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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:

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) and the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services (BDDS) are housed in the same division, the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS). Additionally, VR and BDDS field offices are co-located, allowing for increased collaboration in serving mutual participants, educating referrals about each program’s services and ensuring a smooth transition to extended services as appropriate upon exit from VR. (Please reference sections c, f, and q for more information.)

A representative from BDDS was appointed to the VR Commission in FFY18 and remains an active participant on the commission.