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  • Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Combined or General)

    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. 1. The methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities

Current Narrative:

The Division’s Statewide Assessment (j) outlines an array of potential priorities to expand and improve services to Idahoans with disabilities.  Initial innovation and expansion activities under WIOA were focused primarily on establishing new and modified services to conform with the requirements of the regulations.  While the Division will continue to expand these services in some areas, there will be an increasing focus on raising the quality of services to customers under all priorities listed under Goal 1 in section (l) of this plan.  

IDVR will continue to maintain the two ongoing primary innovation activities, supporting the activities of both the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and the State Independent Living Council (SILC). The SRC serves as IDVR’s advisory council and together with the Division and the CSNA inform the goals, priorities, and strategies for agency.

Additionally, IDVR in PYs 2022-2023 will continue limited pilot projects under Pre-ETS while continuing to monitor and refine those programs now being offered at a statewide level.  More detail on plans for improving services to students and youth can be found under part four of this section.

The Division had committed to a sustained campaign to improve frontline services to individuals with disabilities offered by Idaho’s Community Rehabilitation Providers in the 2020 state plan update.  Unfortunately, these efforts were placed on hold as the agency pivoted to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the Division has reclassified an FTE and hired a dedicated Community Rehabilitation Program Manager to lead these improvements.

Following the creation of new policy on Supported Employment (SE) under WIOA to address regulatory changes pertinent to SE and an initial wave of internal staff training, the Division conducted multiple activities to collect input on services to individuals with MSD.

Expansion of service delivery options remains an expressed need in more rural and remote areas of Idaho, while indicated improvements were for traditional CRP and Pre-ETS services remains an agency priority, including a need for more relevant community-based assessment options, stronger local area collaboration between IDVR and providers, and timeliness to CRP service initiation.  More detail on the CRP improvement strategy can be found under part five of this section “plans for establishing, developing, or improving community rehabilitation programs within the State.”