- Program-Specific Requirements for Vocational Rehabilitation (Combined or General)
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan  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:
 Sec. 102(b)(2)(D)(iii) of WIOA
j. 1. D. Who have been served through other components of the statewide workforce development system; and
The Department of Labor (DOL) January 2019 disability employment statistics reports the following for individuals ages 16 and over:
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The survey addressed a few questions about partnerships with the statewide workforce development system (i.e. WorkOne Centers).
- What would help improve the partnership between VR and workforce programs (example: WorkOne) to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities?
- Reponses to this question were very evenly distributed among all the respondents. Rated highest was the need for cross training of staff on services provided by the two programs (21%). Coordination of funding and staffing (16%), disability awareness training (14%), making the referral process easier (14%), increased VR presence in WorkOne Centers (14%) and better access to workforce programs (12%) were closely rated.
- What are positive things that are happening between WorkOne and VR?
- There were 275 responses to this question with 120 responding that they were either not aware of the relationship or that they could not identify a positive happening. Improved communication, collaboration, and improved working relationships were noted by many respondents. They also referred to job fairs, Pre-ETS, and JAG as positive experiences.
BRS and Department of Workforce Development engaged in collaborative efforts which are further detailed below:
- negotiating infrastructure funding agreements statewide;
- developing updated memorandums of understanding to outline partner responsibilities and also facilitate sharing of data;
- jointly conducting a Roundtable Summit with core WIOA partners and other stakeholders in preparation for implementation of a VR order of selection to educate about and discuss potential impact on WIOA partners;
- Teaming on a Department of Labor (DOL) customer service cohort to improve access to WorkOne services for Hoosiers with disabilities;
- VR representation on the State Workforce Innovation Council and representation of DWD on the Commission on Rehabilitation Services;
- Training to WorkOne center staff on disability etiquette and VR services;
- Cross participation in federal monitoring visits conducted by U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, and U.S. DOL; and
- Ongoing and growing collaboration with DWDs Business Services team that has resulted in multiple cross referrals of businesses for resource sharing, and also joint utilization of a tracking system for business engagement efforts.