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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 a memorandum of understanding, 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. 

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.

ICBVI leverages the relationship with IDVR in the provision of services to individuals who are blind and visually impaired and who have significant mental health challenges. In the past two years, IDVR has represented the Title IV programs on the State Planning Council on Behavioral Health.  The purpose of this Council is to “serve as an advocate for adults with serious mental issues, children with severe emotional disturbances, and others with mental health or substance use needs. Expand, improve, notify or transform Behavioral Health service delivery system for individuals with severe mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and substance use disorders to ensure access to treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation services, including those services that go beyond the traditional behavioral health system.

The partnership has resulted in program participants experiencing more rapid engagement in the program, a broader scope of wrap around services, and leading to more opportunities for competitive integrated employment.