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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Blind)

    The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan [13] must include the following descriptions and estimates, as required by section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA:


    [13] Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA

    • o. State's Strategies

      Describe the required strategies and how the agency will use these strategies to achieve its goals and priorities, support innovation and expansion activities, and overcome any barriers to accessing the VR and the Supported Employment programs (See sections 101(a)(15)(D) and (18)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act and section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA)):

o. 6. Strategies to improve the performance of the State with respect to the performance accountability measures under section 116 of WIOA

Current Narrative:

Vocational Rehabilitation programs are using a phased-in approach to set levels of performance for all primary performance indicators under this Combined State Plan. RSA-TAC-18-01 released January 18, 2018 provides guidance on the requirements for these indicators.  No new guidance has been received to date; however the Commission does have baseline data for the Measurable Skill Gains (MSG) rate indicator and will enter into negotiations with RSA for PYs 2020 and 2021. Once an understanding of baselines emerge, ICBVI will be well positioned to develop strategies to improve upon these baseline figures for all performance indicators.

The Department of Labor is a recipient of a Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grant and is working with the core programs to develop policy and methods to automate data sharing to help all programs for performance reporting purposes.

While ICBVI has an agreement to access Idaho’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) in order to pull education related data elements that will allow ICBVI to better understand what factors promote quality sustained competitive integrated employment, unfortunately, the SLDS education data received to this point is not current enough to use for MSG performance.

The Commission has used the RSA Data Dashboards as an interim tool to better reporting under Section 116.  The Commission will continue to collect and analyze data to inform initial baseline thresholds to establish levels of performance to use for future negotiations with RSA.  We expect to have more complete baseline data by the next plan submission and will then be able to articulate strategies for performance improvement based upon emerging trends and data.