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n. 2. A. The provision of extended services for a period not to exceed 4 years; and

Current Narrative:

To meet the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) collaborates and contracts with community partners in order to be able to provide Supported Employment Services. Florida VR uses the majority of its Supported Employment expenditures on allowable services to youth.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents VR with the opportunity to provide a wide array of services with a focus on youth. Additional opportunities available include the provision of Extended Services to youth for up to four years or until the youth turns 25 years of age, whichever occurs first or another funding source is identified. VR is now also authorized to provide supported employment services up to 24 months and may extend this time if necessary.

VR has focused on youth services and has expanded several options designed to help youth achieve employment outcomes. These options allow youth to gain a variety of skills and exposure to multiple career options and are designed to provide skills and direction for youth so that when they are ready for Supported Employment services, they have skills and knowledge to help their efforts be successful.