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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;

Current Narrative:

VR and DOE maintain an interagency agreement, which was updated in 2019 to identify new strategies to maximize transition opportunities for students, the types of consultation and technical assistance VR may provide, and cross-training opportunities between VR and DOE among other elements. The interagency agreement states that:

    1. The student's Transition IEP will define the services and responsible payer for each of the services in accordance with 34 CFR 300.320(b). If DDRS/Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)/Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services is responsible for payment of a service, this responsibility will be described in the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) in accordance with 34 CFR 361.45.
    2. Each Partner Agency will maximize coordination in the use of federal funds.
    3. Decisions related to which entity will be financially responsible for providing transition or pre-employment transition services that can be considered both a special education and a VR service must be made at the local level as part of the collaboration between the VR agency, state educational agency, and the local educational agency. When considering and assigning the financial responsibility of each agency for the provision of transition and pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities, the Partner Agencies decision will be based, at least in part, on the following criteria:
  • Is the purpose of the service related to an employment outcome or education?
  • ls the service one that the school customarily provides under IDEA, part B?
  • ls the student receiving special education services 14 years or older or has entered grade 9?
    The partner agencies developed procedures and processes for outreach efforts and identification of eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities as delineated in the updated MOU:
  1. Annually, DDRS, or qualified vendors, will work with LEAs so they may identify students with disabilities and potentially eligible students who need pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS).
  2. The LEA’s will work to increase identification of students with disabilities, such as through conducting career fairs or planning meetings and inviting DDRS to parents’ nights. Schools will refer students with disabilities for purposes of 504 or at the time the individual begins IDEA services.
  3. Anyone (an LEA, nurse, parent or student self-referral) can refer students for Pre-ETS and DDRS will work with the LEA to ensure seamless collaboration between transition services provided under IDEA and the Pre-ETS activities.
  4. Annually, DDRS will provide written information regarding the availability of Pre-ETS for eligible and potentially eligible students with disabilities and the process for accessing these services.
  5. Not all eligible or potentially eligible students with disabilities will require all five required Pre-ETS activities, however, all required Pre-ETS activities will be available statewide and delivered based on individual student need.