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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—

    • b. State Operating Systems and Policies

      The Unified or Combined State Plan must include a description of the State operating systems and policies that will support the implementation of the State strategy described in section II Strategic Elements.  This includes—

III. b. 5. C. Vocational Rehabilitation Program

In the case of a State that, under section 101(a)(2)(A)(i) of the Rehabilitation Act designates a State agency to administer the part of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan under which VR services are provided for individuals who are blind, describe the process and the factors used by the State to determine the distribution of funds among the two VR agencies in the State.

Current Narrative:

Activities authorized under Title IV of WIOA are carried out by two agencies in Idaho. The first is the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) and the second is the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI). The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) distributes funds directly to each VR agency in Idaho.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the two agencies determines the percentage to be distributed to each agency from RSA, upon which separate awards are made to each agency. The current distribution is as follows:

Table 38: Funding Distribution for Idaho Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

FundsPortion to IDVRPortion to ICBVI
General VR Program86.5%13.5%
Supported Employment100%0%
Independent Living76% (All funds are reallocated to Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the State Independent Living Council (SILC)24% (decreases 3% annually for next 3 years)

Both Title IV programs must reserve 15% of the total General VR grant awarded to the State of Idaho for the delivery of pre-employment transition services.

Additionally, 50% of the Supported Employment funds are reserved for youth with the most significant disabilities.  ICBVI and IDVR work together on cases where SE and co-enrollment is indicated.