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WINTAC Responds to COVID-19

In response to the need for ongoing and frequent communication between VR agencies, their partners and stakeholders at the national level during the COVID-19 crisis, the WINTAC developed discussion forums on a wide variety of topics related to teleworking and providing services by distance.   We encourage you to participate in the discussion forums to ask questions, share information and support one another.  You can log in and participate in the discussion forums. (If you have not registered to WINTAC site yet, click here to register.)

Technical Assistance by State and Type at the end of Year Four

This image is a picture of the US by State with intensive and targeted TA identified by color.  Intensive TA is in Blue and Targeted TA is in Red.  There are only 13 States that do not have an intensive TA agreement, and all of these have received targeted TA.  It also shows a map of US and territories showing blue for intensive TA and red for targeted.  Only 13 states have targeted and the rest are blue.

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Essential Elements for Customized Employment:

This is a document that outlines elements  that subject matter experts determined are essential to the practice of Customized Employment (CE).  Funders such as VR agencies  can use this information to inform Requests for Proposals for training  in CE ,the development of contracts with providers of CE services and evaluating the effectiveness of CE practices.

 

Recommendations for Customized Employment Practices:

This document outlines practices that subject matter experts recommend for effectively practicing CE. This document focuses on practices related to Customized Job Development. This document can also inform training on  and evaluation of CE.

 

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What's New

The WINTAC has created a list of resources to help VR programs that are operating by distance and providing services remotely during the COVID-19 crisis.  We will be building on these resources daily, so please check back frequently.  Click to access the COVID-19 Resources. Click to access the Resources on Distance Service Delivery.

The WINTAC, in partnership with RSA, developed this Calculating VR Performance for Measurable Skill Gains (MSG) Tool to demonstrate how RSA will calculate performance after each Program Year ends. The tool includes two examples that show how RSA will use negotiated levels of performance, the Statistical Adjustment Model’s (SAM) estimated levels of performance, and the State VR program’s actual level of performance to calculate the Individual Indicator Score for MSG. This Excel file includes the SAM’s estimated levels of performance and MSG performance for Program Years 2017 and 2018 for each State VR program. These tools and RSA TAC 20-02: Negotiating and Sanctions Guidance, are available on the Transition to the Common Performance Measures Resources Page.

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), in partnership with the WINTAC, has completed it's series of eight pre-recorded trainings related to the RSA-911. The purpose of these trainings is to provide technical assistance to help State VR agencies prepare for the implementation of the revised RSA-911 (PD-19-03) effective July 1, 2020. The trainings are available on the Transition to the Common Performance Measures Training Page.

The WINTAC is pleased to announce the first in a series of presentations and trainings on individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Renowned Autism researcher and trainer Dr. Mary Baker-Ericzen has joined the staff at Interwork Institute and will be creating a series of trainings that are being developed to increase access to, and engagement of individuals with Autism in the VR process. In addition, the trainings will increase the knowledge, expertise and capacity of VR staff and partners to identify and implement strategies that will increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for these individuals. The first training in this series is Understanding Individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions with Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Click here to view the presentation.

The use of square footage and FTEs as a basis for a local funding mechanism to support cost sharing in American Job Centers is common across the country. Joint guidance in RSA 17-03 “IFA and Cost Sharing” (corresponds to OCTAE 17-3 and TEGL17-16), issued January 18, 2017, includes examples in which other methods might be considered for certain kinds of costs (Attachment 1).  In Sharing American Job Center Costs Using “Customer Count”: One Approach to Cost Allocation Under WIOA, the WINTAC and the RSA, in consultation with the OCTAE and the ETA, present an example of programs adopting “Customer Count” as a method for the allocation of costs related to career services available in an AJC.

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Announcements

In this recorded webinar, the WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services team and the Common Performance and Reporting team is hosting the Alaska and Maryland State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies to share their strategies for the tracking and reporting of pre-employment transition services...

The WINTAC Pre-Employment Transition Services team is hosting our WINTAC partner at the National Disability Institute Rachel Anderson, who is the technical assistance and training manager and subject matter expert for performance reporting:...

WINTAC has created a checklist to guide you through service alignment and integration with WIOA Core and Required partners.

The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center hosts the first meeting of the Career Pathways Community of Practice meeting - Thursday, September 28.

The WINTAC has compiled a summary of technical assistance provided by RSA to State VR agencies in 2016.  Click to view this summary of the TA provided...