- Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan* must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA:
* Sec. 102(b)(D)(iii) of WIOA
d. 2. Q. ii. The Timing of Transition to Extended Services.
Extended Services /PHASE 2
VR’s approach for supported employment uses the nationally accepted “best practices” models of supported employment services and has added new customized strategies as well. The key to the approach is an emphasis on person-centered planning and facilitation of natural supports. Individualized job development is conducted and based on job-matching assessment information, informed choice, strengths, interests, skills. Individuals are assisted with employment planning and placement by selected providers, and job skills training is provided at the job site either by job coaches or through natural supports of existing resources.
Transition to Extended Services occurs after a minimum of 90 days of stabilized employment. At the time of transition, the counselor, providers, individual, and others, as applicable, will have agreed that the individual is stable in their employment and expected to succeed. VR counselors confirm this information with the individual, provider, and individual. They will continue to monitor the case until the person reaches a successful employment outcome.
VR continues to:
• Emphasize providing services to all racial/ethnic minorities
• Seek additional resources for Phase 2 services in collaboration with VR partners
• Collaborate with community organizations, families, and support groups to develop natural supports as an option for assisting customers on the job site
• Participate on interagency committees to expand initiatives and increase employment outcomes
• Distribute and provide technical assistance to counselors on the use of Social Security Work Incentives to help with funding Phase 2 services
Extended services are provided and/or funded by sources other than VR. VR works collaboratively with other state agencies and organizations to ensure that extended ongoing support services, identified on the individualized plan as needed for employment, are available for as long as the customer needs them.
VR has a statewide coordinator who monitors supported employment-related issues that develop in the field and serves as a resource person to field staff. The coordinator also serves as an advisor to administrative employees in implementing programmatic policies in accordance with federal mandates, developing effective programmatic procedures, recommending training for supported employment staff, and other typical functions of a coordinating and liaison nature.