency with responsibility for the administration of each core program or a Combined Plan partner program included in this plan will implement the State’s Strategies identified in Section II(c). above. This must include a description of—

III. a. 2. A. Core Program Activities to Implement the State’s Strategy

Describe the activities the entities carrying out the respective core programs will fund to implement the State’s strategies.  Also, describe how such activities will be aligned across the core programs and Combined State Plan partner programs included in this plan and among the entities administering the programs, including using co-enrollment and other strategies, as appropriate.

Current Narrative:

a.  State Strategy Implementation

2.  Core Program Activities to Implement the State Strategy

The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors includes representation of WIOA's core programs within the Florida Department of Education Divisions of Career and Adult Education (DCAE), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), and Blind Services (FDBS). WIOA core program teams are focused on strategic policy development and implementation and performance accountability reporting as discussed in section II(c)(2). WIOA core program partners continue their focus on areas for improvement and strategy execution. Core program partners report on WIOA primary indicators of performance and other performance information used to ensure continuous improvement.

All core programs work to:

  1. Fully implement a coordinated business relations program across core programs that includes leveraging community partnerships that engage and support Florida’s employers and increases access to employment and educational services.
  1. Design and implement enhancements to the Service Provider Choice Directory to assist customers in making informed choices about employment services providers.
  1. Share cross-referral outcomes.
  1. Educate potential employees who do not have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and whose English-speaking skills need improvement. By obtaining required education and skills for today’s workplace, welfare dependence will decrease, and opportunities will increase for high-skill and high-wage careers.
  1. Continue efforts to ensure partners recognize and support VR’s role as the primary employment agency for all individuals with disabilities, including those with most significant disabilities. VR works closely as a member of the Statewide Employment First Interagency Committee, including the Department of Economic Opportunity, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Division of Blind Services, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Service, Department of Children and Families – Mental Health, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Florida Developmental Disability Council, ARC of Florida, Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged and CareerSource Florida. This promotes the coordination and collaboration of services on a statewide basis.
  1. Review pilot and innovative employment practices and assess the feasibility of replicating successful programs. Participate in developing a consortium of supported employment providers that identify, share and promote innovative employment practices.

The Division of Blind Services will work:

  1. To utilize the quality assurance team to review case records on a monthly basis. Any errors or anomalies will be addressed with the appropriate staff and/or community partner.
  2. To support and encourage participation in the SSA’s Community Work Incentives Coordinator training to provide consumers with accurate information to help them make an informed decision regarding benefits and to make a successful transition to employment. 
  3. To educate staff, partners, and consumers on Workers’ Compensation for consumers participating in work-based learning experiences to ensure they understand the process for reporting injuries.
  4. To increase access to and utilization of accessibility tools by obtaining unlimited licenses for assistive technology such as JAWS (computer screen reader) and Zoom Text (screen magnifier and voice over). Core partners will be able to access this technology by way of the FDBS. The FDBS will also provide licenses to other agencies as requested. 
  5. With core partners to plan and establish a Hub for common intake. This will allow potential clients to complete one intake form, which will divert to the appropriate organization based on the applicant’s service needs.
  6. With core partners to increase participation in apprenticeship programs. The Division will collaborate with the Division of Career and Adult Education to select appropriate apprenticeship models and reach out to employers to encourage sponsorship of registered programs.
  7. To automate the process of uploading AWARE data on job-ready consumers to the DVR Ability Works Job Portal – enabling upload into TAP and Employ Florida.