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Located in:

d. 2. M. i. II. The Justification for the Order.

Current Narrative:

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) determined that sufficient resources were not available to provide rehabilitation services to all individuals with disabilities who apply. Consequently, VR established an Order of Selection (OOS) within the state to ensure that individuals with the most significant disabilities are selected first for vocational rehabilitation services, those with significant disabilities second and all other eligible individuals selected last. This decision was based on use of funds in the preceding years, projected funding, projected number and types of referrals, number of eligible individuals, and counselor caseloads.

A historical account of VR’s management of OOS wait list categories is as follows.

  • August 4, 2008 - the Order of Selection was initially implemented, closing all categories
  • February 15, 2010 - VR determined that sufficient fiscal and human resources were available to serve all Category 1 individuals and opened Category 1
  • August 2, 2010 - Category 2 was opened, but Category 3 remained closed
  • November 15, 2013 - VR again closed Category 2
  • February 19, 2014 - VR again closed Category 1, but received an additional $1.4 million in nonrecurring general revenue. This state match funding allowed VR to draw down an additional $5,172,770 of its federal grant.
  • June 2014 - VR opened Category 1 and began a structured release
  • February 2015 - VR opened Category 2
  • As of December 2015, all individuals previously on the Category 2 wait list are receiving services
  • As of March 15, 2016, 1,512 individuals remain on the Category 3 wait list
  • As of September 30, 2017, 37 individuals remain in Category 3
  • As of December 31, 2017, 92 individuals remain in Category 3

The OOS remains in effect statewide and does not select one type of disability over another. The OOS is not established based on age, sex, marital status, religion, race, color, national origin, or political affiliation, and is not based on the vocational goal of the individual with a disability. Elements that relate to the significance of disability are the only factors used in OOS. In accordance with Section 412 of WIOA, VR has elected to provide Job Retention Services (discretionary services to eligible individuals regardless of order of selection, who require specific services or equipment to maintain employment).