- Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Combined or General)
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 title IV of WIOA:
 Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA
d. 2. A. Consultation and technical assistance to assist educational agencies in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including VR services;
The formal interagency agreement with the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR), and the Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI) contains several provisions designed to promote communication and the sharing of technical expertise in transition planning.
The agreement stipulates that the vocational rehabilitation agency must provide consultative and technical assistance services to assist educational agencies in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including employment.
The agencies agree to:
- Encourage staff to work closely with LEAs to ensure coordination between education services, pre-employment transition services, and vocational rehabilitation services.
- IDVR and ICBVI counselors will provide training and information to school district personnel, students and families on pre-employment transition and vocational rehabilitation services, including their role as IEP team members.
- IDVR and ICBVI counselors are available to consult with educators concerning pre-employment transition and vocational rehabilitation services for students to assist them toward employment.
- IDVR and ICBVI counselors will collaborate with the LEAs in their service area to identify a process for the counselors to provide input and participate in the development of the transition services included in IEPs.
- IDVR and/or ICBVI counselors may attend IEP team meetings for each referred student upon timely invitation by school personnel and the student and/or student’s parent or legal guardian. VR counselors may attend either in person or via video or telephone. The IDVR and/or ICBVI counselors will provide written recommendations, if requested, for use in developing IEPs when unable to attend.
- IDVR and ICBVI counselors will consult with educators concerning referral of students to IDVR and/or ICBVI for rehabilitation services, including pre-employment transition services. Students with blindness or visual impairments should be referred to ICBVI. Students with multiple disabilities may have dual cases with both IDVR and ICBVI to provide rehabilitation services.
- IDVR and ICBVI counselors will accept referrals for pre-employment transition or vocational rehabilitation services, when appropriate, and will work collaboratively with input from the student’s IEP team, for service provision and/or to develop an IPE. The vocational rehabilitation counselor, student, student’s parent or legal guardian, and members of the student’s IEP team will collaborate to identify required vocational rehabilitation services that will move the student towards their employment goal.
- IDVR and ICBVI counselors will help students and youth with disabilities develop and participate in Pre-Employment Transition services, including work-based learning opportunities, provide information, support, and guidance to transition students, parents, and schools to promote effective transition services, help eligible students develop an IPE, plan and promote the use of Pre-ETS and transition services, identify and help students and their families access other appropriate resources, help students obtain technology evaluations, recommended assistive technology, and training in the use of purchased equipment, when appropriate.
- All Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan requirements, including Order of Selection, will apply to all services provision under this cooperative agreement.
Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition:
The Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition is established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction to advise, review, analyze, and monitor the implementation of the State’s Interagency Agreement on Secondary Transition. The authority to establish this Interagency Council lies in IDEA Section 640(b)(1)(A) and regulation 300.154. IDVR continues to be involved in the Idaho Interagency Council on Secondary Transition with the purpose of ensuring that students with disabilities experience a collaborative, comprehensive system that facilitates a smooth transition from secondary school to adult life. The goal of this group is to increase the number of students with disabilities who are actively engaged in postsecondary education, employment, and community activities. Interagency cooperative planning, information sharing, and the collaborative use of resources assist in accomplishing IDVR’s mission at the state and local level. Members include the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR), Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ICBVI), Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind, Idaho Parents Unlimited, Council on Developmental Disabilities, Department of Labor, Boise State University, Idaho State University, The Assistive Technology Project , Idaho Health and Welfare, Juvenile Corrections, Department of Correction, and LEAs.