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 Vocational Rehabilitation Department State Plan for Fiscal Year 2013 (submitted FY 2012)

1.1 The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department 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 Vocational Rehabilitation Department [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

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

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
Barbara G. Hollis

Title of Signatory
Commissioner

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/22/2012

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 2013
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))

This agency is not 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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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.

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In its efforts to enable eligible individuals to achieve competitive employment, the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) readily seeks referrals and comparable services and benefits. In doing so, the Department has established formal and informal partnerships with other providers of facilities and services. For the purpose of referral, service collaboration, facility allocation, and staff designation, cooperative agreements have been established with the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the South Carolina Department of Corrections, and the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. Referral, employment, and earnings information are the focus of the agreement between SCVRD and the South Carolina Employment Security Commission. A detailed agreement between SCVRD and the South Carolina Department of Education describes the coordination of transition. With regard to the SC Independent Living Council, the Department acts in an advisory and technical support capacity.

The SCVRD State Plan assures that an interagency agreement or similar document for interagency coordination between any appropriate public entities becomes operative. Such entities include the South Carolina entity responsible for administering the South Carolina Medicaid program. The Department has entered into collaborative arrangements with institutions of higher education as well. This is to ensure the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, described in subparagraph (A) (other than those services specified in paragraph (5)(D), and in paragraphs (1) through (4) and (14) of Section 103(a)of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended through 1998, are included in the individualized plan for employment of an eligible individual. This includes the provision of vocational rehabilitation services during pending disputes as described in the interagency agreement or similar document.

SCVRD will provide input to the US Department of Agriculture-Office of Rural Development as it endeavors to support the development activities that empower and build capacity of local communities. The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department will seek to assure the participation of individuals with physical and mental impairments in training and employment opportunities, as appropriate.

With the exception of services specified in paragraph (5)(D) and paragraphs (1) through (4) and (14) of section 103 (a) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended through 1998, information shall specify policies and procedures for public entities to identify and determine interagency coordination responsibilities of each public entity in order to promote coordination and timely delivery of vocational rehabilitation services.

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

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) considers service provision to high school students with disabilities a significant priority. In collaboration with local education agencies, SCVRD identifies students pursuing high school diplomas, local district occupational diplomas/credentials, and those who will receive certificates of attendance and will require services to successfully enter employment. These collaborative efforts are coordinated at both the state and local levels.

Coordination with Educational Officials:

SCVRD, the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE), Office of Exceptional Children and the Office of Career and Technology Education are signatories and partners in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which expresses a basic commitment on behalf of both agencies to provide comprehensive vocational and educational services to individuals with disabilities. The agreement details each entity’s roles and responsibilities in identifying and serving students with disabilities. Items covered in the agreement include student identification and exchange of information, methods for dispute resolution, the process to request and provide technical assistance, and the requirements for regular monitoring of the agreement. Timing of student referrals is individualized based on need but should occur no later than the second semester of the year prior to the student’s exit from school.

The State Board of Education statute, 43-243, requires the mandatory participation of representatives of state agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities in the State Advisory Panel to the Office of Exceptional Children. The Advisory panel’s purpose is to provide policy guidance on special education and related services for students with disabilities.

Local Agreements:

Using the SCVRD-SDE Memorandum of Agreement as a model, the SCVRD has developed agreements with all 86 local education agencies in the state. These local MOA’s clarify roles and responsibilities at the local level. There is an SCVRD counselor assigned to each of the 200+ High schools in the state whose purpose is to be a resource for career development, participate in school-based meetings as appropriate, and to seek referrals of students who can benefit from SCVRD services. SCVRD also maintains an agreement with the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.

SCVRD Transition Specialist

SCVRD maintains a Transition Specialist position whose duties include: a. Coordinate all transition-related activities and projects including those that involve other agencies, community organizations and local SCVRD field offices; b. Develop, monitor and update all transition documents and cooperative agreements; c. Provide technical assistance, professional development and training on transition related issues to field office staff, education personnel, community organizations, families, and students; d. Review and update client service policy to ensure policies and procedures are reflective of the SCVRD mission and focus on quality in serving youth in transition; e. Coordinate the RSA Transition Demonstration Grant Program-“Youth Employment Services” Program; f. Serve on the planning committee for the interagency South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum, a summer youth development and leadership program g. Participate in the South Carolina State Transition Planning Team, an interagency initiative to create system change and a quality focus for students with disabilities.

Innovative Practices

SCVRD continues to facilitate the development of innovative transition services to improve the successful outcomes of transition aged youth. In this effort, SCVRD has integrated evidence-based practices for successful transition into the general program. In addition, SCVRD has several additional programs to offer enhanced transition services: a. High School High Tech(HSHT)- an initiative of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor whose mission is to reduce the dropout rate of youth with disabilities, increase their enrollment in post-secondary education and training, and improve their participation in employment related activities. b. Transition Services Specialist(TSS)- a cooperative funding initiative that enhances the general transition services offered to a school by engaging a school employee, designated as the Transition Services Specialist, who will provide and coordinate with the assigned SCVRD counselor, career assessments, occupational exploration, and participation in meaningful work experience for students with disabilities that will result in higher rates of successful secondary school completion, enrollment in post-secondary training, and subsequent entry and maintenance of competitive employment. c. Youth Employment Services (YES) - a program supported by a RSA Transition Demonstration Grant awarded in 2007, the YES program supports four sites with designated Transition Assessment Specialists (TAS) who are permanently located in their respective schools. The TAS identifies referrals, coordinates assessment and focuses on delivering “Guidepost” directed services (based on NCWD/Youth’s Guideposts for Success) to transition aged students with disabilities with a focus on paid work experiences within both the school and community settings. The YES program combines elements of HSHT and the TSS programs to provide innovative and high quality transition services to students.

SCVRD continues to explore and develop new initiatives that promote successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. These outcomes include employment, independent living, and community participation and post-secondary education.

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

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department in cooperation with private, non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers supports the achievement of successful employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities for the purpose of information, referrals, and staff development.

SCVRD has memorandums of agreements or collaborative agreements with the following:

• Certified Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programs

• South Carolina Association of the Deaf

• South Carolina Heart Association

• South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

• South Carolina Association of the Deaf, Inc.

• South Carolina Multiple Sclerosis Society

• American Diabetes Association

• South Carolina Arthritis Foundation

• National Multiple Sclerosis Society

• South Carolina Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Association

• South Carolina Brain Injury Alliance

• South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association (SCSCIA)

• South Carolina Autism Society

• Work in Progress

SCVRD provides public information materials, shared website links, and financial sponsorship for the annual South Carolina Autism Conference and the Brain Injury Alliance Conference.

Additional cooperative agreements with other private, non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers will be developed as needed in order to promote growth in the area of employment for individuals with disabilities.

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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.

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) continues to be active in collaborating with other sources, both public and private, regarding Supported Employment service delivery. Team effort and staffing have resulted in more effective and efficient service delivery. Furthermore, Title VI, Part B funds have allowed SCVRD to provide full-time job coaches in for four of the 19 area offices statewide. Traditional 110 funds have been used to provide the remaining statewide coverage.

SCVRD is currently working closely with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) in the area of providing supported employment services to those individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness served by the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) programs within SCDMH. This effort is taking place in the Hartsville, Charleston, Florence, Anderson, Greenville, Conway, Columbia, Berkeley, and Sumter areas. The collaboration in the Columbia location also involves a private, non-profit organization, Work In Progress.

Representatives from the SCDMH, South Carolina DDSN local boards, and other community resources are sought to provide long term, extended support services. Pending the availability and willingness to participate in providing extended support services, natural support service providers have also been used to include family members, work-site supervisors or co-workers. SCVRD uses a “Letter of Agreement” for clients receiving supported employment services when the extended service provider is not identified at time of IPE or supported employment amendment. The agreement is in affect prior to successful employment outcome. The individual agreeing to provide extended support services must commit to monitoring job stability twice a month. This commitment must be documented in the case record by having the Extended Service Provider initial the item. The Extended Services Provider and client must be notified by letter of the transition to extended services two weeks prior to successful case closure.

SCVRD collaborates with the South Carolina Commission for the Blind (SCCB) to assist in the provision of successful supported employment outcomes. While each agency has expertise related to the disabilities they primarily serve, many individuals have multiple disabilities and can benefit from being served by both agencies in a complementary manner.

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Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

Staffing patterns are set through a joint effort of the SCVRD commissioner, director of human resources, executive staff, and local supervisors. Employee turnover data is reviewed in an effort to determine trends and to identify staffing concerns.

In addition, succession planning for critical need positions is being managed via the department’s Professional Development and Leadership Program (PDLP). Below is a chart which provides details, by personnel category, on the number of personnel needed and currently employed in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services at SCVRD.

 

Row Job Title Total positions Current vacancies Projected vacancies over the next 5 years
1 Counselors 211 15 126
2 Area Client Services Managers 17 2 10
3 Vocational evaluators and Job Prep. Instructors 40 4 24
4 Job-Readiness Staff 81 9 49
5 Area Supervisors 19 1 11
6 Training Center Managers 24 3 14
7 Employment / Job Coaches 46 5 28
8 Administrative Team Support Specialists 75 5 45
9 Addictions Counselors 8 0 5
10 0 0 0

 

SCVRD has a close relationship with the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University, both of which produce graduates who have Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degrees. SCVRD has opted to use a state CSPD standard and can recruit not only from candidates with a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, but also with a master’s degree in related fields. These strategies assure staffing needs are met. The following chart shows statistics for the in-state university vocational rehabilitation counseling degree programs. Data is collected annually, from program directors at each institution, and shared with executive staff to assist in current and future staffing.

 

Row Institutions Students enrolled Employees sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates from the previous year
1 SC State University Rehab. Counseling Program 79 20 29 41
2 USC Rehab. Counseling Program 56 3 10 13
3 0 0 0 0
4 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0

 

Progress toward meeting the required Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) standard began in January 2001. The department has a working relationship with the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University (a historically black college), both of which offer all of the courses required by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). A recruitment plan is in place to recruit graduates from all schools in South Carolina, as well as out-of-state schools which have counseling and rehabilitation counseling degree programs. When this is not possible due to high demand, the Department will continue to hire counselors with closely related master’s degrees. In accordance with South Carolina State Law, each transcript is assessed and the counselor is placed in a plan that allows up to 30 months to complete the current state educational requirements.

The University of South Carolina and South Carolina State University prepare individuals for graduate degrees in rehabilitation counseling. SCVRD conducts outreach programs to these universities and other universities to include: publications and distribution of targeted recruiting material, attendance at career days and job fairs, and recruitment events. In addition, practicum placements and internships are offered to students who are in CSPD qualifying programs. These efforts are designed to recruit qualified personnel, including minority graduates and those with disabilities. The SCVRD Human Resources and Human Resources Development offices coordinate recruitment efforts with active support from local supervisors.

Employees of the department are assigned to work with school officials to assist in curriculum development for the graduate school programs. The HRD Director is an active member of the Rehabilitation Counseling Degree Advisory Boards for the University of South Carolina, South Carolina State University, and Auburn University. SCVRD has been especially successful in recruiting personnel from the SC institutions, particularly those from minority backgrounds. Students from these programs and out of state programs are encouraged to accept internships and practicum placements with the department. The human resources development department coordinates the placement of interns statewide. In addition, regular classes and tours are conducted in department facilities and staff is available to present in university programs.

A solid New Employee Orientation program is vital to the recruitment and retention of SCVRD staff. All new staff members are required to complete New Employee Orientation Parts I, II, and III. New Employee Orientation is intensive and comprehensive. The orientation program incorporates training in the following topics:

* A history of vocational rehabilitation

* The SCVRD agency mission, policies, procedures, and benefits

* Ethics in the workplace

* Disability awareness

* Customer service

* True Colors (personality assessment)

* Medical and psychosocial aspects of specific disabilities

* Safety in the workplace

* Human Resources Development

* Public information

* Job specific training

New employees are assigned mentors, participate in job shadowing, and receive performance coaching from their supervisors.

In addition, new counselors and selected direct service delivery staff are required to take the following training sessions:

* Motivational Interviewing

* Medical terminology (for those who did not have this as a graduate course)

* Client Services training

In addition to the New Employee Orientation program, to retain qualified staff, SCVRD uses a system for staff evaluation that is a modification of a system that is available to all state employees. The system focuses on the individual employee’s job duties compared to stated goals and objectives. These goals and objectives are identified and discussed with the employee at the beginning of the rating period. Ongoing communication between the employee and supervisor clarifies the employee’s understanding of how to meet the performance standards and enhances service delivery to the client.

At the conclusion of the rating period an evaluation is performed, rating the employee on each duty in relation to performance objectives. The system provides for employee input into the development of the goals and objectives in order to support successful performance.

Another feature of the system allows objectives to be amended throughout the review period. This system also provides a mechanism for helping a substandard performer improve and a means of removing an employee from a position should performance not improve to an acceptable level. It is as follows:

A covered employee is entitled to adequate notice of substandard performance and the opportunity to improve the substandard performance before receiving a below performance requirements” rating and being removed from the position. If during the performance period an employee is considered “below performance requirements” in any essential job function or objective which significantly impacts performance, the employee may be provided with a written “Warning Notice of Substandard Performance.” The warning notice shall provide for an improvement period of no less than 30 days and no more than 120 days. The warning notice may be issued at any time during the review period. An employee who receives more than two warning notices within a 365-day period shall be removed from the position. A warning notice is not required on the third occurrence.

The department has developed career path matrices for staff to encourage retention of qualified staff and promotion to higher level positions. These career paths are keyed to requirements in the areas of education, experience, production, quality, and training. The matrices include elements related to the department’s Program Integrity Model which emphasizes a balance among customer service, compliance assurance, quality, and productivity. Counselors are required to meet the state’s CSPD standard within the required time frame in order to maintain status as a counselor and to advance to a higher level. A counselor who does not achieve the state CSPD standard within the required timeframes will be removed from his/her position. The career path matrices are published on the SCVRD intranet site.

The department takes an active role in employee/employer relations. Through strong leadership and the assistance of all staff, the department provides a healthy and safe work environment. Employee behavior and performance problems are dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner, with an emphasis on assisting the employee to improve. The department promotes internal and external customer service and has made teamwork an integral part of day-to-day operations. The department’s Celebration of Success program (reward and recognition system) allows employees to recognize coworkers for customer service, productivity, program excellence, as well as individual accomplishments.

 

Section 101(a)(7) of the Act; 34 CFR 361.18 indicates that the state VR agency is to establish and maintain standards to ensure that all professional personnel are prepared and trained and that the standards are consistent with national or state approved requirements. Given this option of selecting federal or state standards in order to achieve stability regarding standards and to develop a diverse staff, SCVRD has opted to use state standards to manage its Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD), which are consistent with the initial guidelines. In 2006, a bill was passed by the South Carolina General Assembly which established a state standard for the minimum educational and training requirements for counselors of the public vocational rehabilitation agency. This bill was signed by the governor on March 15, 2006. Under this state law the department can continue its practice of hiring individuals with rehabilitation-related master’s degrees while mandating that they complete master’s level rehabilitation courses commensurate with their degree. The law reads as follows:

A State Agency of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor must meet the following standards: 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. In addition to the master’s degree, the individual shall be required to document at least 18 credit hours of coursework at the master’s level or above, within thirty months of date of hire, in the core areas that follow: One graduate course with a primary focus on the Theories and Techniques of Counseling and 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; and 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.

As stated in detail in the previous section of this document, qualified candidates are recruited from universities who meet the minimum requirements of the state’s CSPD standard. Internships and practicum opportunities are also offered to qualified candidates. Each candidate’s transcript is reviewed and evaluated. New hires who do meet the standard are immediately placed in a program to meet the standard within the 30 month time frame.

Of the 196 counselors who are currently employed by SCVRD, 187 meet the State’s CSPD standard for a rehabilitation counselor. Nine (9) counselors have master’s degrees in a related field and are currently under a plan to complete requirements.

Funding support for the implementation of a retraining plan to assist VR counselors to meet the state educational requirement of CSPD is being provided by the department’s In-Service Training Grant. Other funding options may be provided by RSA grants, if available. Evaluation of the plan to ensure that VR counselors meet the CSPD requirements is conducted through an analysis of transcripts and the department’s electronic training records.

Paraprofessional staff must meet minimum hiring requirements according to position descriptions.

 

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department conducts needs assessments in order to plan for a balanced Human Resources Development (HRD) program for all staff. The assessments take into account skill development, as well as long-range career opportunities directed toward developing and strengthening the role of qualified rehabilitation professionals and paraprofessionals. Needs assessments are conducted and evaluated by supervisors and HRD. The information is collected from multiple sources and formulated into a comprehensive HRD program. Institutions of higher education and appropriate professional associations are used to facilitate the recruitment, preparation, and retention of qualified personnel.

In addition to these efforts, the department provides, when appropriate and subject to the availability of funds, tuition assistance to employees who are taking work-related courses.

HRD conducts systematic needs analyses which include input via public hearings, the findings of internally conducted program reviews, responses to customer service surveys, identified skills deficits from individual staff performance reviews, individual requests from staff for specific skills development, training needs assessment surveys, focus groups, and meetings with management and service delivery staff.

The department has developed a retention and succession plan that includes its Professional Development and Leadership Program (PDLP). The plan provides career development opportunities for staff via career paths, and targeted training opportunities. The Human Resources Development and Training Plan include training provided by TACE, management/supervision courses offered by the South Carolina Office of Human Resources and in-house training. In May of 2011, 61 staff members completed level three of the PDLP and graduated from the three year program. 72 participants also completed level one of the newly revised two year PDLP program and 63 of these participants completed level two of the program and graduated in May 2012. A separate Supervision and Management track exists that focuses on meeting the training needs of new and existing supervisors. During this year supervisors received training on Interviewing and Selection Techniques. The PDLP program continues to be cited as an innovative program by TACE and other agencies.

SCVRD has an extensive Human Resources Development (HRD) department that provides training for all employees. The department provides/sponsors trainings that focus on medical, psychosocial, and vocational aspects of specific disabilities, and feature the application of assistive technology as appropriate. Recent topics include: brain injury, alcohol/drug addictions, mental illness, autism, deafness and hard of hearing, mental illness, epilepsy, learning disabilities, musculoskeletal, spinal cord injury, as well as other disability specific trainings. Workshops on transition, high school/high tech, compliance, serving the Hispanic/Latino population, leadership development, and maintaining a culture of quality, were also provided.

In addition to the focus on technology in specific trainings, SCVRD has a two in-house rehabilitation technology centers. Rehabilitation engineers provide training and support to staff and clients as well as tours and presentations for the community. Rehabilitation engineers offer onsite services as well as services from the two central locations.

Trainings on vocational assessment are also provided to SCVRD’s vocational assessment and career exploration specialists. Within the next few months additional regional trainings are planned for this group.

Counseling skills training is provided with a focus on motivational interviewing techniques. Plans are also in place to provide specific counseling skills and the application of those skills within the VR setting to counselors and other staff who provide direct services to clients.

Training on job placement and developing employer relationships is provided to all counselors, job coaches, and area client services managers. An additional day of training focusing on job placement was recently added to the client services training for new employees. In addition, a Rehabilitation Institute focusing on job placement is also being planned and will be provided to targeted staff within the next 3-5 months.

Role specific training is provided for professional and paraprofessional staff. Customer service, true colors training, ethics, disability awareness, and safety training are requirements for all employees.

Progress continues in building an online library of disability specific modules which are available upon demand. As always, the impact of these training efforts on staff performance will be assessed and the recommendations considered for the improvement of future training programs. The current training grant includes objectives that focus on training on the 1998 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, The Workforce Investment Act, Informed Choice, and transition.

SCVRD staff participate in relevant disability related conferences. These conferences offer current information on disabilities and initiatives in vocational rehabilitation. Numerous local trainings take place and extensive research is conducted when planning these sessions in order to provide the most up-to-date information that will assist staff in providing quality services to clients. When conducting disability-related trainings, SCVRD uses physicians and other experts who are current with the latest research in their field. For designated staff, the department sponsors attendance at graduate courses that provide information on cutting-edge initiatives in the field.

Executive staff and managers are active members in the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation and the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Association. Staff also subscribe to numerous professional and research journals.

 

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department has current personnel recruitment and training policies that are reflective of the findings in the 2010 South Carolina Statistical Abstract. The abstract shows that 33.8% of the state’s population is minority. Of this population, 82.5% is African American, with the remaining 17.5% distributed among Native Americans, Latin Americans, Asians, and all other races. The Hispanic and Latin American population in South Carolina is growing at a rapid rate (currently at 15% of the minority population according to the abstract) and the department sponsors Spanish classes for staff to facilitate communication with this minority group and this year also sponsored a training that focused on serving the Hispanic/Latino population.

In addition, the department continues to place emphasis on services for individuals who are deaf to ensure that a counselor in each area can communicate effectively. The department takes advantage of the training offered by Western Oregon University and web-based trainings. Certified interpreters are used contingent upon availability and client needs. However, qualified interpreters are used if accessing a certified interpreter would delay service provision.

 

The department continues to coordinate the development of designated staff with emerging initiatives by the state Department of Education and the 86 school districts (LEA) under IDEA and state transition efforts. Transition training efforts this year included the following: a two-day Transition Summit was conducted for transition staff that included presentations and training on referral development, best practices, documentation and use of school records, transition assessment, work experiences, and post-secondary training. Selected transition staff participated in a session on Active Training Techniques and Self-Determination. Disability-specific modules on Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum disorders are available for all staff via LOTIS, the agency’s online training site. In addition to the disability specific training modules, a module on Transition Basics, with a focus on evidence-based practices and quality service delivery, has been developed and is delivered in person to all SCVRD Transition personnel. This has become the standard training for all new staff working with Transition students. Due to staffing changes, additional SCVRD personnel will participate in Global Career Development Facilitator instructor training in preparation to begin training our staff as Career Development Facilitators. The agency continues to work collaboratively with the SC State Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children to provide training as a component of their State Personnel Development Grant-Project Gateway. In addition, selected transition staff will participate in training on Transition Assessment and Facilitating Work Experiences offered through the State Department of Education’s Research to Practice annual training.

The Transition Services Specialist collaborative approach to the provision of transition services was continued this year in six schools. This approach designates a transition services specialist - who is a school district employee - to act as a liaison to refer students to the department and assist these students in participating in transition activities and work-based experiences in the community. This effort has resulted in an increase in transition referrals in the areas in which the program is operating and has increased our collaborative efforts with the local school district.

The department continues to designate a liaison counselor to each public secondary school throughout the state. During this past year State Office and local staff have provided in-service training to school staff, parents, and students regarding service availability. The department continues to work on the Transition Demonstration Grant awarded by the US Department of Education in 2007. The initiative, Youth Employment Services (YES), has now been fully implemented in all four of the planned South Carolina high schools. The YES program combines proven methods for serving students along with evidence-based practices to create a comprehensive approach to serving youth in transition from school to adult life. The department met its year four outcome measures and is evaluating year five outcomes as well as sustainability issues.

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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.

Needs Assessment Introduction:

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department designs new initiatives, enhances existing programs and refines policies and procedures based on many factors, including continuous program assessment and evaluation, by analyzing statistical trends and with input from constituency groups. In keeping with SCVRD’s strategic plan and, as specified by the Rehabilitation Act, this feedback loop begins with the triennial statewide needs assessment.

A variety of source information is used including information from the United States Census Bureau, data from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium 2011, US Centers for Disease Control, the American Community Survey, and the Social Security Administration. SCVRD conducts quarterly internal and external customer satisfaction surveys and uses this information to strengthen service delivery.

Since October 2008, South Carolina’s employment rate has ranged from 8 to 12 percent and posts currently at 8.9 percent. These rates reflect the difficult realities of the latest, albeit fading recession. South Carolinian’s with disabilities are far more likely to be unemployed than those without disabilities.

In 2010, 72.8% of persons with disabilities (ages 18 to 64) in South Carolina were unemployed. This is the third highest rate among the states. (Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, 2011).

2.84 million South Carolinians are working age (16 – 64) in 2010. Of these, 12.4% had at least one disability. Since 2008, South Carolina continues to rank 11th in the nation for the number of 16-64 year-olds with a disability. (Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, 2011).

SSI/SSDI Recipients:

The SCVRD undertook a study comparing trends of the number of SSI/SSDI beneficiaries in the state to the number of SSI/SSDI beneficiaries applying for services. According to the Social Security Administration, 233,614 South Carolinians received SSI/SSDI in 2007. By 2010, the number of recipients had grown to 259,261. This represents 11% increase in just three years. While non-economic factors contributed to this increase, the impact of the Great Recession (2008-09) is impossible to disregard. The 259,261 South Carolinians who received SSI/SSDI in 2010 represented 7.3% South Carolinians over the age of 18.

As a total count, the number of SSI/SSDI recipients, who applied for services, increased from 2,088 during 2009 to 2,269 in 2010 and slightly decreased to 2,213 in 2011. The 3 year trend reflects an increase of 5.6%. Examining referrals for the last three federal fiscal years, SSI/SSDI referrals constitute a growing percentage of total referrals. In 2009, SSI/SSDI recipients comprised 10.67% of all referrals. In 2010 and 2011, SSI/SSDI recipients represented 11.6% and 13.63% respectively.

The provision of early intervention services is a major issue given the long application process associated in making eligibility determinations for both the SSI and SSDI programs. There will be a need for increased supported employment services at SCVRD to improve the employment outcomes of SSI/SSDI recipients.

Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

SCVRD has met with members of the board of the South Carolina Association of the Deaf (SCAD) in May of 2012. SCAD is a statewide organization working with and for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens in South Carolina. As a result of this meeting, SCAD will collaborate with SCVRD in an advisory capacity to identify resources for the SCVRD rehabilitation counselors for the Deaf.

Emerging Disabilities:

The increased need for services for individuals from identified emerging disabilities was identified in this needs assessment.

Based on the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased 83% from to 2002 to 2008. This means that one out of 90 children in South Carolina have been diagnosed with autism. Based on 2010 census data, this rate of autism prevalence suggests that 7,000 to 7,500 transition age children (ages 16 to 25) in South Carolina experience autism.

Persons who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder required a stable and predictable work environment which can be accomplished with a strong supported employment services.

Another area of identified need is the increase of traumatic brain injuries in veterans as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The prevalence of traumatic brain injuries in this population created a shift in the mission of the Defense and Veteran Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) in 2007. DVBIC’s efforts were focused on prevention, evaluation, and treatment. In South Carolina, SCVRD has been an active member of the Veterans Policy Academy since the summer of 2008 and continues to partner with the other agency/entities to address the service needs of veterans with disabilities to ensure their return the workforce.

Individuals with disabilities who are minorities:

According to the 2010 U.S. census data, South Carolina remains a state with a large minority population. The 2010 data reveals that among South Carolina residents, 66.2% are white and 27.9% are African American. Individuals, who are Native American (Catawba Tribe), Asian or dual race, comprise 4.6% of South Carolina’s population.

A review of the RSA Standards and Indicators, indicator 2.1 - the Minority Service Rate, shows the SCVRD exceeded the performance level in the last three years. The ratio for minorities to non-minorities was .992 in 2009, .965 in 2010 and .961 in 2011. These ratios indicate that minority populations are well represented among the individuals who utilize SCVRD services.

African American Population:

In the 2010 U.S. Census, 27.9% of South Carolina’s population identified themselves as African American. This number represents a 9% growth rate since the 2000 U.S. Census.

Of the 1.3 million African Americans living in South Carolina, 14.73% of persons aged 18 – 64 have a disability. This is a higher percentage than in the population at large where 13.29% (2010 American Community Survey) of persons have a disability.

During FFY 2011, SCVRD provided services to approximately 17,100 African Americans. This represents nearly 54% of the total SCVRD population who applied for or received services during this period.

Native American Population:

According to the 2010 American Community Survey, 12,389 South Carolinians identified themselves as being “American Indian and Alaska Native.” This number represents 42% growth since the 2000 U.S. Census.

This population has the highest incident of disability among demographic groups in South Carolina (17.9% between the ages of 18 to 64). This is comparatively higher than the national average of 16.7% of Native Americans age 18 to 64 with disabilities. In federal fiscal year (FFY) 2011, .44% of SCVRD applicants identified themselves as Native Americans.

Since The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AVIRS) grant is not awarded in South Carolina, awareness of public VR services may be low for Native Americans in the state. Efforts to increase the number of Native Americans who seek and participate in SCVRD services will continue through outreach in communities where significant numbers of Native Americans live.

Latino/Hispanic Population:

In the 2010 U.S. Census, 5.1% of the total population living in South Carolina noted their heritage was Latino or Hispanic. This number represents 148% growth since the 2000 U.S. Census. This rate of growth was greater than the national average (43%) and the southern average (57%).

With the predicted growth of this population over the next decade, the increase in the number of individuals with disabilities in Latino communities is anticipated. This represents an opportunity to develop strategies to ensure this population is well served.

Older South Carolinians:

Older South Carolinians are defined as those 65 and over. According to the South Carolina Statistical Abstract, the number of older South Carolinians has increase 30.2% from 2000 to 2010. This significant growth reflects the impact of increased life expectancy and the aging of baby boomers.

The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, (ADSC,2011), reveals a disability prevalence of people with a disability ages 65 to 74 is 36.7% nationally; In South Carolina, however, the prevalence of disabilities in this age group, 38.4%, continues to exceed the national rate. According to RSA 911 data, 1.6% of the applications taken in FFY 2011 were persons age 65 and greater. As the economic challenges of the 2008-09 recession continue, many older South Carolinians will seek and maintain employment in order to address their financial challenges.

Veterans:

In 2011, the national unemployment rate for all veterans was 8.3%. Veterans, with service-connected disabilities, numbered nearly 3 million people or 14% of all veterans. Their unemployment rate of 8.5% in August 2011 (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

In the 2010 American Community Survey reported that approximately 401,823 veterans resided in South Carolina. Of this population, 29.48% identified themselves as having a disability. This rate is higher than the national average of 14%. FFY 2011 data reveal that 6.5% of applicants to SCVRD identified themselves as veterans.

It is anticipated that this number will rise due to the following factors:

1. The phase out of US military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2. The rate of veterans compensated by the Department of Veterans Affairs for PTSD related to their military service increased 222% between 1999 and 2010 (PTSD Quarterly Volume 22, No. 4). These veterans, labeled “Gulf War Era II” veterans, have served primarily in the Iraqi and Afghan conflicts. According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics (NCVAS), 116,600 veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan live in South Carolina. The greater prevalence of PTSD nationwide surely indicates a growing number of veterans with PTSD in South Carolina.

3. The unemployment rate Gulf War-era II veterans with disabilities, was 12.1% , higher than the 8.5% rate for all veterans.

Transition Age Youth:

South Carolina has one of the highest dropout and lowest graduation rates in the nation (NCES, 2011; Diplomas Count, 2011). With only 62% graduating from high school in 2007-08 (Ibid, 2011), South Carolina continues risking its economic future. Only 69% of those graduating from high school enter post-secondary education and another 20% enter gainful employment (South Carolina Statistical Abstract, 2006) In this state, there are 50,510 individuals with disabilities ages 5-20, constituting 5.1% of the total population with disabilities in South Carolina (Cornell, 2009). The educational attainment and potential employability of students with disabilities are of particular concern. More than 100,000 children in South Carolina continue to participate in service under IDEA in 2010 (US Dept of Education). South Carolina ranks 50th of 57 states and territories in the graduation rates of students with disabilities, according to a report prepared by the National Center for Special Education Accountability and Monitoring (2009).

SCVRD received applications on 4,888 young adults with disabilities between the ages of 14 and 24 during 2011. These young adults represent 30% of all applications made in 2011. With 35% of students with disabilities dropping out before graduation and 33% completing high school with only a certificate of attendance/completion, it is essential the SCVRD continues to aggressively seek innovative methods to build strong partnerships among community stakeholders.

Rural Population:

SCVRD has long established the maximum distance a client should have to travel to obtain V.R. services is 50 miles. The existing field offices satisfy this requirement with ample coverage statewide to all individuals with disabilities who wish to apply for services. However, according a publication of the South Carolina Office of Research and Statistics, “Urban and Rural Population in South Carolina,” 39.5% of the population lives in rural areas which ranks South Carolina 13th in the nation for the highest percentage of population living in rural areas. The rural nature of the state lends itself to minimal transit services. Seven out of the 46 counties do not have any type of public transportation. The lack of transportation makes it difficult for individuals to participate in vocational rehabilitation services and enter the work force.

Disability Types:

The SCVRD analyzed service provision to clients by disability categories to assess whether SCVRD successfully served all groups and to establish disability categories which call for more emphasis. The analysis compared three years (2009-2011) of SCVRD and national VR data which focused upon employment outcomes by disabilities.

The data indicates that SCVRD employment outcome rates for persons with physical and mental impairments exceeded the national average while rates for persons with communicative and cognitive impairments were less than half the national average. For this reason, the SCVRD will pursue improved outreach and service provision for these individuals with communicative and cognitive impairments.

SCVRD actively participates in the Workforce Investment system throughout the state. The Department of Employment and Workforce’s Workforce Investment Board, the SC Works system, and numerous cooperative arrangements with other state entities and programs to enhance vocational rehabilitation efforts and improve employment outcomes throughout the state.

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce’s is the central point of contact responsible for implementing the Workforce Investment Act and heads up the State Workforce Investment Board. The board oversees the state’s efforts to develop a skilled, highly qualified work force to enable citizens to succeed in today’s global economy. The board includes representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Employment and Workforce, Department of Corrections, Department of Social Services, Department of Commerce, legislators of the South Carolina Senate and House, local elected officials, workforce partners and representatives of community-based organizations. It acts as a forum for collaboration, ensuring that vocational rehabilitation requirements are articulated as part of the statewide plan.

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* Number of individuals in the state who are eligible for services: 34,370

* Number of eligible individuals who will receive services provided with funds under:

- Part B of Title I: 34,000

- Part B of Title VI: 236

*Cost of services: $41,177,981

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

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

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

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD), in developing the goals and priorities for FFY 2013 has taken into consideration two factors:

1. The goals and priorities approved by the department’s independent commission (Section 101(a)(21)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998);

2. These goals and priorities are developed consistent with the findings of the department’s Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment. (State Plan Attachment 4.11(a) conducted in 2012 for FFY 2013.)

Goal 1 – SCVRD will achieve program improvement as demonstrated by improved quantifiable outcomes on standards and indicators.

Goal 2 - SCVRD will improve the quality of employment outcomes for eligible individuals with disabilities.

Goal 3 –SCVRD will increase collaboration with other state agencies.

Goal 4 – SCVRD will place a priority on collaborative efforts to address transition services for students with disabilities.

Goal 5 – SCVRD will expand outreach efforts to unserved and underserved individuals with disabilities in South Carolina.

Goal 6 – SCVRD will strengthen relationships with employers.

Goal 7 – SCVRD will continue to examine and improve its key processes.

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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.

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department’s (SCVRD) supported employment goals and plans for FY 2013 regarding the Title VI, Part B program are based on an analysis of the comprehensive statewide needs assessment and the department’s performance on the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators. The priorities are as follows:

• Strengthening service delivery afforded to individuals whose disabilities and vocational needs are so significant that SCVRD’s 110 traditional program services would not be sufficient to meet their employment needs;

• Providing services to people with most significant disabilities, especially SSI and/or SSDI recipients, in order to successfully achieve and maintain competitive employment in integrated work settings.

SCVRD continues efforts to jointly serve individuals who are seeking services through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) who wish to pursue competitive employment. To strengthen the relationship between the two agencies, a “counterpart meeting” was held in January 2012 to bring together the 31 service coordinators and VR staff to kick-off a demonstration project in the Lexington and Richland area. A VR counselor has been assigned full-time to the Richland-Lexington DSN Board to accept referrals, participate in staffing, and provide placement for mutual clients.

SCVRD has contracted with University of South Carolina School of Rehabilitation Counseling to provide extensive multi-phased training to raise the level of expertise in the provision of supported employment services. Phase one of this training occurred in April 2012. Two, two-day sessions were conducted and more than 100 staff members were involved in this training. Job coaches, counselors, evaluators, and state office administrative staff participated. During the summer of 2012, additional phase two and three training will complete the series. The South Carolina Commission for the Blind participated in this training.

Individual placement in competitive employment at or above minimum wage remains the primary supported employment model used. SCVRD’s performance for FFY 2011 on indicator 1.4 (the percentage who are individuals with significant disabilities closed successfully in competitive employment) was 93.53% or 31.13% higher than the required performance level of 62.4%.

At this time, SCVRD uses designated Title VI, Part B funds for job coaches serving in the Lexington, Richland, Aiken, Orangeburg, and Laurens offices. This annual grant award complements SCVRD’s use of its traditional 110 program service funds to provide statewide coverage for supported employment services.

Another source of supported employment services is provided through a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health using the IPS model of rapid placement for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. IPS teams are located in nine areas of the state.

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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.

GOAL 1 – The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) will achieve program improvement as demonstrated by improved quantifiable outcomes on standards and indicators.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will identify areas within South Carolina where specific indicators can be improved based on the unique characteristics and demographics of that area. These indicators will be designed to improve performance on Standards and Indicators.

GOAL 2 - SCVRD will improve the quality of employment outcomes for eligible individuals with disabilities.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will expand the Skilled Workforce Apprenticeship Program (SWAT). This program creates apprenticeship opportunities with local businesses with the inducements of reduced recruitment costs, higher productivity, and a more diverse workforce.

STRATEGY 2:

The SCVRD has initiated new client training services known as The Advanced Skills Center (TASC). TASC’s purpose is to help each VR office more closely align client skills development with the talent needs of business and industry in their local communities. These services will focus on client skills development beyond basic employability training. Thus, course offerings by SCVRD offices will vary with needs the businesses, industries and organizations in their specific communities. Present courses include call center skills, forklift training, and facility support training. Training will engage clients in various learning activities ranging from live practice, traditional classroom learning, e-learning programs and other methodologies. At this time, TASC has begun with one SCVRD office in a rural county and will progress as area offices partner with businesses to identify skill needs in the coming year.

STRATEGY 3:

SCVRD will improve the quality of employment outcomes by providing intensive ongoing training for staff who are responsible for vocational assessments.

STRATEGY 4:

SCVRD will continue counselor internship opportunities to enhance the recruitment of qualified rehabilitation counselors.

STRATEGY 5:

SCVRD will enhance staff understanding of the vocational implications of a wide range of disabilities to be made available on demand through online learning modules and face-to-face trainings by SCVRD staff and with the assistance of the TACE to identify outside expertise.

GOAL 3 - SCVRD will increase collaboration with other state agencies and entities.

STRATEGY 1:

Counterpart meetings will continue and will include partners recommended by the local area office supervisors based on the unique concerns of each area.

STRATEGY 2:

SCVRD will partner with the SC Dept of Commerce, SC Technical College System, SC Dept of Employment and Workforce, SC Dept of Education, Adult Education and the SC Manufacturer’s Alliance to implement the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative. Through the use of WorkKeys, this initiative will focus on preparing and matching job seekers with employers by developing community-based partnerships to address workforce and business needs.

GOAL 4 – SCVRD will place a priority on collaborative efforts to address transition services for students with disabilities.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will expand the use of collaborative efforts as a mechanism for delivering transition services through joint funding with school districts for transition services specialist positions.

STRATEGY 2:

SCVRD will continue efforts with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice through the joint funding of a counselor position to increase referrals and services for students with disabilities at the Broad River Road Complex.

STRATEGY 3:

Through the Youth Employment Services grant model, current YES sites will be phased into a sustainable model to provide work preparation, work experiences, and employment outcomes for students with disabilities. Replication of this model will be evaluated for incorporation into existing transition services practices for service delivery.

STRATEGY 4:

SCVRD will expand the partnership with the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School through the joint funding of a guidance counselor/transition assessment specialist position to provide vocational assessment, work preparation and experiences, and employment outcomes for students with disabilities.

GOAL 5 – SCVRD will expand outreach efforts to unserved and underserved individuals with disabilities in South Carolina.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will seek greater involvement with disability organizations serving individuals with significant disabilities. Formal agreements will be implemented to include referral source requirements, SCVRD participation in support groups, and other outreach activities.

STRATEGY 2:

In order to expand services to the Deaf and hard of hearing population, a demonstration project will be conducted to enhance the sign language expressive/receptive skills of our staff. The SCVRD counselor will be assigned to a certified sign language interpreter/mentor two times a week for two hour sessions. During these sessions the interpreter and counselor will spend their time in a community setting of their choice and communicate only in sign language. The anticipated outcome of this project is that the counselor will greatly enhance sign language expressive/receptive skills in a natural setting like a shopping mall, outdoor environments, etc. Upon both the implementation and completion of the program, the certified interpreter will complete an assessment of current skills to get baseline of where they started and how much progress they have made. Once this pilot program has been completed, it will be evaluated by appropriate staff including a sign language interpreter who was not involved in the pilot program.

STRATEGY 3:

SCVRD, with the assistance of the South Carolina Association of the Deaf (SCAD), will conduct a needs assessment survey. SCAD currently publishes a statewide newsletter for the Deaf community and has agreed to include this informal survey in a future edition of the newsletter. Feedback from this survey will enable SCVRD to identify initiatives and establish priorities which may result in new strategies to address this goal.

STRATEGY 4:

Implement new technology to improve communication between SCVRD staff and individuals who are deaf. PURPLE telecommunications system is being assessed by select Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf with the intent that Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) will become available statewide and result in greater flexibility and cost savings. VRI is available upon demand by certified sign language interpreters. This technology will ensure that appropriate forms of communication are readily available to clients of the agency who are deaf.

STRATEGY 5:

Outreach activities will continue to address the vocational rehabilitation needs of the Hispanic community. Results of a Hispanic focus group to be conducted in SFY 2010 will determine additional strategies required to increase referrals as well as staff training needs.

STRATEGY 6:

In SFY 2013, if funding permits, SCVRD will conduct demonstration projects in three diverse areas of South Carolina to assess the benefit of rural rehabilitation specialists. The project will be designed to take vocational rehabilitation services to rural and remote areas that are underserved. The three projects will be designed to test a variety of service delivery methods.

STRATEGY 7:

In order to reach the growing number of OIF/OEF veterans, SCVRD will work with veterans’ groups as well as other agencies and organizations to identify those veterans and their family members who would benefit from vocational rehabilitation services.

STRATEGY 8:

In order to prepare for the increasing need for vocational rehabilitation services for the aging population, SCVRD will identify issues related to this population and conduct training activities in SFY 2013.

GOAL 6 – SCVRD will strengthen relationships with employers.

STRATEGY 1:

The Vocational Rehabilitation Business Partnership Network will continue to develop and strengthen employer partnerships at the local level, determine current needs in the workforce, and provide education regarding VR services and supports.

STRATEGY 2:

SCVRD will continue collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce. the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the University of South Carolina’s Center for Disability Resources, and others to plan and conduct a conference for South Carolina businesses to provide education regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities as well as available services and supports. The conference is contingent upon funding.

GOAL 7 – SCVRD will continue to examine and improve its key processes.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will continue internal focus groups to determine the effectiveness of staff duties, processes and programs.

STRATEGY 2:

Service delivery and the timely exchange of information will be improved by the completion of the electronic case file which is anticipated for SFY 2013. This includes IPE through closure.

STRATEGY 3:

SCVRD will improve quality and compliance by expanding the review capabilities of the Quality Assurance Unit and by taking advantage of an electronic case file environment.

STRATEGY 4: Improve the cost-effectiveness of procurement, budgets, finance, human resources, and payroll activities through the creation of an interface between the SCVRD computer programs and the South Carolina Enterprise Information System (SCEIS).

 

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.

SCVRD employs three rehabilitation engineers who provide training and job accommodation assessments to all clients requiring this service. Assistive technology recommendations are made and provided as appropriate at each step in the rehabilitation process.

 

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.

The strategies in Goals 4 and 5 will be used to improve outreach to the populations identified in the 2013 needs assessment as being unserved or underserved.

 

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

Goal 2, strategy 2 will be used to enhance job readiness training services provided at the SCVRD’s work training centers.

 

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

Goal 1, strategy 1 will be used to improve overall performance on standards and indicators.

 

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

Goal 3, strategy 2 focuses on collaborations with other agencies and entities, including the statewide workforce investment system.

 

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.

Innovation and expansion activities have been identified within these strategies and include the expansion of the advanced skills training (TASC) program and the implementation of the PURPLE telecommunications system.

 

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

GOAL 1 – The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) will achieve program improvement as demonstrated by improved quantifiable outcomes on standards and indicators. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1

SCVRD will identify areas within South Carolina where specific indicators can be improved based on the unique characteristics and demographics of that area. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

During FFY 2010, the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) integrated into its Program Integrity measures indicators that focus on the quality of employment outcomes for SSI recipients and SSDI beneficiaries. These indicators use data based on the average hours worked in a week and the average weekly earnings achieved by SSI recipients and SSDI beneficiaries in their successful employment outcomes. These local area and statewide averages are compared to Region IV benchmarks, an average of the top three rates of earnings and hours worked achieved by the clients at successful outcome.

In FFY 2010, SSI recipients worked an average of 25.41 hours and earned an average of $213.44 each week. The average hours worked is a decline of 2.3% from FFY 2009. The average weekly earnings represent an increase of 3.95% for the same periods.

The average hours worked place South Carolina as third in Region IV and exceeded the Region IV average. The average wages earned weekly place SCVRD as third in Region IV and exceeded the Region IV average.

In FFY 2010, SSDI beneficiaries worked an average of 25.33 hours and earned an average of $225.44 each week. The average hours worked is a .8% increase from FFY 2009. The average weekly earnings represent an increase of 1.4% for the same periods.

The average hours worked place SCVRD as third in Region IV and exceeded the Region IV average. The average wages earned weekly place South Carolina as fifth in Region IV and exceeded the Region IV average.

These indicators will assist the SCVRD to assess the impact services have on the abilities of SSI recipients and SSDI beneficiaries to achieve more quality employment outcomes.

GOAL 2 - SCVRD will improve the quality of employment outcomes for eligible individuals with disabilities. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will continue with the expansion of the Skilled Workforce Apprentice Program (SWAT). This program creates apprenticeship opportunities with local businesses with the inducements of reduced recruitment costs, higher productivity, and a more diverse workforce. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Over the past year, the Skilled Workforce Apprentice Training (SWAT) program has continued to offer training opportunities in skilled positions for SCVRD clients statewide. During this reporting period, more than 113 clients were trained and placed in skilled career positions through the SWAT program and 17 are currently in training. Examples of these positions include prosthetic assistant, mechanic, and computer aided design (CAD) operator.

STRATEGY 4:

SCVRD will improve the quality of employment outcomes by providing intensive training for staff who are responsible for vocational assessments. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

During the summer of 2012, the State Office transition specialist along with the client services specialist responsible for vocational assessment will be traveling to each area office to train staff responsible for vocational assessments. Providing quality assessments for transition aged youth is a priority and the unique characteristics of this population will be a focus during the training. This training is being provided to ensure a smooth transition as the Quality Assurance Unit takes responsibility for this aspect of centralized compliance.

STRATEGY 5:

SCVRD will expand counselor internship opportunities to enhance the recruitment of qualified rehabilitation counselors. (This strategy will continue.)

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department remains committed to the recruitment of qualified rehabilitation counselors by continuing to offer opportunities for eligible graduate students to apply their academic knowledge in a real work environment.

During the past year SCVRD maintained ongoing relationships and developed new relationships with the directors and field site coordinators at the graduate level of various universities including: South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, Francis Marion University, South University, Winthrop University, The Citadel, The University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, East Carolina University in North Carolina, the University of Tennessee, Auburn University in Alabama, University of Maryland, Columbia International University, Grand Canyon University, Limestone College, and Webster University.

These graduate programs provide students who meet the CSPD requirement for employment as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and require students to finish an internship as a prerequisite for successful completion of the Master’s Degree program.

Applications for internships are also attributed to the following coordinated efforts:

1) Marketing through the distribution of an internship brochure and additional information provided on the agency website about internship opportunities.

2) Appropriate university staff members were invited to tour the local area offices and work training centers in order to understand the type of internship experience the student can expect while working with SCVRD.

3) During these tours, information was provided to share with students to include the Graduate Internship Program brochure as well as a DVD of the most recent Client Achievement Award recipient.

4) The graduate program director is provided a copy of the agency vacancy listing on a regular basis.

5) Invitations were accepted to speak with students on campus and at various other forums to discuss VR services as well as internship opportunities.

6) SCVRD staff attended career fairs, annual field site placement expositions, job fair expositions, military career fairs, connections internship and employment fairs, and other venues in order to educate the public about vocational rehabilitation as well as employment and internship opportunities within the agency.

7) Interns were surveyed at the completion of their internship with SCVRD to assess the quality of their experience and to be used to achieve continuous improvement of the program.

During this reporting period a decrease in placements from previous years was noted. To date, 23 students have been placed in internships. This is a decrease from the last reporting period. The decrease is attributed to a change in Agency policy from offering paid internships to nonpaid. This change was necessary due to the economy which affected the availability of funding for the positions. However, even with the reduced number of internships, there remained a ready pool of applicants who excelled in their internships and became a valuable asset to SCVRD.

STRATEGY 6:

SCVRD will enhance staff understanding of the vocational implications of a wide range of disabilities to be made available on demand through online learning modules. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

LOTIS, the agency’s Learner Online Training and Information Site, remains a valuable asset to the agency in delivering on-demand training. This past year, the following modules were developed and/or completed: intellectual disability, cardiovascular disease, attention deficit & hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum, depression, diabetes, learning disabilities, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, musculoskeletal disabilities, and neuromuscular disorders.

Additional topics are identified and will be developed in the future. All direct service delivery staff are required to view the modules and complete a basic knowledge check. Selected staff members are required to complete additional off-line activities focusing on service delivery.

GOAL 3 - SCVRD will increase collaboration with other state agencies and entities. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will work in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) through the Co-Occurring State Infrastructure Grant(COSIG)to expand local area staff training and service provision for consumers with co-occurring disorders. A no-cost extension through March 2012 has been awarded to the COSIG project. During this period, technical assistance as well as training will be provided. This strategy will be complete in March 2012.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD’s participation in the Co-Occurring State Incentive Grant was extended through May 31, 2012. During the no-cost extension period, technical assistance continued to be provided to the participating local collaborating agencies.

Four COSIG Forums were held regionally across the state. Additionally, local DAODAS treatment providers and SC Department of Mental Health programs were offered the opportunity to have their programs assessed using the “Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT ) or the “Dual Diagnosis Treatment Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT)” instrument.

STRATEGY 3:

Counterpart meetings will continue in SFY 2012. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Counterpart meetings were held statewide by local staff. The meetings focused on strengthening relationships with transition partners (to include teachers, parents, and students) and Independent Living partners.

GOAL 4 – SCVRD will place a priority on collaborative efforts to address transition services for students with disabilities. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will expand the use of collaborative efforts as a mechanism for delivering transition services through joint funding with school districts for transition services specialist positions. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD continued the Transition Services Specialist program in six school districts this year. Through this jointly funded arrangement, eligible students receive vocational preparation and work experiences during the school day, which keeps them engaged in school and prepares them for post-secondary training opportunities or employment upon their exit from school. In addition, SCVRD is exploring feasible methods of maximizing shared funding to develop transition services programs in additional locations that have participated in a 5-year model demonstration grant (Youth Employment Services – see strategy 3).

STRATEGY 2:

SCVRD will continue efforts with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice through the joint funding of a counselor position to increase referrals and services for students with disabilities at the Broad River Road complex. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD and the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice continue to co-fund a counselor position to provide services to eligible youth with disabilities housed at the Broad River Road Complex. Students receive counseling and guidance, vocational assessment, and work preparation to assist them in transitioning back to their local communities.

STRATEGY 3:

Through the Youth Employment Services Grant, transition assessment specialists will be placed in additional schools to provide work preparation, experiences and employment outcomes for students with disabilities. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

The Youth Employment Services Grant was fully implemented in four sites: Beaufort, Lancaster, Spartanburg and Edgefield. All sites have staff in place and are providing work preparation and experiences for eligible youth in the respective schools. To date, the sites have exceeded their target enrollment totals. Use of effective practices developed during the demonstration grant are being expanded statewide, an example being the vocational assessment profile questionnaire that has been incorporated into the vocational assessment program used for all transition students. Sustainability of programs in these four locations is being addressed through exploration of shared funding mechanisms.

STRATEGY 4:

SCVRD will partner with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to co-fund school-based mental health counselor positions to expand outreach and services for students with mental illness. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Discussions have been held with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and while there is interest in pursuing this endeavor, it is yet to be implemented due to funding limitations. A draft memorandum of agreement has been developed and potential sites have been identified pending the approval of the MOA, and contingent on funding availability.

STRATEGY 5:

SCVRD will expand the partnership with the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School through the joint funding of a guidance counselor/transition assessment specialist position to provide vocational assessment, work preparation and experiences, and employment outcomes for students with disabilities. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD and the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School continue to co-fund a guidance counselor/transition assessment specialist position to provide vocational assessment, work preparation experiences, and job placement for eligible students with disabilities. Students receive intense instruction regarding employment preparation and participate in community-based work experiences. In addition, an SCVRD project administrator has been put in place to expand the vocational programs for students with disabilities at the Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School, to include increased job-preparedness and career exploration activities, transition services, and coordination with local area offices for enhancement of appropriate referrals, continuation of services and placement.

GOAL 5 – SCVRD will expand outreach efforts to unserved and underserved individuals with disabilities in South Carolina. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will seek greater involvement with disability organizations serving individuals with significant disabilities. Formal agreements will be implemented to include referral source requirements, SCVRD participation in support groups, and other outreach activities. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD remains actively involved with the Spinal Cord Injury Association by attending support group meetings to provide attendees with brochures and other materials concerning VR services and mission.

SCVRD is involved in quarterly meetings with the Diabetes Initiative of South Carolina to share outcome data related to referrals, individuals served, and successful employment outcomes. In March of 2012, vocational rehabilitation services were presented to attendees of the Diabetes/Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Symposium in Myrtle Beach, SC. The attendees were doctors, nurses, social workers, and other interested individuals.

Other outreach activities during this period include active involvement with the South Carolina Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, the South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council, (SCBILC) the SCBILC Workforce Development Committee, Data and Information Systems Committee, and Brain Injury Systems Development Committee.

The SCVRD director of training and staff development is now on the board of the Action Council for Cross Cultural Mental Health and Human Services which coordinates a Cross-Cultural Conference and related activities to provide outreach to minorities.

STRATEGY 2:

SCVRD’s Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCD) will be active participants in the Deaf community and will continue to strengthen their partnership with the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind in Spartanburg. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD continues to take advantage of the excellent training provided by the Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults program at Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oregon. This program focuses on professionals who are new to serving individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. This orientation program offers four weeks of intensive ASL instruction as well as information on such topics as the range of assistive technology, Deaf culture, working with individuals with cochlear implants, and what practitioners need to know to better serve consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

SCVRD staff attends annual training at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind which focuses on such topics as vision issues with individuals who are deaf, telecommunication options, the Assistive Technology Loan Program, and learning to identify the characteristics of Usher Syndrome and other progressive disorders. In addition, training is provided on mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and the issues of applying the 12 step program to individuals who are deaf.

STRATEGY 3:

SCVRD staff will initiate outreach activities to the American Indians Advisory Board to better identify individuals in this population who would benefit from vocational rehabilitation services to enter competitive employment. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Outreach efforts continue.

STRATEGY 4:

Outreach activities will continue to address the vocational rehabilitation needs of the Hispanic community. Results of a Hispanic focus group to be conducted in SFY 2010 will determine additional strategies required to increase referrals as well as staff training needs. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

In March 2012, training was provided to staff working with Spanish/Latino populations. At the conclusion of the training, the attendees were charged with developing at least one new referral source and to identify community resources for the Spanish/Latino population.

STRATEGY 5:

In SFY 2010, SCVRD will conduct demonstration projects in three diverse areas of South Carolina to assess the benefit of rural rehabilitation specialists. The project will be designed to take vocational rehabilitation services to rural and remote areas that are underserved. The three projects will be designed to test a variety of service delivery methods. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

The counselor assigned to Pageland, South Carolina continues with rural outreach to this community. Although other areas were not added due to funding limitations, the intent remains to expand this program.

STRATEGY 6:

In order to reach the growing number of OIF/OEF veterans, SCVRD will work with veterans’ groups as well as other agencies and organizations to identify those veterans and their family members who would benefit from vocational rehabilitation services. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD continues to be an active participant in the South Carolina Returning Veteran’s Policy Academy, a team comprised of multiple state agencies and organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. This group meets quarterly to discuss available services for veterans and their families as well as to identify additional resources and funding opportunities. SCVRD has also been closely involved with the Warriors in Transition program at Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, which strives to ensure that returning veterans are able to integrate back into society successfully. SCVRD has counselors assigned to each of the VA facilities in the state to reach out to those veterans and family members in need of VR services. In addition, SCVRD and staff from William Jennings Bryan Dorn VMAC and the local staff from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, are actively engaged in discussions to collaborate building on the unique services provided by each entity.

STRATEGY 8:

In order to prepare for the increasing need for vocational rehabilitation services for the aging population, SCVRD will identify issues related to this population and conduct training activities in SFY 2010. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

SCVRD has been unable to locate a presenter with expertise in this subject matter. Assistance from the TACE IV has been requested.

STRATEGY 9:

SCVRD will enhance its identification and evaluation process to ensure individuals who require supported employment services will be identified early. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

With the assistance of the TACE IV, SCVRD and the South Carolina Commission for the Blind have contracted with USC School of Rehabilitation Counseling to provide extensive multi-phased training to raise the level of expertise for the provision of supported employment services. Particular attention was devoted to the supported employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, mental illness, deafness, and blindness.

GOAL 6 – SCVRD will strengthen relationships with employers. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1:

The Vocational Rehabilitation Business Partnership Network will be restructured to develop and strengthen employer partnerships at the local level as well as determine current needs in the workforce and provide education regarding VR services and supports. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

During the past year, the Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership Network (VRBPN) has continued to build and strengthen the local chapters throughout the state. These local chapters have increased membership and local employer involvement within the VRBPN. The mission of the VRBPN is to promote best practices and leadership by including people with disabilities in the workforce. Through these partnerships employers in South Carolina will be educated about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and using resources available through the SCVRD.

STRATEGY 2:

SCVRD will continue collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the University of South Carolina’s Center for Disability Resources, and others to plan and conduct a conference for South Carolina businesses to provide education regarding the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities as well as available services and supports. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Due to organizational restructuring at the SC Department of Employment and Workforce and changes in leadership at SC Disability and Special Needs, Center for Disability Resources, and the Governor’s Office on Developmental Disabilities, as well as budget shortfalls, the conference did not take place this period.

However, other opportunities to strengthen relationships with business partners did take place. SCVRD was invited to present at three regional sessions focused on apprenticeship opportunities held by the SC Department of Employment and Workforce and Apprenticeship Carolina. These were collaborative efforts for South Carolina agencies to educate each other on the services offered to business partners in the way of apprenticeships. Information was presented at SC Department of Employment and Workforce’s annual Palmetto Workforce Partnership Awards Conference to an audience of business members. In addition, SCVRD has collaborated with the Veterans Administration’s Vet Success program and Fast Forward (a non-profit) at several hiring initiatives.

GOAL 7 – SCVRD will continue to examine and improve its key processes. This goal will continue.

STRATEGY 1:

SCVRD will continue internal focus groups to determine the effectiveness of staff duties, processes and programs. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Recommendations from the job-readiness training staff continued to be implemented during this year. A series of focus groups were held regionally with a cross-section of staff positions on the topic of quality service delivery as related to the vocational rehabilitation process. Results from these focus groups are being used to develop a comprehensive quality system that identifies critical, high-value activities, key areas of measure, and potential process improvement topics.

STRATEGY 2:

Service delivery and the timely exchange of information will be improved by the completion of the electronic case file which is anticipated for SFY 2010. This includes IPE through closure. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

CMS development continues, but the anticipated progress has been impacted by several major programming efforts to improve the reporting related to client services expenditures. Recently, a group of field counselors participated in a demonstration of the prototype IPE. Feedback was requested and provided to the design team.

STRATEGY 5:

SCVRD will improve quality and compliance by expanding the review capabilities of the Quality Assurance unit and by taking advantage of an electronic case file environment. This strategy will continue.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

During this period, the SCVRD IT department completed a computer interface which will enhance the functionality of South Carolina Enterprise Information System (SCEIS). Currently underway is a roll-out of this interface which relies on centralized quality assurance using the electronic case file. This roll-out, which will be completed in June 2012, consisted of 24 days of training conducted regionally. The Quality Assurance Procurement Unit ensures requests for client purchases meets policy and fee guidelines.

STRATEGY 6:

Improve the cost-effectiveness of procurement, budgets, finance, human resources, and payroll activities through the implementation of the South Carolina Enterprise Information System (SCEIS). This strategy continues.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

The SCVRD IT department, through the interface and process described in strategy five, is developing flexible reports to account for client services expenditures by state, region, area, and caseload. Detailed information on expenditure type will once again become available for improved management of funds.

 

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT GOALS: Goals for past year continue to be centered on strengthening service delivery afforded to individuals whose disabilities and vocational needs are so significant that SCVRD’s traditional 110 program services would not be sufficient to meet their employment needs.

STRATEGY: Identify individuals who would best be served in a supported employment setting. Allocate resources to supplement existing supported employment services. Train staff in effective and successful supported employment strategies.

ACTUAL PERFORMANCE:

Outreach efforts have increased this period. Through these efforts, referrals from South Carolina Department of Disability and Special Needs continue to increase. Many of these individuals will need the supported employment services of a job coach.

SCVRD staff works closely with the SC Department of Mental Health to provide training and technical assistance to the IPS (Individual Placement and Support) and Work In Progress program staff. In addition to regularly scheduled training for the IPS team members, specialized training by Dartmouth IPS Supported Employment Center staff was provided to SCVRD and SCDMH staff in April 2012 in West Columbia, South Carolina.

 

RPL FFY 2011

1.1 >=0 -478

1.2 >=55.8% 56.70%

1.3 >=72.6% 99.86%

1.4 >=62.4% 93.53%

1.5 >.52 0.570

1.6 >=53.0 65.85

2.1 >=.80 0.961

Number of indicators in standard 1 that were passed: 5

Number of primary indicators in standard 1 that were passed: 3

 

SCVRD reserved funds allotted under Section 110 to support Innovation and Expansion activities in Fiscal Year 2012 as follows:

- Work experience activities for Transition School to Work students/clients

- The SCVRD rehabilitation engineering department identifies and purchases innovative assistive technology devices to stay current with the latest advancements in the field.

- Support of the SCVRD Independent Commission

- Support of the Statewide Independent Living Council

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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

The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) employs 46 full-time job coaches having a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree in a related field. This includes the job coaches who provide individual placement and support (IPS) services to South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) consumers through a Memorandum of Agreement with SCDMH.

Job coaches work as part of a team along with other SCVRD staff and extended support representatives. Through the efforts of these job coaches, supported employment services are available statewide to individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Initial diagnostic evaluation services are conducted while in the traditional 110 program. If needed, a supplemental evaluation may be performed with the use of a job coach. At the time of acceptance for supported employment services, an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed outlining the job coach services to be provided. Such services include job development, job placement, on-the-job training, observation or supervision at or away from the job site, and support services with the employer, client, or family. SCVRD policy allows for any activity performed by a supported client at the employer’s location to be a paid work experience.

SCVRD’s on-going support services are limited to 18 months unless extended by an amendment to the IPE. Transition to extended services starts after an individual is stabilized in his/her job setting and has met the individualized work goal. The client’s employment stability is determined by the achievement of adequate job performance without a need for ongoing, intensive shadowing/mentoring from the job coach. The client, employer, job coach, and SCVRD counselor agree that this has occurred before transition to the extended service provider takes place.

Contingent upon the significance of the client’s supported employment needs; there could be an initial training period of two to six weeks, which would be followed by ongoing job coach involvement of least 90 or more days prior to determining whether the client is ready for extended services. In addition, SCVRD may provide post-employment services following transition if needed to maintain the placement.

The overall objective for each individual receiving supported employment services is successful competitive employment in an integrated work setting. For this to occur, the supported employment team works to assure client and employer satisfaction in terms of both production and fulfillment of the individual’s needs.

The individual placement model for competitive employment remains the primary supported employment model being used by SCVRD. Emphasis is placed upon providing services to people with most significant disabilities, especially SSI and/or SSDI recipients, whose employment needs are so significant that traditional 110 program services would not be sufficient to meet them. The SCVRD coordinator of supported employment services also assists area office staff to identify and serve all eligible clients with the most significant disabilities.

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  • ED-80-0013 - Certification Regarding Lobbying — 34 CFR 82.110(b) requires each State VR agency to submit for approval a signed certification regarding lobbying for each program for which federal funds are requested. In other words, one certification must be submitted for the VR program and another for the Supported Employment program.
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