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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

    • 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. 2. The State agency responsible for providing services for individuals with developmental disabilities; and

Current Narrative:

IDVR has a solid working relationship with the Adult Developmental Disabilities Services (ADDS) program under the Department of H&W.  There currently is no formal agreement.  IDVR’s collaboration with H&W has been significant in the area of supported employment.  A significant portion of the SE population are individuals with developmental disabilities.  IDVR and ADDS has a process that easily and conveniently identifies what services customers are eligible for through Medicaid Waiver.  This occurs through an individual release of information, but the process is agreed upon by both agencies and is very timely.  This provides IDVR with timely understanding of services that can assist an individual with the VR process, employment needs, and a funding source if extended services are necessary to maintain employment.  Additionally, IDVR has participated over the past two years with a Health and Welfare driven “Community Now” engagement with all stakeholders and individuals that access services through Health and Welfare.   The focus was on expansion of services through Medicaid that supports living and working in their community.  IDVR has been able to provide significant input to ensure that the two programs complement each other and support successful employment services and outcomes.   IDVR and H&W have also had trainings to educate VR staff on Medicaid services and benefits.  This training allows IDVR staff to better assist customers and families to explain how those services can support success in an employment outcome.