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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. 6. Strategies to improve the performance of the State with respect to the performance accountability measures under section 116 of WIOA

Current Narrative:

VR is reporting employer engagement data through DWD’s INGage system, and continues to engage in communication with DWD regarding strategies for further improvement of the collection of this data in line with new performance accountability measures. BRS’ MOU with DWD regarding data exchange, specifically wage data and other data necessary for federal reporting, has been updated. As a result, VR receives UI wage information for VR participants who have achieved employment and is reporting this data through quarterly RSA-911 reporting. Substantial modifications to the VR case management system were implemented to accurately capture all new federal reporting requirements, including post-exit data collection, and BRS has provided training to field staff regarding collection of expanded data elements. In 2020, VR will provide enhanced training to staff to improve data collection on measurable skills gains and postsecondary credential attainment. BRS continues to work toward improved collection of new data elements. During this initial period of evaluation, VR’s expected measure of performance for Measurable skill gains is 5% for PY20 and 10% for PY21. VR and RSA negotiated levels of 20% for FFY20 and 21% for FFY22.

VR is poised to see improved performance on performance indicators in the coming years due to the strategies outlined above. For example, continued business engagement efforts will help to drive performance on outcomes as well as business engagement performance data. Ongoing training to VR and provider staff, continued focus on capacity building, Establishment project priorities, and transition efforts will help VR to see improved performance on employment outcomes and the quality of outcomes, including average wages. Enhanced training specific to capturing measurable skills gains and postsecondary credential attainment will help to further improve performance in these areas.