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
Hawaii Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan for Fiscal Year 2012 (submitted FY 2011)

1.1 The Department of Human Services 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 Department of Human Services [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

... 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

... 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
Patricia McManaman

Title of Signatory
Director, Department of Human Services Hawaii

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
05/12/2011

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
Yes

Comments:

VRSBD provides the following written assurance, which commits VRSBD, to 1) establish a State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) that meets the criteria set forth in Section 105 of the act, as required in Section 101(a)(21)(, so that the VRSBD can work with the SRC to fulfill the responsibilities and fully constitute the council with the required (15) fifteen members, by September 30, 2012, and 2) to report on a quarterly basis the progress being made toward fulfillment of the assurance.

Signed?
Yes

Name of Signatory
Patricia McManaman

Title of Signatory
Director, Department of Human Services Hawaii

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
05/12/2011

* The signatory of the assurance with the authority to execute and submit the State Plan will maintain a signed copy of the assurance(s) with the signed State Plan.

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 not primarily concerned with vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities and includes a vocational rehabilitation unit as provided in paragraph (b) of this section (Option B was selected/Option A 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
Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind division (VRSBD)

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 B 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. No

(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.

Required annually by all agencies except those agencies that are independent consumer-controlled commissions.

Identify the Input provided by the state rehabilitation council, including recommendations from the council's annual report, the review and analysis of consumer satisfaction, and other council reports. Be sure to also include:

  • the Designated state unit's response to the input and recommendations; and
  • explanations for the designated state unit's rejection of any input or recommendation of the council.

The Hawaii State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is committed to the goals and objectives of the Hawai`I VR Program as it is written in this FY2012 State Plan.

The SRC is made up of 21 members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Hawai`i State Senate.

Members of the SRC consist of a majority of individuals with disabilities who are inclusive of; one representative of the Statewide Independent Living Council, who must be the chairperson or other designee of the Statewide Independent Living Council; At least one representative of a parent training and information center established pursuant to section 682(a) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; At least one representative of the Client Assistance Program established under 34 CFR part 370, who must be the director of or other individual recommended by the Client Assistance Program; At least one qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor with knowledge of and experience with vocational rehabilitation programs who serves as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Council if employed by the designated State agency; At least one representative of community rehabilitation program service providers; Four representatives of business, industry, and labor; Representatives of disability groups that include a cross section of-- (A) Individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabilities; and (B) Representatives of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves or are unable due to their disabilities to represent themselves; Current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services; At least one representative of the State educational agency responsible for the public education of students with disabilities who are eligible to receive services under this part and part B of the individuals with Disabilities Education Act; (At least one representative of the State workforce investment board; and the director of the designated State unit as an ex officio, nonvoting member of the Council; and Employees of the designated State agency who may serve only as nonvoting members of the Council.

The SRC has included the following recommendations in FY2012 to compliment the VRSBD s goals and priorities:

I. Bridging efforts in the service of transitional youth programs between VRSBD and Department of Education, special education, of Hawai`I.

The SRC continues to strive through partnerships with parents, schools and the department of education to further educate and ensure the services needed for transitional youth students. The SRC reviews and establishes priorities within the consumer needs assessment to determine the specifics of this category to better serve the council’s efforts to bridge communication and service to the transitional age youth.

VRSBD approves of this recommendation as it plays an integral part in the development of communication between each department and division.

This is to be carried out during specially scheduled subcommittee meetings for the purpose of strategically developing plans for recommendation for the consumer needs assessment and to the VRSBD and DOE SPED.

In FY2011 ideas and contacts were established and will continue to be developed in partnership with the SRC and the DOE in FY2012.

II. Proposing an outline for use in the implementation of assistive Technology grant monies to better serve people with disabilities.

A review of the AT grant and its uses in FY2010 were conducted by the SRC with the following recommendations:

A monitoring partnership of VRSBD and SRC will be maintained every quarter to better determine the implementation of the AT grant in its current contract. Proposals dependent on clients served and other aspects of the grants use will be submitted to the VRSBD.

In FY2011 the SRC reviewed and developed alternative uses of the AT grant for the agency to consider implementing during the next contractual year and submitted further ideas to the agency with effective use of funds appropriate to the grant and its resources in Hawaii.

The VRSBD supports the coordination of such a proposal to maximize on the use of Assistive Tech grant monies for the use of informed choice, education and employment development and maintenance for Hawai`i’s disabled.

III. Create an SRC web page linked into the Hawaii VR homepage. Purpose of the web page will be to post calendars, link Hawai`I disability resources, educate the public about people with disabilities, and inform public of SRC and VRSBD services, goals and priorities.

The VRSBD has an ongoing contract to maintain and develop its web site and supports the use by the SRC as a form of communication meeting current formats of outreach and education to the public of all the services and facets of the VRSBD.

In FY2011 the SRC continued to use and determine the best access for information an outreach to the public body of consumers.

In FY2012 the SRC will continue in its use, review and determination of best practices for outreach and education to the public and its clients.

IV. Development and approval of a SRC budget and full time staff person

The Hawaii SRC has determined the need of a full time staff person to enable the SRC to fully comply and complete the work of the council according to the Federal Rehabilitation ACT and its regulations.

a) The council chair will meet with the VR liaison to determine actual costs and expenditures to develop the SRC’s budget. b) The council chair will meet with the VR liaison to review development of council FT staff person position description and minimum qualifications necessary. c) The council administrative subcommittee will after reviewing information gathered and developed by the VR liaison and the SRC chair refine and propose to the council for full agreement. d) The SRC will present to the VRSBD its complete package for review and define a necessary agreement to establish the funding tool with the agency.

Upon the completion of the budget and development and approval of the SRC staff position, the council and agency will set forth in the FY2013 state plan an outline with mile stones for the purpose of implementation of the council’s approved budget and FT staff position.

The VRSBD supports and approves of this goal set forth by the SRC for it’s further ability to fully comply with the Rehabilitation Act and the council’s responsibilities therein.

The SRC meets regularly each quarter in partnership with the VRSBD. At each meeting

- The SRC reviews, discusses and makes appropriate recommendations when necessary and continues to support the progress and goals of the VRSBD.

- The SRC worked in coordination with the VRSBD to develop, receive public comment, and determine the validity of the goals and priorities of the FY2012 State Plan.

- The SRC in partnership with the VRSBD did not approve or amend any administrative rules or policies in 2011.

- The SRC affirms the VRSBD goals and priorities as well-as developing their own goals that are an integral part of VRSBD’s.

- The SRC developed in coordination with the VRSBD the 2012 state plan and approves of the goals and priorities as written in such.

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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.

Hawaii VR has a memorandum of agreement between the University of Hawaii (UH)system. The UH system includes all the public institutions (university and community colleges)statewide. Because the agreement is with the system and not the individual institutions, only one MOA is needed. The agreement includes the roles and responsibilities of both VR and the UH, financial and programmatic responsibilities and basics of common understanding. The text is below. It was signed in April 2008 by the UH President and DHS Director File Interagency Agreement 3-17-08.

a. US Dept. of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance: To provide severely handicapped persons referred by VRSBD with unpaid work experience and training designed to assist them in acquiring skills and training which would enable or better equip them to compete for positions in the nations work force both public and private. However, based on client needs, the objectives of the unpaid work experience assignment is to teach good, basic work attitudes and habits, and to develop self-confidence in a work situation.

b. US Navy Public Works and Consolidated Civilian Personnel Office: To provide severely handicapped persons referred by VRSBD with unpaid work experience and training designed to assist them in acquiring skills and training which would enable or better equip them to compete for positions in the nations work force both public and private. However, based on client needs, the objectives of the unpaid work experience assignment is to teach good, basic work attitudes and habits, and to develop self-confidence in a work situation.

c. Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD): We are finalizing our Memorandum of Agreement, (MOA) with AMHD. AMHD and VRSBD will partner and combine funding to create a new vocational readiness service exclusively for AMHD consumers in Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) programs, such as Clubhouses and contracted PSR programs on Oahu. This collaboration will provide a full-time vocational readiness skill-building trainer dedicated to AMHD PSR programs. The program will incorporate a train-the-trainer approach in service provision.

d. Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Division (DDD): The purpose of this agreement is to coordinate services so that eligible individuals with developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to obtain and maintain competitive employment. The DDD shall determine appropriate individuals, who are developmentally disabled, and refer them to VRSBD.

e. Department of Health/Children with Special Needs Branch: The purpose of this agreement is to clarify responsibilities of the two agencies in serving disabled persons under the age of 21 who may be eligible for diagnostic, evaluation and restorative services from either agency. This agreement will provide for coordinated services and assure that all disabled persons under age 21 will get needed services.

The agreement has been amended to include inter-agency policies and procedures regarding the supplemental Security Income-Disabled Childrens Program which was established in the Crippled children Services Branch in September 1978, as provided for under P.L. 94-566.

f. Medicaid: The purpose of this agreement is to mobilize personnel and financial resources of both Divisions in order to provide vocational rehabilitation services to Department of Human Services eligible recipients so that they may achieve economic self-sufficiency.

The agreement permits VRSBD to 1) use Medicaid as a payment resource for services to Medicaid eligible VR clients, 2) use the Dental Consultants services, and 3) have access to Medicaid payment information in establishing VRSBD fee schedules.

VRSBD does not have programs carried out by the Under Secretary for Rural Development.

VRSBD does not use contracting programs.

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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.

The Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division (VRSBD) has an interagency agreement with the Department of Education/Special Education Section (DOE/SES), required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, to plan, coordinate, and implement transition services for students with disabilities. At a minimum, the agreement provides:

1. The implementation of the Special Education-Vocational Rehabilitation (SEVR) Work-Study Program. The SEVR Work-Study Program, under a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education, is a cooperative effort between the DOE and VRSBD to provide work-study opportunities for eligible students with disabilities. VRSBD is also looking to extend the SEVR Work-Study Program during the Summer Breakout Session of the DOE calendar.

2. Consultation and Technical Assistance to the Department of Education. VRSBD will continue to provide consultation and technical assistance with DOE personnel in planning for the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including vocational rehabilitation services.

3. Transition Planning. VRSBD, in joint cooperation with the DOE, will continue to provide transition planning for students with disabilities that facilitates the development and completion of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

4. Employment Planning. VRSBD, in joint cooperation with the DOE, will assist students, under the spirit of informed choice, the development of their Individualized Employment Plan. This plan will outline the provision of services, service providers, financial responsibilities, and the roles and responsibilities of each partnering agency. The partnering agencies will be responsible to provide qualified personnel responsible for transition services.

5. Outreach. VRSBD will continue to provide procedures for outreach to, and identification of students with disabilities who are in need of transition services through VR counselors. Prior to the student exiting the DOE, the DOE is required to facilitate a final Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting. The student’s Transition Plan is reviewed as part of the final IEP Meeting, which includes a review of the IPE by the VR Counselor, student, student’s parents/ representatives, and other members of the IEP team.

During this review, the student and/or student’s parents/representatives may request for any amendments to the IPE, which may include changes in the vocational goal, services, service providers, and terms/conditions of the provision of services. Should the student and/or parents/representatives decide to make no amendments to the IPE, all services listed on the IPE will continue as originally agreed upon. T

he Formation of the Inter-Agency Transition Work Group. The Inter-Agency Transition Work Group consists of representation from the Department of Education/Special Education Section (DOE/SES), Department of Heath/Developmental Disabilities Division (DOH/DDD), and Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division (VRSBD).

The goal of the work group is to discuss how partnering agencies can collaborate to increase post-high school opportunities for students with developmental disabilities in employment and post-secondary education.

VRSBD continues to serve more than 500 students with disabilities each year. VR Counselors are assigned to participating school under the Department of Education to coordinate services with Special Education and Transition personnel to assist in the planning for all transitioning students with disabilities.

This includes the development, approval, and implementation of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each student determined eligible for VR services and able to be served under the Order of Selection leaves the school setting. The plan must be completed prior to the student exiting the DOE system. The VR Counselor will conduct, at minimum, annual meetings to review the appropriateness of the IPE.

The VR Counselor will arrange for and conduct an orientation meeting with key school personnel to inform them of the availability of VR services to incoming and continuing students with disabilities.

The information in the orientation will contain a description of the purpose of the vocational rehabilitation program, procedures for referral, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and scope of services that may be provided to eligible students.

All 7 school districts under the State of Hawaii, Department of Education, are covered by the interagency cooperative agreement. Under the current Memorandum of Agreement between the DOE and VRSBD, potential special education eligible students with disabilities are referred directly to VRSBD for eligibility determination and VR services under the Individualized Plan for Employment.

The target population are students with disabilities ages 15-20, grades 9-12, who need work training experience during their high school years to prepare for employment.

VRSBD is financially responsible to cover the cost of implementing the SEVR Work Study Program. DOE is responsible for providing staff resources to implement the SEVR Work Study Program, submitting a year-end report of progress and budget request on an annual basis. VRSBD, under the invitation from the DOE, attends the student’s annual Individualized Education Program Meeting to develop, implement, and coordinate educational and transition services as mandated by IDEA.

The DOE facilitates annual IEP Meetings for every student receiving Special Education Services. Should there be an agreement with the IEP team to submit a referral to DVR, the DOE Transition Teacher will be responsible for submitting a referral for DVR Services after the conclusion of the IEP Meeting.

Once the student is found eligible to receive VR Services, the VR Counselor will attend all annual IEP Meetings at the request of the DOE. The IEP Meetings are facilitated by the DOE. At the IEP Meeting, the VR Counselor provides an overview of the agency’s goal/mission, eligibility criteria, scope of services, rights/remedies, and other information specific to the student’s IPE.

The VR Counselor also conducts a review of the student’s IPE and allows for any amendments upon the request of the IEP Team. VRSBD has representation on a variety of committees (Special Education Advisory Council, Developmental Disabilities Council, Children’s Community Council, Interagency Council, State Rehabilitation Council) that enables parents and members of the community to collect information and provide input on VR services with the transition population.

VRSBD serves on the Transition Committee of the Special Education Advisory Council. The committee’s purpose is to develop recommendations on policy changes, best practices, and address on-going concerns for the Department of Education/Special Education Section. This committee also submits testimony to various legislative committees throughout the Hawaii Legislative Session.

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

VRSBD has entered into contracts with eleven Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRP) to provide Job Placement and Retention Services, Supported Employment Services, Evaluation/Training/Placement Services, and Job Placement and Retention Services for the Deaf.

The CRPs are required to sign contracts with VRSBD, prior to providing services to individuals. These services are paid for by a milestone/outcome basis not to exceed a set contracted amount. Potential CRPs that are accredited by the Commission and Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) are given preference for contract awards. The CRPs facilities must meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Telecommunications devices for the deaf are essential, as all programs are expected to serve the deaf.

The CRPs will provide training and employment services that includes: job skills training, job preparation skills, job seeking skills, job coaching, and follow-up services after employment is achieved. In FFY 2010, 353 clients were provided services through the CRPs.

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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.

Supported employment services: Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) CRPs provide supported employment services to individuals with Most Significant Disabilities who have been unable to maintain competitive employment.

These services include: Individualized job placement planning, job analysis, job readiness training, job training at the work site, ongoing supervision and coaching on an as-needed basis, training in various independent living skills, ongoing behavior management, coordination with other partnering agencies and family members, negotiating for necessary job accommodations with the employer, ongoing case management, and assist in acquiring funding for long term support services for job maintenance.

In addition to the services the following agreements have been made with the CRPs:

(1) Personnel: preference will be given to qualified staff with disabilities and staff who are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors

(2) Administrative: CRPs shall share information about their relationships with employers developed or maintained

(3) Qualitative assurance and evaluation specifications: participant satisfaction with services and employment outcomes are the key qualitative measures

(4) Experience: CRP experience with the placement and job coaching of individuals with significant and most significant disabilities is desired

(5) Coordination of services: CRPs will continously coordinate the provision of services with VRSBD staff

(6) Reporting: Monthly reporting

(7) Facilities: facilities/offices must be adequate to provide the supported employment services Supported Employment contracts are funded through milestone payments. These payments will be made after the following outcomes are achieved:

Milestone 1 (Job Placement),

Milestone 2 (30 days job retention),

Milestone 3 (rehabilitation closure).

Extended Services: State Department of Health On 3/11/10, VRSBD drafted a tentative working agreement with the the Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division, to provide extended services for individuals with chronic mental illness.

The Department of Health/Developmental Disabilities Division receives Federal Funds through the Medicaid Waiver Program. Through these funds, the DOH/DDD contracts CRPs to provide pre-vocational (Home and Community Based Services) and vocational services (Habilitation and Supported Employment Services) to individuals that meet the criteria to receive services.

As part of the development of the individuals IPE, the VR Counselor must identify Extended Services and Service Providers for individuals qualified for Supported Employment Services. DOH/DDD could be identified as a services provider.

In addition, agreements with family members and/or employers for extended services can be arranged.

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Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

VRSBD currently does not employ an adequate number of rehabilitation professionals and paraprofessionals based on the average caseload size of:

" Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist I = active caseload of 63 "

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist II = active caseload of 94 "

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist III & IV = active caseload of 125

Positions have been lost due to a reduction-in-force. A hiring freeze has left positions vacant. The DSU is in the process of trying to reinstate the lost positions.

 

Row Job Title Total positions Current vacancies Projected vacancies over the next 5 years
1 Administrator 1 0 1
2 Assistant Administrator 1 0 0
3 Branch Administrators 5 1 1
4 Supervisors 8 3 1
5 Administrative/Staff Specialists 5 1 1
6 Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists 49 11 7
7 Clerical Support Staff 21 5 4
8 Employment Specialists 2 0 0
9 Social Service Assistant/Deaf 1 0 0
10 Blind Staff (non VR-OIB) 3 0 0

 

The University of Hawaii(UH) is the only institution of higher education with an RCE program. The UH has onsite courses and video courses that are broadcast to neighbor island staff.

VRSBD has an agreement with San Diego State University (SDSU). The agreement provides an option for VR counselors to attend master’s degree training through distance education.

This year the DSU also has one counselor attending the online program at Louisiana State University.

The programs at the UH, SDSU and Louisiana State University are Rehabilitation Counselor Education master’s degree programs.

All graduate degrees are in rehabilitation counseling; all of our staff who have graduated have graduated with a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.

This makes them eligible to take the CRC exam. The DSU standard is eligibility for the CRC exam. VRSBD standards for recruitment are a master’s degree from a rehabilitation counseling program or a CRC.

 

Row Institutions Students enrolled Employees sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates from the previous year
1 University of Hawaii RCE Program 2 2 2 0
2 San Diego State University CDER Program 2 1 1 1
3 Louisiana State University Online Program 1 1 0 0
4 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0

 

VRSBD works closely with the University of Hawaii(UH) to recruit qualified graduates. It is the only institution in the state with a master’s degree program in rehabilitation counseling. VRSBD serves in an advisory capacity to the University of Hawaii, Rehabilitation Counselor Education Long Term Training Grant.

The program has been supportive of preparing, recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities and persons from minority backgrounds.

Job announcements are announced internally, in the newspaper and on the State of Hawaii/Department of Human Resource Development website.

Positions have also been announced at Rehabilitation Education programs nationally.

Personnel at Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation represent culturally diverse backgrounds reflective of the cultures in Hawaii. Counselors with the deaf positions have been announced in deaf organizations and deaf publications.

Positions at the Services for the Blind Branch have been announced with blind organizations. Unpaid internship opportunities are offered at all VR office locations.

In addition, recruitment is done through the National Council of Rehabilitation Educators and RCE programs in the Western states. The VRSBD standard for rehabilitation counselors is CRC eligible.

Thirty-three counselor positions are currently filled, one position is served by two counselors. Thirty counselors meet the DSU standard of CRC eligible. Four are currently in master’s degree programs.

 

VRSBD maintains a CSPD database for all staff to assure they meet the standard or are receiving the graduate training to meet the standard. VRSBD currently has 34 counselors filling 33 FTE positions. Thirty counselors meet the standard and four counselors are on a training plan to meet the requirement by the year 2013.

All VR counselors who do not meet CSPD standards have a training plan.

VRSBD actively recruits Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling or CRC candidates.

The timeline for newly hired personnel who do not meet the VRSBD standard of CRC eligible is completion of a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling five years from the start of the rehabilitation education program.

Details on the plan for training and timelines for newly hired personnel who do not meet the standard is as follows: These standards became effective on May 16, 2002 upon approval in the Class specifications by the Hawaii State Department of Human Resources Development.

A. All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists I hired after the effective date of this standard who perform one or more counselor functions must have a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university or verification of eligibility for admission to a CORE accredited program in Rehabilitation Counseling.

B. All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists II hired (or reallocated to the II level) after the effective date of this standard who perform one or more counselor functions, in addition to meeting the minimum requirements of the I level, must have completed 27 graduate level semester credits in a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program at an accredited college or university.

All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists III and IV hired after the effective date of this standard who perform one or more counselor functions must have a CORE accredited Masters degree or other post-graduate degree including coursework, internship, and experience verified by the Standards and Credentials Committee of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) to be acceptable for certification purposes, or must be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

C. All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists V, and VR Managers I, who are first- line supervisors of lower level Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists, hired after the effective date of this standard, who perform one or more counselor functions at any time, or have the authority to do so, must have a CORE accredited Masters degree or other post-graduate degree including coursework, internship, and experience verified by the Standards and Credentials Committee of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) to be acceptable for certification purposes, or must be a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

(a) STAFF DEVELOPMENT

A. All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists I hired after the effective date of this standard, who perform one or more counselor functions, will be given 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), and financial support, to earn the first year of graduate semester credits toward a Masters degree in a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program at the University of Hawaii or, through distance learning at another accredited college or university, to meet the minimum requirements for the VR Specialist II level, commencing on the earliest possible enrollment date after completing the 6-month probationary appointment. Upon completion of the first year of graduate credits and meeting the performance expectations of the VR Specialist II level, the employee will be recommended for reallocation to the II level. " If an employee is unable to commence training on the earliest possible enrollment date after completing the probationary appointment, due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the employee, an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator. If an employee is unable to complete the first year of graduate semester credits within 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university that uses a different term for dividing the academic year), due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the employee, an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator.

If an employee is unable commence training or, is unable to complete the first year of graduate semester credits, by the end of the extension granted, the employee will be terminated from employment with the Division.

B. All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists II, hired or reallocated to the II level after the effective date of this standard, who perform one or more counselor functions, will be given 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), and financial support, to complete the remaining graduate level requirements to earn the Masters degree in a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program at the University of Hawaii or, through distance learning at another accredited college or university, to meet the minimum requirements for the III level, commencing on the earliest possible enrollment date after completing the 6-month probationary appointment, or reallocation to the II level. Upon earning the Masters degree and meeting the performance expectations of the VR Specialist III level, the employee will be recommended for reallocation to the VR Specialist III level.

" If an employee is unable to commence training on the earliest possible enrollment date after completing the probationary appointment period, due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the employee, an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator.

If an employee is unable to complete the remaining graduate level requirements to earn the Masters degree within 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the employee, an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator.

If an employee is unable to commence training or, is unable to complete the remaining graduate requirements to earn the Masters degree, by the end of the extension granted, the employee will be terminated from employment with the Division.

C. All Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists II, III, IV and V, and Vocational Rehabilitation Managers I, hired before the effective date of this standard, who perform one or more counselor functions, or have the authority to do so, who do not meet the Masters degree requirements and are not Certified Rehabilitation Counselors will be given 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), and financial support to complete the first year of graduate semester requirements in a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program at the University of Hawaii or, through distance learning at another accredited college or university, commencing on the earliest possible enrollment date, six months after the effective date of this standard.

If an employee is unable to commence training on the earliest possible enrollment date due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the employee, an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator.

If an employee is unable to complete the first year of graduate semester requirements within 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator. If an employee is unable to commence training or, is unable to complete the first year of graduate semester credits, by the end of the extension granted, the employee will be terminated from employment with the Division.

Upon completion of the first year of graduate semester credits, an employee will be given 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), and financial support to complete the remaining graduate semester requirements to earn the CORE accredited Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling at the University of Hawaii or, through distance learning at another accredited college or university, commencing on the earliest possible enrollment date after completing the first year of graduate study.

Upon completion of the remaining graduate requirements and earning the Masters degree, and meeting the performance expectations of the VR Specialist III level, an employee at the VR Specialist II level, will be recommended for reallocation to the III level; other employees at the VR Specialist III, IV, V or VR Manager I level will be considered as meeting the minimum requirements for their level.

" If an employee is unable to commence training to earn the remaining graduate semester credits to earn the Masters degree on the earliest possible enrollment date after completing the first year of graduate semester credits, due to extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the employee, an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator. If an employee is unable to complete the graduate requirements to earn the Masters degree within 4 semesters and 1 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), an extension, based on the merits of the request, will be granted by the VR Administrator.

" If an employee is unable to commence training or, is unable to complete the remaining graduate requirements to earn the Masters degree, by the end of the extension granted, the employee will be terminated from employment with the Division.

D. All VR Specialists hired before the effective date of this standard, who do not possess a Bachelors degree, must earn a Bachelors degree within 2 years, of the implementation date of this plan, and upon obtaining a Bachelors degree must enroll for graduate study in a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program at the University or Hawaii or through distance learning at another accredited college or university, at the earliest possible enrollment date, and must complete the personnel development requirements for the VR Specialist II, III, and IV under the same terms and conditions described above in paragraph C.

If an employee is unable to earn a Bachelors degree within 2 years of the effective date of these standards, the employee will be terminated from employment with the Division.

E. The Division will pay for the cost of testing fees to support an employees application for admission for graduate study.

F. If an employee is admitted to graduate school as an unclassified student, the division will pay for tuition and books and other required material. Unclassified student means a student who has not been accepted into a degree or certificate program but who has been admitted into Outreach College and may enroll in regular credit courses and graduate courses with the permission of the instructor.

G. If an employee is admitted to graduate school as a classified student, the Division will pay for tuition, books, and other required material and pay the employee a stipend to offset personal costs for training that may be incurred. Classified student means a student who has been accepted into the Masters degree program in a CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling program.

H. All employees hired before the effective date of these standards who do not have a CORE accredited Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling from an accredited college or university but are Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC) must maintain their Certification to meet the minimum requirements for their continued employment. Failure to maintain CRC certification resulting in subsequent loss of certification, will require that the employee earn a CORE accredited Masters degree in rehabilitation counseling through graduate study at the University of Hawaii or through distance learning at another accredited college or university, within 8 semesters and 2 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), from the earliest possible enrollment date following loss of CRC certification, without financial support from the Division.

If an employee fails to earn the Masters degree within the 8 semesters and 2 summers sessions (or its equivalent in another accredited college or university using a different term for dividing the academic year), the employee will be terminated from employment with the Division.

Filling Vacant Positions:

A. All vacant positions at the VR Specialist IV, V and VR Manager I levels, that perform one or more counselor functions or are authorized to do so, must be filled at that level.

B. Recruitment for all vacant positions at the VR Specialist III level, that perform one or more counselor functions, will begin at the VR Specialist III level.

C. If a VR Specialist III vacancy cannot be filled at the III level, recruitment will be at the VR Specialist II level. " All applicants referred for VR Specialist II vacant positions will be provided a Notice of the Divisions Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist II, at time of interview.

" All new hires at the VR Specialist II level must sign a Certification form containing the Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist II, acknowledging receipt and agreement to comply with the Standards and Requirements.

D. If a VR Specialist II vacancy cannot be filled at the VR Specialist II level, recruitment will be at the VR Specialist I level, at time of interview. " All applicants referred for VR Specialist I vacant positions will be provided a Notice of the Divisions Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist I, at time of interview.

" All new hires at the VR Specialist I level must sign a Certification form containing the Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist I, acknowledging receipt and agreement to comply with the Standards and Requirements.

V. Timetable to Meet Degree Requirements See attached Timetable

TIMETABLE TO MEET DEGREE REQUIREMENTS VRS I hired after May 16, 2002 (Effective date of the degree requirements) Elapsed Time in Semesters/Equivalent Activity 0 Date of Hire VRS I 0 Completion of probation/Begin graduate school 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete first year graduate credits and meets performance expectations of VRS II/Recommend Reallocation to VRS II 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete remaining graduate requirements/earns Masters degree and meets performance expectations of VRS III/Recommend Reallocation to VRS III 8 Semesters and 2 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Total Extension of First Year Start Date due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

Extension of Time Period to Complete First Year Requirements due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Start Date to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

TIMETABLE TO MEET DEGREE REQUIREMENTS VRS II hired after May 16, 2002 (Effective date of the degree requirements) Elapsed Time in Semesters/Equivalent Activity 0 Date of Hire

VRS II 0 Completion of probation/Begin graduate school 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete remaining graduate requirements/earns Masters degree and meets performance expectations of VRS III/Recommend Reallocation to VRS III 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Total Extension of Start Date to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

TIMETABLE TO MEET DEGREE REQUIREMENTS VRS II, III, IV OR V hired after May 16, 2002 (Effective date of the degree requirements), who are not CRC Elapsed Time in Semesters/Equivalent Activity 0 May 16, 2002 0 Begin graduate school 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete first year graduate credits 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete remaining graduate requirements and earns the Masters degree/Reallocation of VR Specialist II to VRS III; Other VRS III, IV, V, VR Manager I now meets Minimum Qualifications (MQs) 8 Semesters and 2 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Total Extension of First Year Start Date due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete First Year Requirements due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Start Date to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

Filling Vacant Positions:

A. All vacant positions at the VR Specialist IV, V and VR Manager I levels, that perform one or more counselor functions or are authorized to do so, must be filled at that level.

B. Recruitment for all vacant positions at the VR Specialist III level, that perform one or more counselor functions, will begin at the VR Specialist III level.

C. If a VR Specialist III vacancy cannot be filled at the III level, recruitment will be at the VR Specialist II level. " All applicants referred for VR Specialist II vacant positions will be provided a Notice of the Divisions Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist II, at time of interview. " All new hires at the VR Specialist II level must sign a Certification form containing the Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist II, acknowledging receipt and agreement to comply with the Standards and Requirements.

D. If a VR Specialist II vacancy cannot be filled at the VR Specialist II level, recruitment will be at the VR Specialist I level, at time of interview. " All applicants referred for VR Specialist I vacant positions will be provided a Notice of the Divisions Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist I, at time of interview. " All new hires at the VR Specialist I level must sign a Certification form containing the Personnel Standards and Personnel Development Requirements for the VR Specialist I, acknowledging receipt and agreement to comply with the Standards and Requirements.

V. Timetable to Meet Degree Requirements See attached

Timetable TIMETABLE TO MEET DEGREE REQUIREMENTS VRS I hired after May 16, 2002 (Effective date of the degree requirements) Elapsed Time in Semesters/Equivalent Activity 0 Date of Hire VRS I 0 Completion of probation/Begin graduate school 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete first year graduate credits and meets performance expectations of VRS II/Recommend Reallocation to VRS II 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete remaining graduate requirements/earns Masters degree and meets performance expectations of VRS III/Recommend Reallocation to VRS III 8 Semesters and 2 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Total Extension of First Year Start Date due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete First Year Requirements due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Start Date to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

TIMETABLE TO MEET DEGREE REQUIREMENTS VRS II hired after May 16, 2002 (Effective date of the degree requirements) Elapsed Time in Semesters/Equivalent Activity 0 Date of Hire VRS II 0 Completion of probation/Begin graduate school 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete remaining graduate requirements/earns Masters degree and meets performance expectations of VRS III/Recommend Reallocation to VRS III 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Total Extension of Start Date to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

TIMETABLE TO MEET DEGREE REQUIREMENTS VRS II, III, IV OR V hired after May 16, 2002 (Effective date of the degree requirements), who are not CRC Elapsed Time in Semesters/Equivalent Activity 0 May 16, 2002 0 Begin graduate school 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete first year graduate credits 4 Semesters and 1 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Complete remaining graduate requirements and earns the Masters degree/Reallocation of VR Specialist II to VRS III; Other VRS III, IV, V, VR Manager I now meets Minimum Qualifications (MQs) 8 Semesters and 2 Summers Sessions/Equivalent Total Extension of First Year Start Date due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete First Year Requirements due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Start Date to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request. Extension of Time Period to Complete Remaining Requirements for Masters degree due to Extenuating Circumstances Approval of VR Administrator based on the merits of the request.

 

Supervisors and branch administrators work with rehabilitation counselors, support staff and clerical staff to determine training needs. Supervisors and administrators then develop a Staff development plan for each employee. Staff development plans are submitted on an annual basis. Data is kept on staff development along with a CSPD data base.

The DSU has an in-service training grant with the following priorities: Leadership development through coaching and mentoring; Case Review training; Automated Case Management Implementation; Ethics; IPE related to planning with client, vocational testing and assessment, psychometric testing, supported employment; Specialty populations; Counseling skills; Assistive technology; Rehabilitation technology Information and research is acquired electronically and through professional publications. It is disseminated to staff electronically.

 

VRSBD utilizes appropriate modes of communication which means specialized aids and supports that enable applicants and eligible individuals with a disability to comprehend and respond to information that is being communicated.

Designated staff are proficient in American Sign Language(ASL). In addition, spoken language interpreters are engaged through the a 24 hour telephone language service known as Tele-Interpreters.

ASL interpreters are arranged through Hawaii Interpreter Services. VRSBD has a Rehabilitation Counselor and social service assistant w/ the Deaf positions located on Oahu. Neighbor island generalist counselors provide services to deaf persons. They are provided specific training in communication/culture/assistive listening devices, etc.. Brochures are translated into other formats and languages.

 

VRSBD will coordinate CSPD activities with those provided under the IDEA through the SRC and the Administrator of the State Department of Education(DOE), Special Education Services Branch.

This person is a member of the SRC representing students with disabilities.

The VRSBD and DOE representatives will coordinate the dissemination of program and financial information, including orientation and training with VR and DOE/Special Education personnel.

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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.

Hawaii Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division (VRSBD) has signed and finalized the Interagency agreement with the public institutions of higher education (IHE) in the state as required by Section 101 (a)(8)(B) of the act and 34 CFR 361.53(d) on 4/28/08.

VRSBD has completed the process of its three-year statewide needs assessment with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), conducted by the Pacific Basin Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, PBRRTC. The three year period for the completed CSNA includes FY 2009, FY 2010 and FY 2011. The completed CNA was submitted to RSA in January of 2011.

A summery of the findings in the FY2009, FY2010 and FY2011 CNA are compiled and presented herein:

In reviewing VRSBD’s data which includes quarterly consumer satisfaction surveys of their past customers whose cases have been closed as rehabilitated or not rehabilitated. National and State level information having been collected from a variety of professional reports, government agencies and news sources. In addition, Pacific Basin Rehabilitation Research and Training Center conducted a series of focus groups with key stakeholders in 2010 and previously in 2007 and 2008. This report utilizes these sources of information to assess areas of improvement.

Hawaii is confronted with a unique set of challenges in serving people with disabilities. Like most other states, there are inadequate resources to serve the growing demands associated with a growing, diverse population. In Hawaii, there are also many social and geographic challenges when providing services to culturally and ethnically diverse people with disabilities. The geographic separation of people with disabilities on neighbor islands and remote areas from the services they need is a major challenge. In addition, the diversity of the majority minority population is growing due to immigration. Finding show that there should be more demand for interpreter services, but the apparent lack of demand may reflect a combination of lack of awareness of such services and cultural differences about how different groups deal with disabilities. Hawaii in its unique cultural diversity and it’s being the USA’s portal to the Pacific Asian Rims nations continues to challenge VRSBD in the following areas: a) Individuals with the most significant disabilities, including their need for SE; c) Individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by VRSBD and d) Individuals with disabilities served through other components of the statewide workforce investment system:

Findings in these Specific Service Needs were:

Culturally appropriate delivery of service

Translation or interpreting services

Outreach to the community

VRSBD is committed to serving these findings and are addressing these needs through a variety of methods inclusive of:

A) The Limited English proficiency system implemented by the Department of Human Services (DHS) VRSBD’s DSA; for both oral and written language barriers; B) VRSBD’s contract with Hawaii’s ASL interpreter services (HIS). HIS has an understanding of language challenges of the def with multi diverse cultural demands. HIS provides interpreters fluent in ASL as well as many interpreters are able to speak in the Pacific Rims local sign languages; C) maintaining rural neighbor island branch offices, even during staff shortages, to better serve individuals in Hawaii’s most outlying areas; and E) developing collaborative work experiences which lead to SE environments for individuals with the most significant disabilities.

The need to establish, develop, or improve community rehabilitation programs within the state were found to be so within the CNA findings and requested by legislation and the deaf consumer population after legislation had a feasibility study completed in SFY2007 by the legislative Research Bureau (LRB), showing a definite need for a Comprehensive Deaf Center (CDC).

VRSBD is supportive of the development and establishment of a CDC serving the categorical needs through the development of a Deaf Comprehensive Adjustment Center which will address the specific skills; attitudes and cultural demands of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing necessary to improve their employability and quality of life.

Based on the summary and outcomes of the CNA, VRSBD’s next CNA will be a combined report of 3 years, FY2012, 2013 and 2014.

The statewide assessment shall include but is not limited to:

" The rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities residing in the state, particularly the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services;

" The rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who are minorities;

" The rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who have been underserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program;

" The rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities served through the other components of the statewide investment system; and " The need to establish, develop, or improve community rehabilitation programs within

The state.

The Needs Assessment will continue to be conducted by the Pacific Basin Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, PBRRTC. PBRRTC operates on an annual budget of approximately $400,000, funded through a variety of grants and contracts. Administered through the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, PBRRTC is an off-campus project affiliated with the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii. Its multi-disciplinary staff professionally trained and experienced in fields such as anthropology, political science, psychology, vocational rehabilitation, and public health, conduct applied research and provide training and technical assistance to health, education, and human service agencies.

An evaluation of the process of the completed CNA is currently being conducted by the SRC and DSU to determine the best practices and priorities for the next CNA; a combined FY2012, FY2013 and FY2014 report.

The DSU believes that this evaluation and determination of the priorities of the SRC and DSU is an important step to determine the process and focus points before conducting the next CNA.

The CNA will be completed in FY2014 and compiled and then submitted to RSA in the spring of 2014.

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NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICES:

*There are approximately 78,461 individuals with disabilities in Hawaii who may be eligible for VR services based on the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau: Disability Status of the Civilian Non-Institutionalized Population Age 16 to 64. It is estimated that about 10% or 7,846 individuals with disabilities are eligible for services.

* We contacted the Hawaii Department of Business and Economic Development staff (DBEDT) who are the conduit of the census data and was told that the 2008 census data is the most current information. Accordingly there is no change in the disability population data we reported in our 2011 State Plan.

NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS WHO WILL RECEIVE SERVICES PROVIDED UNDER PART B OF TITLE I AND PART BE OF TITLE VI:

VRSBD estimates it will service 6,691 eligible individuals under Part B of Title I at a cost of $7,406,937.

VRSBD estimates it will service 70 eligible individuals under Part B of Title VI at a cost of $300,000.

Hawaii VR is under an order of selection (OOS) in FY 2012.

NUMBER AND COST OF SERVICES FOR EACH PRIORITY CATEGORY:

Category 1: Most Significant Disability (MSD)

3,423 projected eligible individuals

128 projected rehabilitations projected cost - $3,777,538

Category 2: Significant Disability (SD)

2,972 projected eligible indivudals

131 projected rehabilitations projected cost - $3,259,052

Category 3: Non-Significant Disability (NSD)

296 projected eligible individuals

32 projected rehabilitations projected cost - $370,347

Total projected eligible individuals to be served - 6,691

Total projected rehabilitations - 291

Total projected case services costs - $7,406,937

*Total projected costs to include administrative costs: $13,350,022

Estimated Grant Award: $11,439,580

Estimated State Match: $ 3,511,631

Total Revenue for FY 2012: $14,951,211

It is anticipated that we will continue to serve all clients in Priority Category 1, Most Significant Disability (MSD) and to continue to serve approximately 50 clients per month from Priority Category 2, Significant Disability (SD). We do not anticipate opening Priority Category 3, Non-Significant Disability (NSD)

As of April 2011 the total number of individuals on the deferred list according to categories:

Category 1: Most Significant Disability (MSD) - 0

Category 2: Significant Disability (SD) – 1,103

Category 3: Non-Significant Disability (NSD) - 148

Total individuals on deferred list: 1,251

Category Title I or Title VI Estimated Funds Estimated Number to be Served Average Cost of Services
Most significant Disability MSD) Title I $3,777,538 3,423 $1,103
Significant Disability (SD) Title I $3,259,052 2972 $1,096
Non-Significant Disability (NSD) Title I $370,347 444 $834
Totals   $7,406,937 6,839 $1,083

This screen was last updated on Aug 1 2011 9:16PM by Susan Foard

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.

The goals and priorities were jointly developed, reviewed, revised and agreed upon by VRSBD and the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC).

The following priorities and goals were determined based upon the results of our needs assessments and performance on standards and indicators.

Priority 1: To assist eligible individuals in reaching their full potential by providing quality VR services

Goal 1.1 To increase the number of employment outcomes by 1 or more. Baseline: In FY 2010 we achieved 290 rehabilitations

Goal 1.2 To increase the average hourly wage for rehabilitants Baseline: In FY 2010 we achieved an average hourly wage of $16.59

Goal 1.3 To increase the number of hours worked per week Baseline: In FY 2010 we achieved 31.40 hours per week

Goal 1.4 To increase the number of clients participating in work experiences Baseline: In FY 2010 we didn’t capture this information, but we did have 78 clients participate in summer work experiences.

Priority 2: To increase quality of services for Transition Aged Youths (TAYs)

Goal 1.1 To increase the number of employment outcomes of TAYs by 1 or more. Baseline: In FY 2010 we achieved 85 rehabilitations Goal

1.2 To increase the average hourly wage for rehabilited TAYs Baseline: In FY 2010 we achieved an average hourly wage of $9.49.

Goal 1.3 To increase the number of hours worked per week by TAYs Baseline: In FY 2010 we achieved 29.54 hours per week

Goal 1.4 To increase the number of TAYs participating in work experiences Baseline: In FY 2010 we placed 78 TAY’s in work experiences.

Priority 3: To establish a five-year framework for development of the philosophy, purpose and goals of the center to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in returning to employment. Baseline: We started the Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College division for five-year planning for the Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Center (formerly known as Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation (Deaf) Center) on July 1, 2010. Completion of the five-year plan is due 9/30/10.

Goal 3.1 Review of completed plan by University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College outlining their recommendation for the strategic five-year plan for establishment of the Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Center (CVRC) by November 2011

Goal 3.2: Discuss the strategic five-year plan for the establishment of CVRC with all interested entities to include the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Board and State Rehabilitation Council by March 2012.

Goal 3.3: Initiate implementation of the strategic five-year plan for the establishment of CVRC by July 2012.

Priority 4: To purchase an Automated Case Management System (ACMS) by FY 2012

Goal 4.1: To purchase an ACMS by August 2011. Baseline: We are in the final stages of the draft of the Request for Proposals to purchase the ACMS. We anticipate that the RFP will be posted in May 2011.

Goal 4.2: To hire a Project Director by July 1, 2011e implementation of the ACMS Baseline: We completed interviewing potential applicants for the ACMS Project Director position in March 2011.  We are in the process of completing background reference checks.

This screen was last updated on Aug 5 2011 8:33PM by sahikeimk

  • 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.

Justification for order of selection

VRSBD Administrator determined that the projected number of qualified personnel for the program in FY2012 are inadequate to ensure the provision of the full range of vocational rehabilitation services, as appropriate to all eligible individuals.

In FY 2012, VRSBD estimates that it will service 6,691 eligible individuals under Title I and Title VI-B combined. Total case cost services under Title I and Title VI-B combined is estimated to be $7,706,937.

In FY 2012, total administrative apppropriated costs are estimated to be $6,643,791.

Total expenditures for FY 2012 is estimated to be $14,350,728.

Total revenue for FY 2012 are estimated to be $14,951,211 (Federal grant estimate is 11,439,580 and State match estimate is $3,511.631.)

 

Description of Priority categories

Priority Category 1: Individuals determined to have a most significant disability (MSD). These are individuals with severe physical or mental impairments that seriously limits two (2) or more functional capacities and who require three (3) or more substantial VR services for at least twelve (12) months.

Priority Category 2: Individuals determined to have a significant disability (SD). These are individuals with severe physical or mental impairments that seriously limits one (1) or more functional capacities and who require two (2) or more substantial VR services for at least six (6) months.

Priority Category 3: Individuals determined to have a non-significant disability (NSD). All other VR eligible individuals.

 

Priority of categories to receive VR services under the order

Priority category 1, MSD will be served first. Priority category 2, SD will be served second. Priority category 3, NSD will be served third.

The Order of Selection shall not be based on any other factors, including:

1) Any duration of residency requirement, provided the individual is present in the State;

2) Type of disability;

3) Age, gender, race, color, or national origin:

4) Source of referral;

5) Type of expected employment outcome;

6) The need for specific services or anticipated cost of services required by an individual; or

7) The income level of an individual or an individual’s family

 

Service and outcome goals and the time within which the goals will be achieved

Based upon the aformentioned revenue and expenses,the receipt of our requested reallotment of Title I and Title VI-B and having reduced our contracted service and overall expenses, we opened priority category 1, MSD as of April 1, 2010 and priority category 2, SD, as of April 1, 2011.

From April 2010 to April 2011 we took 1,181 individuals off the deferred list and estimate to take 900 individuals off the list in FY2012.

In FY 2010 our rehab rate increased 2% to 44% with 290 26’s and 368 28’s.

As of April 2011, we have 1,251 eligible individuals on the deferred list. There are no MSD individuals, 1,103 SD individuals and 148 NSD individuals.

In the table below,

Priority Category I is Most Significantly Disabled (MSD)

Priority Category 2 is Significantly Disabled (SD)

Priority Category 3 is Non-Significantly Disabled (NSD)

Priority Category Number of individuals to be served Estimated number of individuals who will exit with employment after receiving services Estimated number of individuals who will exit without employment after receiving services Time within which goals are to be achieved Cost of services
1 3,423 128 166 47 months $3,777,538
2 2,972 131 167 44 months $3,259,052
3 312 32 35 55 months $370,347

This screen was last updated on Aug 1 2011 9:21PM by Susan Foard

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.

VRSBD will receive $300,000 for the period of October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 from Title VI, Part B Funds. The goals and priorities for use of these funds were jointly developed, reviewed, revised and agreed upon by VRSBD and the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC). The priorities and goals were determined based upon the results of our needs assessments; performance on standards and indicators; and input from the SRC members and community partners.

Priority 1: To increase the number of individuals that receives SE services.

Goal 1.1: To increase the number of individuals that receives SE services by 5%.

Baseline: In FY 2010, 68 individuals received SE services.

Due to the OOS and reduced number of DSU staff and resources the VRSBD did not have as many cases that needed SE services in FY2010.

Priority 2: To create new resources to provide benefits planning services for disability beneficiaries that requires Supported Employment services. These services will assist these beneficiaries in determining appropriate employment options and outcomes.

Goal 2.1: To increase the number of individuals requiring supported employment services that receive benefits planning services.

In FY 2010, 31 individuals requiring SE services received benefits planning services.

In FY2010 MIG benefits planners were trained and established and made available statewide for the use of SE referrals from VRSBD.

In FY 2010 there are 8 EN’s located in Hawaii.

None are statewide. Each serves the particular island/county where they reside.

SSA, not VRSBD approves EN’s.

This screen was last updated on May 10 2011 3:20PM by sahikeimk

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.

Priority 1: To increase quality of services

Goal 1.1 To increase the number of employment outcomes by 1 or more.

Goal 1.2 To increase the average hourly wage for rehabilitants

Goal 1.3 To increase the number of hours worked per week

Goal 1.4 To increase the number of clients participating in work experiences

Strategy:

VRSBD is committed to administering a program of vocational rehabilitation services that support the full potential of each consumer. Consumers are encouraged to explore their individual strengths and interests in partnership with the VR counselor. As a result consumers are assisted in reaching their full potential: obtaining high quality employment outcomes, economic independence and social integration.

To move from the general to the specific, the agency identified the aforementioned objective measure of quality that are consistent with the agency’s values and beliefs. The agency developed performance targets supporting its commitment to efficient and effective services leading to high quality employment outcomes. In this way it is anticipated that the agency will achieve grater consistency in service delivery across the state and will be able to assess progress over time.

To support this effort, executive coaching is being provided from the Interwork Institute of San Diego State University. The coaching encompasses a 10-month period which started on September 1, 2010 and will end on June 30, 2011. Executive coaching is being provided to the Assistant Administrator, Branch Administrators and VR Supervisors. Each of the aforementioned individuals will meet/teleconference with his/her consultant for individual sessions during the contract period.

Individual sessions includes: data review with the Branch Administrator/VR supervisor and counseling staff, case reviews, and a discussion of problems or challenges staff are experiencing in reaching performance targets. Recommendations are made for any needed changes related to the unit’s performance.

Priority 2: To increase quality of services for Transition Aged Youths (TAYs)

Goal 1.1 To increase the number of employment outcomes of TAYs by 1 or more.

Goal 1.2 To increase the average hourly wage for rehabilited TAYs

Goal 1.3 To increase the number of hours worked per week by TAYs

Goal 1.4 To increase the number of TAYs participating in work experiences

Strategy:

In 2007, we created a specialized “Transition Section” on Oahu which has improved the number of Oahu transition students we serve and their employment outcomes. On the neighbor islands (Maui, Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Molokai) we continue to have one counselor assigned to a specific high school(s), which really has worked well in maintaining partnerships and outcomes. To increase our aforementioned goals, particular emphasis is being placed on creating work experiences throughout the school year.

Executive coaching is being provided for the supervisors of counselors working with Transition Aged Students from the Interwork Institute of San Diego State University. The coaching encompasses a 10-month period which started on September 1, 2010 and will end on June 30,2011. Each of the supervisors will meet/teleconference with his/her coach for individual sessions to address the specific challenges faced when working with the Department of Education transition staff and transition aged youth

Priority 3: To establish a five-year framework for development of the philosophy, purpose and goals of the center to assist deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in returning to employment.

Goal 3.1 Review of completed plan by University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College outlining their recommendation for the strategic five-year plan for establishment of the Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Center (CVRC) by November 2011

Goal 3.2: Discuss the strategic five-year plan for the establishment of CVRC with all interested entities to include the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advisory Board and State Rehabilitation Council by March 2012.

Goal 3.3: Initiate implementation of the strategic five-year plan for the establishment of CVRC by July, 2012.

Strategy:

In July 2010, Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division, VRSBD entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between VRSBD and the University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College to provide deaf adjustment services and planning, research and grant writing services for laying the groundwork for a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation center for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind person. The budget for the performance of this MOA is limited to $200,000 ARRA funding for the project period of July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. The final report will include the recommended services, programs, & partners; related costs/fees; facility site with completed blueprints, equipment and related costs; policy manual and operating procedures; and a report on funding efforts/results.

The proposed CVRC is designed as a state-wide one-stop community center that will provide programs and services to deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals to maximize their ability to lead productive and fulfilling lives—personally, vocationally, academically, financially, and socially. The Center will house vocational rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, social workers, audiologists, adjustment specialists, and educational specialists. A survey was conducted to assess the interest of agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals who will share space, provide services, and/or sell products at the community center. In addition to VRSBD, fourteen agencies, organizations, business, and individuals indicated an interest in partnering in this endeavor.

VRSBD is currently participating with TACE to secure financial consultation to ensure that VRSBD funds will be expended in accordance with the Federal Regulations as stipulated in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.

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Priority 4: To purchase an Automated Case Management System (ACMS) by FY 2012 Goal 4.1: To purchase an ACMS by August 2011.

Goal 4.2: To hire a Project Director by July 1, 2011e implementation of the ACMS

Strategy:

VRSBD, in collaboration with the Pacific Basin Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, University of Hawaii will complete the Request for Proposal and hire a Project Director.

The Project Director will be housed at VRSBD and work directly with the Assistant Administrator of VRSBD. The Project Director will start on July 1, 2011 with the following major responsibilities:

• Assist with the implementation of a request for proposals to purchase a case management system. Assist with the evaluation of the proposals.

• Facilitate implementation process adhering to the timeline designed by VRSBD’s Assistant Administrator and Automated Case Management System (ACMS) team. The ACMS team is comprised of VRSBD management, fiscal and line supervisory staff.

• Liaison with vendor and State of Hawaii Office of Information Technology to assure data is migrated to the new systerm.

• In collaboration with VRSBD, design an evaluation model and process to evaluate the effectiveness of the system.

In addition, VRSBD is redescribing our Data Staff Specialist position to an Information and Technology Staff Specialist position. This will allow this Staff Specialst higher levels of authority program implementation and data access than we currently have access to.

Other Strategies: a) Strategies to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with

disabilities;

In August 2011, we will be starting the first group (15 – 20 clients) of VR clients in the Technology for Untapped Talent (TUT) vocational training program. The program is designed and managed by the Archimedes Hawaii Project, Learning Technologies Division, Curriculum Research & Development Group, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The Principal Investigator for the TUT training program is Dr. Neil Scott, Director of the Archimedes Hawaii Project.

The TUT training program is designed to help individuals with disabilities prepare for meaningful jobs that match their personal goals, interests, and talents. Unlike other college training programs that have strict prerequisites for levels of knowledge and skills, TUT recognizes that each participant will be starting in a different path and timeline to achieve the desired results. Each participant is required to work through three training modules and complete one major project during a one-year period. The major project is to design an accessible house for people with a broad range of disabilities using the skills and knowledge they learned.

A special feature of the TUT program is its accessible Makery. The Makery is a collection of tools and computer controlled machines that were developed by the Archimedes Hawaii Project to provide students with opportunities to design and make real products. The computer controlled machines in the TUT Makery have accessible interfaces that enable them to be used by individuals with disabilities.

The knowledge and skills acquired through TUT training can be applied in many different types and levels of jobs which include, but not limited to: Laboratory Research Assistant; CNC Machine Operator (found in eyeglass shops, dental offices, furniture factories, construction companies); Assistive Technology Specialist; Designer/Manufacturer of Accessibility Devices; Travel Agent; Printed Circuit Designer; Project Manager; TUT Instructors and Mentors.

b) Strategies for how a broad range of Assistive Technology (AT) services and devices will be provided to individuals at each stage of the VR process and on a statewide basis;

VRSBD’s first strategy is to continue to work on the education of its staff, vendors and CRP’s on the current and best AT for individuals with disabilities enabling our clients to be the most effective in attaining their educational and employment goals.

VRSBD’s second strategy is to continue our three avenues for providing a broad range of AT services and devices statewide. The three avenues are: (1) contracting with various vendors who provide expert evaluations for the clients who need technology services and equipment throughout the VR process; (2) IL contracts also provide modifications that clients can access; and (3) our AT tech grant provides client education, loan and lending services.

Through VRSBD’s consumer advisory boards, user technology groups have been developed and continue to be a successful referral resource for VRSBD staff and clients.

c) Outreach procedures to identify and serve individuals who are minorities, including those with most significant disabilities and those who have been unserved and underserved;

Due to our current VR staffing shortage, VRSBD will work with our Community Resource Partners (CRPs) to assist us in outreach activities to identify individuals with disabilities that may need VR services but are unserved and/or underserved due to living in rural/remote areas on the islands of Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai. We are currently drafting a proposal to procure these services.

d) The plan of Hawaii to establish, develop or improve CRPs

In July 2010, Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind Division, VRSBD entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between VRSBD and the University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College to provide deaf adjustment services and planning, research and grant writing services for laying the groundwork for a Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Center (CVRC) for deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind persons. The proposed CVRC is designed as a state-wide, one-stop community center that will provide programs and services to deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals to maximize their ability to lead productive and fulfilling lives—personally, vocationally, academically, financially, and socially.

Due to our current VR staffing shortage, VRSBD will work with our Community Resource Partners (CRPs) to assist us in establishing (1) outreach activities to identify individuals with disabilities that may need VR services but are unserved and/or underserved due to living in rural/remote areas on the islands of Maui, Hawaii, and Kauai; (2) vocational exploration programs that will include assessment, training and job placement in a variety of careers such as cosmetology, computer graphics, video production, food preparation, and occupations in the travel/visitor industry. We are also working with TACE to provide relevant training to increase skills and abilities of VR and CRP staff in areas such as job preparation, placement and retention strategies

e) Strategies to improve the performance of Hawaii on the S&Is;

To improve the Standard & Indicators 1.1 and 1.2, we will focus on the four quality measures, with special emphasis on increasing the number of clients successfully completing work experience. The four quality measures are:

• To increase the number of employment outcomes by 1 or more.

• To increase the average hourly wage for rehabilitants

• To increase the number of hours worked per week

• To increase the number of clients participating in work experiences

It is our belief that clients participating in work experiences greatly increase their chances of selecting an employment goal that they can and will obtain and maintain employment that will afford them economic independence and social integration.

f) Strategies for assisting other components of the statewide workforce investment system in assisting individuals with disabilities; and

VRSBD’s strategies to assist other components of the statewide workforce investment system is threefold. First, we have a counselor housed in a one-stop center that provides job placement assistance to individuals with disabilities to include referral to VR and its full range of services. Secondly, we placed two part time benefits planners in a one-stop center to make benefits counseling available to all interested individuals, many of who are persons or family members of persons with disabilities. Third, we provide the Hoala job ready program currently provided at all the one-stop centers at our VR offices so that our clients have equal access to the program with needed accommodations.

g) Innovation and expansion strategies.

• We are revitalizing the peer specialist program by blending resources from Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD), VRSBD and UH/CC/Adult Ed. to create and sustain employment opportunities for people with disabilities with severe mental illness. Over the course of the AMHD’s 5-year grant, we expect to train over a 100 adults and certify most of them as peer specialists. Job placement opportunities include: AMHD will hire these peer specialists in their system of care; some peer specialists will be hired as job coaches by CRPs and VRSBD; and others may specialize in disability benefits education and similarly find work in that field as those trained by University of Hawaii, Center for Disability Studies have done with the support of VR and Workforce Development. By Fall 2011, we expect to start the first class.

• The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and VRSBD’s client liaison are working closely to determine the potential of a full time staff person exclusive for the SRC.to maintain autonomy for the SRC. This would enable the SRC to address the federal requirements, maintain compliance and complete the work required of the SRC.

• We executed our State Independent Living Council contract to include a 20 percent increase for a part time support staff as an accommodation to the executive director and chair of the council. We continue to maintain a positive working relationship with SILC and the independent living centers and providers.

• VRSBD will continue its plans for the development of the Comprehensive Vocational Rehabilitation Center (CVRC) with services for the Deaf and Hard –of Hearing individuals.

 

This screen was last updated on Aug 5 2011 10:36PM by Susan Foard

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

Priority 1: To annually meet or exceed the expansion of services for transition-age youths (TAYs) to prepare for and obtain employment

Goal 1: To increase the number of TAYs who receive services under an IPE by 5%.

Progress: We defined youth with disabilities as those individuals served aged 26 years old or less.

FFY 2009 = 3,098* TAYs served

FFY 2010 = 2,982 TAYs served

Enter progress for this goalWe did not achieve our goal of meeting or exceeding the number of students transitioning from secondary school to post-secondary activities since we continued to be in an Order of Selection. All priority categories were closed until April 1, 2010 when we opened only Priority Category 1, Most Significantly Disabled.

(*There is a difference in reporting FY 2009 results in the 2011 State Plan due to change in reporting periods from state fiscal year to reporting fiscal year.)

Goal 1.2: To increase the rehabilitation rate of TAYs by 3%.

FFY 2009 = 30.4% rehabilitation rate

FFY 2010 = 47.9% rehabilitation rate

We increased our rehabilitation rate by 17.5%, which far exceeds our goal of the projected 3.0% increase.

Priority 2: To annually meet or exceed the expansion of services for individuals with significant mental illness (SMI) to prepare for and obtain employment.

Goal 2.1: To increase the number of individuals with SMI who receive services by 5%.

Baseline: In FY 2008, 482 individuals with SMI received services.

FFY 2009 = 3,148* SMI clients served

FFY 2010 = 2,732 SMI clients served

We did not achieve our goal of meeting or exceeding the number of services for SMI individuals since we continued to be in an Order of Selection. All priority categories were closed until April 1, 2010 when we opened only Priority Category 1, Most Significantly Disabled.

(*There is a difference in reporting FY 2009 results in the 2011 State Plan due to change in reporting periods from state fiscal year to reporting fiscal year.)

Goal 2.2: To increase the rehabilitation rate for individuals with SMI by 2%

FFY 2009 = 45.6% rehabilitation rate

FFY 2010 = 34.3% rehabilitation rate

We did not achieve the 2.0% increase due to the continued limited labor market.

Priority 3: To establish a Deaf Adjustment Center (DAC) on Oahu by FY 2012.

We completed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College. The MOA agreement is for (1) development of a strategic five-year plan and for (2) research and application for grants to secure funding to finance the CDC. The timeframe for the MOA is from July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. The strategic-five year plan will include the following:

• Development of the philosophy, purpose and goals of the center.

• Identification of services to be provided at the center.

• Recommendation for partnering with contractors, entering interagency agreements to eliminate any duplication of services and maximizing available state, federal and grant funding.

• Recommendations for location, facilities and equipment necessary to make the center accessible.

• Recommendations for center personnel qualifications, recruitment, training and retention of the personnel necessary to provide services at the center.

• Provisions to ensure that the plan is effectively communicated to all stakeholders and its implementation monitored.

• Recommendation for a budget for the operation of the center.

To date, a report on Phase I of the five-year strategic plan has been completed and VR staff and the CDC Project Director met with our Federal Fiscal Consultant to discuss the allowable costs of VR funds for the CDC. Space for the Center will be leased in an existing building and cost estimates are (1) $449,700 for start-up and operation funds for Year 1 and (2) $353,700 for operation in Year 2. We tried very hard but were unsuccessful in securing legislative appropriations for this year.

The programs that are planned include:

• Micro-enterprises Development

• Educational Development

• Community Education programs and activities

• Professional Development programs

The services that are planned include:

• Information &Referral Service

• Micro-Biz Shoppe

• Business Support Services

• Vocational Rehabilitation Services

• Adjustment Services & Independent Living Skills

• Mental Health Counseling

• Assistive Technology Demonstration & Sales

• Interpreter Referral Service

• Audiological Services

Goal 3.1 To identify the core services to be provided by DAC as recommended by hard-of hearing or deaf consumers.

Baseline: Currently we have not completed a deaf and hard-of-hearing statewide needs assessment.

Progress: See above.

Goal 3.2 To increase the number of rehabilitations of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals by 5%.

Baseline: In FFY 2008 we rehabilitated 56 deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals

FFY 2009 = we rehabilitated 57 deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals

FFY 2010 = we rehabilitated 23 deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals

We did not achieve our 5% increase due to a limited labor market and shortage of VR st

Priority 4: To purchase an Automated Case Management System (ACMS) by FY

2011.

We are in the final stages of the draft of the Request for Proposals to purchase the ACMS. We anticipate that the RFP will be posted in May 2011. We estimate our cost for purchase of the ACMS to be approximately $800,000.00. Accordingly as directed under Section 3-122-45.01 of the Hawaii Administrative Rules, in April 2011 we requested approval by the Director of Human Services (DHS) for the members participating in the Evaluation Committee. The evaluation committee consists of 10 individuals which includes individuals with disabilities from the following: Management and line VR staff; a member from the State Rehabilitation Council, a member from DHS’ Office of Information and Technology, the Director of Pacific Basin Rehabilitation and Research Center from the University of Hawaii and the ACMS Project Coordinator.

Goal 4.1: To purchase an ACMS by February 2010.

Progress: See above.

Goal 4.2 To increase the percentage of eligibility determinations made within 60 days of the date of application for services for cases closed in Status 26 and Status 28 by 5%.

FY 2009 = 91% compliance, according to the statewide case reviews

FY 2010 = 89% compliance, according to the statewide case reviews

We did not meet our goal of an increase of 5% as our compliance measure does not include those cases for which a waiver to the 60 day compliance was signed by the client and counselor. The reason for the waiver of the 60-day compliance is requested if information is not available due to reasons beyond the control of the counselor, e.g. the individual with a disability does not show up for medical evaluation appointment and the appointment must be rescheduled and the report is not received within the 60 day timeframe.

Goal 4.3 To increase the percentage of IPEs developed within 60 days of the determination of eligibility for cases closed in Status 26 and Status 28 by 8%.

FY 2009 = 81% compliance, according to the statewide case reviews

FY 2010 = 82% compliance, according to the statewide case reviews

We did not meet our goal of an 8% increase due to our Order of Selection and limited occupational choices during this downturn in the economy. Clients coming off the waitlist after waiting for prolonged periods of time required update information which changed from the time of the application.

 

VRSBD estimated that it will service 70 eligible individuals under Part B of Title VI at a cost of $300,000 through community rehabilitation programs contracted with the DSU.

. Additionally we have established a contract with the Hawaii Department of Health in the amount of $100,000 with Part B of Title VI funds to serve our clients with significant mental health disabilities who need supportive employment services.

2010 Progress on FY 2010 Priorities and Goals for Supported Employment (SE):

Priority 1: To increase the number of individuals that receive SE services.

Goal 1.1: To increase the number of individuals that receive SE services by 5%.

Baseline: In FY 2008, 94 individuals received SE services.

In FY 2009: 64 clients were served in SE; 2 clients closed in Status 26

In FY 2010: 68 clients were served in SE; 8 clients closed in Status 26

VRSBD Statewide, continues to develop projects that will support our efforts to increase the number of clients served and successfully closed in Status 26 that are eligible for SE services. We did not meet our goals of increasing the number of clients served in SE by 5% due to our Order of Selection and the shortage of staff.

Priority 2: To create new resources to provide benefits planning services for disability beneficiaries that require SE services. These services will assist these beneficiaries in determining appropriate employment options and outcomes.

Goal 2.1: To increase the number of individuals requiring supported employment services that receive benefits planning services from a source other than the Hawaii Disability Rights Center.

Baseline: FY 2008, the number of individuals requiring SE services that received benefits planning services from a resource other than Hawaii Disability Rights Center is 0.

Currently we are not tracking the number of individuals requiring SE services that received benefits planning services. We did have a benefits planner present in our Oahu Branch office in 2009 - 2010 providing benefits planning services to approximately 20 clients. When we purchase our automated case management system, we will start to track the number of SE clients receiving benefit planning services.

 

HVRSBD failed to meet two Standards and Indicators (1.1 and 1.2) in FFY 2010 mainly due to the limited labor market; shortage of staff; and contiuance of the Order of Selection. In FFY 2010 cases that were taken off the waitlist were 100% Most Significantly Disabled, which increased the complexity of all of our caseloads.

Priority 1. Equal or Exceed Federal Performance Standards and Indicators for Employment

Goal 1.1: To annually equal or exceed the total number of individuals who achieve an employment outcome from the previous twelve-month period.

FFY 2010 -303

FFY 2009 - 479

Goal 1.2: To annually equal or exceed 55.8% of the total number of individuals exiting the VR program who achieve an employment outcome.

FFY 2010 – 44.89%

FFY 2009 - 42%

Goal 1.3: To annually equal or exceed 72.6% of all individuals who have achieved an employment outcome that are determined to be in competitive employment, self-employment and Business Enterprise program employment with earning equivalent to at least the minimum wage.

FFY 2010 – 98.35%

FFY 2009 - 97.08%

Goal 1.4: To annually equal or exceed 62.4% of all individuals who achieve an employment outcome in competitive employment, self-employment and Business Enterprise program employment earning at least minimum wage who are individuals with significant disabilities.

FFY 2010– 89.26%

FFY 2009 - 89.89%

Goal 1.5: To annually equal or exceed the ratio (.52) of the average hourly wage of all individuals who exit the VR program in competitive employment, self-employment and Business Enterprise program employment to the average wage of all employed individuals in the State.

FFY 2010 – .662

FFY 2009 - .668

Goal 1.6: To annually equal or exceed the difference of 53.0 between the percentage of all individuals who enter the VR program and the percentage of all individuals who exit the VR program in competitive employment, self-employment and Business Enterprise program employment earning at least minimum wage who report their income as largest single source of support.

FFY 2010 – 65.72%

FFY 2009 - 62.8%

Goal 2.1: To annually equal or exceed the ratio (.80) of the percent of individuals with a minority background to the percent of individuals without a minority background exiting the program who received VR services.

FFY 2010 – 1.112

FFY 2009 - 1.03

 

• Our youth Employment in summer program (YES) continues to be successful having been developed and implemented in FY 2008 with the use of ARRA funds. The YES program will continue after the ARRA funds are complete with the use of Title I INE funds.

• We continue our Leadership Training Plan with Interwork Institute of San Diego State University; with the focus on "quality". The plan entails executive coaching and program management consultation to be extended past June 2011 based on need and funding availability.

• The continued Support of the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) with the expertise of our staff specialist who is the “client liaison” is very successful. Duties expanded to include the actual shared responsibility of developing our State VR and IL Plans with active input from the State Rehabilitation Council, the State Independent Living Council and the active participation in the assessment of our current statewide needs assessment.

• In regards to expenditures, in FY 2010 VR spent $ 8,250 to hold quarterly SRC meetings. Specific expenses were for meetings: travel (airfare, car rental and per diem) of SRC members; room rental with continental breakfast; accommodations to include brailed formatted material and deaf interpreter costs).

• For SILC we have a $150,000 contract with them which is funded by our INE and Independent Living funds, Title VII Part A. The funding is used to pay for the salary of the Executive Director, office rental and operating costs, travel (airfare, car rental and per diem) of SILC council members to attend quarterly meetings, travel to mainland conferences, legal fees and accommodations. In FY2011, we executed our new SILC contract to include a 20 percent increase for a part time support staff as an accommodation to the executive director and chair of the council.

• In FY2010, we expanded effective and efficient use of the agencies reduced resources and finances by consolidating our physical locations to state owned properties and reducing high cost leases for non-state owned properties. We accomplished better service to our consumers by physically shifting staff to a broader service area on the island of Oahu and enabling the development of counselor’s relationships in the community of the west and leeward areas of Oahu with new and existing resources and employers for our consumers.

• Invested in the development of the Comprehensive Deaf Center (CDC) with Title I ARRA funding and will continue to support the CDC past the completion of the ARRA funds.

This screen was last updated on Aug 2 2011 9:44PM by sahikeimk

  • 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

Supported Employment Services include: Individualized job placement planning, job analysis, job readiness training, job training at the work site, ongoing fsupervision and coaching on an as-needed basis, training in various independent living skills, ongoing behavior management, coordination with other partnering agencies and family members, negotiating for necessary job accommodations with the employer, ongoing case management, and assist in acquiring funding for long term support services for job maintenance.

In FY 2010, 68 clients under the MSD category were provided Supported Employment Services under 4 contracted Community Rehabilitation Programs.

During the FY 2011-FY 2012, $300,000 will be allocated to fund contracted Supported Employment Services. This will provide approximately 70 MSD/SEP eligible clients to receive Supported Employment Services through our contracted Community Rehabilitation Programs.

The transition from Supported Employment Services to extended services occurs during the initial phases of the client’s employment. The duration of time of transition is decided on a case-by-case basis. VR Counselors are required to conduct follow up services after the client achieves employment for a minimum of 90 days.

This screen was last updated on May 10 2011 3:28PM by sahikeimk

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