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Statewide Assessment; Annual Estimates; Annual State Goals and Priorities; Strategies; and Reports of Progress (§361.29)

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This part of the website has been updated to reflect the Notice of Interpretation in the Federal Register.

Regulation:
  • (a) Comprehensive statewide assessment.

    (1)The vocational rehabilitation services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan must include -

    (i) The results of a comprehensive, statewide assessment, jointly conducted by the designated State unit and the State Rehabilitation Council (if the State unit has a Council) every three years. Results of the assessment are to be included in the vocational rehabilitation portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan, submitted in accordance with the requirements of §361.10(a) and the joint regulations of this part. The comprehensive needs assessment must describe the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing within the State, particularly the vocational rehabilitation services needs of -

    (A) Individuals with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services;

    (B) Individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program carried out under this part;

    (C) Individuals with disabilities served through other components of the statewide workforce development system as identified by those individuals and personnel assisting those individuals through the components of the system; and

    (D) Youth with disabilities, and students with disabilities, including

    (1) Their need for pre-employment transition services or other transition services; and

    (2) An assessment of the needs of individuals with disabilities for transition services and pre-employment transition services, and the extent to which such services provided under this part are coordinated with transition services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.) in order to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

  • ...(d) Strategies

    The vocational rehabilitation services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan must describe the strategies the State will use to address the needs identified in the assessment conducted under paragraph (a) of this section and achieve the goals and priorities identified in paragraph (c) of this section, including -

    (1) The methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities, including how a broad range of assistive technology services and assistive technology devices will be provided to those individuals at each stage of the rehabilitation process and how those services and devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities on a statewide basis;

    (2)The methods to be used to improve and expand vocational rehabilitation services for students with disabilities, including the coordination of services designed to facilitate the transition of such students from the receipt of educational services in school to postsecondary life, including the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services under the Act, postsecondary education, employment, and pre-employment transition services;

    (3) Strategies developed and implemented by the State to address the needs of students and youth with disabilities identified in the assessments described in paragraph (a) of this section and strategies to achieve the goals and priorities identified by the State to improve and expand vocational rehabilitation services for students and youth with disabilities on a statewide basis;

    (4)  Strategies to provide pre-employment transition services;

    (5) Outreach procedures to identify and serve individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program;

    (6) As applicable, the plan of the State for establishing, developing, or improving community rehabilitation programs;

    (7) Strategies to improve the performance of the State with respect to the evaluation standards and performance indicators established pursuant to section 106 of the Act and section 116 of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; and

    (8) Strategies for assisting other components of the statewide workforce development system in assisting individuals with disabilities....

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Preamble Discussion:
  • Additional Vocational Rehabilitation Program Provisions VR Services Portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan regarding the CSNA found in the preamble Final VR Regulations at 81 FR 55734 (August 19, 2016) -

    • ...Section 101(a) of the Act, as amended by WIOA, requires DSUs to include additional descriptive information in the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan. Therefore, final §361.29 requires DSUs to describe in the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan:

      (1) The results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment with respect to the needs of students and youth with disabilities for pre-employment transition services and other transition services, as appropriate;

      (2) goals and priorities to address these needs; and

      (3) strategies for the achievement of these goals….

      Final §361.24(c) also requires that the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State plan include a description of how the DSU will work with employers to identify competitive integrated employment and career exploration opportunities, in order to facilitate the provision of VR services, including pre-employment transition services and transition services for youth and students with disabilities, as applicable.

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