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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. 1. The State Medicaid plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act;

Current Narrative:

The State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL)Service, a division of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, provides comprehensive services for individuals needing personal care and other supports to remain in their communities. Those individuals who receive Medicaid Waiver services and indicate an interest in employment are served through the SAIL division utilizing specialized case managers trained to provide both Targeted Case Management and Vocational Rehabilitation services. These combined services allow for a holistic approach to employment outcomes by managing home and workplace support needs to increase employment success.

In addition, SAIL Division staff collaborate regularly with Alabama Medicaid to train staff, manage federal Medicaid rule changes and ensure consistency of service provision. Services provided through the SAIL Division of the Department of Rehabilitation Services are administered within the guidelines of the CMS SAIL waiver and in accordance with the collaborative agreement with Alabama Medicaid.