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j. 2. Identify the need to establish, develop, or improve community rehabilitation programs within the State; and

Current Narrative:

According to the 2020 CSNA, there is a need to improve the collaboration with CRP’s in job training and placement services in the state for ICBVI clients.

To accomplish this, ICBVI will:

  • Commit to annually reviewing CRP cooperative agreements and collaboratively identify areas for service improvement;
  • Commit to providing training and support  with  CRP’s to help them increase their capacity to provide all employment services, including Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). 
  • Continue to provide CRP’s training in blind skills, and how to work with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. This has been a huge success, and ICBVI is committed to continue doing this in all of the regions across the state as a part of this state plan.

2022 Update:

  • In PY20, ICBVI revised the CRP MOU to include significant details around the provision of pre-employment transition services. Work based learning experiences and coaching services were a special area of emphasis. MOU's were reviewed with all participating CRP's via regional trainings. 
  • In PY 2021, ICBVI began intensive technical assistance with the WINTAC-QE (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in the area of business engagement. Two CRP's in the state agreed to participate in this training. ICBVI anticipates strengthening the partnership with these two CRP's, and ultimately improving competitive integrated employment outcomes for participants served by these programs.
  • After a COVID-19 hiatus, ICBVI will resume it's state wide blindness seminars in PY 2022 in which regional CRP's are always invited to these events.