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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

    • h. Interagency Cooperation

      Describe how the designated State unit will collaborate with the State agency responsible for administering each of the following programs to develop opportunities for competitive integrated employment, to the greatest extent practicable:

h. 3. The State agency responsible for providing mental health services.

Current Narrative:

Under cooperative agreement, ICBVI leverages the relationship between IDVR and H&W-Behavioral Health via their agreement (updated annually) for the purpose of better serving Idahoans experiencing severe and persistent mental illness. As part of their agreement, the Department of Health and Welfare provides certifiable non-federal monies for IDVR services; explained in their interagency cooperative agreement.

ICBVI and IDVR agree to collaborate on all cases in who meet ICBVI eligibility criteria and who also have secondary severe and persistent mental health diagnosis. A designated IDVR counselor and staff member are assigned to an H&W Behavioral Health Region to better serve customers.The ICBVI counselor is a critical part of the treatment team with these shared cases.

This team approach is used to ensure that the Idahoans served by this agreement will benefit as to remaining de-institutionalized and successfully integrated into their respective communities from a psychological, psychosocial, and employment perspective. Those client's  who have a severe and persistent mental illness deemed not eligible for the H&W-Behavioral Health program will be provided necessary VR services through ICBVI and IDVR.