ED/OSERS/RSA
Rehabilitation Services Administration
U.S. Department of Education

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and
State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program
Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind State Plan for Fiscal Year 2012 (submitted FY 2011)

1.1 The Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Div. of State Services for the Blind is authorized to submit this State Plan under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended [1] and its supplement under Title VI, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act [2].

1.2 As a condition for the receipt of federal funds under Title I, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, the Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Div. of State Services for the Blind [3] agrees to operate and administer the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program in accordance with the provisions of this State Plan [4], the Rehabilitation Act, and all applicable regulations [5], policies and procedures established by the secretary. Funds made available under Section 111 of the Rehabilitation Act are used solely for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act and the administration of the State Plan for the vocational rehabilitation services program.

1.3 As a condition for the receipt of federal funds under Title VI, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act for supported employment services, the designated state agency agrees to operate and administer the State Supported Employment Services Program in accordance with the provisions of the supplement to this State Plan [6], the Rehabilitation Act and all applicable regulations [7], policies and procedures established by the secretary. Funds made available under Title VI, Part B, are used solely for the provision of supported employment services and the administration of the supplement to the Title I State Plan.
Yes

1.4 The designated state agency and/or the designated state unit has the authority under state law to perform the functions of the state regarding this State Plan and its supplement.
Yes

1.5 The state legally may carry out each provision of the State Plan and its supplement.
Yes

1.6 All provisions of the State Plan and its supplement are consistent with state law.
Yes

1.7 The (enter title of state officer below)
Yes

Director Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Div.of State Services for the Blind

... has the authority under state law to receive, hold and disburse federal funds made available under this State Plan and its supplement.

1.8 The (enter title of state officer below)...
Yes

Director Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Div.of State Services for the Blind

... has the authority to submit this State Plan for vocational rehabilitation services and the State Plan supplement for supported employment services.

1.9 The agency that submits this State Plan and its supplement has adopted or otherwise formally approved the plan and its supplement.
Yes

State Plan Certified By

As the authorized signatory identified above, I hereby certify that I will sign, date and retain in the files of the designated state agency/designated state unit Section 1 of the Preprint, and separate Certification of Lobbying forms (Form ED-80-0013; available at http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/ed80-013.pdf) for both the vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs.

Signed?
Yes

Name of Signatory
Katy Morris

Title of Signatory
DSB Director

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/24/2011

Assurances Certified By

At the request of RSA, the designated state agency and/or the designated state unit provide the following assurance(s), in addition to those contained within Section 2 through 8 below, in connection with the approval of the State Plan for FY 2012
No

Section 1 Footnotes

[1] Public Law 93 112, as amended by Public Laws 93 516, 95 602, 98 221, 99 506, 100-630, 102-569, 103-073, and 105-220.

[2] Unless otherwise stated, "Rehabilitation Act" means the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

[3] All references in this plan to "designated state agency" or to "the state agency" relate to the agency identified in this paragraph.

[4] No funds under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act may be awarded without an approved State Plan in accordance with Section 101(a) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR part 361.

[5] Applicable regulations include the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85 and 86 and the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program regulations in 34 CFR Part 361.

[6] No funds under Title VI, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act may be awarded without an approved supplement to the Title I State Plan in accordance with Section 625(a) of the Rehabilitation Act.

[7] Applicable regulations include the EDGAR citations in footnote 5, 34 CFR Part 361, and 34 CFR Part 363.

2.1 Public participation requirements. (Section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.10(d), .20(a), (b), (d); and 363.11(g)(9))

(a) Conduct of public meetings.

The designated state agency, prior to the adoption of any substantive policies or procedures governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under the State Plan and supported employment services under the supplement to the State Plan, including making any substantive amendments to the policies and procedures, conducts public meetings throughout the state to provide the public, including individuals with disabilities, an opportunity to comment on the policies or procedures.

(b) Notice requirements.

The designated state agency, prior to conducting the public meetings, provides appropriate and sufficient notice throughout the state of the meetings in accordance with state law governing public meetings or, in the absence of state law governing public meetings, procedures developed by the state agency in consultation with the State Rehabilitation Council, if the agency has a council.

(c) Special consultation requirements.

The state agency actively consults with the director of the Client Assistance Program, the State Rehabilitation Council, if the agency has a council and, as appropriate, Indian tribes, tribal organizations and native Hawaiian organizations on its policies and procedures governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under the State Plan and supported employment services under the supplement to the State Plan.

3.1 Submission and revisions of the State Plan and its supplement. (Sections 101(a)(1), (23) and 625(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act; Section 501 of the Workforce Investment Act; 34 CFR 76.140; 361.10(e), (f), and (g); and 363.10)

(a) The state submits to the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration the State Plan and its supplement on the same date that the state submits either a State Plan under Section 112 of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 or a state unified plan under Section 501 of that Rehabilitation Act.

(b) The state submits only those policies, procedures or descriptions required under this State Plan and its supplement that have not been previously submitted to and approved by the commissioner.

(c) The state submits to the commissioner, at such time and in such manner as the commissioner determines to be appropriate, reports containing annual updates of the information relating to the:

  1. comprehensive system of personnel development;
  2. assessments, estimates, goals and priorities, and reports of progress;
  3. innovation and expansion activities; and
  4. other updates of information required under Title I, Part B, or Title VI, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act that are requested by the commissioner.

(d) The State Plan and its supplement are in effect subject to the submission of modifications the state determines to be necessary or the commissioner requires based on a change in state policy, a change in federal law, including regulations, an interpretation of the Rehabilitation Act by a federal court or the highest court of the state, or a finding by the commissioner of state noncompliance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act, 34 CFR 361 or 34 CFR 363.

3.2 Supported Employment State Plan supplement. (Sections 101(a)(22) and 625(a) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.34 and 363.10)

(a) The state has an acceptable plan for carrying out Part B, of Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act that provides for the use of funds under that part to supplement funds made available under Part B, of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act for the cost of services leading to supported employment.

(b) The Supported Employment State Plan, including any needed annual revisions, is submitted as a supplement to the State Plan.

4.1 Designated state agency and designated state unit. (Section 101(a)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.13(a) and (b))

(a) Designated state agency.

  1. There is a state agency designated as the sole state agency to administer the State Plan or to supervise its administration in a political subdivision of the state by a sole local agency.

  1. The designated state agency is a state agency that is primarily concerned with vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities (Option A was selected/Option B was not selected).

  1. In American Samoa, the designated state agency is the governor.

(b) Designated state unit.

  1. If the designated state agency is not primarily concerned with vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, in accordance with subparagraph 4.1(a)(2)(B) of this section, the state agency includes a vocational rehabilitation bureau, division or unit that:

  1. is primarily concerned with vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities and is responsible for the administration of the designated state agency's vocational rehabilitation program under the State Plan;
  2. has a full-time director;
  3. has a staff, at least 90 percent of whom are employed full-time on the rehabilitation work of the organizational unit; and
  4. is located at an organizational level and has an organizational status within the designated state agency comparable to that of other major organizational units of the designated state agency.

  1. The name of the designated state vocational rehabilitation unit is
Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Div. of State Services for the Blind

4.2 State independent commission or State Rehabilitation Council. (Sections 101(a)(21) and 105 of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.16 and .17)

The State Plan must contain one of the following assurances.

(a) The designated state agency is an independent state commission that

  1. is responsible under state law for operating or overseeing the operation of the vocational rehabilitation program in the state and is primarily concerned with the vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities in accordance with subparagraph 4.1(a)(2)(A) of this section.
  1. is consumer controlled by persons who:
    1. are individuals with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit major life activities; and
    2. represent individuals with a broad range of disabilities, unless the designated state unit under the direction of the commission is the state agency for individuals who are blind;
  1. includes family members, advocates or other representatives of individuals with mental impairments; and
  1. undertakes the functions set forth in Section 105(c)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.17(h)(4).

(b) The state has established a State Rehabilitation Council that meets the criteria set forth in Section 105 of the Rehabilitation Act, 34 CFR 361.17

(c) If the designated state unit has a State Rehabilitation Council, Attachment 4.2(c) provides a summary of the input provided by the council consistent with the provisions identified in subparagraph (b)(3) of this section; the response of the designated state unit to the input and recommendations; and, explanations for the rejection of any input or any recommendation.

(Option A was selected)

4.3 Consultations regarding the administration of the State Plan. (Section 101(a)(16)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.21)

The designated state agency takes into account, in connection with matters of general policy arising in the administration of the plan and its supplement, the views of:

(a) individuals and groups of individuals who are recipients of vocational rehabilitation services or, as appropriate, the individuals' representatives;
(b) personnel working in programs that provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities;
(c) providers of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities;
(d) the director of the Client Assistance Program; and
(e) the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state has a council.

4.4 Nonfederal share. (Sections 7(14) and 101(a)(3) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 80.24 and 361.60)

The nonfederal share of the cost of carrying out this State Plan is 21.3 percent and is provided through the financial participation by the state or, if the state elects, by the state and local agencies.

4.5 Local administration. (Sections 7(24) and 101(a)(2)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(47) and .15)

The State Plan provides for the administration of the plan by a local agency. No

If "Yes", the designated state agency:

(a) ensures that each local agency is under the supervision of the designated state unit with the sole local agency, as that term is defined in Section 7(24) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(47), responsible for the administration of the vocational rehabilitation program within the political subdivision that it serves; and
(b) develops methods that each local agency will use to administer the vocational rehabilitation program in accordance with the State Plan.

4.6 Shared funding and administration of joint programs. (Section 101(a)(2)(A)(ii) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.27)

The State Plan provides for the state agency to share funding and administrative responsibility with another state agency or local public agency to carry out a joint program to provide services to individuals with disabilities. No

If "Yes", the designated state agency submits to the commissioner for approval a plan that describes its shared funding and administrative arrangement. The plan must include:

(a) a description of the nature and scope of the joint program;
(b) the services to be provided under the joint program;
(c) the respective roles of each participating agency in the administration and provision of services; and
(d) the share of the costs to be assumed by each agency.

4.7 Statewideness and waivers of statewideness. (Section 101(a)(4) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.25, .26, and .60(b)(3)(i) and (ii))

X This agency is requesting a waiver of statewideness.

(a) Services provided under the State Plan are available in all political subdivisions of the state.
(b) The state unit may provide services in one or more political subdivisions of the state that increase services or expand the scope of services that are available statewide under this State Plan if the:

  1. nonfederal share of the cost of these services is met from funds provided by a local public agency, including funds contributed to a local public agency by a private agency, organization or individual;

  1. services are likely to promote the vocational rehabilitation of substantially larger numbers of individuals with disabilities or of individuals with disabilities with particular types of impairments; and

  1. state, for purposes other than the establishment of a community rehabilitation program or the construction of a particular facility for community rehabilitation program purposes, requests in Attachment 4.7(b)(3) a waiver of the statewideness requirement in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. identification of the types of services to be provided;

  1. written assurance from the local public agency that it will make available to the state unit the nonfederal share of funds;

  1. written assurance that state unit approval will be obtained for each proposed service before it is put into effect; and

  1. written assurance that all other State Plan requirements, including a state's order of selection, will apply to all services approved under the waiver.

(c) Contributions, consistent with the requirements of 34 CFR 361.60(b)(3)(ii), by private entities of earmarked funds for particular geographic areas within the state may be used as part of the nonfederal share without the state requesting a waiver of the statewideness requirement provided that the state notifies the commissioner that it cannot provide the full nonfederal share without using the earmarked funds.

4.8 Cooperation, collaboration and coordination. (Sections 101(a)(11), (24)(B), and 625(b)(4) and (5) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.22, .23, .24, and .31, and 363.11(e))

(a) Cooperative agreements with other components of statewide work force investment system.

The designated state agency or the designated state unit has cooperative agreements with other entities that are components of the statewide work force investment system and replicates those agreements at the local level between individual offices of the designated state unit and local entities carrying out the One-Stop service delivery system or other activities through the statewide work force investment system.

(b) Cooperation and coordination with other agencies and entities.

Attachment 4.8(b) (1)-(4) describes the designated state agency's:

  1. cooperation with and use of the services and facilities of the federal, state, and local agencies and programs, including programs carried out by the undersecretary for Rural Development of the United States Department of Agriculture and state use contracting programs, to the extent that those agencies and programs are not carrying out activities through the statewide work force investment system;

  1. coordination, in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 4.8(c) of this section, with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services;

  1. establishment of cooperative agreements with private nonprofit vocational rehabilitation service providers, in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 5.10(b) of the State Plan; and,

  1. efforts to identify and make arrangements, including entering into cooperative agreements, with other state agencies and entities with respect to the provision of supported employment and extended services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, in accordance with the requirements of subsection 6.5 of the supplement to this State Plan.

(c) Coordination with education officials.

  1. Attachment 4.8(b)(2) describes the plans, policies and procedures for coordination between the designated state agency and education officials responsible for the public education of students with disabilities that are designed to facilitate the transition of the students who are individuals with disabilities from the receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services under the responsibility of the designated state agency.

  1. The State Plan description must:

  1. provide for the development and approval of an individualized plan for employment in accordance with 34 CFR 361.45 as early as possible during the transition planning process but, at the latest, before each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services leaves the school setting or if the designated state unit is operating on an order of selection before each eligible student able to be served under the order leaves the school setting; and

  1. include information on a formal interagency agreement with the state educational agency that, at a minimum, provides for:

  1. consultation and technical assistance to assist educational agencies in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to postschool activities, including vocational rehabilitation services;

  1. transition planning by personnel of the designated state agency and the educational agency for students with disabilities that facilitates the development and completion of their individualized education programs under Section 614(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;

  1. roles and responsibilities, including financial responsibilities, of each agency, including provisions for determining state lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services; and

  1. procedures for outreach to students with disabilities as early as possible during the transition planning process and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services.

(d) Coordination with statewide independent living council and independent living centers.

The designated state unit, the Statewide Independent Living Council established under Section 705 of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 364, and the independent living centers described in Part C of Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 366 have developed working relationships and coordinate their activities.

(e) Cooperative agreement with recipients of grants for services to American Indians.

  1. There is in the state a recipient(s) of a grant under Part C of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services for American Indians who are individuals with disabilities residing on or near federal and state reservations. No

  1. If "Yes", the designated state agency has entered into a formal cooperative agreement that meets the following requirements with each grant recipient in the state that receives funds under Part C of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act:

  1. strategies for interagency referral and information sharing that will assist in eligibility determinations and the development of individualized plans for employment;

  1. procedures for ensuring that American Indians who are individuals with disabilities and are living near a reservation or tribal service area are provided vocational rehabilitation services; and

  1. provisions for sharing resources in cooperative studies and assessments, joint training activities, and other collaborative activities designed to improve the provision of services to American Indians who are individuals with disabilities.

4.9 Methods of administration. (Section 101(a)(6) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.12, .19 and .51(a) and (b))

(a) In general.

The state agency employs methods of administration, including procedures to ensure accurate data collection and financial accountability, found by the commissioner to be necessary for the proper and efficient administration of the plan and for carrying out all the functions for which the state is responsible under the plan and 34 CFR 361.

(b) Employment of individuals with disabilities.

The designated state agency and entities carrying out community rehabilitation programs in the state, who are in receipt of assistance under Part B, of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act and this State Plan, take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities covered under and on the same terms and conditions as set forth in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act.

(c) Facilities.

Any facility used in connection with the delivery of services assisted under this State Plan meets program accessibility requirements consistent with the provisions, as applicable, of the Architectural Barriers Rehabilitation Act of 1968, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the regulations implementing these laws.

4.10 Comprehensive system of personnel development. (Section 101(a)(7) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.18)

Attachment 4.10 describes the designated state agency's procedures and activities to establish and maintain a comprehensive system of personnel development designed to ensure an adequate supply of qualified state rehabilitation professional and paraprofessional personnel for the designated state unit. The description includes the following:

(a) Data system on personnel and personnel development.

Development and maintenance of a system for collecting and analyzing on an annual basis data on qualified personnel needs and personnel development with respect to:

  1. Qualified personnel needs.

  1. The number of personnel who are employed by the state agency in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services in relation to the number of individuals served, broken down by personnel category;

  1. The number of personnel currently needed by the state agency to provide vocational rehabilitation services, broken down by personnel category; and

  1. Projections of the number of personnel, broken down by personnel category, who will be needed by the state agency to provide vocational rehabilitation services in the state in five years based on projections of the number of individuals to be served, including individuals with significant disabilities, the number of personnel expected to retire or leave the field, and other relevant factors.

  1. Personnel development.

  1. A list of the institutions of higher education in the state that are preparing vocational rehabilitation professionals, by type of program;

  1. The number of students enrolled at each of those institutions, broken down by type of program; and

  1. The number of students who graduated during the prior year from each of those institutions with certification or licensure, or with the credentials for certification or licensure, broken down by the personnel category for which they have received, or have the credentials to receive, certification or licensure.

(b) Plan for recruitment, preparation and retention of qualified personnel.

Development, updating on an annual basis, and implementation of a plan to address the current and projected needs for qualified personnel based on the data collection and analysis system described in paragraph (a) of this subsection and that provides for the coordination and facilitation of efforts between the designated state unit and institutions of higher education and professional associations to recruit, prepare and retain personnel who are qualified in accordance with paragraph (c) of this subsection, including personnel from minority backgrounds and personnel who are individuals with disabilities.

(c) Personnel standards.

Policies and procedures for the establishment and maintenance of personnel standards to ensure that designated state unit professional and paraprofessional personnel are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained, including:

  1. standards that are consistent with any national- or state-approved or recognized certification, licensing, registration, or, in the absence of these requirements, other comparable requirements (including state personnel requirements) that apply to the profession or discipline in which such personnel are providing vocational rehabilitation services.

  1. To the extent that existing standards are not based on the highest requirements in the state applicable to a particular profession or discipline, the steps the state is currently taking and the steps the state plans to take in accordance with the written plan to retrain or hire personnel within the designated state unit to meet standards that are based on the highest requirements in the state, including measures to notify designated state unit personnel, the institutions of higher education identified in subparagraph (a)(2), and other public agencies of these steps and the time lines for taking each step.

  1. The written plan required by subparagraph (c)(2) describes the following:

  1. specific strategies for retraining, recruiting and hiring personnel;

  1. the specific time period by which all state unit personnel will meet the standards required by subparagraph (c)(1);

  1. procedures for evaluating the designated state unit's progress in hiring or retraining personnel to meet applicable personnel standards within the established time period; and

  1. the identification of initial minimum qualifications that the designated state unit will require of newly hired personnel when the state unit is unable to hire new personnel who meet the established personnel standards and the identification of a plan for training such individuals to meet the applicable standards within the time period established for all state unit personnel to meet the established personnel standards.

(d) Staff development.

Policies, procedures and activities to ensure that all personnel employed by the designated state unit receive appropriate and adequate training. The narrative describes the following:

  1. A system of staff development for professionals and paraprofessionals within the designated state unit, particularly with respect to assessment, vocational counseling, job placement and rehabilitation technology.

  1. Procedures for the acquisition and dissemination to designated state unit professionals and paraprofessionals significant knowledge from research and other sources.

(e) Personnel to address individual communication needs.

Availability of personnel within the designated state unit or obtaining the services of other individuals who are able to communicate in the native language of applicants or eligible individuals who have limited English speaking ability or in appropriate modes of communication with applicants or eligible individuals.

(f) Coordination of personnel development under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Procedures and activities to coordinate the designated state unit's comprehensive system of personnel development with personnel development under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

4.11. Statewide assessment; annual estimates; annual state goals and priorities; strategies; and progress reports.

(Sections 101(a)(15), 105(c)(2) and 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.17(h)(2), .29, and 363.11(b))

(a) Comprehensive statewide assessment.

  1. Attachment 4.11(a) documents the results of a comprehensive, statewide assessment, jointly conducted every three years by the designated state unit and the State Rehabilitation Council (if the state has such a council). The assessment describes:

  1. the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing within the state, particularly the vocational rehabilitation services needs of:

  1. individuals with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services;

  1. 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 State Plan; and

  1. individuals with disabilities served through other components of the statewide work force investment system.

  1. The need to establish, develop or improve community rehabilitation programs within the state.

  1. For any year in which the state updates the assessments, the designated state unit submits to the commissioner a report containing information regarding updates to the assessments.

(b) Annual estimates.

Attachment 4.11(b) identifies on an annual basis state estimates of the:

  1. number of individuals in the state who are eligible for services under the plan;

  1. number of eligible individuals who will receive services provided with funds provided under Part B of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act and under Part B of Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act, including, if the designated state agency uses an order of selection in accordance with subparagraph 5.3(b)(2) of this State Plan, estimates of the number of individuals to be served under each priority category within the order; and

  1. costs of the services described in subparagraph (b)(1), including, if the designated state agency uses an order of selection, the service costs for each priority category within the order.

(c) Goals and priorities.

  1. Attachment 4.11(c)(1) identifies the goals and priorities of the state that are jointly developed or revised, as applicable, with and agreed to by the State Rehabilitation Council, if the agency has a council, in carrying out the vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs.

  1. The designated state agency submits to the commissioner a report containing information regarding any revisions in the goals and priorities for any year the state revises the goals and priorities.

  1. Order of selection.
    If the state agency implements an order of selection, consistent with subparagraph 5.3(b)(2) of the State Plan, Attachment 4.11(c)(3):

  1. shows the order to be followed in selecting eligible individuals to be provided vocational rehabilitation services;

  1. provides a justification for the order; and

  1. identifies the service and outcome goals, and the time within which these goals may be achieved for individuals in each priority category within the order.

  1. Goals and plans for distribution of Title VI, Part B, funds.
    Attachment 4.11(c)(4) specifies, consistent with subsection 6.4 of the State Plan supplement, the state's goals and priorities with respect to the distribution of funds received under Section 622 of the Rehabilitation Act for the provision of supported employment services.

(d) Strategies.

  1. Attachment 4.11(d) describes the strategies, 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;

  1. outreach procedures to identify and serve individuals with disabilities who are minorities, including those with the most significant disabilities in accordance with subsection 6.6 of the State Plan supplement, and individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program;

  1. as applicable, the plan of the state for establishing, developing or improving community rehabilitation programs;

  1. strategies to improve the performance of the state with respect to the evaluation standards and performance indicators established pursuant to Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act; and

  1. strategies for assisting other components of the statewide work force investment system in assisting individuals with disabilities.

  1. Attachment 4.11 (d) describes how the designated state agency uses these strategies to:

  1. address the needs identified in the assessment conducted under paragraph 4.11(a) and achieve the goals and priorities identified in the State Plan attachments under paragraph 4.11(c);

  1. support the innovation and expansion activities identified in subparagraph 4.12(a)(1) and (2) of the plan; and

  1. overcome identified barriers relating to equitable access to and participation of individuals with disabilities in the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Supported Employment Services Program.

(e) Evaluation and reports of progress.

  1. The designated state unit and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state unit has a council, jointly submits to the commissioner an annual report on the results of an evaluation of the effectiveness of the vocational rehabilitation program and the progress made in improving the effectiveness of the program from the previous year.

  1. Attachment 4.11(e)(2):

  1. provides an evaluation of the extent to which the goals identified in Attachment 4.11(c)(1) and, if applicable, Attachment 4.11(c)(3) were achieved;

  1. identifies the strategies that contributed to the achievement of the goals and priorities;

  1. describes the factors that impeded their achievement, to the extent they were not achieved;

  1. assesses the performance of the state on the standards and indicators established pursuant to Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act; and

  1. provides a report consistent with paragraph 4.12(c) of the plan on how the funds reserved for innovation and expansion activities were utilized in the preceding year.

4.12 Innovation and expansion. (Section 101(a)(18) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.35)

(a) The designated state agency reserves and uses a portion of the funds allotted to the state under Section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act for the:

  1. development and implementation of innovative approaches to expand and improve the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities under this State Plan, particularly individuals with the most significant disabilities, consistent with the findings of the statewide assessment identified in Attachment 4.11(a) and goals and priorities of the state identified in Attachments 4.11(c)(1) and, if applicable, Attachment 4.11(c)(3); and

  1. support of the funding for the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state has such a council, consistent with the resource plan prepared under Section 105(d)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.17(i), and the funding of the Statewide Independent Living Council, consistent with the resource plan prepared under Section 705(e)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 364.21(i).

(b) Attachment 4.11 (d) describes how the reserved funds identified in subparagraph 4.12(a)(1) and (2) will be utilized.
(c) Attachment 4.11(e)(2) describes how the reserved funds were utilized in the preceding year.

4.13 Reports. (Section 101(a)(10) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.40)

(a) The designated state unit submits reports in the form and level of detail and at the time required by the commissioner regarding applicants for and eligible individuals receiving services under the State Plan.
(b) Information submitted in the reports provides a complete count, unless sampling techniques are used, of the applicants and eligible individuals in a manner that permits the greatest possible cross-classification of data and protects the confidentiality of the identity of each individual.

5.1 Information and referral services. (Sections 101(a)(5)(D) and (20) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.37)

The designated state agency has implemented an information and referral system that is adequate to ensure that individuals with disabilities, including individuals who do not meet the agency's order of selection criteria for receiving vocational rehabilitation services if the agency is operating on an order of selection, are provided accurate vocational rehabilitation information and guidance, including counseling and referral for job placement, using appropriate modes of communication, to assist such individuals in preparing for, securing, retaining or regaining employment, and are referred to other appropriate federal and state programs, including other components of the statewide work force investment system in the state.

5.2 Residency. (Section 101(a)(12) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.42(c)(1))

The designated state unit imposes no duration of residence requirement as part of determining an individual's eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services or that excludes from services under the plan any individual who is present in the state.

5.3 Ability to serve all eligible individuals; order of selection for services. (Sections 12(d) and 101(a)(5) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.36)

(a) The designated state unit is able to provide the full range of services listed in Section 103(a) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.48, as appropriate, to all eligible individuals with disabilities in the state who apply for services. Yes

(b) If No:

  1. Individuals with the most significant disabilities, in accordance with criteria established by the state, are selected first for vocational rehabilitation services before other individuals with disabilities.

  1. Attachment 4.11(c)(3):

  1. shows the order to be followed in selecting eligible individuals to be provided vocational rehabilitation services;

  1. provides a justification for the order of selection; and

  1. identifies the state's service and outcome goals and the time within which these goals may be achieved for individuals in each priority category within the order.

  1. Eligible individuals who do not meet the order of selection criteria have access to the services provided through the designated state unit's information and referral system established under Section 101(a)(20) of the Rehabilitation Act, 34 CFR 361.37, and subsection 5.1 of this State Plan.

5.4 Availability of comparable services and benefits. (Sections 101(a)(8) and 103(a) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.53)

(a) Prior to providing any vocational rehabilitation services, except those services identified in paragraph (b), to an eligible individual or to members of the individual's family, the state unit determines whether comparable services and benefits exist under any other program and whether those services and benefits are available to the individual.
(b) The following services are exempt from a determination of the availability of comparable services and benefits:

  1. assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs by qualified personnel, including, if appropriate, an assessment by personnel skilled in rehabilitation technology;

  1. counseling and guidance, including information and support services to assist an individual in exercising informed choice consistent with the provisions of Section 102(d) of the Rehabilitation Act;

  1. referral and other services to secure needed services from other agencies, including other components of the statewide work force investment system, through agreements developed under Section 101(a)(11) of the Rehabilitation Act, if such services are not available under this State Plan;

  1. job-related services, including job search and placement assistance, job retention services, follow-up services, and follow-along services;

  1. rehabilitation technology, including telecommunications, sensory and other technological aids and devices; and

  1. post-employment services consisting of the services listed under subparagraphs (1) through (5) of this paragraph.

(c) The requirements of paragraph (a) of this section do not apply if the determination of the availability of comparable services and benefits under any other program would interrupt or delay:

  1. progress of the individual toward achieving the employment outcome identified in the individualized plan for employment;

  1. an immediate job placement; or

  1. provision of vocational rehabilitation services to any individual who is determined to be at extreme medical risk, based on medical evidence provided by an appropriate qualified medical professional.

(d) The governor in consultation with the designated state vocational rehabilitation agency and other appropriate agencies ensures that an interagency agreement or other mechanism for interagency coordination that meets the requirements of Section 101(a)(8)(B)(i)-(iv) of the Rehabilitation Act takes effect between the designated state unit and any appropriate public entity, including the state Medicaid program, a public institution of higher education, and a component of the statewide work force investment system to ensure the provision of the vocational rehabilitation services identified in Section 103(a) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.48, other than the services identified in paragraph (b) of this section, that are included in the individualized plan for employment of an eligible individual, including the provision of those vocational rehabilitation services during the pendency of any dispute that may arise in the implementation of the interagency agreement or other mechanism for interagency coordination.

5.5 Individualized plan for employment. (Section 101(a)(9) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.45 and .46)

(a) An individualized plan for employment meeting the requirements of Section 102(b) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.45 and .46 is developed and implemented in a timely manner for each individual determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, except if the state has implemented an order of selection, and is developed and implemented for each individual to whom the designated state unit is able to provide vocational rehabilitation services.
(b) Services to an eligible individual are provided in accordance with the provisions of the individualized plan for employment.

5.6 Opportunity to make informed choices regarding the selection of services and providers. (Sections 101(a)(19) and 102(d) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.52)

Applicants and eligible individuals or, as appropriate, their representatives are provided information and support services to assist in exercising informed choice throughout the rehabilitation process, consistent with the provisions of Section 102(d) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.52.

5.7 Services to American Indians. (Section 101(a)(13) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.30)

The designated state unit provides vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians who are individuals with disabilities residing in the state to the same extent as the designated state agency provides such services to other significant populations of individuals with disabilities residing in the state.

5.8 Annual review of individuals in extended employment or other employment under special certificate provisions of the fair labor standards act of 1938. (Section 101(a)(14) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.55)

(a) The designated state unit conducts an annual review and reevaluation of the status of each individual with a disability served under this State Plan:

  1. who has achieved an employment outcome in which the individual is compensated in accordance with Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C. 214(c)); or

  1. whose record of services is closed while the individual is in extended employment on the basis that the individual is unable to achieve an employment outcome in an integrated setting or that the individual made an informed choice to remain in extended employment.

(b) The designated state unit carries out the annual review and reevaluation for two years after the individual's record of services is closed (and thereafter if requested by the individual or, if appropriate, the individual's representative) to determine the interests, priorities and needs of the individual with respect to competitive employment or training for competitive employment.
(c) The designated state unit makes maximum efforts, including the identification and provision of vocational rehabilitation services, reasonable accommodations and other necessary support services, to assist the individuals described in paragraph (a) in engaging in competitive employment.
(d) The individual with a disability or, if appropriate, the individual's representative has input into the review and reevaluation and, through signed acknowledgement, attests that the review and reevaluation have been conducted.

5.9 Use of Title I funds for construction of facilities. (Sections 101(a)(17) and 103(b)(2)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.49(a)(1), .61 and .62(b))

If the state elects to construct, under special circumstances, facilities for community rehabilitation programs, the following requirements are met:

(a) The federal share of the cost of construction for facilities for a fiscal year does not exceed an amount equal to 10 percent of the state's allotment under Section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act for that fiscal year.
(b) The provisions of Section 306 of the Rehabilitation Act that were in effect prior to the enactment of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 apply to such construction.
(c) There is compliance with the requirements in 34 CFR 361.62(b) that ensure the use of the construction authority will not reduce the efforts of the designated state agency in providing other vocational rehabilitation services other than the establishment of facilities for community rehabilitation programs.

5.10 Contracts and cooperative agreements. (Section 101(a)(24) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.31 and .32)

(a) Contracts with for-profit organizations.

The designated state agency has the authority to enter into contracts with for-profit organizations for the purpose of providing, as vocational rehabilitation services, on-the-job training and related programs for individuals with disabilities under Part A of Title VI of the Rehabilitation Act, upon the determination by the designated state agency that for-profit organizations are better qualified to provide vocational rehabilitation services than nonprofit agencies and organizations.

(b) Cooperative agreements with private nonprofit organizations.

Attachment 4.8(b)(3) describes the manner in which the designated state agency establishes cooperative agreements with private nonprofit vocational rehabilitation service providers.

Section 6: Program Administration

6.1 Designated state agency. (Section 625(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(a))

The designated state agency for vocational rehabilitation services identified in paragraph 1.2 of the Title I State Plan is the state agency designated to administer the State Supported Employment Services Program authorized under Title VI, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act.

6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))

Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.

6.3 Quality, scope and extent of supported employment services. (Section 625(b)(3) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(c) and .50(b)(2))

Attachment 6.3 describes the quality, scope and extent of supported employment services to be provided to individuals with the most significant disabilities who are eligible to receive supported employment services. The description also addresses the timing of the transition to extended services to be provided by relevant state agencies, private nonprofit organizations or other sources following the cessation of supported employment service provided by the designated state agency.

6.4 Goals and plans for distribution of Title VI, Part B, funds. (Section 625(b)(3) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(d) and .20)

Attachment 4.11(c)(4) identifies the state's goals and plans with respect to the distribution of funds received under Section 622 of the Rehabilitation Act.

6.5 Evidence of collaboration with respect to supported employment services and extended services. (Sections 625(b)(4) and (5) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(e))

Attachment 4.8(b)(4) describes the efforts of the designated state agency to identify and make arrangements, including entering into cooperative agreements, with other state agencies and other appropriate entities to assist in the provision of supported employment services and other public or nonprofit agencies or organizations within the state, employers, natural supports, and other entities with respect to the provision of extended services.

6.6 Minority outreach. (34 CFR 363.11(f))

Attachment 4.11(d) includes a description of the designated state agency's outreach procedures for identifying and serving individuals with the most significant disabilities who are minorities.

6.7 Reports. (Sections 625(b)(8) and 626 of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(h) and .52)

The designated state agency submits reports in such form and in accordance with such procedures as the commissioner may require and collects the information required by Section 101(a)(10) of the Rehabilitation Act separately for individuals receiving supported employment services under Part B, of Title VI and individuals receiving supported employment services under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act.

7.1 Five percent limitation on administrative costs. (Section 625(b)(7) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(g)(8))

The designated state agency expends no more than five percent of the state's allotment under Section 622 of the Rehabilitation Act for administrative costs in carrying out the State Supported Employment Services Program.

7.2 Use of funds in providing services. (Sections 623 and 625(b)(6)(A) and (D) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.6(c)(2)(iv), .11(g)(1) and (4))

(a) Funds made available under Title VI, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act are used by the designated state agency only to provide supported employment services to individuals with the most significant disabilities who are eligible to receive such services.
(b) Funds provided under Title VI, Part B, are used only to supplement and not supplant the funds provided under Title I, Part B, of the Rehabilitation Act, in providing supported employment services specified in the individualized plan for employment.
(c) Funds provided under Part B of Title VI or Title I of the Rehabilitation Act are not used to provide extended services to individuals who are eligible under Part B of Title VI or Title I of the Rehabilitation Act.

8.1 Scope of supported employment services. (Sections 7(36) and 625(b)(6)(F) and (G) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54), 363.11(g)(6) and (7))

(a) Supported employment services are those services as defined in Section 7(36) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54).
(b) To the extent job skills training is provided, the training is provided on-site.
(c) Supported employment services include placement in an integrated setting for the maximum number of hours possible based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of individuals with the most significant disabilities.

8.2 Comprehensive assessments of individuals with significant disabilities. (Sections 7(2)(B) and 625(b)(6)(B); 34 CFR 361.5(b)(6)(ii) and 363.11(g)(2))

The comprehensive assessment of individuals with significant disabilities conducted under Section 102(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act includes consideration of supported employment as an appropriate employment outcome.

8.3 Individualized plan for employment. (Sections 102(b)(3)(F) and 625(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.46(b) and 363.11(g)(3) and (5))

(a) An individualized plan for employment that meets the requirements of Section 102(b) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.45 and .46 is developed and updated using funds under Title I.
(b) The individualized plan for employment:

  1. specifies the supported employment services to be provided;

  1. describes the expected extended services needed; and

  1. identifies the source of extended services, including natural supports, or, to the extent that it is not possible to identify the source of extended services at the time the individualized plan for employment plan is developed, a statement describing the basis for concluding that there is a reasonable expectation that sources will become available.

(c) Services provided under an individualized plan for employment are coordinated with services provided under other individualized plans established under other federal or state programs.

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This agency has requested a waiver of statewideness.

Identify the types of services to be provided by the program for which the waiver of statewideness is requested.

The waiver request should also include:

  • a written assurance from the local public agency that it will make available to the designated state unit the non-federal share of funds;
  • a written assurance that designated state unit approval will be obtained for each proposed service before it is put into effect;
  • a written assurance that all state plan requirements will apply to all services approved under the waiver.

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Describe interagency cooperation with and utilization of the services and facilities of agencies and programs that are not carrying out activities through the statewide workforce investment system with respect to

  • Federal, state, and local agencies and programs;
  • if applicable, Programs carried out by the Under Secretary for Rural Development of the United States Department of Agriculture; and
  • if applicable, state use contracting programs.

The Department of Human Services Division of State Services for the Blind (DSB) has cooperative agreements with the following agencies not carrying out activities under the statewide Workforce Investment system:

Arkansas Educational Television Network

Arkansas School for the Blind

33 Institutions of Higher Education

Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education

Educational Services for the Visually Impaired

DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services

DHS Division of Behavioral Health

DHS Division of Children and Family Services

DHS Division of County Operations

DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services

DHS Division of Volunteerism

DHS Division of Youth Services

Coordination with DHS

Co-location - DSB serves all 75 counties in Arkansas, and VR counselors have base offices in DHS offices in 10 geographic locations around the state. Referrals may be made directly to the appropriate DSB field office serving the individual’s community or through the DSB Central Office.

Strategic Energy Plan – DSB participates in the new DHS Strategic Energy Plan task force (StEP), which has been recognized by the Governor’s Office as the “gold standard” for state agencies. Act 1494 of 2009 directs state agencies to reduce energy use by 20 percent between now and 2014, and by 30 percent by 2017. An Executive Order also requires agencies to develop individual Strategic Energy Plans.

The DHS energy plan addresses recycling, lighting, training employees, communications, vehicles, paper reduction, plug loads of appliances/computers, weatherization, and other green initiatives. The plan recognizes that to accomplish energy savings, educating employees about energy conservation and a culture change within the department will be needed. The future annual reduction of DHS energy use by 20 percent would save DHS more than $1,500,000 in direct annual operating costs and would reduce carbon emissions by 150,000 tons per year.

Leadership - DSB coordinates with other DHS Divisions by, including but not limited to, participating in “Leadership in a High Performance Culture” workshops for managers and supervisors and serving on the DHS Office of Policy and Planning Work Group.

Access – DSB collaborated with the Department of Information Services (DIS) to develop legislation that became the Access Bill HB2063. The bill was passed in the spring 2011, and became Act 750. It names the DIS as the state entity responsible for regulating what computer equipment and access are acceptable and requires DIS to develop and clarify accessibility standards for the visually impaired.

The DSB Field Services Administrator attends Access Arkansas meetings, which involve coordination among all DHS agencies. The purpose is to develop a simplified, generic application that can be used as a starting point to apply for all DHS services. DSB was among the pilot agencies included in the initial release. Individuals who are blind or severely impaired can access the application from their home or some other location through the DHS website 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Additional DHS agencies and programs continue to be added and enhancements are ongoing.

The DSB Technology Unit is coordinating with the DHS Office of Systems and Technology to ensure its Data Loss Protection (DLP) project will not affect access to adaptive software and accommodations by DHS employees who are blind or visually impaired. The proposed technology and guidelines would block most USB devices from being connected to any computer using the DHS network. The DSB Technology Unit has been asked to determine what USB devices are being used to make computers ADA compliant and how the devices might be affected.

DSB is coordinating with the Arkansas Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped to acquire digital recorders to be used by staff to teach consumers how to access talking books. This is part of an initiative to train Rehabilitation Teachers to provide assistive technology instruction to consumers in their local areas.

Coordination with United States Department of Agriculture

DSB refers consumers to commodity programs and the Food Stamp program, which are under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Faith-based and Minority Outreach Efforts

In addition to contracting with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) to reach out to faith-based groups, DSB continues to coordinate with faith-based and minority organizations, including:

• Participating in a faith-based effort with Laity Involved in Free Transportation (LIFT), a volunteer program through the First United Methodist Church. DSB distributes information and refers consumers to LIFT, which provides free transportation services to individuals in Little Rock and North Little Rock who have no other means of transportation to doctor appointments and medical treatments.

• DSB participated in the Second Jurisdiction of Arkansas Conference in January, 2011, and networked with over 90 minority churches that were in attendance.

• DSB staff met with ministers and officials of minority churches in the Batesville area to inform them of agency services and methods of referral.

• In Northwest Arkansas, DSB representatives have met with the First Latin American Baptist Church, the Hispanic Women’s Organization, the Northwest Arkansas Baptist Association’s Hispanic Ministries, the Multicultural Center of Northwest Arkansas, and the League of United Latin American Citizens.

• DSB is working with Delta Resources to inform churches in Southeast Arkansas about DSB services and invite new referrals. Contacts have also been made with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, the Women’s Counsel on African American Affairs, the Council for Battered Women with Disabilities, and minority churches in the area.

• Faith-based efforts have been made in southwest Arkansas with the Camden Community Brotherhood, Ouachita District Laymen, the United Methodist Men, the Inter-faith Medical Clinic, and the Friendship Center. Minority outreach efforts have been coordinated with the Bi-State Coalition, the Ouachita County Economic Development Council, and Camden Accelerated Business Services.

Emergency Preparedness Collaborations

Prompted by the past events of Hurricane Katrina and 911, DSB currently participates in two groups: the Emergency Preparedness Work Group and the Business Continuity Plans Task Force. The groups are charged with developing strategic plans for emergency preparedness; response and recovery; and maintenance of services in the aftermath of a disaster. For the Emergency Preparedness Work Group, DSB participates on the DHS team responsible for planning and implementation of the portion of the State Emergency Operations Plan involving the functions of mass care, emergency assistance, housing, and human services. This necessitates DSB collaborating with other DHS divisions, state agencies, local governments, and non-governmental organizations. DSB also collaborates with the Business Continuity Plans Task Force to complete a plan for continued operations in the event of a disaster. This plan utilizes Living Disaster Recovery System software and involves other agencies. The plan is updated as needed and employees are informed on what to do in the event of an emergency.

DSB is also participating on an internal DHS disaster team headed by the Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, formerly the Division of Volunteerism.

DSB has met with the First Latin American Baptist Church, the Baptist Association, and one of the five locations of the Brand New Church to discuss members providing voluntary, temporary housing to consumers who are blind or severely visually impaired in the event of a disaster or emergency, such as that experienced during Hurricane Katrina when Arkansas received hundreds of evacuees. Many of the disaster victims were taken to Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, but the facility was not equipped to provide for the needs of those with visual impairments and DSB staff were asked to relocate them on short notice. To address this in the future, DSB is developing a contingency plan whereby these individuals can be housed in the homes of volunteers.

DSB coordinates with fire departments in Boone County to get smoke detectors installed in consumers’ homes. Information about the project is given to consumers when they apply for DSB services. The smoke detectors are paid for through a grant, and installation is done by firefighters. There are no costs to consumers.

Coordination with Blind Agencies/Organizations

DSB collaborates with the following organizations, agencies, and non-profits through their participation on the DSB board and in the day-to-day provision of services to consumers: the Arkansas Lions; Arkansas Affiliate National Federation of the Blind (NFB); Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER); Lions World Services for the Blind (LWSB); Arkansas Association of Blind Business Enterprise Managers; the Blinded Veterans Association; Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB); and the Arkansas Chapter American Council of the Blind (ACB). The Disability Rights Center (DRC) and the Arkansas Independent Living Council (AILC) are scheduled for presentations at each board meeting. Time is also scheduled for consumer input during DSB board meetings.

The DSB Director or designee attends AILC board meetings. DSB staff and DSB Board members attend ACB, NFB, LWSB, and AER local, state and/or national activities/events. DSB representatives are sometimes asked to be presenters at these organizations’ annual state conferences, and representatives from these organizations are sometimes invited to be presenters at DSB meetings and conferences. Some DSB staff are members of these organizations. VR Counselors participate in staffings regarding their consumers at LWSB. Arkansas Lions Clubs assist DSB with local presentations for the annual area Consumer of the Year awards. DSB continues to work closely with consumer groups.

DSB coordinated with Arkansas National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPCVI); Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind; Arkansas School for the Blind; Educational Services for the Visually Impaired; Lions World Services for the Blind; and the Arkansas Lions Eye Bank and Lab at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to present an information fair at the State Capitol in observation of White Cane Safety Day October 27, 2010. The event provided the public with information about blindness; technology and specialized services that are available; the capacities of people who are blind and visually impaired; and ways to prevent blindness. Another observance is planned for October, 2011, but changes in the event, including its location, are being considered.

DSB worked closely with the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind to draft a bill to create a new category of work center for the blind that would allow the Lighthouse to compete as a vendor for commodity services in the state purchasing system. The bill passed during the spring 2011 legislative session and became Act 807.

Support Groups

DSB staff meet monthly with the Low Vision Support Group of Paragould, the Ozark Support Group in the town of Ozark, the Garland County Support Group, the Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Support Group in Mountain Home, and a faith-based support group in Harrison through St. John’s Episcopal Church.

CILs and Other Providers

DSB pays LWSB and the Louisiana Center for the Blind on a “fee for services” case-by-case basis. At the recommendation of RSA, DSB implemented a system of performance-based contracts with Centers for Independent Living in the state. When this system took effect July 1, 2008, Sources for Community Independent Living Services Inc. (Sources Inc.) was the only CIL that participated in the first year, but during each successive contract period another CIL has joined the system. It is anticipated that in 2012 the last of the four CIL’s will begin participation. Currently, DSB has professional services contracts with the three programs listed below:

• Sources for Community Independent Living Services for the following time periods:

o 07/15/2008 through 06/30/09 o 07/01/2009 through 06/30/10 o 10/01/2010 through 06/30/11

• Independent Living Resources Center doing business as Mainstream:

o 07/01/2009 through 06/30/10 o 07/01/2010 through 06/30/11

• Delta Resource Center for Independent Living:

o 07/01/2010 through 06/30/2011

Through the contract with Sources Inc., the VR Counselor in Fayetteville can be called in to assist with its Job Club if an individual who is blind or severely visually impaired shows up seeking services.

Coordination with Education-related Partners

In June, 2011, DSB resumed conducting Jump Start, a statewide career development program for high school students who are blind or severely visually impaired. DSB coordinates with the Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB) in the planning and operation of Jump Start. ASB holds its summer learning program for youth under age 14 at the same time that DSB has Jump Start, so the two agencies share cafeteria staff, infirmary nurses, and security guards, and at least one ASB staff member is assigned to assist during Jump Start. DSB houses the students at the Arkansas School for the Blind during the week (students go home on weekends). The three-week program is designed to expose Jump Start students to the world of work and assist them in transitioning from high school to employment or post-secondary education. Students are placed in part-time jobs appropriate for their skills, abilities, and interests. DSB takes students on field trips to businesses and colleges; teaches the students how to do their own shopping, cooking, and laundry; provides instruction by certified orientation and mobility specialists; teaches job search skills and computer technology; and provides recreational opportunities. Jump Start increases the students’ confidence, social skills, and self-esteem. It also strengthens DSB’s relationship with ASB.

DSB is a charter member and one of 25 agencies participating in the Arkansas Interagency Transition Partnership (AITP), which coordinates transition services and discusses related issues. DSB reduced its presence at the Transition Summit October, 2010, because staff feedback said the focus was more from the education perspective than that of rehabilitation. DSB will explore ways to make this event more relevant to its staff or find other avenues to coordinate with education entities. In the future the AITP plans to have bi-annual Transition Summits; in off years a one-day event will be held in the summer instead of a full conference in the fall. Team meetings will continue at the local level, and there will also be cadres with two representatives from each local team invited. The focus of cadres will be on agency services, with three agencies invited to present information at each cadre meeting.

DSB continues to coordinate services with Educational Services for the Visually Impaired. In FY 2012, DSB will conduct some cross training with ESVI to ensure that the staffs are familiar with each other and knowledgeable about each agency’s services.

Relationships with ESVI have been strengthened by outreach and coordination initiatives put in place during FY 2010. As part of these initiatives, Rehabilitation Assistant II’s are mailing information to ESVI at least twice a year, in the fall and winter months. In FY 2011, an e-mail component was added as a supplemental method of contact. Rehabilitation Assistants maintain email addresses for ESVI contacts, and VR Counselors and their assistants will serve as agency contacts. Coordination increased with the appointment of a DSB Board member who is employed by ESVI, even though the staff member is actually representing AER on the board.

Counselors are still not consistently being notified in advance for IEP meetings as they should be, but Area Field Supervisors stated communication with schools has greatly improved since an initiative was started in FY 2009 to increase outreach, coordination and cooperation to public schools. Each DSB regional office maintains a contact list for all secondary schools in its service area and regularly sends letters and information to contacts on the list. In FY 2011, an e-mail component was added as a supplemental method of contact. Rehabilitation Assistants obtained the email addresses for school contacts, and VR Counselors and their assistants will serve as agency contacts. This process gives schools a pathway for increased communications with DSB.

The DSB Director continues to meet with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Advisory Board to ensure that DSB is involved with their planning for higher education needs.

Crime Victims

The DSB is represented on the Crime Victims with Disabilities Council, a subset of Partners for Inclusive Communities-University of Arkansas Medical Sciences.

Business Partnership Development

DSB participates in the Regional VR Business Network (ReVrb), a group established by the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center to work on particular issues between vocational rehabilitation and business. A DSB representative attends monthly ReVrb teleconferences as well as related training at least twice a year. The latest two-year project involved developing strategies to work with business partners nationwide. Out of this project will come specific, national training for VRC/CRC staff that will cover the rehabilitation process from eligibility to the developing of business relationships. Funded by a $30 million dollar grant from Microsoft and Points of Contacts, ReVrb brings together the 80 blind and general vocational rehabilitation agencies by region for the purpose of consumer employment.

In a separate effort, TACE requested that all state agency trainers within Region 6 participate in a pilot program titled National Employment Team (NET). DSB sent two representatives to the initial Train-the-Trainer meeting. NET was introduced and training materials were distributed, reviewed, and critiqued.

Additional Information: Cooperation with Agencies within the Statewide Workforce Investment System

DSB has cooperative agreements with local Workforce Investment Boards, which are periodically reviewed and updated as necessary. DSB also has cooperative agreements with the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (a general agreement and a deafblind agreement).

DSB, ARS, the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), the DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services (BHS), and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit (SEU), Transition Unit are partners in a cooperative agreement outlining responsibilities and the provision of services, including supported employment, to transition-aged consumers.

The Governor’s Executive Order 10-17 directs state agencies to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities and for DHS to convene an Employment First Task Force comprised of disability service providers, consumer advocates, and state agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, Workforce services, and education. The task force will identify and eliminate agency policies that create barriers and disincentives for employment of individuals who are disabled. It will develop methods to track and report related data. The DSB Director has been named as a representative to this task force, which will focus consumer services around goals of self-sufficiency and employment.

Executive Order 10-17 also calls for the training of staff and counseling of consumers on Social Security work incentives, the Ticket-to-Work program, and employment and navigation services for individuals with disabilities who want to work. It aims to “increase the availability and use of supported employment through interagency collaboration and reallocation of existing funds to better meet the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities.”

The DSB Director serves on the Governor’s Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, which meets quarterly, and VR Counselors are members of the local Workforce Investment Boards, which meet quarterly across the state. DSB has 10 counselors named to local Workforce Investment Boards now. The number fluctuates with turnover.

DSB is expanding the number of accessible kiosks for consumers in seven additional Workforce Center locations. The original logic was that the kiosks would be in the same cities where DSB has offices; now DSB is expanding to place kiosks in cities with either two-year or four-year Institutions of Higher Education. DSB is trying to change the culture so consumers feel comfortable going into those locations and can access the Internet to search for jobs, the same as a sighted person. The expansion will bring the number of kiosks up to a total of 17.

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  • Describe the designated state unit's plans, policies, and procedures for coordination with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services, including provisions for the development and approval of an individualized plan for employment before each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services leaves the school setting or, if the designated state unit is operating on an order of selection, before each eligible student able to be served under the order leaves the school setting.
  • Provide information on the formal interagency agreement with the state educational agency with respect to
    • consultation and technical assistance to assist educational agencies in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including VR services;
    • transition planning by personnel of the designated state agency and educational agency that facilitates the development and completion of their individualized education programs;
    • roles and responsibilities, including financial responsibilities, of each agency, including provisions for determining state lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services;
    • procedures for outreach to and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services.

DSB has a cooperative agreement with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education, regarding transition services to students who are blind or severely visually impaired and are in public schools, including Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB). The interagency agreement with the Department of Education outlines the roles and responsibilities, financial responsibility, determination of lead agency, and qualified personnel.

DSB also has cooperative agreements with:

• Arkansas School for the Blind

• Arkansas School for the Deaf

• Educational Services for the Visually Impaired (ESVI)

• 33 Institutions of Higher Education

DSB counselors assist in developing and approving Individual Plans for Employment (IPE’s) before students determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services leave the school setting. Directive 08-06 was sent August 5, 2008 to field staff to remind them of the importance of developing IPE’s for students transitioning from high school to secondary education or employment and to complete the IPE before the student’s graduation.

DSB is a charter member of the Arkansas Interagency Transition Partnership (AITP), which is coordinated by Arkansas Transition Services in affiliation with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit. The AITP meets quarterly to discuss transition issues and coordinate services at a state level among the 25 member agencies. The AITP is changing to hold bi-annual Transition Summits; in off years a one-day event will be held in the summer instead of a full conference in the fall. Team meetings will continue at a local level, and there will also be cadres with two representatives from each local team invited. The focus of cadres will be on agency services, with three agencies invited to present information at each cadre meeting.

Secondary schools invite DSB to Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings to be part of the planning team to assist education agencies in preparing students who are blind or severely visually impaired for transition from school to post-school activities, such as employment, training, supported employment, and other VR services. The IEP outlines the roles and responsibilities of DSB, the student, the school, and any other agency/organization involved in providing transition services.

In regard to the development and approval of Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE), all DSB consumers, including transition students, receive services based upon their IPE. The counselor and the consumer and/or a representative, as appropriate, develop the IPE jointly and mutually approve its contents. The IPE must be designed to achieve the specific employment outcome chosen by the individual and be consistent with the individual’s unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, career interests, and informed choice. The services, service providers, and all activities selected by the consumer must be necessary to meet the employment outcome goal. The VR Counselor communicates with the consumer and other service providers, such as ARS, to avoid duplication of services and to ensure consideration of comparable benefits.

In June, 2011, DSB resumed conducting Jump Start, a statewide career development program for high school students who are blind or severely visually impaired. DSB coordinates with the Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB) in the planning and operation of Jump Start. ASB holds its summer learning program for youth under age 14 at the same time that DSB has Jump Start, so the two agencies share cafeteria staff, infirmary nurses, and security guards, and at least one ASB staff member is assigned to assist during Jump Start. DSB houses the students at the Arkansas School for the Blind during the week (students go home on weekends). The three-week program is designed to expose Jump Start students to the world of work and assist them in transitioning from high school to employment or post-secondary education. Students are placed in part-time jobs appropriate for their skills, abilities, and interests. DSB takes students on field trips to businesses and colleges; teaches the students how to do their own shopping, cooking, and laundry; provides instruction by certified orientation and mobility specialists; teaches job search skills and computer technology; and provides recreational opportunities. Jump Start increases the students’ confidence, social skills, and self-esteem. It also strengthens DSB’s relationship with ASB.

DSB participates in the Transition Learning Collaborative (TLC), a group established by the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center to share information and resources to improve transition at the state level. TACE Center staff researches student data collection and analyzes models used in other states and shares them with the states in the TLC collaborative. The TLC is composed of transition coordinators from both general and blind VR agencies in Region VI. Interaction with other states and TACE increases the resources available to DSB in regard to transition best practices and information. In addition to its annual meeting, DSB participates in the monthly TLC teleconferences.

Responsibilities

DSB is both a DSU and a DSA. DSB is also a division within the Department of Human Services. DSB has an RSA-approved agreement with the Department of Education/Special Education, which provides information on financial responsibilities, the lead agency, and qualified personnel.

Outreach Procedures

Field Services Directive 08-06 was developed for contacting schools and distributing information at least semi-annually. Per the directive, each DSB regional office maintains a contact list for all secondary schools in its service area and sends letters and information to contacts on the list. In 2011 an email option was added. This process gives schools a pathway for increased communications with DSB.

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Describe the manner in which the designated state agency establishes cooperative agreements with private non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers.

DSB develops agreements in response to: (1) state and federal laws and regulations, (2) results of needs assessments, (3) suggestions from consumer groups, and (4) recommendations of staff and stakeholders including those in the Workforce Services arena. DSB uses the RSA guideline template to develop cooperative agreements.

DSB has been a long-standing partner with the Arkansas Deafblindness Project, formerly known as the Deaf/Blind Consortium. DSB refers consumers to the Deafblindness Project. DSB serves on the Arkansas Advisory Committee for the Deafblindness Project, which provides training for parents and professionals to foster stronger partnerships among agencies who work with this population. The Deafblindness Project maintains a deafblind registry and requests related information from DSB. The Deafblindness Project and the Deafblind Project’s grant have been extended to run through September 2013. DSB is an affiliate of the Helen Keller National Center.

DSB has a system of performance-based contracts with the Centers for Independent Living in the state. When this system took effect July 1, 2008, Sources for Community Independent Living Services Inc. (Sources Inc.) was the only CIL that participated, but each successive contract period another CIL has joined the system. It is anticipated that in 2012 the last of the four CIL’s will begin participation. Currently, DSB has professional services contracts with Sources Inc., Independent Living Resources Center dba as Mainstream, and Delta Resource Center for Independent Living. DSB expects to issue a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in July 2011.

DSB operates the Arkansas Information Reading Services (AIRS), which began as a private non-profit organization and is now part of the state agency. The organization’s founders formed Friends of AIRS (FAIRS) to continue its support of the station. DSB leases facilities for AIRS from the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), which provides DSB with in-kind services in the form of engineering services and other technology.

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Describe the efforts of the designated state agency to identify and make arrangements, including entering into cooperative agreements, with other state agencies and other appropriate entities in order to provide the following services to individuals with the most significant disabilities:

  • supported employment services; and
  • extended services.

DSB, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS), the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), the DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services (BHS), and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit (SEU), Transition Unit are partners in a cooperative agreement outlining responsibilities and the provision of services, including supported employment, to transition-aged consumers. The agreement produced an interagency steering committee which works on supported employment issues. The steering committee is facilitated by the EmployAbility Project, which is a grant program housed in the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services.

The Governor’s Executive Order 10-17 directs state agencies to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities and for DHS to convene an Employment First Task Force comprised of disability service providers, consumer advocates, and state agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, Workforce services, and education. The task force will identify and eliminate agency policies that create barriers and disincentives for employment of individuals who are disabled. It will develop methods to track and report related data. The DSB Director has been named as a representative to this task force, which will focus consumer services around goals of self-sufficiency and employment.

Executive Order 10-17 also calls for the training of staff and counseling of consumers on Social Security work incentives, the Ticket-to-Work program, and employment and navigation services for individuals with disabilities who want to work. It aims to “increase the availability and use of supported employment through interagency collaboration and reallocation of existing funds to better meet the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities.”

DSB partnered with the EmployAbility Project of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE) to develop the first annual Arkansas Disability Employment Conference “Everyone Works, Everyone Wins” held August, 2010, in Hot Springs. The DSB Director gave the welcoming remarks at the conference attended by SE providers, CRP’s, DSB Counselors, and other stakeholders. DSB staff had opportunities to network with providers and potential partners. Major conference topics included employment services, best SE practices, work incentives, Ticket to Work, and Employment Networks.

Leaders from Arkansas state government discussed Arkansas initiatives to increase employment. A panel of Arkansas consumers discussed their employment successes. The conference’s three keynote speakers were national leaders in the field of disability employment. DSB, the EmployAbility Project and AAPSE are in the planning process for the second annual conference.

DSB coordinates with over 20 agencies, non-profits and consumers on the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Advisory Committee. The MIG Project is funded through December 31, 2011. The MIG Project works to:

• reduce barriers to supported employment;

• recruit more SE providers;

• reduce barriers to employment in other systems, such as workforce, special education, etc.;

• improve cooperation and collaboration among agencies and organizations;

• improve community outreach about the Medicaid Buy-In and other work incentives;

• publicize positive stories about individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired and/or have other disabilities, but who are also successfully employed;

• encourage changes in the Medicaid system to support employment, such as making Medicaid user-friendly to individuals who work; and

• offer training to VR Counselors regarding accessing these Medicaid programs and advocating with DHS county Medicaid workers to assist consumer’s through the application process.

• increase participation in the Ticket to Work program, by recruiting and training providers (employment networks).

DSB uses a performance-based reimbursement system for services provided by Community Rehabilitation Programs located around the state.

Extended Services

As with the rest of the nation, DSB is struggling to secure CRPs willing to provide extended services. DSB will continue working with other state agencies and CRPs to develop a network of CRPs committed to the provision of ongoing support. DSB and other agencies have encouraged CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).

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Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

The Arkansas Division of State Services for the Blind (DSB) supports a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) as required by Section 101(a)(7) of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992. DSB’s CSPD Plan is aimed at securing and maintaining an adequate supply of qualified rehabilitation professionals and paraprofessionals to provide rehabilitation services to blind and severely visually impaired individuals. DSB requires VR Counselors to be certified by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) or at minimum be qualified to be certified and working toward certification. DSB requires Rehabilitation Teachers to be certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) or at minimum be qualified to be certified and working toward certification. These state standards are consistent with national standards requiring recognized certifications for personnel providing vocational rehabilitation services.

Procedures for evaluating progress

The Field Services Administrator and area Field Supervisors monitor progress by staff to meet CSPD standards. The Field Services Administrator works in cooperation with the Staff Development Coordinator to report on CSPD progress. An employee that declares retirement receives a lower priority in attaining the CSPD standard, but is required to complete a course which will increase expertise but not satisfy the federal requirement. Newly hired counselors have established timeframes (seven years from date of hire) to meet the requirements or face reclassification and demotion or other measures. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors receive priority in training for CSPD requirements, and Rehabilitation Teachers for the Blind are given second priority. DSB is exploring ways to assist VR Counselors, Rehabilitation Teachers, and Rehabilitation Assistants with the costs of tuition to meet CSPD standards.

DHS Division of Services for the Blind is dedicated to ensuring an adequate supply of qualified professionals and support staff. DSB has a strong commitment to providing and making available training programs especially for staff that provide direct services to consumers.

Current Staffing Levels

DHS Division of Services for the Blind has sufficient staff on hand to staff the VR Program. DSB works aggressively to fill vacancies promptly. DSB has 13 authorized VR Counselors. Field Services has 14 support staff. In Counseling and Guidance, there are three CRC Counselors and one CRC eligible. One counselor has an LSW. DSB has 14 extra help positions; eight are filled as of submission of the State Plan.

Caseload Data

The 13 VR caseloads had an average caseload of 69 individuals as of October 1, 2010, with a statewide total of 897 active cases and a total of 1428 served during the preceding 12 months. The eleven Rehabilitation Teaching caseloads had an average of 40 individuals and a statewide total of 441 active cases and a total of 756 served during the preceding 12 months.

Projected Number of Replacement Staff in the Next Five Years

DSB anticipates an elevated level of retirement among its experienced staff in the next five years. It is expected that there will be a fairly regular replacement rate for staff during the next five years.

The number of staff on hand as of May 31, 2011 and projected annual number of replacements by category are as follows:

 

Row Job Title Total positions Current vacancies Projected vacancies over the next 5 years
1 Administrative Staff 14 1 2
2 Counselor Staff 45 6 6
3 Staff Supporting Counselor Activities 7 1 1
4 Other Staff 2 0 0
5 0 0 0
6 0 0 0
7 0 0 0
8 0 0 0
9 0 0 0
10 0 0 0

 

Field Supervisors maintain contact with the institutions of higher education in their respective areas and gather data. The Field Services Administrator monitors the process and reports the annual data to the Assistant Director. The following institutions of higher education have programs preparing vocational rehabilitation professionals; the data is for summer 2009 through spring 2010:

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has two Masters programs for preparing vocational rehabilitation professionals, a Masters in Rehabilitation Teaching (MRT) and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Education (RCE) with Emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling. The MRT also offers an Emphasis in Orientation and Mobility (O&M). Both programs are housed in the Counseling, Adult and Rehabilitation Education (CARE) degree Masters of Arts. Currently, two DSB staff, including one person with a disability, are enrolled in these programs. The MRT program will dissolve after current students complete their curriculum, but the O&M program will continue.

The MRT program at UALR has 35 students, all of them part-time. Of these students, there are 15 with disabilities, eight males, and 27 females. Of the 35 students enrolled, the ethnicity is only known for 17; of these, one is African-American and 16 are Caucasian. Of the five program completers by spring, 2010, two have disabilities, one is male, and four are female. Employment: three with state vocational rehabilitation agencies and two with private agencies serving individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

The RCE program at UALR has 276 students; of these students, there are 194 part-time, 82 full-time, 61 with disabilities, 53 males, 223 females, and 149 self-identified as non-Caucasian. Of the 46 program completers by spring 2010, there are 15 with disabilities, nine males, 37 females, and 17 self-identified as non-Caucasian. Employment: 23 with state vocational rehabilitation agencies, 14 with not-for-profit facilities or community-based programs, and one in a university setting.

The University of North Texas (UNT) was awarded a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) grant in April, 2009 and will fund up to 18 VR Counselors outside of Texas. In FY 2011, DSB had two employees pursuing this online training opportunity to complete their Master’s degree. Of the 153 students enrolled in UNT’s program, there are 38 full-time students, 115 part-time students, and 60 minority students. UNT graduated 29 students during the summer 2009 – spring 2010 period. Of these graduates, 16 were minorities.

The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (U of A) offers a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling through the Rehabilitation Education and Research Program housed in the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources, Communication Disorders. Of the 41 students enrolled, there are 18 males, 23 females, one international student, no Latinos, four Native Americans, six African-Americans, 30 Caucasians, and 24 individuals with disabilities. Of the 14 students who graduated this past year, 13 received both their Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Accredited Counselor (LAC). After graduation, 10 students were employed in private rehabilitation and four in state rehabilitation services, all at Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS).

Arkansas State University (ASU) at Jonesboro offers a Masters Rehabilitation Counseling program, which is housed in the Psychology and Counseling Department. Of the 29 students enrolled, there are 12 full-time, 17 part-time, and 15 minorities (five full-time and 10 part-time). None of the full-time students are disabled, and five of the part-time students have disabilities. Of the 13 students who graduated this past year, four are minorities, one non-minority student has a disability, and all are U.S. citizens. Graduate employment: one in state rehabilitation services, one for a not-for-profit/community based program, and the remainder surveyed did not respond and are unknown.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) and Arkansas Tech University (ATU) at Russellville do not offer Master’s degree programs in Rehabilitation Services, but do offer Bachelor degree programs in Rehabilitation Science.

The Rehabilitation Services curriculum at UAPB offers a comprehensive program designed to prepare students for employment in a wide range of rehabilitation-related positions. Students who graduate from the program usually minor in criminal justice or social work. Other students become rehabilitation generalists or enter a Master’s program in rehabilitation counseling or other related programs, such as occupational or physical therapy. Of the 19 students enrolled in spring 2011, there were 17 full-time students, two part-time students, and 19 minority (African-American) students.

The Rehabilitation Services curriculum at ATU has a total of 100 students enrolled; of these there are 80 full-time students, 20 part-time students, and 20 minority students. Areas of emphasis include vocational rehabilitation, aging, corrections, social science, child welfare, and addictions.

 

Row Institutions Students enrolled Employees sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates from the previous year
1 0 0 0 0
2 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0

 

DSB has cooperative agreements with each of the 33 colleges/universities in Arkansas in order to promote the coordination and facilitation of efforts between the designated state unit and institutions of higher education to recruit and prepare individuals for careers in rehabilitation.

To address current needs for qualified personnel, DSB posts job openings with the Rehabilitation Recruitment Center at Utah State University to advertise vacancies nationwide. Locally, the Arkansas Department of Human Services personnel vacancies are published in the DHS Career Opportunities Bulletin, the statewide newspaper, the DSB website, Workforce Services offices, other state agencies, and college and university recruitment bulletins. Recruitment efforts are ongoing to colleges and universities, including those with a predominately minority enrollment. Universities in Arkansas with Rehabilitation Counseling Programs include:

Institution: University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)

Location: Little Rock

Programs: Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Education (RCE) with Emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling

Institution: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (UofA)

Location: Fayetteville

Programs: Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and doctoral degrees in Rehabilitation and in Counseling Education

Institution: Arkansas State University (ASU)

Location: Jonesboro

Programs: Masters Rehabilitation Counseling

Institution: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)

Location: Pine Bluff

Programs: Bachelor degree in Rehabilitation Science

Institution: Arkansas Tech University (ATU)

Location: Russellville

Programs: Bachelor degree program in Rehabilitation Science

 

The Arkansas Office of Personnel Management (OPM) continues to recommend the minimum qualifications, job descriptions and salary rates for specific classifications, based upon labor market surveys, which are then reviewed and approved by the legislature.

Internships are available to students in the rehabilitation programs across the state. In FY 2011, DSB had two interns, both African-American females from Arkansas State University, working in the Jonesboro office, which serves counties in the upper part of the Delta. These counties are primarily agricultural and have a high minority population and a high poverty rate. Neither of the interns had a disability. DSB did not have any practicum students in FY 2011.

DSB recruits, and, to the degree possible, hires counselors with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or other closely related degree. DSB implements individual education plans for existing personnel to be retrained to meet certification standards for Council on Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

DSB established September 30, 2011 as the deadline for Vocational Rehabilitation Masters Degree Counselors currently employed to meet Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) requirements. Newly hired counselors will have seven years to meet CSPD requirements from date of hire.

The current CSPD status for VR Counselors is:

• Four enrolled in school

• Three CRC

• One pending acceptance into school

• One is LSW

• One enrolling summer semester

• One enrolling fall semester

• One on academic probation

• One taking courses independently for CRC exam

CRC Senior Counselors are mentoring new counselors to comply with RSA’s prior approval standards regarding eligibility determination, approval of IPE’s, and closure determinations.

 

DSB staff must possess specific knowledge concerning the problems of blindness and be allowed the opportunity for career development as related to the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services.

DSB actively assesses the training needs of its employees and solicits their input regarding training needs. DSB surveys staff annually to determine the training or resources they require to perform their duties more efficiently and effectively. DSB also uses a state-approved personnel performance evaluation document to review an employee’s performance and to identify individual training needs.

Leadership development and capacity-building opportunities are offered through a wide variety of methods:

• The Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center periodically surveys rehabilitation staff regarding training needs and develops courses and conferences based on the results or on requests by DSB and other agencies. In FY 2011, TACE offered face-to-face trainings and teleconferences on topics including: Career Counseling: The Right Career Path for Every Consumer; Strategies for Career Success after Incarceration; Writing a Winning Self Employment Business Plan; Multiculturalism and Disabilities; How to Play as a Team and Win as a Team; New Perspectives on Rehabilitation Case Management; Employment Success and Obesity; Parkinson’s – Don’t Panic; Working with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities; Ethics for Rehabilitation Professionals; and Working with Clients with a Personality Disorder--Tips for Success.

• In-house training is provided through DSB’s Staff Development Coordinator and its Vocational Instructor; the DHS Organizational Development and Training Unit; DSB’s annual Statewide meeting; the annual Field Services meeting; quarterly training meetings; and one-on-one training which is made available to all staff depending upon the need. The agency is also developing a DSB Leadership Academy to prepare for succession and give future supervisors and managers the necessary skills to succeed. Information is also distributed at Director’s meetings, Supervisors’ meetings, various staff meetings, emails, the agency website, and DHS SharePoint.

• Staff are encouraged to participate in professional organizations, such as the National Rehabilitation Association, Lions Clubs, the National Federation of the Blind, the American Council of the Blind, and the Arkansas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), and opportunities are available to attend organizations’ state and national conferences.

Retention of qualified personnel is addressed through CEU credit for staff training, as well as opportunities for expanding skills and knowledge in a variety of areas.

 

Appropriate modes of communication, including sign language interpreters, are available on a contractual basis. The directive to utilize the contracts has been provided to all staff and is on file in each DSB office; it is also in DSB policy and on the DSB website.

DSB serves on the Arkansas Advisory Committee for the Arkansas Project for Children with Deafblindness and is an affiliate of the Helen Keller National Center. The Deaf/Blind Consortium has developed information in Spanish and provided training for parents and professionals to foster stronger partnerships among agencies who work with this population.

DSB provides interpreter services for communication with persons with limited English speaking ability on a contractual basis. All DSB brochures are available in Spanish, and a supply is available in each office. One of the field supervisors speaks Spanish and French and understands Portuguese from having lived in Brazil (Central Arkansas has a community of Brazilians). DSB also has one VR Counselor who is fluent in Spanish, and DHS has an in-house, certified Spanish interpreter in Miller County. These communication resources can be utilized as needed to serve consumers.

Reader service, guide service, and any special adaptive equipment are made available to applicants for services, DSB consumers, and DSB personnel. Information is also available in the medium of choice for persons making application for DSB services and for persons with disabilities who are employed by DSB.

 

DSB is a charter member of the Arkansas Interagency Transition Partnership (AITP), which has approximately 25 member agencies and is coordinated by Arkansas Transition Services in affiliation with the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit. The AITP discusses transition issues, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other legislation, at its quarterly meetings and its Transition Summits. Quarterly meetings also facilitate the coordination of services among the member agencies at a state level. Transition goals and services must be in place by the time a child reaches age 16, as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004). Local issues are addressed by local teams.

DSB participates in the Transition Learning Collaborative (TLC), a group established by the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center to share information and resources to improve transition at the state level. TACE Center staff researches student data collection and analyzes models used in other states and shares them with the states in the TLC collaborative. The TLC is composed of transition coordinators from both general and blind VR agencies in Region VI. Interaction with other states and TACE increases the resources available to DSB in regard to best practices and information about Section 101, IDEA, ADA and the Individual Education Plan (IEP). In addition to its annual meeting, DSB participates in the monthly TLC teleconferences.

A DSB policy directive instructs Counselors to contact transition professionals twice a year to identify any transition needs.

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Provide an assessment of the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing within the state, particularly the vocational rehabilitation services needs of:

  • individuals with most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services;
  • individuals with disabilities who are minorities;
  • individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program; and
  • individuals with disabilities served through other components of the statewide workforce investment system.

Identify the need to establish, develop, or improve community rehabilitation programs within the state.

DSB conducts a comprehensive, statewide needs assessment at least every 3 years and the results are used in developing goals. The most recent Comprehensive Needs Assessment was conducted in 2010, and its results can be found in the FY 2011 State Plan. In recent years there has been a marked increase in participation:

• 72 respondents in 2007

• 190 in 2009

• 356 in 2010

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Basis for Estimates

DSB uses census data, population growth, and the incidence of blindness as the basis for its estimated growth rate for individuals to be served through Part B of Title I. Historical data is used to estimate the number of supported employment cases to be served through Part B of Title VI, which has remained relatively stable through the years.

Estimates for Part B of Title I for FY 2012:

DSB estimates an increase of 40 consumers above the current number served of 1428, making a projected total of 1468 at a total cost of $5,113,576 ($3,483 per consumer).

DSB estimates an increase of 30 consumers who are members of a minority population, making a projected total of 513 compared to 483 in the previous published year. (Note: the minority figures are included in the total VR figures given in the first paragraph.) In addition to a growing Hispanic population, Arkansas has one of the highest Marshallese populations in the United States. It is estimated that there are 10,000 Marshallese located primarily in the northwest corner of the state. The Compact of Free Association, which allows the Marshallese to live and travel freely and at-will between the Marshall Islands and the United States, will end in 2023.

Estimates for Part B of Title VI for FY 2012:

Averaging the number of consumers in supported employment over the past two completed years, DSB estimates it will serve 23 consumers in supported employment in FY 2012, at a total cost of $36,000 ($1,565 per consumer).

Estimates of Eligible Consumers for FY 2012:

Based on statistical reporting derived from Prevent Blindness America, an overall rate of 2.7% for the prevalence of blindness was applied to the latest available population growth figures for Arkansas population aged 15 to 64, and DSB estimates that there are approximately 61,632 persons in Arkansas who might be eligible for and could receive vocational rehabilitation services.

Category Title I or Title VI Estimated Funds Estimated Number to be Served Average Cost of Services
0
Totals   $0 0

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The goals and priorities are based on the comprehensive statewide assessment, on requirements related to the performance standards and indicators, and on other information about the state agency. (See section 101(a)(15)(C) of the Act.) This attachment should be updated when there are material changes in the information that require the description to be amended.

  • Identify if the goals and priorities were jointly developed and agreed to by the state VR agency and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state has a council.
  • Identify if the state VR agency and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state has such a council, jointly reviewed the goals and priorities and jointly agreed to any revisions.
  • Identify the goals and priorities in carrying out the vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs.
  • Ensure that the goals and priorities are based on an analysis of the following areas:
    • the most recent comprehensive statewide assessment, including any updates;
    • the performance of the state on standards and indicators; and
    • other available information on the operation and effectiveness of the VR program, including any reports received from the State Rehabilitation Council and findings and recommendations from monitoring activities conducted under section 107.

DSB developed the following goals based on RSA guidance for the State Plan FY 2012, recommendations by the DSB Board, and the 2010 comprehensive, statewide needs assessment, which is done at least every 3 years. Below are the goals, as approved by the DSB Board:

Goal #1: DSB will increase the employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

Strategy: VR Counselors and Rehabilitation Teachers will make job contacts with employers.

Performance Measure:

• Each VR Counselor and Rehabilitation Teacher will make two face-to-face job contacts with employers per month.

• A brochure will be developed to give employers.

Strategy: DSB will encourage and support viable self-employment.

Performance Measure:

• All self-employment proposals will be reviewed by a team composed of the Business and Technology Unit Manager, the Field Services Administrator, and the VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.

• In addition to the goal and steps of self-employment being on the IPE, the consumer must complete a written business plan with the DSB business-ownership team described above.

Strategy: Based upon consumer response and effectiveness, DSB will continue to hold Job Clubs to assist participants in acquiring job seeking skills and improving their probability of securing employment. Job Clubs also encourage peer mentoring.

Performance Measure: Job Clubs will be held at least once a month at the DSB Tech Lab and field offices.

Strategy: DSB will continue to refer individuals for benefits counseling.

Performance Measure:

• Area Supervisors will monitor caseloads to ensure that VR Counselors will refer at least 10 consumers per caseload for benefits counseling.

• The monthly report will be revised to capture this information.

Strategy: DSB will continue to refer eligible Older Blind individuals to VR.

Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of eligible Older Blind individuals to VR.

Strategy: DSB will continue to recognize successful consumers and their employers and will encourage peer mentoring.

Performance Measures:

• Each counselor who has been in his/her position for at least a year will nominate one individual from his/her caseload as a candidate for state Consumer of the Year and encourage the individual to serve as a peer mentor to other people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

• DSB will award Consumer of the Year candidates and their employers with trophies/plaques and related publicity.

Strategy: DSB will continue to expand its assistive technology services and improve access to these services and equipment.

Performance Measures:

• DSB will continue to offer assistive technology training to new Rehabilitation Teachers as vacant positions are filled, so that staff can provide basic technology support to consumers in their respective geographic areas statewide.

• DSB will continue to provide training to new Workforce Services staff as vacancies occur in order to increase their knowledge of accessible technology and the needs of consumers. Training will also be provided to Workforce Services staff in the expanded, new locations.

• DSB staff will continue to meet consumers at DSB-sponsored accessible kiosks placed at Workforce Services centers in order to assist consumers in their job searches.

Goal #2: DSB will increase its services to transition students.

Strategy: DSB will update the collaborative database of transition students as needed.

Performance Measure: The Transition Coordinator will review the database to insure it is being maintained by Rehabilitation Assistants, who input local information.

Strategy: VR Counselors will continue to track transition students on their caseloads to insure that the IPE is developed or updated before a student graduates from high school.

Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor this during case reviews to insure that no transition student will graduate without a current IPE.

Strategy: DSB will hold an Information Summit to assist parents in becoming more knowledgeable and better prepared to advocate for their children at Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings.

Performance Measure: In FY 2012, DSB will invite ESVI and transition parents to an Information Summit with VR Counselors and Rehabilitation Teachers, to provide information about students’ rights and accommodations.

Strategy: VR Counselors will make face-to-face visits to each school counselor assigned to students who are blind or visually impaired in their territories.

Performance Measure: VR Counselors will have from the beginning of the school year to December 1, to complete the face-to-face visits to school counselors described above.

Strategy: DSB will continue to provide assessments to transition students specifically focused on activities of daily living, including but not limited to, mobility, knowledge of available transportation resources, self-advocacy, acquisition of a variety of reading options, awareness of job opportunities, and rights and responsibilities as an informed consumer.

Performance Measure: All transition students will be referred to Rehabilitation Teachers for assessment of daily living skills and needed instruction.

Strategy: DSB will continue to strengthen relationships with public schools, including Arkansas School for the Blind.

Performance Measure: DSB will continue its system of mail-outs and emails to public schools.

Strategy: DSB will continue to strengthen relationships with ESVI.

Performance Measure: DSB will continue its system of mail-outs and emails to area ESVI representatives. In addition to the local networking efforts, the Transition Coordinator will dialogue with ESVI at a state level to discover any transition students that need services and should be referred to DSB.

Goal #3: DSB will expand its outreach efforts to include the general public, as well as the unserved, underserved, minorities, and stakeholders.

Strategy: DSB will use exhibit booths to educate the public about DSB services and their availability.

Performance Measure: Each VR Counselor will man at least one DSB exhibit at a widely attended or significantly relevant event in his/her territory.

Strategy: DSB will contract with CIL’s to reach out to faith-based organizations and inform them of DSB services.

Performance Measure: CIL’s will submit to DSB copies of minutes of meetings with faith-based groups, reports on trainings, and monthly reports, including the number of faith-based referrals.

Strategy: DSB will increase its services to minorities.

Performance Measures: DSB will make at least one minority outreach effort to Hispanic, Asian, or other ethnic groups in each of its geographic areas in FY 2011.

Strategy: Area Supervisors and administrative staff will continue to attend the state conferences of blindness consumer groups, and opportunities will be offered to direct service staff as well.

Performance Measure: DSB will continue to send at least five supervisors/administrators to these conferences and will make presentations as requested.

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  • Identify the order to be followed in selecting eligible individuals to be provided vocational rehabilitation services.
  • Identify the justification for the order.
  • Identify the service and outcome goals.
  • Identify the time within which these goals may be achieved for individuals in each priority category within the order.
  • Describe how individuals with the most significant disabilities are selected for services before all other individuals with disabilities.

This agency is not implementing an Order of Selection.

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Specify the state's goals and priorities with respect to the distribution of funds received under section 622 of the Act for the provision of supported employment services.

DSB will allocate funding from Title VI, Part B to provide supported employment services to individuals with the most significant disabilities. These funds are a supplement to the funds provided under Title I of the Act. Title VI, Part B funds will only be used in the provision of supported employment services to those individuals determined eligible through assessments determining that it is an appropriate objective. Supported employment services will be customer-driven through the setting of goals in the consumer’s Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). In FY 2010, DSB provided supported employment services to 26 individuals. Of this number, 9 cases were closed, of which 3 were closed competitively employed not in supported employment, 0 were closed competitively employed in supported employment, 0 were closed not competitively employed-not in supported employment, and 6 were closed without an employment outcome. FY 2012 Projections: Averaging the number of consumers in supported employment over the past two completed years, DSB estimates it will serve 23 consumers in supported employment.

Issues affecting supported employment in Arkansas include: the limited number of service providers statewide; the rural nature of the state; the lack of consistent available funding for extended services; and the lack of knowledge, experience, and training SE providers have in the provision of supported employment services and placement for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. Many providers do not have and are unwilling to expend time, monies and resources to train staff in this specialty area of expertise.

DSB provides assistive technology services and devices based upon assessments and recommendations by the DSB Technology Unit, availability of funds, and the consumer’s IPE.

DSB has set the following goals for the utilization and distribution of Title VI, Part B Funds, based on the most recent comprehensive needs assessment and the recommendations of the DSB Board:

Goal #1: Increase the number of Supported Employment Providers to better serve DSB consumers.

Strategy: DSB will continue to collaborate with other agencies, such as Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE), to expand the number of SE providers.

Performance Measures: At least two new potential SE providers will be identified and contacted.

Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).

Performance Measure: A meeting will have taken place with at least one CRP to discuss the possibility of its becoming an EN.

Goal #2: Address the lack of knowledge and training that SE Providers and DSB staff have in the provision of SE services and placement for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired.

Strategy: DSB will collaborate with other agencies and organizations, such as the EmployAbility Project of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE), to train and/or recruit SE Providers.

Performance Measures: At least one training on SE will be offered to potential providers in FY 2012.

Strategy: DSB will train new staff on supported employment to address the knowledge gap created by the retirement of veteran staff. Training will also serve as a refresher course for experienced staff.

Performance Measures: At least one training on SE will be conducted in FY 2012.

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This attachment should include required strategies and how the agency will use these strategies to achieve its goals and priorities, support innovation and expansion activities, and overcome any barriers to accessing the vocational rehabilitation and the supported employment programs. (See sections 101(a)(15)(D) and (18)(B) of the Act and Section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA)).

Describe the methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities.

Identify how a broad range of assistive technology services and assistive technology devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities at each stage of the rehabilitation process; and describe how assistive technology services and devices will be provided to individuals with disabilities on a statewide basis.

Identify what outreach procedures will be used to identify and serve individuals with disabilities who are minorities, including those with the most significant disabilities; and what outreach procedures will be used to identify and serve individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the VR program.

If applicable, identify plans for establishing, developing, or improving community rehabilitation programs within the state.

Describe strategies to improve the performance of the state with respect to the evaluation standards and performance indicators.

Describe strategies for assisting other components of the statewide workforce investment system in assisting individuals with disabilities.

Describe how the agency's strategies will be used to:

  • achieve goals and priorities identified in Attachment 4.11(c)(1);
  • support innovation and expansion activities; and
  • overcome identified barriers relating to equitable access to and participation of individuals with disabilities in the state Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the state Supported Employment Services Program.

DSB has developed the following strategies to expand and improve services to its consumers. These strategies were developed in regard to its goals for the State Plan FY 2012, which are to: increase the employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely visually impaired; increase services to transition students; and expand outreach efforts to include the general public, as well as the unserved, underserved and minorities.

The performance measures are included with the goals in 4.11(c) (1). Here are the strategies:

• Strategy: VR Counselors and Rehabilitation Teachers will make job contacts with employers.

• Strategy: DSB will encourage and support viable self-employment.

• Strategy: Based upon consumer response and effectiveness, DSB will continue to hold Job Clubs to assist participants in acquiring job seeking skills and improving their probability of securing employment. Job Club also encourage peer mentoring.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to refer individuals for benefits counseling.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to refer eligible Older Blind individuals to VR.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to recognize successful consumers and their employers and will encourage peer mentoring.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to expand its assistive technology services and improve access to these services and equipment.

• Strategy: DSB will update the collaborative database of transition students as needed.

• Strategy: VR Counselors will continue to track transition students on their caseloads to insure that the IPE is developed or updated before a student graduates from high school.

• Strategy: VR Counselors will make face-to-face visits to each school counselor assigned to students who are blind or visually impaired in their territories.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to provide assessments to transition students specifically focused on activities of daily living, including but not limited to, mobility, knowledge of available transportation resources, self-advocacy, acquisition of a variety of reading options, awareness of job opportunities, and rights and responsibilities as an informed consumer.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to strengthen relationships with public schools, including Arkansas School for the Blind.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to strengthen relationships with ESVI.

• Strategy: DSB will use exhibit booths to educate the public about DSB services and their availability.

• Strategy: DSB will contract with CIL’s to reach out to faith-based organizations and inform them of DSB services.

• Strategy: DSB will increase its services to minorities.

• Strategy: Area Supervisors and administrative staff will continue to attend the state conferences of blindness consumer groups, and opportunities will be offered to direct service staff as well.

A broad range of assistive technology services and devices will be provided to individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired at each stage of the rehabilitation process in accordance with the individual’s employment goal and IPE. The provision of assistive technology services and devices is based upon assessments and recommendations by the DSB Technology Unit, availability of funds, and the consumer’s IPE. DSB will continue to offer assistive technology training to new Rehabilitation Teachers in FY 2011 as vacant positions are filled, so that staff can continue to provide basic technology support to consumers in their local areas.

The following strategies address outreach activities to identify and serve individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired, including those with the most significant disabilities, and who have been unserved or underserved by the VR program:

• Strategy: DSB will use exhibit booths to educate the public about DSB services and their availability.

• Strategy: DSB will contract with CIL’s to reach out to faith-based organizations and inform them of DSB services.

• Strategy: DSB will increase its services to minorities. Area Supervisors and counselors have been asked to reach out to ethnic organizations in their communities and offer to speak to their groups or meet with their presidents/chairpersons regarding referrals and services.

• Strategy: Area Supervisors and administrative staff will continue to attend the state conferences of blindness consumer groups, and opportunities will be offered to direct service staff as well.

DSB has developed the following strategies to expand and improve supported employment services to its consumers. These strategies were developed in regard to its SE goals for FY 2012, which are: to increase the number of supported employment Providers to better serve DSB consumers and to address the lack of knowledge and training that SE Providers and DSB staff have in the provision of SE Services and placement for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. The performance measures are included with the goals in 4.11(c) (4). Here are the strategies for those goals:

• Strategy: DSB will continue to collaborate with other agencies, such as Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE), to expand the number of SE providers.

• Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).

• Strategy: DSB will collaborate with other agencies and organizations, such as the EmployAbility Project of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE), to train and/or recruit SE Providers.

• Strategy: DSB will train new staff on supported employment to address the knowledge gap created by the retirement of veteran staff. Training will also serve as a refresher course for experienced staff.

Use of Title I Funds for Innovation and Expansion Activities

In FY 2012, DSB plans to use its Title I funds for innovation and expansion to upgrade the Rehabilitation Teachers’ capacity to provide technology support to consumers at the local level.

 

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Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Supported Employment (SE) Goals

Below are the evaluation and reports of progress for FY 2010 Goals and Priorities, covering October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010:

Evaluation of FY 2010 VR Goals:

Goal #1: DSB will increase the employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

Strategy: DSB will hire job placement personnel to contact employers, develop jobs, and do job coaching.

Performance Measure: DSB will use part of its stimulus money to employ five job developers and five job coaches as a pilot program within the expansion plan recommended by RSA following the 2007 Annual Review. The plan contained a schedule for increased direct services and associated management. The job developers and job coaches will be placed in each of the five service areas, and, if productive, will be scheduled to be absorbed in the formula VR funding when the recovery funds are fully expended. Purchased services will be adjusted to absorb these costs.

Goal Met: Job placement personnel were hired and proved to be very valuable. However, due to state personnel restrictions, the hires could not be made permanent.

Strategy: DSB will hold Job Clubs to assist consumers in seeking and securing employment.

Performance Measure: Weekly Job Clubs will be held at the DSB Tech Lab.

Goal Met: Job Clubs were held each Wednesday in the Tech Lab.

Strategy: DSB will expand and improve services to individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired in the underserved Delta area. Services will be based upon the individual’s assessment and IPE and may include services such as mobility, physical restoration, independent living skills, equipment needs, and employment counseling.

Performance Measure: DSB will see an increase in the number of cases from this new area and an increase in closures due to employment.

Goal Met: There was an increase in the number of cases from the new area from 321 to 344, an increase of 23 consumers served. There was also an increase of closures due to employment in this area, from 47 to 54, an increase of 7.

Strategy: DSB will continue to refer individuals for benefits counseling.

Performance Measure: During FY 2010, VR Counselors will refer at least 10 consumers per caseload to Project Work Incentive for benefits counseling. Area Supervisors will monitor this through changes in monthly reports.

Goal Met: In addition to VR Counselors referring consumers for benefits counseling, DSB is participating in a data warehouse environment (Enterprise Data Warehouse), which will offer access to information on availability and eligibility of benefits.

Strategy: DSB will continue to refer eligible Older Blind individuals to VR.

Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of eligible Older Blind individuals to VR.

Goal Met: VR Counselors referred all interested Older Blind consumers to the VR program.

Strategy: DSB will recognize successful consumers and their employers and will encourage peer mentoring.

Performance Measures:

• Each counselor who has been in his/her position for at least a year will nominate one individual from his/her caseload as a candidate for Consumer of the Year and encourage the individual to serve as a peer mentor to other people who are blind or severely visually impaired.

• DSB will award Consumer of the Year candidates and their employers with certificates/plaques and related publicity.

Goal Met: The Consumer of the Year program succeeded in recognizing 13 consumers and their employers. Several of the consumers have done peer mentoring. The publicity generated by the program raised awareness of the abilities and employability of consumers who are blind or severely visually impaired and informed the public about DSB services. Job Clubs and support groups have also been used to do peer mentoring and to have consumers encourage each other and share information.

Strategy: DSB will expand its assistive technology services and improve access to these services and equipment.

Performance Measures:

• DSB will continue to offer assistive technology training to new Rehabilitation Teachers as vacant positions are filled, so that staff can provide basic technology support to consumers in their respective geographic areas statewide.

• DSB will provide accessible kiosks at 10 Workforce Services centers to assist individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired in their job searches. DHS will use part of American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds to purchase the computers, software and other equipment necessary for the accessible kiosks.

Goal Met: New Rehabilitation Teachers were trained as planned, and the 10 accessible kiosks were provided to Workforce Services Centers.

Goal #2: DSB will increase its services to transition students.

Strategy: DSB will continue to expand and update a collaborative database of transition students.

Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will review the database to insure it is being maintained by Rehabilitation Assistants, who input local information.

Goal Met: The database is being maintained by Rehabilitation Assistants, who use it to do semi-annual mail-outs to public school contacts. Upkeep of a collaborative database with Arkansas School for the Blind has been re-assigned due to staff turnover.

Strategy: VR Counselors will continue to track transition students on their caseloads to insure that the IPE is developed or updated before a student graduates from high school.

Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor this during case reviews to insure that no transition student age 14 or older will graduate without a current IPE.

Goal Met: Evidence supports action has been taken, but more training is needed.

Strategy: DSB will provide assessments to transition students specifically focused on activities of daily living, including but not limited to, mobility, knowledge of available transportation resources, self-advocacy, acquisition of a variety of reading options, awareness of job opportunities, and rights and responsibilities as an informed consumer.

Performance Measure: All transition students will be referred to Rehabilitation Teachers for assessment of daily living skills and needed instruction.

Goal Met: All students are being referred for assessment.

Goal #3: DSB will continue to reach out to minorities and stakeholders.

Strategy: DSB will increase its contacts with faith-based organizations.

Performance Measure: DSB will make 10 outreach efforts to faith-based organizations during FY 2010.

Goal Met: DSB reached this goal through it faith-based contracts with CIL’s and local outreach efforts of VR Counselors.

Strategy: DSB will increase its services to minorities.

Performance Measures: DSB will make 10 outreach efforts to Hispanic, Asian, or other ethnic groups during FY 2010.

Goal Met: DSB reached this goal through its faith-based contracts with CIL’s, Spanish radio announcements, participation in the Asian Festival, and local outreach efforts of VR Counselors.

Strategy: DSB will collaborate with Workforce Centers to assist individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired in their job searches.

Performance Measure: DSB will provide accessible kiosks at 10 local Workforce Services centers. DHS will use part of American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) funds to purchase the computers, software and other equipment necessary for the accessible kiosks.

Goal Met: Ten accessible kiosks were provided to local Workforce Services Centers and DSB staff trained Workforce Services personnel on assisting people who are blind and visually impaired. Also, DSB staff met with consumers at the Centers as needed to assist them in their job searches.

Strategy: Area Supervisors and administrative staff will continue to attend the state conferences of blindness consumer groups, and opportunities will be offered to direct service staff as well.

Performance Measure: DSB will continue to send at least five supervisors/administrators to these conferences and will make presentations as requested.

Goal Met: DSB sent at least five supervisors/administrators to the various state conferences of blindness consumer groups and also offered stipend opportunities to direct service staff.

 

Goal #1: Increase the number of Supported Employment Providers to better serve DSB consumers.

Strategy: DSB will continue to collaborate with other agencies to expand the number of SE providers.

Performance Measures: At least two new SE providers will be identified and contacted face-to-face.

Goal Met: DSB reached this goal by concentrating on local providers with local VR Counselors rather than large networks at the state level and by re-visiting CRP’s.

Strategy: A new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be issued to recruit SE providers.

Performance Measure: At least two providers will be recruited through the RFQ.

Goal Met: The RFQ recruited Sources for Community Independent Living Services (Sources, Inc.) and Independent Living Resources Center, doing business as Mainstream. Later Delta Resource Center for Independent Living came onboard July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

Strategy: DSB will use part of its stimulus money to hire job developers and job coaches to assist in the development of SE providers and services.

Performance Measure: At least one job developer and one job coach will be hired in FY 2010.

Goal Met: Five job developers and five job coaches were hired in FY 2010.

Goal #2: Address the lack of knowledge and training that SE Providers have in the provision of SE Services and placement for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired.

Strategy: DSB will collaborate with the University of Arkansas Center for the Utilization of Rehabilitation Resources for Education, Networking, Training, and Service (CURRENTS) and other agencies to develop a pilot program to train SE Providers.

Performance Measures: At least one training on SE outcomes will be conducted in FY 2010.

Goal Met: DSB partnered with the EmployAbility Project of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services and the Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE) to develop the first annual Arkansas Disability Employment Conference “Everyone Works, Everyone Wins” held August, 2010, in Hot Springs. The DSB Director gave the welcoming remarks at the conference attended by SE providers, CRP’s, DSB Counselors, and other stakeholders. DSB staff had opportunities to network with providers and potential partners. Major conference topics included:

• Developing Employment Services at your Agency

• Supported Employment Best Practices

• Employment First Policies Adopted by State Agencies Around the Country

• SSDI, SSI and Medicaid Work Incentives for Individuals with Disabilities

• Ticket to Work and Employment Networks

Leaders from Arkansas state government discussed Arkansas initiatives to increase employment. A panel of Arkansas consumers discussed their employment successes. The conference’s three keynote speakers were national leaders in the field of disability employment. Each spoke at a general session, and also presented breakout sessions:

• Cesilee Coulson, Executive Director of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, Seattle, WA, shared examples of people with severe disabilities who have succeeded in the workplace and described the services they needed to succeed.

• Bob Niemiec, Director of the Employment Services and Technical Assistance Support Center, St. Paul, MN, talked about the growing number of state agencies that are making employment a priority by adopting Employment First policies and procedures.

• Susan Webb, Director of ABIL Employment Services, Phoenix, AZ, spoke on how agencies can succeed as Ticket to Work providers. ABIL is reputed to be one of the largest and most successful Ticket to Work providers in the nation.

Strategy: DSB will develop a PowerPoint presentation that VR Counselors and Job Developers can take to SE Providers to increase their awareness of the capability of DSB consumers and introduce SE Providers to blindness issues and how consumers can be placed on jobs often with only slight modifications/adaptations.

Performance Measures: The PowerPoint presentation will be shown at least once in each DSB service area during FY 2010.

Goal Met: A PowerPoint presentation was developed collaboratively by DSB and the

EmployAbility Project of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services. Instead of being shown once in each area, the presentation was made to SE providers and CRP’s from across the state at the Arkansas Disability Employment Conference “Everyone Works, Everyone Wins”.

 

Below is the evaluation and report of progress on the Performance Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) in the reporting of data to comply with the 34 CFR 361, Subpart E, 361.80 through 361.89 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998. In FY 2010, DSB missed Indicator 1.1 regarding the number of employment outcomes and Indicator 1.6 regarding self-support.

DSB has identified several contributing factors for failure to meet Indicator 1.1, including:

• an increase in staff turnover due to retirements and other causes;

• lengths of vacancy in filling positions;

• time constraints for supervisors/staff doing their jobs and those of vacant positions;

• new staff who are inexperienced, and

• the current economic situation.

Although DSB has no control over some of these factors, DSB will implement the following strategies to address Indicator 1.1:

• VR Counselors and Rehabilitation Teachers will receive training in job placement and development.

• DSB will work with Workforce Services and other agencies to access employment services for its consumers.

• DSB will continue to work aggressively to fill vacancies.

DSB has identified the following contributing factors for failure to meet Indicator 1.6 and will implement these strategies to address the issue:

• Currently, DSB does not require consumers to verify their income at the time of application. Verification of income for the purpose of Indicator 1.6 will be explored; income will not be considered for eligibility.

• DSB identified a problem in that the status of consumers who report their own income as the largest single source of support at the time of application was not being updated when consumers exited the program due to employment. Area Supervisors will continue to instruct and remind Counselors to update this information and will monitor case records to ensure the necessary action was taken.

• DSB will continue to serve homemakers with ILRS funds in an effort to reduce the number of homemaker closures and improve performance in this indicator.

The information below describes DSB performance for Standard 1 and Standard 2:

Evaluation Standard 1 - Employment Outcomes:

A Designated State Unit (DSU) must assist any eligible individual, including an individual with a significant disability, to obtain, maintain, or regain high-quality employment.

In order to pass Standard 1 a state VR agency must meet or exceed the performance level for four of the six indicators including meeting or exceeding the performance level for two of the three primary indicators. Primary indicators are 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5.

• Performance Indicator 1.1: Change in the number of employment outcomes

The number of individuals exiting the VR program who achieved an employment outcome during the current performance period compared to the number of individuals who exit the VR program after achieving an employment outcome during the previous performance period.

FY 2010 278

FY 2009 350

Result -72 Individuals

Required Performance Level: DSU’s performance in current period must equal or exceed performance in previous period.

• Performance Indicator 1.2: Percent Employed

Of all individuals who exit the VR program after receiving services, the percentage who are determined to have achieved an employment outcome.

390 Individuals exited after receiving services

278 Individuals or

71.28% exited with an employment outcome

Required Performance Level: For the general and combined DSU’s, the level is 55.8%; for agencies serving individuals who are blind, the level is 68.9%

• Performance Indicator 1.3: Employed Competitively

Of all Individuals determined to have achieved an employment outcome, the percentage who exit the VR program in competitive, self-, or BEP employment with earnings equivalent to at least the minimum wage.

278 Individuals exited the VR Program with an employment outcome

188 Individuals or

67.62% exited the VR Program with an employment outcome earning at least minimum wage ($7.25)

Required Performance Level: For the general and combined DSU’s, the level is 72.6%; for agencies serving individuals who are blind, the level is 35.4%.

• Performance Indicator 1.4: Significant Disability

Of all individuals who exit the VR program in competitive, self, or BEP employment with earnings equivalent to at least the minimum wage, the percentage who are individuals with significant disabilities.

188 Individuals exited the VR Program with an employment outcome earning at least minimum wage ($7.25)

188 Individuals or

100% with significant disabilities exited the VR Program with an employment outcome earning at least minimum wage ($7.25)

Required Performance Level: For the general and combined DSU’s, the level is 62.4%; for agencies serving individuals who are blind, the level is 89.0%

• Performance Indicator 1.5: Earning Ratio

The average hourly earnings of all individuals who exit the VR program in competitive, self-, or BEP employment with earnings equivalent to at least the minimum wage as a ratio to the State’s average hourly earnings for all individuals in the State who are employed (as derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports “State Average Annual Pay” for the most recent available year).

188 Individuals exited the VR Program with an employment outcome earning at least minimum wage ($7.25)

$12.61 Average hourly wage of individuals who exited the VR Program with an employment outcome earning at least minimum wage ($7.25)

$16.65 State’s average hourly earnings

.76 Ratio

Required Performance Level: For the general and combined DSU’s, the level is a ratio of .52; for agencies serving individuals who are blind, the ratio is .59.

• Performance Indicator 1.6: Self-support

Of all individuals who exit the VR program in competitive, self-, or BEP employment with earnings equivalent to at least the minimum wage, the difference between the percentage who report their own income as the largest single source of economic support at the time they exit the VR program and the percentage who report their own income as the largest single source of support at the time they apply for VR services.

170 or 90.42% Individuals reported their own income as the largest single source of support at time of exit

138 or 73.40% Individuals reported their own income as the largest single source of support at time of application

32 or 17.02% Difference between the two percentages

Required Performance Level: For the general and combined DSU’s, the level is an arithmetic difference of 53.0; for agencies serving individuals who are blind, the level is a difference of 30.4.

Evaluation Standard 2: Equal Access to Services

2.1 Service Rate

The service rate for all individuals with disabilities from minority backgrounds as a ratio to the service rate for all individuals with disabilities from non-minority backgrounds.

161 Minorities exited the VR Program

114 Minorities exited the VR Program after receiving services

70.81% Service rate of minority individuals

342 Non-minorities exited the VR Program

276 Non-minorities exited the VR Program after receiving services

80.70% Service rate of non-minority individuals

.87 Ratio level of service rate

Required Performance Level: All agencies must attain a ratio level of .80.

 

DSB used innovation and expansion funds to support a faith-based initiative with Sources for Community Independent Living Services Inc. (Sources Inc.) aimed at increasing referrals from church groups.

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  • Describe quality, scope, and extent of supported employment services to be provided to individuals with the most significant disabilities
  • Describe the timing of the transition to extended services

DSB, ARS, the DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), the DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services (BHS), and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit (SEU), Transition Unit partner through an interagency cooperative agreement outlining responsibilities and the provision of supported employment and other services to transition-aged consumers. The agreement produced an interagency steering committee which works on supported employment issues. The steering committee is facilitated by the EmployAbility Project, which is a grant program housed in the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services.

The Governor’s Executive Order 10-17 directs state agencies to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities and for DHS to convene an Employment First Task Force comprised of disability service providers, consumer advocates, and state agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, Workforce services, and education. The task force will identify and eliminate agency policies that create barriers and disincentives for employment of individuals who are disabled. It will develop methods to track and report related data. The DSB Director has been named as a representative to this task force, which will focus consumer services around goals of self-sufficiency and employment.

Executive Order 10-17 also calls for the training of staff and counseling of consumers on Social Security work incentives, the Ticket-to-Work program, and employment and navigation services for individuals with disabilities who want to work. It aims to “increase the availability and use of supported employment through interagency collaboration and reallocation of existing funds to better meet the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities.”

DSB, the EmployAbility Project of the DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, and the Arkansas chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AAPSE) are in the planning process for the second annual Arkansas Disability Employment Conference. The agencies hope to build on the success of last year’s conference, which brought together stakeholders and provided training in supported employment.

DSB coordinates with approximately 20 agencies, non-profits and consumers, on the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Advisory Committee and seeks ways to reduce barriers to supported employment and recruit more SE providers. The MIG project is funded through December 31, 2011.

The state has a limited number of service providers and a relatively low number of consumers who need SE services, particularly those who are blind or severely visually impaired. These consumers are spread throughout the rural parts of the state. Providers often consider these barriers as cost prohibitive. Added to this, providers want assurances of consistent available funding for continuing extended services, perhaps for the life of the consumer, and want payments for less tangible results than job placement, such as improving the consumers’ social interaction. Another barrier that has been identified is the lack of knowledge, experience, and training SE providers have in the provision of supported employment services and placement for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. This is a specialty area of expertise that many providers do not have and are unwilling to expend time, monies and resources to train staff in this area.

Between March, 2010 and March, 2011, DSB used the following organizations to provide supported employment services to its consumers: Goodwill Industries of Arkansas Inc., Miller County Health Department, Arkansas Support Network, Boone County Special Services, and Sources for Community Independent Living Services Inc. (Sources Inc.).

Transitioning from DSB services to extended services will not occur until at least 90 days after the case is placed into status 22 (employment), but should occur no later than 18 months after the case is placed into status 22. The time frame for moving a case into extended services will be determined by the VR Counselor’s monitoring of the consumer’s adjustment to the work environment and will be outlined in the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Supervisors review this process monthly, and the outcome is subject to case audit semi-annually.

In FY 2010, DSB provided supported employment services to 26 individuals. Of this number, 9 cases were closed, of which 3 were closed competitively employed not in supported employment, 0 were closed competitively employed in supported employment, 0 were closed not competitively employed-not in supported employment, and 6 were closed without an employment outcome. FY 2012 Projections: Averaging the number of consumers in supported employment over the past two completed years, DSB estimates it will serve 23 consumers in supported employment.

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