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(Effective October 1, 2016)
In partnership with the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council (WRC), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) annually updates its State Plan for vocational rehabilitation (VR) and supported employment services. As a result of the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), however, DVR's state plan will now align and be incorporated into a combined state plan with Wisconsin's other workforce partners. The State Plan will now include DVR services under Title IV of the combined state plan that will be submitted to the Department of Labor by March 3, 2016 for approval and implementation by July 1, 2016. The plan will include 4 program years. This draft provides for public comment and consideration by the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council prior to its incorporation into the State Combined Plan. Further consideration and public comment will be conducted by the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment.
The Vocational Rehabilitation Services State Plan (Title IV of WIOA) provides a blueprint for how the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will achieve service goals and commitments.
With an $80+ million annual investment in people with disabilities, their training and placement in good paying jobs, VR services have a positive impact on Wisconsin's families and economy. Wisconsin's Vocational Rehabilitation Services continue to be an important part of Wisconsin's future economic success.
DVR State Plan Include:
A. Recommendations from the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council (WRC)
The WRC is the advisory and oversight body for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The WRC makes recommendations for establishing priorities and for sharing key information with the advisory members.
B. Request for Waiver of Statewideness
State VR programs must deliver their services statewide, unless they have received a waiver. Wisconsin has not requested a waiver of statewideness.
C. Cooperation with Agencies not Carrying Out Activities Through the Statewide Workforce Investment System
Agreements between DVR and other agencies, in addition to all other services and activities of the Wisconsin DVR, are to be guided by the DVR Mission: The Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is a federal/state program designed to obtain, maintain, and improve employment for people with disabilities by working with VR consumers, employers, and other partners.
D. Coordination with Education Officials for the Transition of Students with Disabilities
This section describes how DVR will coordinate with Wisconsin's secondary education system and schools to provide transition services to students with disabilities.
E. Cooperative Agreements With Private Non-Profit Organizations
Description of how DVR contracts with private, non-profits vocational rehabilitation service providers.
F. Cooperative Agreements for the Provision of Supported Employment Services
Description of how DVR identifies and partners with agencies to provide supported employment services to people with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities.
G. Coordination with Employers
Description of how DVR will work with employers to identify competitive, integrated employment opportunities for job-seekers with disabilities.
H. Interagency Cooperation
Description of how DVR will collaborate with state agencies that deliver Medicaid services, services to individuals with developmental disabilities, and mental health services.
I. Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
Description of DVR's strategies to recruit, retain and train DVR staff.
J. Statewide Needs Assessment
The comprehensive statewide assessment process includes an annual review of Wisconsin disability statistics and recent disability needs assessment data, DVR customer and service federal report data, and public comment and input provided to the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council (WRC) throughout the year. The DVR and the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council work cooperatively in the needs assessment process to identify rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities. The DVR and WRC prioritize the rehabilitation needs and develop DVR systemic and service delivery goals to address the needs.
K. Annual Estimates of Individuals to be Served
DVR annually estimates current job seekers who will continue working with DVR in the next year, the number of new applicants, and the capacity to provide VR services. Fiscal and human resources are assessed against the need and the DVR forecasts whether some applicants will be waitlisted for services.
L. State Goals and Priorities
The goals and priorities identified in this section of the plan address the issues related to the results of the DVR and WRC comprehensive needs assessment activities. The goals and priorities also form the basis of the DVR performance targets related to the federal VR program standards and indicators.
M. Order of Selection
Because the DVR has not had sufficient fiscal resources to serve every eligible applicant, DVR implemented an Order of Selection (OOS) effective 12/5/1994. This section of the plan describes the OOS categories and the Division’s process for making an OOS category assignment. An explanation of how the OOS wait list is managed and suggestions for changing the OOS wait list category assignment process are also included.
N. Goals and Plans for the Distribution of Supported Employment Funds
A description of DVR's goals and priorities for funds designated for supported employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with significant disabilities.
O. State Strategies
A description of the strategies that DVR will use to achieve its goals and priorities, support innovation and expansion activities, and overcome barriers that individuals face in accessing DVR and supported employment services.
P. Evaluation and Reports of Progress
An evaluation of the extent to which DVR achieved its program goals, for both general DVR services and supported employment services, in the most recently completed program year and how innovation and expansion funds were utilized.
Q. Quality, Scope and Extent of Supported Employment Services
A description of the quality, scope and extent of supported employment services to be provided to individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities.