Order of Selection Information

RSA provides formula grants to VR agencies to administer the State VR Services and State Supported Employment Services programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four Territories. Specifically, 34 of these States and Territories have one VR agency that serves individuals with all types of disabilities; these are referred to as Combined VR agencies. In addition, 22 States have established two VR agencies: one VR agency that serves individuals who are blind or have visual impairments, referred to as Blind VR agencies, and a separate VR agency that serves individuals with all other types of disabilities, referred to as General VR agencies. This results in a total of 78 VR agencies: 34 Combined VR agencies, 22 General VR agencies, and 22 Blind VR agencies. 

Section 101(a)(5) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of WIOA, establishes provisions related to the Order of Selection (OOS) for VR services. The U.S. Department of Education implements these provisions in VR program regulations at 34 CFR § 361.36. VR agencies outline their ability to serve all eligible individuals with disabilities in the VR Services Portion (part "m") of the WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a VR agency is unable to serve all eligible individuals with disabilities. 

The below information related to the status of each VR agency's OOS and number of open priority categories, as relevant, is current as of August 18, 2021. Please contact the VR agency directly for the most up-to-date information. 

As of August 18, 2021, 40 VR agencies are not operating under an OOS and 38 VR agencies are operating under an OOS. Of these 38 VR agencies: 

  • 21 VR agencies have some, but not all priority categories open.
  • 17 VR agencies have all priority categories open.
State

VR Agency

OOS PYs 2020-2023 State Plan  (Yes or No)

Number of Priority Categories (Open/Total)

Alabama Combined No N/A
Alaska Combined No N/A
American Samoa Combined No N/A
Arizona Combined Yes 3/3
Arkansas General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
California Combined Yes 3/3
Colorado Combined Yes 3/3
Connecticut General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
Delaware General  Yes 1/3
  Blind No N/A
District of Columbia  Combined No N/A
Florida General Yes 2/3
  Blind No N/A
Georgia Combined Yes 1/3
Guam Combined No N/A
Hawaii Combined Yes 1/3
Idaho General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
Illinois Combined Yes 3/4
Indiana Combined Yes 2/3
Iowa General Yes 1/3
  Blind No N/A
Kansas Combined Yes 3/3
Kentucky Combined Yes 4/4
Louisiana Combined Yes 4/5
Maine General  Yes 2/3
  Blind No N/A
Maryland Combined Yes 1/3
Massachusetts General Yes 3/3
  Blind No N/A
Michigan General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
Minnesota General  Yes 3/4
  Blind Yes 3/3
Mississippi Combined Yes 3/3
Missouri General Yes 2/3
  Blind No N/A
Montana Combined Yes 1/3
Nebraska General Yes 1/3
  Blind No N/A
Nevada Combined No N/A
New Hampshire Combined Yes 3/3
New Jersey General Yes 3/3
  Blind No N/A
New Mexico General  Yes 1/3
  Blind No N/A
New York General  No N/A
  Blind No N/A
North Carolina General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
North Dakota Combined Yes 3/3
Northern Marianas Combined No N/A
Ohio Combined No N/A
Oklahoma Combined Yes 3/3
Oregon General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
Pennsylvania Combined Yes 1/3
Puerto Rico Combined No N/A
Rhode Island Combined Yes 3/3
South Carolina General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
South Dakota General No N/A
  Blind No N/A
Tennessee Combined Yes 2/4
Texas Combined No N/A
Utah Combined Yes 2/3
Vermont General Yes 3/4
  Blind No N/A
Virgin Islands Combined No N/A
Virginia General Yes 3/3
  Blind Yes 3/3
Washington General Yes 1/5
  Blind Yes 3/3
West Virginia Combined Yes 3/3
Wisconsin Combined Yes 2/3
Wyoming Combined No N/A