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
South Carolina Commission for the Blind State Plan for Fiscal Year 2012 (submitted FY 2011)

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

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

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

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

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

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

1.7 The (enter title of state officer below)
Yes

SCCB Commissioner

... 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

SCCB Commissioner

... 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
James M. Kirby

Title of Signatory
Commissioner

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/30/2011

Assurances Certified By

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

Section 1 Footnotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Conduct of public meetings.

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

(b) Notice requirements.

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

(c) Special consultation requirements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Designated state agency.

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

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

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

(b) Designated state unit.

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

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

  1. The name of the designated state vocational rehabilitation unit is

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

The State Plan must contain one of the following assurances.

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

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

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

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

(Option A was selected)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If "Yes", the designated state agency:

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

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

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

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

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

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

X This agency is requesting a waiver of statewideness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(c) Coordination with education officials.

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

  1. The State Plan description must:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) In general.

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

(b) Employment of individuals with disabilities.

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

(c) Facilities.

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

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

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

(a) Data system on personnel and personnel development.

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

  1. Qualified personnel needs.

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

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

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

  1. Personnel development.

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

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

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

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

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

(c) Personnel standards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(d) Staff development.

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

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

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

(e) Personnel to address individual communication needs.

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Comprehensive statewide assessment.

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

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

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

  1. individuals with disabilities who are minorities and individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program carried out under this State Plan; and

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

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

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

(b) Annual estimates.

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

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

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

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

(c) Goals and priorities.

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

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

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

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

  1. provides a justification for the order; and

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

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

(d) Strategies.

  1. Attachment 4.11(d) describes the strategies, including:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(e) Evaluation and reports of progress.

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

  1. Attachment 4.11(e)(2):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(b) If No:

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

  1. Attachment 4.11(c)(3):

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. an immediate job placement; or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Contracts with for-profit organizations.

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

(b) Cooperative agreements with private nonprofit organizations.

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

Section 6: Program Administration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. specifies the supported employment services to be provided;

  1. describes the expected extended services needed; and

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

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

This agency is an independent commission.

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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.

N/A

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

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

The South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB) has developed cooperative agreements with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of South Carolina, the Association for the Blind (AFTB) and Goodwill Industries. The purpose of the collaboration with each of these service entities is to provide outreach services such as job readiness and computer skills training. SCCB currently has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with colleges and universities statewide. The purpose of each MOU is to ensure the continuity of VR services while consumers are attending college. SCCB coordinates with the Office of Disabled Student Services of each respective college to which consumers are attending in order to facilitate service delivery. The Director of Consumer Services - or an appropriate designee – will represent the SCCB on the South Carolina Rural Development Council (SCRDC) in FY 2012. The expected outcome of collaborating with the SCRDC is to promote rural economic development and employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired consumers in unserved and underserved counties.

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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.

Coordination with Education officials is accomplished on 2 distinct levels of the SCCB service delivery process. Although separate, the ultimate goal of each level is to reduce the risk of academic failure and to assist in the transition of students from school to employment or advanced educational training. Coordination on the first level is accomplished through the SCCB Children’s Services Program. This program serves children between the ages of 3 and 14 years of age. The Children’s Services Counselors coordinate care with educational entities such as the local school districts and the SC School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB). Service delivery includes evaluations for low vision aids and assistive technology, consultation and advocacy and information and referral services.

The second level of Coordination with Education Officials is accomplished through VR Transition services. SCCB currently has two (2) Transition Counselors. The Transition Counselors primarily collaborate with education officials such as the South Carolina Department of Education (local school districts), the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) and the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN). The Transition Counselors develop the initial Individualized Plan of Employment (IPE) while the consumer is attending high school. The IPE includes services pertaining to the adjustment, prevention or stabilization of vision. In an effort to avoid the duplication of services, low vision and assistive technology needs are coordinated with local school districts in accordance with the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and IPE. In such instances, the alternative service providers and funding sources are identified on the IPE and coordinated accordingly. Beginning in FY 2011, SCCB will conduct semiannual meetings with the statewide vision teachers in an effort to facilitate the coordination of services to the most significantly disabled students and their need for supported employment services. Discussions will include, but not be limited to, collaboration with SCDDSN, SCDOE and the SCSDB to coordinate transition services.

The main source of referrals to the Transition Counselors is the school district. Procedures for outreach to and identification of blind and visually impaired students include – but are not limited to – the utilization of SCCB program data, statistical data from the Data Analysis System of the US Department of Education (Office of Special Education) and the American Community Survey data. An annual analysis of the data from these sources identifies the location of transition aged unserved and underserved individuals.

In an effort to address the assistive technology needs of college bound transition consumers, SCCB sponsors an annual Technology Day. The need for this initiative arose due to an increase in the number of blind and visually impaired students who were failing college courses due to an inability to take notes and complete assignments. During technology day, consumers are assessed and trained on the latest assistive technology software and equipment. Assistive technology recommendations for each student are contingent upon the level of blindness, skill level and school requirements. Technology Day is conducted by the SCCB Training and Employment Department.

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

In accordance to the results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment that was conducted in FY 2010, the need to decentralize training services and develop and/or expand Community Rehabilitation Programs was identified. Establishing cooperative agreements with consumer groups such as the National Federation for the Blind (NFB), the Association for the Blind (AFTB) and Goodwill Industries is the action strategy that has been identified to address both needs. SCCB will expand its partnership with these consumer groups in order to provide local vocational evaluation, comprehensive needs assessments and adjustment to blindness services. The adjustment to blindness services will include orientation and mobility training, home management and independent living skills training, job readiness skills training and Braille instruction. The SCCB will develop additional cooperative agreements with private non-profit organizations as needed in order to meet the needs that were identified in the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment.

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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.

A cooperative agreement with the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) has been established to expand training opportunities for dual sensory impaired consumers. Dual sensory impaired consumers – typically classified as Deaf/Blind - often require additional training beyond the training services that are currently provided by the SCCB residential training facility (Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center). The SCCB Deafblind Consultant assists with the coordination of the cooperative agreement with HKNC and serves as the official state affiliate for HKNC. The provision of certified/qualified interpreters for deaf-blind consumers is also included in the cooperative agreement. The services that are provided by the HKNC to SCCB consumers are purchased with supported employment funds. SCCB has collaborated with the SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) in order to facilitate successful supported employment outcomes for individuals with severe physical and developmental disabilities. Service delivery included the use of the SCVRD training facility as part of a comprehensive assessment to establish the need for VR services. The coordination of the provision of extended services for the most significantly disabled included, but were not limited to: Targeted outreach in underserved counties; Contracting with community resources to conduct comprehensive assessments; Ongoing contact and sensitivity awareness training with employers; Ongoing support at the job site in order to stabilize supported employment job placements. SCCB will begin participating in the Interagency Transition and Supported Employment Training Committee in FY 2010. Involvement with this committee will include basic and advanced supported employment training workshops as well as an annual statewide conference. The expected outcome of the involvement with this committee will be expansion of knowledge base of supported employment services and networking among other interagency participants. As the scope and quality of supported employment services expands, additional cooperative agreements for the provision of supported employment services will be sought as needed.

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Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

In an effort to assess current staffing and hiring needs, SCCB Senior Management analyzes the following data on an annual basis: 1. Rate of consumer referrals to the VR Program 2. Ratio of VR Counselors to consumers certified eligible for VR services 3. Ratio of VR Counselors to consumers served 4. State demographics (Incidence of visual disability, Occupational data trends, Population estimates) 5. Employment/Unemployment data trends 6. Current and projected monetary resources In FY 10, the SCCB VR Program received 1127 referrals and served a total of 1,362 consumers. This represented a consumer to VR Counselor ratio of 104 to 1. Based on the incidence of visual disability data, the ratio of VR Counselors to the number of individuals in South Carolina with a visual impairment is 4,712 to 1. Based on the results of the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, VR program data and statewide population estimates, there is sufficient data to substantiate the need to increase the number of VR Counselors and Rehabilitation Instructors. However, a fragile economy and an 10% unemployment rate are barriers which prevent the SCCB from increasing staff. Current staffing patterns are sufficient to accommodate a 10% increase in the number of consumers served. Staffing patterns will continue to be evaluated by Senior Management staff in an effort to make projections for future capacity to provide vocational rehabilitation services.

 

Row Job Title Total positions Current vacancies Projected vacancies over the next 5 years
1 VR Counselors 13 1 3
2 Transitions Counselors 2 0 1
3 VR Counselor's Assistants 13 2 3
4 Rehabilitation Instructors 24 3 5
5 Nurse 1 0 1
6 Other Staff (Van Drivers and BEP) 27 0 5
7 Job Placement Specialist 4 0 2
8 Quality Assurance Reviewer 1 0 0
9 0 0 0
10 0 0 0

 

South Carolina currently has two institutions of higher education which provides training at the Master’s level in Rehabilitation Counseling; the University of South Carolina (USC) and South Carolina State University (SCSU). SCCB offers internships to graduate students and actively recruits graduates for these programs in employment. SCSU is a historically black college. SCCB provided internships for 6 graduate students from the University of South Carolina and the SC State University. The majority of those internships were provided to minorities.

 

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 South Carolina 63 23 7 10
2 South Carolina State University 100 64 37 11
3 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0

 

Equal Employment Opportunity statistics are analyzed annually by Senior Management staff. The percentage of underutilized categories as it relates to the achievement of Equal Employment Opportunity goals are a primary focus. Barriers to the achievement of a fully integrated and representative workforce are identified. A persistent barrier to recruitment has been identified as recruiting qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors or Rehabilitation Instructors who have already met the educational requirements of the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) component as stipulated in the Code of Federal Regulations. Action plans to offset any identified barriers to the achievement of a fully integrated and representative workforce include the following: 1. Expansion of the current bank of recruiting sources 2. Participation in community Job Fairs and outreach services in the community 3. Utilization of the Rehab Net for advertising applicable vacancies 4. Identification of additional contacts for recruiting on university/college campuses Assessment of staffing needs is primarily based on the goals, objectives and action plans of the strategic planning process. Factors utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the agency?s workforce are ratio among referral rates, caseload size, state demographic and economic conditions, and the availability of financial resources. Redistribution of territories to accommodate the needs of consumers will be evaluated on an annual basis. A recruitment plan is in place to recruit graduates from all schools which have counseling and rehabilitation counseling degree programs. In instances wherein a counselor does not meet the CSPD educational requirements, the counselor will be placed in a plan which will allow up to 30 months to complete the current state educational requirements. Internships are offered to students who are in CSPD qualifying programs. These efforts are designed to recruit qualified personnel, including graduates with disabilities as well as minority graduates. The placement of interns is coordinated by the Director of Consumer Services and the Director of Human Resources. New staff are required to participate in a New Employee Orientation Training. The training includes: 1. A review of the Vision, Mission and Values of the SCCB 2. Organizational Structure 3. Blindness and Sensitivity Awareness Training 4. Human Resource Policies and Procedures SCCB uses the Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) to communicate job duties, evaluate performance and encourage improvement for staff. The goals and objectives are identified and discussed at the beginning of an employee’s rating period. At the conclusion of the rating period, each employee is rated on each job duty in relation to performance objectives. Successful achievements of job duties are acknowledged and comments and recommendations for performance improvement are provided when applicable. Staff are afforded the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the best practices which lead to the successful achievement of job functions as well as barriers which lead to the inability to achieve job functions. Supervisors are afforded the opportunity to clarify best practices on how an employee can meet performance standards.

 

SCCB has selected the option to utilize state standards to administer the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) as it relates to hiring practices. According to state law, VR Counselors must have a Master?s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, or a Master?s degree in the field of counseling with a graduate course in Theories and Techniques of Counseling, or a Master?s degree in any discipline and at least 18 credit hours of coursework at the Master?s level or above within thirty months of the date of hire. The 18 credit hours of coursework must include the following: One graduate course with a primary focus on the Theories and Techniques of Counseling Three graduate courses, each with a primary focus on one of the following areas: Occupational Information, Job Development and Placement, Medical Aspects of Disabilities, Foundations of Rehabilitation, Psychological Aspects of Disabilities, and Personal and Vocational Adjustment Two graduate courses, each with a primary focus on one of the following areas: Assessment, Research Methodology, Vocational and Career Development, Community Resources, Case Management, and Delivery of Rehabilitation Services; or a current Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification, regardless of degree. SCCB currently has 1 vacant VR Counselor positions. Of the 12 counselors currently employed by SCCB, 9 have met the state?s CSPD requirements of having a Master?s Degrees in rehabilitation counseling or counseling; 2 counselors have Master?s Degrees in other disciplines and are currently under a plan to complete the 18 hours of additional coursework; counselor has a Bachelor?s Degree and is currently under a plan to complete the coursework to obtain a Master?s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. SCCB also has two (2) VR Transition Counselors, both of whom have obtained their Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. SCCB has (3) VR Counselors that have obtained their CRC Credentials. The SCCB Office of Human Resources monitors each counselor?s progress to ensure timely compliance with CSPD requirements. SCCB uses an In-Service Training Grant as the primary source of funding to assist counselors in meeting the CSPD requirements

 

SCCB has developed a comprehensive staff development training program designed to expand and strengthen the knowledge and skill level of service delivery staff. The four objectives outlined in the training program are based on the need to increase staff competency so that the quality and quantity of competitive employment placements can be improved. SCCB has partnered with the University of South Carolina, the Southeast Region IV Technical Assistance & Continuing Education Center (TACE) and private and public consultants specializing in the field of vocational rehabilitation and/or blindness in order to provide quality staff development training. The most critical training needs of SCCB staff were determined from the results of a Staff Development Training Needs Assessment, comments from Training Evaluations, and the VR Staff Survey results from Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment. Staff development training needs have been identified in the areas of Leadership Skills, Administrative Skills and Technical Skills. Four (4) training objectives were identified as follows: Objective 1 (Leadership Training Objective) Organization assessment, problem solving skills, basic supervisory skills and best personnel practices are the primary focus areas of Objective 1. To accomplish the leadership training objective, SCCB will utilize the South Carolina Budget and Control as a training resource. Agency managers and supervisors will participate in a variety of selected leadership and supervisory courses over the next five years to improve their leadership skills. Managers and supervisors will participate in updates on human resource methods, policies and procedures essential to sound supervisory and management practices. SCCB recognizes that staff development needs may change. In an effort to accommodate any necessary changes, Region IV TACE will be utilized for consultation and development of additional training activities that will take place through distance learning means such as webinars and teleconferences. The agency will utilize other local, state, and regional resources should the need arise. Objective 2 (Technical Skills Training) The development of technical skills to achieve the SCCB mission and vision is the primary focus of Objective 2. Region IV TACE will be utilized as a primary resource for accomplishing this objective. Region IV TACE has the expertise in serving vocational rehabilitation agencies and the ability to reach a large number of SCCB staff using webinars and other distance learning means. Private contractors who specialize in the field of blindness and vocational rehabilitation will also be utilized to accomplish Objective 2. In an effort to meet individualized staff training needs, staff will enroll in specialized training to update skills as positions change and to meet CSPD compliance. SCCB has partnered with the University of South Carolina to provide the required curriculum for staff who must meet CSPD standards. Staff will attend conferences, workshops and participate in webinars that may be available throughout the community, state, region and nation. Technical colleges throughout the state will also be utilized to provide training. Objective 3 (Communication of Policies and Procedures) Orienting staff to the SCCB organizational structure and service delivery policies and procedures is the primary focus of Objective 3. In order to accomplish this, new staff will attend a two-day New Employee Orientation. This orientation will cover the SCCB organizational structure as well as critical policies and procedures that will include staff evaluations and expectations. Following the New Employee Orientation, staff will receive updates and supplemental training on the organizational structure and service delivery programs via webinars as the need arises. Objective 4 (Specialty Training) Specialty training (i.e. Ticket to Work, Supported Employment and the Randolph Sheppard Act) will be provided through workshops ranging from one to four days in duration. Staff will be updated on new rules, regulations and laws affecting their field of specialty. SCCB will utilize Region IV TACE, outside consultants and agency staff to conduct this training. Accessible interactive audio, video and computer technologies will also be utilized to accomplish Objective 4. In an effort to provide equal access to staff development training for all staff, accessible formats (i.e. Braille, large print, electronic format, etc.) will be provided to those who require alternative formats. The SCCB training curriculum for FY 2012 includes each of the following: 1. Employment Outcome Professionals 2. Working with the Challenged Consumer 3. Eye and Other Medical Terminology 4.Medical Aspects of Disability  5. Advanced Supervisory Practices 6. VR Regulations. 7. Department Poilicies and Procedures 8. Individualized Trainings

 

SCCB has qualified staff proficient in Braille production, in communication with the Deaf/Blind and a bilingual counselor to communicate with the rapidly growing Hispanic population. Braille services are provided to SCCB staff and upon request to other public and/or private entities statewide. The SCCB has a Deaf/Blind Consultant who is proficient in the use of sign language for the deaf, hard of hearing and dual sensory impaired. In FY 2012, the SCCB will sponsor sign language training for the VR Counseling staff to facilitate communication with the dual sensory impaired consumers. SCCB contracts interpreter services as needed in order to serve all other individuals who have limited English speaking ability or limited modes of communication.

 

SCCB collaborates with the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDOE) to coordinate procedures and activities for developing the CSPD under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The focus of the collaboration will be the development of strategies for improving service delivery systems for blind and visually impaired individuals who are receiving services from the SCCB Children?s Services program and VR Transition Counselors. In FY 2012, SCCB will sponsor in-service training on the availability and use of assistive technology and low vision devices for school staff (i.e. vision teachers), staff of the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Disability and Special Needs. Additionally, SCCB will collaborate with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department to facilitate interagency training initiatives and maximize human resources.

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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.

SCCB determined the vocational rehabilitation needs of the blind and visually impaired of South Carolina by conducting a comprehensive statewide needs assessment in FY 2010. Input for the needs assessment was obtained from the following sources: 1. Surveys (Consumers, VR Staff, Stakeholders, SCCB Board of Commissioners and Public Hearing) 2. Comments and suggestions from Focus Groups 3. Recommendations from the most recent RSA On-Site Monitoring Visit 4. Statistical Data on current caseloads, incidence of statewide visual disability, population projections, economic and occupational projections, federal reporting data trends According to the 2008 Disability Status Report, the incidence of a visual disability among the age group of 21 to 64 is 57,300. The number of individuals with a visual disability between the ages of 21 to 64 who are not working but actively looking for work is 3,400. This figure represents a potential consumer to counselor ratio of 261 to 1. Given the current SCCB staffing patterns, it has been determined that the visually impaired individuals who are not working but actively looking for work will be initially targeted. An SCCB 3 year data trend of the occupations of competitive employment cases indicated that the professional, clerical and sales categories contained the highest number of competitive employment placements. The estimated number of job openings in the categories of professional, clerical and sales between 2006 and 2016 is projected to be greater than 47,000. Although the current unemployment rate for South Carolina is 11% as of May of 2010, the estimated number of job openings is sufficient to accommodate any projected increases in competitive employment placements. Individuals with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services: Service delivery to individuals with the most significant disabilities has been a challenge for SCCB. SCCB program data trends indicate that less than 5% of the total number of consumers served are individuals with the most significant disabilities. The results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment relative to the most significantly disabled indicated the need to centralize supported employment services under a Supported Employment Coordinator, the need to expand the scope and quality of supported employment services, the need to provide comprehensive training to staff on the provision of supported employment services and the need to increase collaboration with WIA partners and SCCB Stakeholders as it relates to supported employment. Strategies to expand the scope and quality of services to the most significantly disabled and their need for supported employment services include collaborating with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) and the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). The primary focus of collaborating with both agencies will include comprehensive assessments to facilitate eligibility determinations as it relates to the benefit of VR services in terms of an employment outcome. Collaborating with SCVRD will also include participation in staff development training initiatives pertaining to supported employment services and successful outcomes, the use of SCVRD training facilities for vocational evaluation and consultation with SCVRD Job Coaches. In FY 09, SCCB served 42 individuals who were most significantly disabled. This figure, as well as the results of the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, indicates the need to expand referral sources in order to increase the number served. Strategies to increase the number of referrals of the most significantly disabled include SCCB sponsored community outreach initiatives (i.e. health fairs and informational seminars in underserved and unserved counties) and the use of state demographic data of SSI recipients. According to the Social Security Administration (the Congressional Statistics for December of 2009), 1,267 blind individuals are currently receiving SSI benefits. This figure represents the potential for a significant increase in the referral rate of the most significantly disabled. Minorities, Unserved and Underserved: In FY 09, SCCB exceeded the Minority Service Ratio Indicator 2.1 of the Standards and Indicators by 20%. An analysis of SCCB program data indicated that 51% of the total number of consumers served were minorities. However, according to the 2008 Disability Status Report (Cornell University), a substantial number of minorities in South Carolina with a visual disability remain unserved. Unemployment statistics of individuals with a visual disability between the ages of 21 to 64 by race is as follows: White (20,800), Black/African American (14,700), Native American or Alaska Native (400), Asian (100), Hispanic Ethnicity (300). Based on this data, the total number of minorities served by SCCB was only 4% of the total number of unemployed individuals with a visual disability between the ages of 21 to 64. Strategies for expanding service delivery to minorities include: a. Increasing referrals by targeting eye care professionals in unserved and underserved counties; b. Placing SCCB brochure displays in Public Libraries, Churches and hospitals c. Decentralizing training services by developing and expanding community rehabilitation programs to include adjustment to blindness and assistive technology training d. Sponsoring quarterly informational seminars on blindness and visual impairment in unserved and underserved areas e. Partnering with Palmetto Health Community Services to conduct semi-annual health screenings. Individuals with disabilities served through other components of the statewide work force investment system: SCCB VR Counselors attend local area One Stops in an effort to expand employment opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals. Efforts to increase referrals and facilitate job search efforts in FY 2011 will include conducting sensitivity awareness training for staff at all of the current One-Stop locations. Consultation and training on the use of assistive technology equipment and software will also be included. Additionally, free visual screenings will be conducted at several One Stop locations in an effort to increase referrals. It is anticipated that the SCCB partnership with the Palmetto Health Community Services to conduct semi-annual statewide health screenings will also generate referrals to and from other components of the statewide workforce investment system. Collaborative efforts with other components of the statewide workforce investment system include the following: South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation – Source of referral for services (from and to), consultation, and training South Carolina Department of Education – Source of referral for services, consultation South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Information resource, staff development training, referral source for community resources South Carolina Department of Social Services – Source of referral for services (from and to), referral source for community resources Establish, Develop, Improve Community Rehabilitation Programs: The Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center (EBMRC) is a community rehabilitation program which is administered and operated by SCCB. Centrally located on the main campus of the SCCB, the purpose of the EBMRC is to provide extensive adjustment to blindness training to blind and visually impaired consumers which lead to job-readiness and greater independence. Classes include home management, orientation and mobility, Braille instruction, Communications and Vocational Evaluation and Woodshop. While in training, consumers reside in the EBMRC during the week and are transported to their respective homes on the weekends. Although the training services provided by the EBMRC are invaluable to the VR Program, the results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment indicated a few limitations. Based on the responses received, the limitations of the EBMRC pertained to location, availability and duration of training. The primary strategy to accommodate these needs is to decentralize the EBMRC training services. With regards to service delivery, the results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment did not address any additional needs or recommendations specifically related to the quality of EBMRC services. Recommendations for improvement (as identified by SCCB Senior Management) addressed the need to increase the number served by expediting service delivery. Automation of the referral process, access to consumer data and quarterly interdepartmental staff meetings are strategies that will be implemented to expedite services in FY 2011. SCCB has already accomplished decentralization of adjustment to blindness training to some extent with the use of Home Management and Orientation and Mobility Outreach Rehabilitation Instructors. SCCB Outreach Rehabilitation Instructors are located statewide. Upon receipt of a referral from the VR Counselor, Rehabilitation Instructors provide outreach training in their respective area of expertise in the consumer’s home and/or community. Strategies for improvements to the outreach training services include the automation of paperwork to expedite the referral and service delivery process. SCCB currently has a cooperative agreement with the National Federation for the Blind (NFB), the Association for the Blind (AFTB) and Goodwill to provide outreach assistive technology training. Expansion of outreach services with these organizations will include the provision of local vocational evaluation, comprehensive needs assessments and adjustment to blindness training. Alternative transportation services to and from the training facilities will also be investigated. Potential solutions include contracting with local taxi services and collaborating with the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation.

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In FY 10, the number of individuals in the state who were eligible for VR services was 473. This represented a consumer to counselor ratio of 43 to 1. Budgetary and staffing needs were analyzed and indicated that there was adequate funding and qualified staff to serve all eligible VR consumers. In order to rehabilitate at least two hundred and sixty-eight (268) consumers in FY 2012, 75% of which are to be placed in jobs making at least the minimum wage, the current number of VR Counselors (13) ? excluding the VR Transition Counselors - are adequate to serve the VR Program. Once the strategies to increase the referrals to the VR program are implemented, it is anticipated that there will be a minimum of a 10% increase in referrals and a 5% increase in total served in FY 2012. Federal funding and the current number of VR Counselors are sufficient to accommodate both levels of increase. Comparable benefits (i.e. SSA benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, scholarships, grants, etc.), will also be utilized at all levels of service delivery to maximize resources. Additionally, staff development training will be utilized to improve efficiency in case management, counselor skill level and use of agency resources.

Category Title I or Title VI Estimated Funds Estimated Number to be Served Average Cost of Services
Tiltle I, Part B Title I $1,729,264 1,629 $1,061
Title VI, Part B Title VI $12,088 46 $262
Totals   $1,741,352 1,675 $1,039

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

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

SCCB has identified goals and priorities based on the findings of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment that was conducted in FY 2010 and the goals and objectives of the SCCB Strategic Management Plan. The results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment included responses to specific questions on surveys as well as comments and suggestions for improvements. The final calculation of the results (numerical and percentage) and the categorization of the comments and suggestions have been included in each of the below mentioned goals and priorities. Goal 1: Improve the quantity and quality of VR competitive employment placements Goal 2: Expand and Develop Community Rehabilitation Programs Goal 3: Improve the quantity of referral sources in unserved and underserved counties Goal 4: Improve the SCCB transportation infrastructure Goal 5: Improve the quantity and quality of services to the most significantly disabled Goal 6: Improve Public Awareness of SCCB services Goal 7: Improve communication among all SCCB Programs Goal 8: Expand external partnerships with Stakeholders Goal 9: Expand staff development training opportunities

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

This agency is not implementing an Order of Selection.

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

Title VI, Part B Funds will be utilized to provide services to consumers who are most significantly disabled. Consumers with dual sensory impairments and other disabilities in addition to blindness or visual impairment require specialized training in the provision of enhanced assistive technology and adjustment to blindness services in order to secure and maintain meaningful employment outcomes. Title VI, Part B Funds will be utilized to purchase services such as vocational assessments, on-the-job training, consultation with other service delivery entities, rehabilitation technology assessments and recommended equipment, job coaches, employment consultations, and job placement services. Many of these services can be obtained as a result of collaborations and cooperative agreements with the South Carolina Department Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD), South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN), the South Carolina Dept of Mental Health (SCDMH), Helen Keller National Center (HKNC), and Centers for Independent Living (CILS). Extensive comprehensive assessment services are typically required in order to adequately determine the vocational rehabilitation needs of the most significantly disabled. These are services for which SCCB does not have the necessary expertise. Therefore, Title VI, Part B funds will be used to purchase such services through independent contractors and/or collaborations with SCVRD and SCDDSN as needed. The components of the comprehensive training will include job readiness skills such as preparing resumes, job interviewing skills, and developing and maintaining interpersonal relationship. Title VI, Part B funds will also be used to provide work site accommodations for the most significantly disabled. Work site accommodations will include job site analysis, job modifications, and the use of specialized assistive technology equipment and software. Ongoing support services to assist consumers who are most significantly disabled with mastering the skills needed to maintain employment beyond 150 days will also be provided in order to help reduce dependence on public assistance. In FY 10, forty-six (46) consumers with multiple disabilities were classified as supported employment. Title VI, Part B funds in the amount of $12,088 were expended for supported employment services after an IPE had been developed. SCCB was unable to successfully rehabilitate any supported employment consumers in FY 10. The results of the statewide comprehensive needs assessment revealed that the supported employment component of the SCCB service delivery system needed to be expanded and improved in its entirety. Expansion of the supported employment service delivery process included the following: Increasing the referral rate; Staff development training on conducting and interpreting comprehensive needs assessments to substantiate the benefit of vocational rehabilitation services; Expansion of the types of services that are provided and purchased with supported employment funds through independent contractors; Contracted job coach services; and ongoing support services after employment is obtained. Pending resolution of budgetary restraints and the reallocation of federal stimulus funds, SCCB has identified the need to centralize supported employment services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCCB goals and priorities were based on the findings of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment. In order to improve the service delivery process and increase the number of competitive employment placements, 10 major goals were identified as priorities. Strategies and action plans to meet the needs of each goal have been identified and incorporated into the goals and objectives of the SCCB Strategic Management Plan.

Goal 1: Improve the quantity and quality of VR competitive employment placements

Strategy 1 - Based on an analysis of the population estimates of the number of individuals in the state with a visual disability, no immediate barriers were identified that would prevent the attainment of the goal to increase the number of competitive employment placements and the total number of consumers served in FY 2011. However, there is a barrier that could potentially affect the capacity to increase the number of job placement competitive employment closures. In an effort to overcome this barrier, extensive staff development training will be provided in the following critical needs areas beginning in FY 2011: Job analysis, development and placement; comprehensive needs assessment; techniques to improve communication between the counselor and consumer; and techniques to empower and motivate consumers to obtain and maintain independence. Additionally, each VR Counselor will be mandated to job shadow SCCB Job Placement Specialists in an effort to gain a more comprehensive perspective of the barriers of direct job placements.

Strategy 2 - Use results of Quality Assurance case review results to assess additional staff development training needs or the need to develop and/or revise VR policies and procedures.

Strategy 3 – Update the SCCB Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Procedures Manual. Conduct quarterly staff meetings that will include a thorough discussion of each section of the revised policy and procedures manual in an effort to reduce the occurrence of misinterpretation.

Strategy 4 – Provide staff development training on SSA benefits and its impact on employment and motivating consumers to remain economically independent.

Goal 2 – Develop and Expand Community Rehabilitation Programs

Strategy 1 - Expand assistive technology contractual services with Goodwill and the Association for the Blind (AFTB) in multiple counties.

Strategy 2 - Decentralize adjustment to blindness training by partnering with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the Association for the Blind (AFTB) to provide local vocational evaluation, comprehensive needs assessments and adjustment to blindness outreach services in unserved and underserved counties.

Strategy 3 - Purchase additional space from the AFTB and Goodwill to expand adjustment to blindness outreach services.

Strategy 4 – Improve the service delivery process for the SCCB Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center (EBMRC) by automating the referral process, expanding access to consumer data and conducting quarterly interdepartmental staff meetings to improve communications and reduce silos.

Goal 3 – Expand referral sources in unserved and underserved counties

Strategy 1 - Target eye care professionals in unserved and underserved counties

Strategy 2 - Collaborate with Goodwill and the AFTB to expand Community Rehabilitation Training Programs statewide

Strategy 3 - Conduct public awareness campaigns/presentations in unserved and underserved counties

Strategy 4 - Place brochure displays in Public Libraries and Churches in an effort to raise awareness of SCCB services

Goal 4 – Improve the SCCB transportation infrastructure

Strategy 1 – Redefine the meaning of job readiness in the VR Policy and Procedures Manual so that it includes transportation

Strategy 2 - Explore opportunities to collaborate through Goodwill, NFB and AFTB for the use of their vans to transport consumers to and from outreach training facilities

Strategy 3 - Explore transportation alternatives (i.e. family members, contract with local taxi services, collaboration with the Governor’s Task Force on Home and Community Access).

Goal 5 – Improve the quantity and quality of services to the most significantly disabled, including their need for supported employments services

Strategy 1 – Provide staff development training for VR Counselors and Job Placement Specialists on conducting comprehensive assessments on the most significantly disabled

Strategy 2 – Seek technical assistance from RSA and TACE on the best practices for administering the supported employment program

Strategy 3 – Centralize all supported employment cases under a Supported Employment Coordinator

Strategy 4 – Conduct public awareness campaigns in unserved and underserved counties to increase the rate of referrals for the most significantly disability

Strategy 5 – Collaborate with SCVRD for the use of their training facilities and job coaches to facilitate competitive employment placements and ongoing support services

Strategy 6 – Participate on the Interagency Transition and Supported Employment Training Committee in order to expand the knowledge base of supported employment services and improve collaborations with other interagency participants.

Goal 6 – Improve Public Awareness of SCCB services

Strategy 1 - Sponsor quarterly informational seminars on blindness and visual impairment

Strategy 2 - Partner with Palmetto Health Community Services to conduct semi-annual health fairs

Strategy 3 - Disseminate quarterly SCCB Newsletters to Stakeholders

Strategy 4 - Include the SCCB Newsletter on the SCCB Website

Goal 7 – Improve communication among all SCCB Programs (reduce silos)

Beginning in FY 2011, the Director of Consumer Services has committed to the following strategies in order to improve interagency communications:

Strategy 1 - Expand the nature of the consumer contacts

Strategy 2 - Conduct quarterly VR meetings and include staff from other departments

Strategy 3 - Conduct bi-monthly meetings with mid-level supervisors

Strategy 4 - Conduct monthly meetings with internal departments (Program Managers)

Strategy 5 - Conduct quarterly meetings with Quality Assurance to evaluate performance measures and state demographic data trends

Goal 8 – Strengthen external partnerships with Stakeholders

Strategy 1 - Conduct quarterly meetings with Stakeholders (one Stakeholder per quarter)

Strategy 2 – Disseminate the quarterly SCCB Newsletters to Stakeholders

Strategy 3 – Extend invitation to Stakeholders to attend SCCB sponsored informational seminars

Goal 9 – Expand staff development training opportunities

Based on the results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment, staff development training on the following topics will be scheduled for FY 2011 and 2012:

1. Service Delivery to the Most Significantly Disabled

2. In depth comprehensive training on the assessment of the psychosocial and emotional aspects of blindness and visual impairments

3. Case Management

4. Consumer Informed Choice

5. Effective Communication

6. Team Building (to reduce internal silos)

7. Use of Data to Improve Service Delivery

8. Cross Training for VR Counselors on Job Analysis, Job Development and Job Placement services

9. Quality VR Employment Outcomes

10. Social Security Benefits and its Impact on Employment (Redbook)

11. Deaf/Blind and sign language training

Assistive Technology Services and Innovation and Expansion

Assistive Technology services are provided by the SCCB Training and Employment Program (T&E). VR Counselors make referrals to the T&E Program for assistance in preparing for professional level job placement. Consumers are assessed with a variety of assistive technology devices and software in order to determine the skills and interests that will enable the consumer to make informed choices about the use of assistive technology as it relates to his/her employment goal. Examples of the assistive technology devices and software recommended and supported by T&E are as follows: Screen reading software (JAWS - Job Access With Speech); Screen Enlargement Software (Zoomtext and Mag-IC (Magnification in Color); Text to Speech Software (Text Cloner Pro, Open Book); Stand-Alone Reading Machines (SARA); Video Magnifiers; and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

SCCB has implemented an assistive technology virtual training outreach program for those consumers who are unable or unwilling to travel to the main complex to receive training. Through the virtual training program, consumers are trained via the Internet using assistive technology equipment and software provided by SCCB. Participation in the Virtual Training Program is currently being offered to other states on a fee for service basis. SCCB has also developed and implemented cooperative agreements for the provision of assistive technology outreach services through the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the Association for the Blind (AFTB) and Goodwill.

Assistive technology services are also available to consumers who are participating in the adjustment to blindness program at the SCCB Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center (EBMRC). Use of the EBMRC resource room provides consumers with the opportunity to practice their computer skills in the evenings. The T&E Department maintains the EBMRC resource room by ensuring that the assistive technology software and equipment is fully operational and equipped with the latest versions of computer technology.

SCCB utilizes Title 1 funds to expand telecommunications employment opportunities with business and industry partners such as Wells Fargo Corporation, CitiBank, Tele-Performance, Inter-Continental Corporation, Time Warner Cable and V-Force Inc. Successful employment placements have been achieved with Wells Fargo Corporation, CitiBank and Time Warner Cable. SCCB has a Tele-Communications Training Center that is located on the main complex. The Tele-Communications Training Center has the capacity to accommodate thirty (30) consumer trainees. The overall training period is twelve (12) weeks with the first six (6) weeks dedicated to a training curriculum and the remaining six (6) weeks in actual job related activities. In addition to the provision of training that is specific to companies, consumers receive coaching and training in professional communication, internal and external customer service etiquette, adherence to work schedules, business casual dress code, resume writing and mock interviews.

Outreach procedures that will be used to identify and serve individuals with minorities, the most significantly disabled, unserved and underserved were identified in Goal 3 of the Methods to be used to expand and improve services to individuals with disabilities. Further analysis of the statistical data obtained during the comprehensive statewide needs assessment indicated that the deaf-blind population has been identified as most significantly disabled, a minority, underserved and unserved. Services for this population will be coordinated by the SCCB Deaf-Blind Consultant and the VR Counselors. These professionals will work together to identify and meet the specialized needs of deaf-blind individuals, particularly those individuals who have been diagnosed with Ushers I or Ushers II Syndrome. Coordination of service delivery needs will also include collaboration with the South Carolina Dept of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN), the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Dept (SCCB), the South Carolina Dept of Mental Health (SCDMH) and the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC).

The vocational rehabilitation needs of the most significantly disabled and minorities will be assessed by the VR Counselors in order to determine a comprehensive approach to the rehabilitation process for each individual. SCCB will continually utilize cooperative agreements with other state agencies as well as private, non-profit organizations in order to provide the best possible VR services to this population.

*Innovation and Expansion Regarding Supported Employment and Adjustment to Blindness Services:

We are exploring options to expanding our Supported Employment program and our Adjustment to Blindness services in unserved and underserved areas. If funding permits we will implement the following:

In FY 12 SCCB VR will improve our Supported Employment Program by creating a position of Supported Employment Coordinator. This position will be responsible for all aspects of the Supported Employment process with emphasis on the policy and procedure aspects, serving the most significantly disabled, and ensuring effective job placement and extended services. We will develop contracts with at least three Job Coaches on an “on-call” basis. Strict qualifications for the Supported Employment position, as well as, the contractual Job Coaches will be a prerequisite. Quality educational backgrounds and certification credentials will be a requirement. The Supported Employment Coordinator will be expected to coordinate supported employment services with the agency’s Technology and Employment and the respective VR Counselors. The Supported Employment Coordinator will develop Social Security Information; work with family members, employers, and other services providers. An initial caseload of twenty (20) supported employment consumers will be developed with a goal of five (5) successful job placements by the end of FY 12.

SCCB VR will expand its Adjustment to Blindness component by establishing an Outreach Services Coordinator position to be under the overall management of SCCB’s Rehabilitation Center. This position will be responsible for coordinating the three current outreach teams into a cohesive unit. The service delivery emphasis will be to provide outreach services to unserved and underserved counties. Services will also be delivered in all other counties as well. This will ensure a constructive management format for our service delivery process. This innovation is necessary to enhance the adjustment to blindness aspects for those consumers eligible for VR services regarding employment outcomes.

Barriers to access to and participation in program participation

According to the consumer survey results of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment, the following barriers were identified as it relates to access to and participation in the SCCB VR Program:

Lack of Transportation (56%)

Other (21%)*

Reduction or Loss of Social Security Benefits (17%)

Lack of Family Support (6%)

*No comments were indicted on any of the surveys which identified the meaning of “Other”

Strategies to overcome each of the above mentioned barriers were identified as follows:

Lack of Transportation: Explore opportunities to collaborate through Goodwill, NFB and AFTB for the use of their vans to transport consumers to and from outreach training facilities; Explore transportation alternatives (i.e. family members, contract with local taxi services, collaboration with the Governor’s Task Force on Transportation); Reevaluate the current SCCB transportation infrastructure in an effort to maximize driving time and resources.

Reduction or Loss of Social Security Benefits: Staff development training on Social Security Benefits and its impact on employment (SSA Redbook) and techniques to empower and motivate consumers to obtain and maintain independence.

Lack of Family Support: Sponsor quarterly informational seminars on blindness and visual impairment; Mandate VR Counselors to include response from families pertaining to SCCB service delivery in each 90 day face to face contact; Provide information and referral to community resources for consumers who live alone and have no family support.

 

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

Goal 1: Improve the quantity and quality of VR competitive employment placements

SCCB VR remains committed to improving the quantity and quality of employment outcomes. However, during FY 2010 the number of employment outcomes actually decreased from 319 to 266. This decrease was impacted due to a high unemployment rate in South Carolina that went up to 12%. Difficulty in filling VR Counselor positions was also a significant factor in SCCB VR’s inability to increase the number of employment outcomes.

We had increases in our referrals, eligibilities, IPE development, and overall service delivery. SCCB VR feels that once full staffing takes place and the unemployment rate declines, we are positioned to increase our employment outcomes and our direct job placement, thus reducing are job retention numbers.

Goal 2: Expand and Develop Community Rehabilitation Programs

Strategy 1- SCCB VR developed contracts with Goodwill Industries in Florence, SC and the Association of the Blind in Charleston, SC for the purpose of expanding assistive technology training.

Strategy 2- SCCB VR developed contractual partnerships with the National Federation of the Blind(NFB) in Columbia, SC and the Association for the Blind (AFTB) to provide local vocational evaluation, comprehensive needs assessments and adjustment to blindness outreach services.

Strategy 3- SCCB VR purchased additional space from the AFTB and Goodwill to expand adjustment to blindness outreach services.

Strategy 4-SCCB VR improved the services delivery process for the SCCB Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center (EBMRC) by mandating the Regional Directors to review and approve all applications which has improved the referral process by improving accuracy and expanding communications. The Rehabilitation Center now has access to the necessary consumer information and is now able to report consumer progress in a more efficient manner. VR management staff meets quarterly with rehabilitation staff which has improved communication and flow of consumer data.

Goal 3: Improve the quantity of referral sources in unserved and underserved counties

Strategy 1-SCCB VR has identified 13 counties with unserved and underserved populations. SCCB VR Counselors, along with the agency’s PR Coordinator, targeted eye care professionals, other state agencies, and private non-profit groups in these 13 counties.

Strategy 2-SCCB VR has expanded Community Rehabilitation Training programs such as Goodwill Industries, National Federation for the Blind and Association for the Blind in order to expand services to these unserved and underserved counties.

Strategy 3-SCCB VR has conducted public awareness campaigns, presentations, and developed a vision screening process in these unserved and underserved counties.

Strategy 4- SCCB VR has placed brochures displays in eye care professionals’ offices, public libraries and churches in an effort to raise awareness of SCCB services in these unserved and underserved counties.

Goal 4: Improve the SCCB transportation infrastructure

Strategy 1- SCCB VR redefined the meaning of Job Readiness in the VR Policy and Procedures Manual so that VR Consumers are involved in developing their own transportation strategies and needs which are listed in individual IPE’s.

Strategy 2- SCCB VR explored the possibility of utilizing Goodwill, National Federation for the Blind, and Association of the Blind’s vans in an effort to meet critical transportation needs.

Strategy 3- SCCB VR has encouraged consumers to develop their own transportation strategies, has contracted with local taxi services and now has two VR staff persons involved with the Governor’s Task Force on Home and Community Access, which is a transportation needs think tank.

Goal 5: Improve the quantity and quality of services to the most significantly disabled

Strategy 1- SCCB VR provided staff development training on conducting comprehensive assessment for the most significantly disabled individuals.

Strategy 2- SCCB VR received technical assistance from TACE and VR professional consultants concerning best practices for administering the Supported Employment Program.

Strategy 3- SCCB VR was unable to centralize all supported employment under a Supported Employment Coordinator due to budgetary constraints, but will proceed with this initiative.

Strategy 4- SCCB VR conducted public awareness campaigns in 13 unserved and underserved counties.

Strategy 5- SCCB VR has developed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department which includes use of their assessment and training facilities and consultation from their staff in order to facilitate ongoing support services and competitive employment outcomes.

Strategy 6-SCCB VR’s staff has not participated on the Interagency Transition, services to the most significantly disabled and the Supported Employment training committees in order to expand our knowledge base of these components.

SCCB VR remains committed to a comprehensive supported employment program to assist our most significantly disabled consumers. While we continue to believe that efforts currently established will ultimately lead to attainment of this goal, we are still in the developmental stages of this process and intend to proceed with these strategies.

Goal 6: Improve Public Awareness of SCCB services

Strategy 1- SCCB VR has conducted informational seminars on blindness, visual impairments and the VR process.

Strategy 2- SCCB VR has partnered with Palmetto Health. Community Services to conduct a semi-annual health fair which has improved the public awareness of SCCB VR Services.

Strategy 3- SCCB disseminates Newsletters to Stakeholders.

Strategy 4-SCCB VR includes the SCCB Newsletter on the SCCB website.

Goal 7: Improve communication among all SCCB Programs

Strategy 1- SCCB VR has expanded the documentation of consumer contacts by developing and implementing a 90 day contact instrument that has to be signed by each consumer.

Strategy 2- SCCB VR conducts quarterly VR meetings and includes staff from other departments.

Strategy 3- SCCB VR conducts at least bi-monthly meetings with mid-level supervisors.

Strategy 4- SCCB VR conducts monthly meetings with internal program managers.

Strategy 5- SCCB VR conducts quarterly meetings with Quality Assurance to evaluate performance measures and state demographic data trends.

Goal 8: Expand external partnerships with Stakeholders

Strategy 1-SCCB VR conducts quarterly meetings with CAP, USC, South Carolina State University, SCVRD, Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled, the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind and the South Carolina Association for the Deaf; however, we need to expand our contact with other Stakeholders.

Strategy 2- SCCB VR has not disseminated the quarterly SCCB Newsletter to all Stakeholders; however, we will improve this dissemination process to include all SCCB Stakeholders.

Strategy 3- SCCB VR has extended invitations to some Stakeholders to attend SCCB sponsored seminars. We need to involve more stakeholders in the informational process.

SCCB VR will contact as many Stakeholders as possible for the purpose of conducting quarterly meetings. We will begin to disseminate our quarterly SCCB Newsletters to the Stakeholders. We will extend invitations to our Stakeholders to attend SCCB sponsored informational seminars. These are simple tasks; however, they just need to be implemented.

Goal 9: Expand staff development training opportunities

The following training opportunities were developed for VR Staff in FY 11:

1. Service Delivery to the Most Significantly Disabled

2. In-depth comprehensive training on the assessment of the psychosocial and emotional aspects of blindness and visual impairments

3. Case Management

4. Consumer Informed Choice

5. Effective Communication

6. Team Building (to reduce internal silos)

7. Use of Data to Improve Service Delivery

8. Cross Training for VR Counselors on Job Analysis, Job Development and Job Placement services

9. Quality VR Employment Outcomes

10. Social Security Benefits and its Impact on Employment (Redbook)

11. Deaf/Blind and sign language training

 

Goal 1: To Increase the referral rate of supported employment cases.

SCCB VR has documented 46 supported employment cases, which is an increase of 4 consumers. However, in FY 2011 a case review of all supported employment case will be completed in order to verify appropriateness. This review will be conducted by TACE and other VR Consultants. It is imperative that we know which cases actually meet supported employment standards. Once this is ascertained we will begin the process of serving appropriate cases within the supported employment venue.

Goal 2: To develop staff training on conducting and interpreting comprehensive needs assessments.

SCCB VR scheduled introductory supported employment training in April 2011; however, due to scheduling issues, VR Counselors were only able to secure this introductory training via a website until additional training could be scheduled. Therefore supported employment training for VR Counselors will be scheduled an implemented during August 2011. Both introductory and in depth supported employment training is scheduled.

Goal 3: To expand the types of services that are provided and purchased with supported employment funds through independent contractors.

SCCB VR intended to contract with available in-state providers for supported employment purposes; however, we decided to explore securing a Supported Employment Coordinator position and centralizing all supported employment services within this position. (See Goal 5)

Goal 4: To Contract job coach services; and ongoing support services after employment is obtained.

SCCB VR will develop a plan for securing job coaching services once the supported employment program is centralized under a Supported Employment Coordinator. (See Goal 5)

Goal 5: To centralize supported employment services.

SCCB VR was unable to centralize its supported employment program in FY 11 due to budgetary constraints. However, we intend to secure a full time Supported Employment Coordinator position in order to consolidate our supported employment program under a knowledgeable and well trained professional solely responsible for insuring the integrity, productivity, and compliance of the program.

SCCB VR remains committed to revamping its supported employment program in order to ensure quality services to the most significantly disabled blind and visually impaired consumers in our state.

We fully understand the need to train our current VR Counselors who are currently responsible for our supported employment program services while our initiative to centralize this program under a supported employment coordinator is realized.

 

SCCB passed 3 of the performance indicators in Standard # 1 and all three were primary indicators. Performance indicator 2.1 was also passed.

Performance Indicator 1.1: SCCB VR did not meet this performance indicator. 266 consumers were successfully rehabilitated in FY 10, compared to 316 consumes who were successfully rehabilitated in FY 09. SCCB missed this goal by 50 successfully rehabilitated consumers.

Performance Indicator 1.2: SCCB VR did not meet the performance level for this indicator. The required performance level is 68.9%. SCCB VR’s level was 64.3% for FY 10.

Another increase in the number of 28 closures was a factor that contributed to the inability to meet this performance indicator in FY 10.

Performance Indicator 1.3: SCCB VR met this performance indicator. The required performance level is 35.4% or greater. SCCB VR’s performance level was 72.8% for FY 10.

Performance Indicator 1.4: SCCB VR met this performance indicator. The required performance level is 89% or greater. SCCB VR’s performance level was 97.47% for FY 10.

Performance Indicator 1.5: SCCB VR met this performance indicator. The required performance level is .59 or greater. SCCB VR’s performance level was .68 for FY 10.

Performance Indicator 1.6: SCCB VR did not meet this performance indicator. The required performance level is 30.4 or greater. SCCB VR’s performance level was 17.14 for FY 10.

Performance Indicator 2.1: SCCB VR met this performance indicator. The required performance level is .80 or greater. SCCB VR’s performance level was .966 for FY 10.

 

Funds reserved for innovation and expansion activities were utilized to expand VR services to consumers. The projects that were developed or enhanced are as follows: The SCCB VR expanded its services to consumers at the American Foundation for the Blind in Charleston, SC and the National Federation for the Blind in Columbia, SC to include adjustment to blindness services, such as orientation and mobility training, home management instruction, and braille instruction. The availability of these services or in addition already established computer training components in these areas as well as Goodwill in Florence, SC and Greenville, SC. SCCB VR has expanded its student internship program for a college juniors and seniors by increasing the number of participants by 10 to 12. Also, 10 other internships were developed for consumers not involved in college training. SCCB VR upgraded its assistive technology virtual training outreach program by securing advance hardware and software for this imitative.

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

In FY 10, forty-six (46) consumers with multiple disabilities were classified as supported employment. Title VI, Part B funds in the amount of $12,088 were expended for supported employment services after an IPE had been developed. The results of the statewide comprehensive needs assessment revealed that the supported employment component of the SCCB service delivery system needed to be expanded and improved in its entirety. Expansion of the supported employment service delivery includes the following: Increasing the referral rate; Staff development training on conducting and interpreting comprehensive needs assessments to substantiate the benefit of vocational rehabilitation services; Expansion of the types of services that are provided and purchased with supported employment funds through independent contractors; Contracted job coach services; and ongoing support services after employment is obtained. Pending resolution of budgetary restraints and the reallocation of federal stimulus funds, SCCB has identified the need to centralize supported employment services. Beginning in FY 2012, SCCB will implement the following strategies to expand the quality and scope of supported employment services:

Strategy 1 – Provide staff development training for VR Counselors and Job Placement Specialists on conducting comprehensive assessments on the most significantly disabled.

Strategy 2 – Seek technical assistance from RSA and TACE on the best practices for administering the supported employment program.

Strategy 3 – Pending resolution of budgetary restraints, centralize all supported employment cases under a Supported Employment Coordinator.

Strategy 4 – Conduct public awareness campaigns in unserved and underserved counties to increase the referrals of the most significantly disability.

Strategy 5 – Collaborate with SCVRD for the use of their training facilities and job coaches to facilitate competitive employment placements.

Strategy 6 – Participate on the Interagency Transition and Supported Employment Training Committee in order to expand the knowledge base of supported employment services and improve collaborations with other interagency participants. Service delivery will include - but not be limited to – specialized comprehensive assessments, specialized assistive technology equipment and software, the availability of out-of-state training when applicable, job coaches and recommended long-range follow up services beyond the 150 days for employment success.

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