ED/OSERS/RSA
Rehabilitation Services Administration
ED

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and
State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth State Plan for Fiscal Year 2012 (submitted FY 2011)

1.1 The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs 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 Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs [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

Treasurer State of Michigan

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

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

Director

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

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

State Plan Certified By

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

Signed?
Yes

Name of Signatory
Steven H. Hilfinger

Title of Signatory
Director

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/27/2011

Assurances Certified By

At the request of RSA, the designated state agency and/or the designated state unit provide the following assurance(s), in addition to those contained within Section 2 through 8 below, in connection with the approval of the State Plan for FY 2012
Yes

Comments:

Signed?
Yes

Name of Signatory
Steven H. Hilfinger

Title of Signatory
Director

Date Signed (mm/dd/yyyy)
06/27/2011

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

Section 1 Footnotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Conduct of public meetings.

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

(b) Notice requirements.

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

(c) Special consultation requirements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(a) Designated state agency.

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

  1. The designated state agency is a state agency that is not primarily concerned with vocational rehabilitation or vocational and other rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities and includes a vocational rehabilitation unit as provided in paragraph (b) of this section (Option B was selected/Option A was not selected)

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

(b) Designated state unit.

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

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

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

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

The State Plan must contain one of the following assurances.

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

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

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

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

(Option B was selected)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If "Yes", the designated state agency:

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

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

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

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

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

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

X This agency is requesting a waiver of statewideness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(c) Coordination with education officials.

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

  1. The State Plan description must:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. There is in the state a recipient(s) of a grant under Part C of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services for American Indians who are individuals with disabilities residing on or near federal and state reservations. Yes

  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.

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

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

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

OVERVIEW:

In fiscal year 2010, the Michigan Rehabilitation Council (MRC or Council) worked diligently to uphold its mission and be successful in the achievement of our federal mandates as set forth in Section 105 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). This attachment utilizes the nine primary SRC mandates to report the activities the Council utilized to provide our input to the state unit, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS). In addition, this attachment highlights the Council’s advocacy and educational efforts with our colleagues, partners, and the public about the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) system in Michigan.

MRC ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE:

In fiscal year 2010, the MRC membership included 17 voting members and the MRS State Director serving in an ex-officio capacity. Also, a staff member from the state agency that implements the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was appointed to the Council. At the end of the fiscal year, we had six appointments in process to be finalized in December 2010.

The MRC membership benefited from the work efforts of three non-State of Michigan staff: an Executive Director, Program Director and part-time Office Coordinator. In the summer of 2010, we were afforded the opportunity to add four ninety day on the job training (OJT) positions, employing customers of MRS through the utilization of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. These staff members added value to the work of the Council through the completion of special projects, as well as day to day operational assignments. During this time period, the Office Coordinator position became vacant. One of the OJT staff applied, interviewed and was hired as a full-time employee on October 1st. The MRC maintains an office suite, which is located separately from the state unit and provides the opportunity to assure the Council’s autonomy, while working to achieve strategic plan goals and partner with MRS in a constructive, open relationship. The MRC Budget for FY 2011 was approved by the membership and then negotiated with the State Director to ensure financial solvency for the MRC beginning October 1, 2010.

SRC MANDATES & MRC OUTCOMES:

1. To consult with the Workforce Investment Board on Council functions.

The Governor’s Workforce Board in Michigan is the Council of Labor & Economic Growth (or CLEG). The individual appointed to the CLEG position was actively involved with the Council and established a fluid communication pattern providing regular CLEG updates. Although this member resigned mid-year, the MRS State Director, who also serves on CLEG, provided regular updates during the vacancy.

2. To review, analyze, and advise the general vocational rehabilitation program of its responsibilities under the Rehabilitation Act.

The Council continued to experience many opportunities to be involved within various levels of the MRS system. Through our “customer voice” presence, MRC members and staff participated in a variety of internal MRS activities and/or workgroups. The outcomes of these workgroups had a direct impact on policies, procedures, staff hiring, long term plan goals, and planning strategies that were then enacted in the provision of public VR services in the field.

The Council was actively involved in the following workgroups: Cash Match Impact, Customer Input, Customer Satisfaction Survey, Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA), Hiring Teams, Workforce Inclusion Strategy, Independent Living (IL) Grant Reviews, IL Strategy, Long Term Plan Goals, Leadership Council, Marketing, MRS Advisory Team, Michigan Transition for the 21st Century, New Counselor Training, Order of Selection for Services (OSS), Personal Assistant Services Reimbursement for Employment Services Grant Reviews, Policy Cadre, and Quality Improvement Team for technical assistance to CILs.

Work Group Highlights Include:

A) – Cash Match Impact researched and analyzed the third party agreement system in practice by MRS with recommendations for the development of a system to determine return on investment for customer services.

B) – CSNA designed a workplan utilizing the RSA’s CSNA national model as a guide, with the MRC at the table. Upon completion, the work group will review the report and make recommendations to inform the State Plan for FY 2012.

C) – Policy Cadre is comprised of a variety of field and administrative staff, along with the Client Assistance Program (CAP) and the Council to create, amend, and/or reaffirm policies with associated practices for use in the field.

D) – OSS was researched and made recommendations regarding the best practices, policies and monitoring if and when OSS is established and implemented.

E) – IL Strategy is related to the MRS Long Term Plan, Goal 4. The purpose was to have discussion, establish a strategy plan and create an operational plan to establish a working alliance for centers for independent living (CILSs) with MRS field offices in the provision of a holistic approach when providing VR services to customers.

F) – Workforce Inclusion Strategy was established to design strategies for MRS to promote enhanced inclusion of persons with disabilities in one stop service centers in Michigan.

3. In partnership with MRS develop, agree to, and review State goals and priorities in the State Plan and evaluate the effectiveness of the VR program.

The Chair, Vice Chair, and Executive Director continued to meet bimonthly with the MRS State Director and Staff Liaison, which provides the opportunity for the agency to inform the Council of any critical or emerging issues and have discussion about any next steps. The agenda also includes updates on the MRS Long Term Plan, progress on the current State Plan recommendations, and a review of the quarterly OSS Flags and Triggers report. This meeting continues to enhance the communication and relationship between the agency and Council, as it has established the opportunity for ongoing dialogue outside of these meetings.

The MRC leadership communicates the information from these meetings to the membership so that they can strategize on the best methods to utilize as they work to advocate on behalf of customers. The MRC recognizes that the strength of our relationship with the state unit is that the mutual respect and trust we have established provides for a continuous improvement model with the customer and system needs carefully assessed as decisions are made.

4. To advise and assist MRS in the preparation of the State Plan, the strategic plan, reports, needs assessments, and evaluation.

The MRC is an equal partner in the annual State Plan process. For FY 2011 State Plan, the MRC Executive Committee reviewed each section revised by MRS staff and provided relevant feedback to the agency. In addition, they authored Section 4.2 including recommendations to MRS. The State Plan in its entirety was reviewed for input and approval by the full membership.

Once the new State Plan is implemented, a tracking form is utilized by the Council to monitor the MRS commitments to the Council’s recommendations. The MRS State Director shares progress updates at each MRC Business Meeting and during meetings with MRC leadership.

5. To conduct a review and analysis of consumer satisfaction.

The MRC continues to be involved with the annual review of the agency’s customer satisfaction survey distributed after closure. MRS embraced the Council’s recommendation to develop a survey tool for distribution to customers who have completed their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). It is expected that the results will be summarized and published during fiscal year 2011. The state unit has begun to operationalize a previous state plan recommendation regarding the establishment of a computer workstation or kiosk in each field office for customer use. This resource should provide the opportunity for customers to complete satisfaction surveys during their rehabilitation process, research job leads and other service options in their communities.

LISTENING TO THE CUSTOMER VOICE

The MRC utilizes a number of formats to gain input from the public. Within the past year, both public comment and an employment focus group (EFG) were our sources. Each business meeting’s agenda, whether in public or via teleconference, includes time for public comment. The input we receive is utilized by the Council as we advise MRS within our strategic partnership.

In general, the customer input received during the past year revealed once again that customers are reporting that the strength of the MRS system is the relationship they have with their counselors. At the same time, when asked for input about the one thing they would change about the MRS system, customers unanimously report that they would provide their counselors with more time for one-on-one counseling. Each of these themes has continued to surface at nearly every customer input opportunity we have initiated over the past 7 years. As we interact with MRS Counselors around the state and share this customer input, they are not surprised. Many staff have described the evolution of their role from that of counselor to case manager, which results in limited one-on-one time to spend with their customers. We have concluded that as MRS works to manage all of the challenges facing their organization, the counseling resource is being compromised.

PUBLIC COMMENT

The following themes surfaced during public comment in FY 2010. Customers shared their recognition of the value added to the VR process when working with a master’s level counselor. Customers also reported that when working with local CIL staff and their MRS counselors, they received services that were all encompassing and assured their successes in the workplace. Others shared their appreciation for MRS counselors being co-located at One Stop Service Centers. Finally, some customers reported that MRS is not well known in their local communities.

EMPLOYMENT FOCUS GROUPS (EFGs)

The MRC schedules EFGs to coincide with their in-person business meeting schedule. The responses received during FY 2010 were summarized, with the following themes identified: customers recognize that MRS’ ‘job’ is to help people get jobs; customers have learned about MRS from friends, family, and service providers in their communities; the best part of working with MRS is the human interaction, guidance and support they experienced when working with their counselors; counselors helped customers reach their dreams and accomplish their goals. The one thing customers would change about MRS would be for counselors to have fewer people to work with so they can spend more time with customers. Customers reported that when they had a problem working with their counselors, they would first try to resolve situations with their counselors; if this didn’t work, then they would call CAP. A final theme recommended that MRS get input from customers by having in-person focus groups because paper surveys aren’t as effective.

We continue to utilize this knowledge during our involvement with MRS work groups and other activities. Once our customer input is summarized with themes identified, the MRC committees incorporate this information into their workplan. This knowledge base is also utilized by MRC members and staff when participating in MRS workgroups.

6. To prepare and submit an annual report to the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Governor, and the public.

The MRC Annual Report will be submitted to RSA by early April 2012.

7. To coordinate with other councils, as specified by the Rehabilitation Act.

Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council (MiSILC): Our coordinated activities included shared Council members and mutual participation at business meetings. The MRC provided input to the State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) through a variety of activities, and the Council participated at MiSILC sponsored Partnership Days. Together the MiSILC and MRC co-sponsored the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration held on the Capitol lawn.

Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns (MCDC): The MRC continued its support of the annual Michigan Youth Leadership Forum (as facilitated by MCDC) by serving on the Steering Committee, assisting with registration, and co-facilitating the Disability History session.

Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC): A MRC member, who serves on the MDDC, has provided updates related to employment issues to both of the memberships.

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC): As a result of competing priorities, the MRC was not able to attend SEAC meetings held during this fiscal year, but will resume attendance in FY 2011.

Advisory Council on Mental Illness (ACMI): The MRC continues to make efforts to join this Department of Community Health’s Council. It is expected that this situation will be resolved by spring 2011, with MRC representation.

8. To provide coordination between MRS, the State Independent Living Council and independent living centers.

In Michigan, the CIL trade association, Disability Network/Michigan and the MiSILC have established a strong partnership with MRS. The Council works to enhance the partnership by continually advocating on behalf of the IL needs of customers of MRS. Involvement on CIL grant review and technical assistance teams furthers our efforts. The MRC participated on a MRS IL Strategy work group comprised of agency staff, CIL Directors, the MiSILC, and the Council with a goal of creating a plan to establish a working alliance with CILs and local MRS offices. The outcome for the customer was that they would benefit from a holistic service approach as they work to achieve their employment goal.

9. To perform other functions, consistent with the Rehabilitation Act, as the council determines appropriate.

MRC Activities:

In FY 2010, the MRC conducted the following business meetings: two in-person and six through a three hour teleconference call. This schedule was created in an effort to reduce expenditures for in person meetings in anticipation of a possible budget reduction. The lesson learned is that teleconference meetings do not replace the opportunity for team building, active discussion and the development of relationships that in-person meetings provide. The in-person meetings typically include a schedule of events the day prior to the Business Meeting. This “in-service day” could include presentations on a variety of topics that the membership can utilize in their work, time for committees to meet and/or employment focus groups with customers. The primary focus of a MRC Business Meeting Agenda is for the standing committees to present recommendations which they would like the membership to take action on. In addition, time is scheduled for progress reports from the local MRS Service Office, partners, and the State Director.

The MRC completed the second year of a 3-year strategic plan, which follows.

Goal 1 – Continuous improvement of the MRS System

The MRC will review, analyze and advise MRS regarding the performance of the customer related aspects of their service system.

The strategies include:

A. Collaborate with MRS on the annual State Plan process and track the implementation of MRC driven recommendations.

B. Obtain all relevant data from MRS needed to analyze the effectiveness of VR services.

C. Collaborate with MRS and Project Excellence to design an effective Customer Satisfaction Survey process leading to MRC review, analysis and advice to the agency.

D. Collaborate with MRS and Project Excellence to design an effective Comprehensive Needs Assessment process leading to MRC review, analysis and advice to the agency.

E. Ensure that customers experience a service system that operationalizes informed choice and equity leading to quality employment outcomes.

F. Collaborate with MRS for the continuous improvement of their service system policies and procedures.

G. Analyze service data and the relevance to Order of Selection for Services.

Goal 2 – Collaborative Partnership and Public Education

The MRC will sustain the vitality of MRS to identify and engage with partners in a collaborative manner which informs and upholds the value of the MRS Service System.

The strategies include:

A. Customer input will be collected for use in influencing the MRS Service System.

B. Utilize partnerships that will impact vocational rehabilitation (VR) employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

C. Inform policymakers (MI Legislature, Congress, and DELEG Administration) about the return on investment of public VR.

D. Become knowledgeable about MRS Transition Services to Youth to influence the outcomes.

E. Partner with the Independent Living (IL) system in Michigan to assure that customers are receiving services from Centers for Independent Living (CILs) which lead to empowered and independent lifestyles.

F. Partner with MRS in the design, implementation and management of grants and contracts.

G. Emerging issues will be managed in an effective and efficient manner.

Goal 3 – Oversight of MRC Daily Business Operations

The Executive Committee will oversee daily operations, provide leadership, and monitor council finances.

The strategies include:

A. Provide oversight of MRC daily business operations to include the financial system and management of the Executive Director.

B. Monitor committee work plans and activities.

C. Maintain proactive relationship with State Director.

D. Review emerging issues and subsequent activities.

The Council’s committee structure includes the following workgroups: Executive, Information and Evaluation, Public Policy Agenda, and Service Delivery Effectiveness. Each committee creates and operationalizes a workplan directly related to the strategic plan goals and strategies. The workgroups have monthly meetings held primarily via teleconference, with at least 2 in-person meetings scheduled during the fiscal year. Successes and challenges are reported by committee chairs at each business meeting.

Legislative Activities:

Annually, the MRC is involved with two events designed to educate and inform the Michigan legislature about public VR. The first, held in the fall, is a partnership effort with MRS in hosting the Champion Awards luncheon. The MRS Marketing workgroup reviews nominations from staff regarding outstanding customers, employers, partners, and MRS employees choosing no more than two recipients for awards in each category. The luncheon includes opening remarks by the MRS State Director, who then presents the awards at the Capitol for exposure to legislators and includes basic information of the VR program.

The second legislative event is hosted by the MRC each year in the spring. The agenda is designed to educate legislators and their staff about the return on investment for the public VR system, by customers of MRS speaking about their experiences with the state unit. In addition, the Council presents the Beacon Award to an individual within state government or the legislature whose outstanding leadership and tenacious spirit have contributed to the ongoing success of the MRS system and the customers it serves.

Statewide Activities:

The MiJob Coalition is a statewide alliance for the removal of barriers to the employment of persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on ensuring the continuation of benefits for individuals as they return to work.

The Michigan Rehabilitation Association is an interdisciplinary professional, consumer-oriented rehabilitation organization that functions in both the public and private sectors, and at the national, state, and local levels.

The Michigan Rehabilitation Conference is an annual statewide conference that draws nearly 500 attendees from a variety of backgrounds within the VR arena. Over a three day period, the agenda includes approximately 75 workshops, an annual awards luncheon, and as many as 70 exhibitors fill the exhibit hall, which includes customers with micro enterprise businesses selling their products.

Michigan Works! Association (MWA) is the statewide trade association for the local workforce boards that operate the One Stop Service Centers in Michigan. The MRC has continued to serve on the MWA Disability Sub-Committee.

National Activities:

The MRC is a member of and is well represented within the National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils (NCSRC). Sunday Sessions are held the day prior to the beginning of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) conferences. The agendas are designed to further strengthen individual SRCs through education and training about their mandated responsibilities. The MRC Executive Director was elected to serve as the NCSRC Chair in April 2010.

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) conducted national listening sessions in 2010 to learn about the employment needs of persons with disabilities. The MRC Chair attended the session hosted in Chicago and read a statement about the value of the public VR system and return on investment for individuals who return to work. The MRC Executive Director, speaking on behalf of the NCSRC, read a statement about the value of public VR and how it could be significantly enhanced if the disincentives that exist were removed. This would result in people not having to make choices between getting jobs and benefits of health care needs and services.

The MRC Executive Director was selected to serve on the 36th Annual Institute on Rehabilitation Issues primary study group, “Working Together Works.” The goal of this workgroup was to conduct research and author a publication on the federal requirements for state units and their SRCs. The focus was to provide information and operational strategies regarding the benefit of a proactive partnership between state units and their SRCs.

CLOSING COMMENTS:

Over the past ten years, the State of Michigan has gained national attention for an economy that is profoundly challenged by the loss of manufacturing jobs and continues to struggle as our leaders work to recreate our revenue base. Both the urban centers and rural communities have been faced with high rates of unemployment, foreclosures of personal home mortgages, foreclosures of commercial properties, and “traditional Michigan businesses” leaving the state. During this time, our Governor has enacted a number of Executive Orders in an attempt to hold State Departmental spending to a minimum. Restrictions have included employee travel, meetings to be managed via telephone, hiring freezes, and general expenditures.

In the midst of this economic crisis-driven environment, MRS has been led by an administration that chooses to be proactive resulting in the continual evolution of internal system improvements and external partnerships. Examples of this continuous growth and development include: analysis of field service redesign; enacting their long term plan; establishing an urban daytime version of their residential training school located in southeast Michigan through the use of ARRA funds; holding the second annual Champion Awards event; gaining exceptions to fill staff vacancies; and gaining approval for a resurgence of staff training opportunities.

MRS entered into individual discussions with the Department of Community Health, Special Education and the CIL Network to engage in a strategic alliance to better serve “shared customers” in a holistic manner. MRS has signed Memos of Understanding with the two State of Michigan Departments (Community Health and Special Education), which articulate how they will work together on behalf of customers. In addition, they surpassed all of their placement outcomes, while achieving all but one of their performance indicators. The pursuit of these work efforts is directly related to the MRS commitment by all staff for continuous quality improvement as they provide the best services possible to each person with a disability, regardless of the economic environment. MRS staff are to be commended for their commitment, fortitude, and resourcefulness as they work on behalf of Michigan citizens with disabilities.

In the midst of an environment that prioritizes the establishment of effective partnerships, which benefit customers and continuous improvement of their service system, it is apparent to the Council that significant stressors continue to exist within the MRS system that affects customers and staff. MRS continues to receive one of the lowest amounts of general fund match in the country, resulting in field management staff dedicating a significant amount of their time to garnering community based funds and monitoring these arrangements throughout the fiscal year.

Early in fiscal year 2011, MRS will need to manage the loss of institutional knowledge as a result of an early retirement option for civil service staff. It is expected that 56 staff will retire from locations across the state and MRS will only be able to do a 2:1 replacement. A newly elected Governor will be faced with a $1.8 billion deficit and it is expected that everything within state government will face a loss of funds. As reported earlier, the role of counseling staff continues to shift toward case management responsibilities. Customers coming into the MRS system present their immediate needs (shelter, food, transportation, healthcare, and clothing) as their priorities. Counselors are challenged with balancing the MRS mission of employment services with customers’ daily needs.

RECOMMENDATIONS – STATE PLAN FY 2012:

We recognize the substantive nature of our FY 2011 recommendations to MRS and the need for their multi-year response, so it makes sense to the MRC that we extend the timeframe needed to effectively complete the following recommendations into FY 2012.

1 – Support from MRS to establish equitable standards for cash match agreements, which include features to assess the effectiveness of these contracts.

2 – We advise MRS to engage with the Council in the development of a plan to reduce the state unit’s reliance on cash match agreements and work to replace those funds with an increase in General Funds/General Purpose (GF/GP) funding.

3 – Support from MRS to activate the “referral module” in the AWARE system.

4 – We advise MRS to engage with the Council in exploring the development and implementation of a centralized eligibility system for customers.

5 – We support MRS’ plan to establish an Order of Selection in FY 2011 (Cite: FY 2011 State Plan for Title 1 & Title VI Part B document, page 75, Goal 5, Objective 5, Priority 2). In addition, we look forward to our continued work with MRS to assure a smooth transition if implementation is needed.

MICHIGAN REHABILITATION SERVICES (MRS) RESPONSE:

Section 4.2 -- State Director (MRS) Response

MRS appreciates its continuing productive partnership with the Michigan Rehabilitation Council. The Council, staff, and chair are actively involved in many MRS planning and evaluation activities. MRS highly values the diversity of the Council and the different viewpoints shared to represent customer input. MRC has done a fine job of working with MRS to train customers for enhanced empowerment and leadership. We’ve experienced several examples of customers becoming more involved in systems improvements as a result of MRC leadership development activities.

Over the past few years, MRC has increased its advocacy and education activities with other partners and the legislature. These various activities include public forums, publications, and meetings. They have been very instrumental in promoting timely, objective information to influence critical decisions affecting MRS. MRS also commends MRC for its continual leadership at the national level, resulting in national recognition and opportunities for important committee participation, such as the Institute for Rehabilitation Issues.

It is obvious that the body of MRC consists of well selected members who genuinely care about the service and employment outcomes of MRS customers. They consistently show compassion, commitment, and open communication, including inquiry directed toward program improvements. They are a dependable group of Council members that faithfully endeavor to discharge their duties. MRS is fortunate to work with such a committed partner team.

Once again, this year MRS concurs extensively with the MRC summary and recommendations. With respect to the specific, individualized recommendations for FY 2012, the MRS responses are:

1 MRS does have an equity formula for cash match and uses it to promote equity. Equity is challenged when staff makes exceptions to the formula to garner maximum federal funds, but even under these circumstances, we have criteria for exceptions and plans to improve equity. We wholeheartedly agree that we need a better method of assessing the effectiveness of agreements (as recommended by RSA). We are in process of developing evaluation criteria and methodology, but have been delayed due to significant staff retirements and other turnover. We expect this task to be completed in FY 2012, barring other unforeseen priorities.

2 MRS has assiduously worked to reduce our reliance on cash match through various activities, including resource development workgroups, legislative forums, testimonies and publications, departmental advocacy, etc. Many of these activities have been in partnership with MRC. We believe we are doing all we can in a tremendously economically challenged state, where MRS GF/GP maintenance has been a major achievement, given huge reductions to other programs. We continue to encourage MRC to share any ideas they may have on other approaches to this dilemma.

3 In January 2011, we began efforts to activate the Referral Module in the Accessible Web-based Activity and Reporting Environment (AWARE) system by October 1, 2011. After the module was turned on for a pilot in Grand Rapids, we determined that it has limitations and will not meet our needs as is. Until the referral process is standardized and all the policy issues are resolved, we do not recommend turning it on and requiring its use. Instead, we are piloting a separate, in-house developed system on a temporary basis until we are able to resolve the policy issues and work with the contractor to modify the AWARE Referral Module. We are moving forward with this temporary solution and expect a statewide roll-out by October 1, 2011.

4 Agree; expect to pilot test in FY 2012, unless Order of Selection is implemented, which may delay progress on this activity.

5 Agree; currently developing a plan to establish Order of Selection (OSS) and initiating this plan forthrightly. Advised by RSA, that RSA approval is not required to establish OSS. Simultaneous with preparation for OSS, the bureau directors continue to work diligently with partners, the department, and the legislature to prevent OSS implementation.

As relates to other comments and implications embedded in the body of the summary, MRS appreciates the viewpoints of MRC relative to counselor performance and customer needs. MRS agrees that effective vocational rehabilitation counseling is one of the most important factors necessary for successful employment outcomes.

Because MRS has for several years now (at least since the 2008 strategic plan) been concerned about focusing on our mission, we have taken several steps to improve core counseling competencies. Action has included clarifying counselor roles, setting clear expectations, training and coaching to these expectations, and promoting and reinforcing innovative teamwork, which promotes more effective counseling. This issue is more complex than it seems, however, and is highly influenced by several other factors, such as the degree to which a counselor(s) prefers social work and/or personal vs. vocational counseling, excessive caseload size attributed to untimely decision making, high staff turnover and similar issues. With an average caseload size of about 98 and recent decrease in applications, the right tools, training, and management support, MRS counselors should be able to effectively balance the need for increased vocational counseling with other job requirements essential for employment outcomes. MRS welcomes further examination of these issues with MRC.

While customer needs are indeed changing to more often include many personal care needs, MRS (with MRC) is forging an expanded, improved relationship with CIL partners to help us address these needs and relieve some of the demand on MRS counselors.

Finally, MRS continues to obtain a myriad of continuous requests and recommendations for improved program operations, from many sources each year. We remain convinced that our key to success is to stay focused, including promoting and effectively using all resources to achieve our mission. We continue to try to balance this focus with the absolute need to anticipate and prepare for constant changes of the labor market and the VR profession. MRC is a critical partner to facilitate our success.

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This agency has requested a waiver of statewideness.

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

The waiver request should also include:

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

Identification of the Types of Activities to Be Carried out under a Waiver of Statewideness.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) has developed a policy for the development of activities to be carried out under a waiver of statewideness, which is applied when the nonfederal share of the cost of the services is met from funds provided by a local public agency or as part of a third party cooperative agreement. This policy is based on Section 101(a) of the Rehab Act and 34 CFR 361.26 and 361.28 regulations. The MRS state policy includes the following criteria:

(1) The non-federal 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;

(2) The goal of the provision of services is to promote the vocational rehabilitation of substantially larger numbers of individuals with disabilities or of individuals with disabilities with particular types of impairments or from particular ethnic populations that have traditionally been underserved by the Bureau, and other target populations identified in the Rehabilitation Act, such as students with disabilities needing transition services;

(3) We request a waiver of statewideness on an annual basis in order to provide services to such target groups as described above. The MRS policy requires each agreement to describe the services to be provided to the individuals, contain written assurances as signed by the local public agency that it will make available to MRS the non-federal share of funds, contain written assurance that MRS approval will be obtained for each proposed service before it is put into effect, and contain written assurance that the agreement will comply with all state plan requirements for services approved under the waiver, including the state’s order of selection requirements.

(4) Services under the waiver of statewideness, used to promote the vocational rehabilitation of substantially larger numbers, may include any of the following services:

- Assessment for determining eligibility, and determining vocational rehabilitation needs, including, if appropriate, an assessment by personnel skilled in rehabilitation technology;

- Vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance, including information and support services to assist an individual in exercising informed choice;

- Information and referral and other services necessary to assist applicants and eligible individuals to secure needed services from other agencies;

- Vocational and other training services, including personal and vocational adjustment training, books, tools, and other training materials;

- Maintenance;

- Transportation in connection with the rendering of any vocational rehabilitation service;

- Interpreter services, including sign language and oral interpreter services, for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing;

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

- Supported employment services;

- Personal assistance services in accordance with the definition of that term in Sec. 361.5(b)(39);

- Post-employment services;

- Occupational licenses, tools, equipment, initial stocks, and supplies;

- Rehabilitation technology including vehicular modification, telecommunications, sensory, and other technological aids and devices;

- Transition services;

- Services for self-employment or telecommuting or establishing a small business operation as an employment outcome;

- Other goods and services determined necessary for the individual with a disability to achieve an employment outcome.

1. School District Agreements

These joint agreements provide coordinated vocational rehabilitation and special education services to eligible youth with disabilities, especially significantly disabled youth, from the intermediate school district (ISD) or with local educational agencies. Emphasis is placed on students in need of transition service planning. The agreements provide for a variety of rehabilitation services, as needed. Referrals are from local high schools or ISDs.

The following school agreements are in effect during FY 2010. Based on preliminary review findings by RSA, they were reviewed and modified to meet required standards. Included in these agreements are Third Party Cooperative Certified Time Agreements*.

Intermediate/Local School District and MRS District

Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor

Hillsdale ISD, Ann Arbor

Jackson ISD, Ann Arbor

Jackson Public Schools, Ann Arbor

Lenawee ISD, Ann Arbor

Lenawee ISD - Youth Placement, Ann Arbor

LESA - Special Ed, WSC-Wash, WSC-Liv, Ann Arbor

Livingston County Schools Project, Ann Arbor

*Livingston ESA, Ann Arbor

*Washtenaw ISD, Ann Arbor

Washtenaw ISD - Special Ed, Ann Arbor

Washtenaw ISD - Young Adult Pilot, Ann Arbor

Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Renaissance

Gross Pointe High Schools, Detroit Renaissance

Wayne County RESA, Detroit Renaissance

Genesee Intermediate School District, Eastern Michigan

Huron County ISD, Eastern Michigan

Lapeer County ISD, Eastern Michigan

Sanilac County ISD, Eastern Michigan

St. Clair RESA, Eastern Michigan

Tuscola County ISD—SCL, Eastern Michigan

*Ionia ISD, Grand Rapids

Ionia ISD Transitions, Grand Rapids

*Kent ISD, Grand Rapids

Kent ISD/Lions - Deaf HoH, Grand Rapids

Kent ISD Transitions, Grand Rapids

Kent ISD/United Way/GWI-Youth, Grand Rapids

Clinton County RESA, Lansing

*Eaton ISD, Lansing

*Ingham County ISD & *Lansing School District, Lansing

Shiawassee RESD, Lansing

Armada Schools, Macomb

Center Line High Schools, Macomb

Chippewa Valley Schools, Macomb

Clintondale Schools, Macomb

Fraser Schools, Macomb

L’anse Creuse Schools, Macomb

Lincoln High School, Macomb

*MISC, Macomb

*MISD/Lutz School for Transition, Macomb

Mt. Clemens Schools, Macomb

New Haven Schools, Macomb

Richmond, Macomb

Romeo Schools, Macomb

Roseville High School, Macomb

Delta-Schoolcraft ISD, Marquette

Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, Marquette

Eastern UP ISD, Marquette

Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD, Marquette

*Marquette-Alger ISD, Marquette

Menominee ISD, Marquette

Bay-Arenac ISD, Mid Michigan

Farwell Schools, Mid-Michigan

Midland ESA, Mid Michigan

*Saginaw ISD, Mid Michigan

Cheboygan Schools, Northern Michigan

*ESD-AMA, Northern Michigan

ESD-COP, Northern Michigan

Gaylord Schools, Northern Michigan

ISD Charlevoix—Emmet, Northern Michigan

ISD COOR, Northern Michigan

*ISD-TBA Special Education, Northern Michigan

ISD-TBA Vocational Education, Northern Michigan

ISD Wexford—Missaukee, Northern Michigan

*RESA Iosco, Northern Michigan

Manistee ISD Northern Michigan

Bloomfield Hills Schools, Oakland

Bloomfield Hills Schools—Deaf Program, Oakland

Clarkston Schools, Oakland

Holly Schools, Oakland

Huron Valley School, Oakland

Oak Parks Schools, Oakland

*Oakland Schools ISD, Oakland

Rochester Schools, Oakland

Southfield Schools, Oakland

*Berrien ESA, Southwest Michigan

Branch ISD, Southwest Michigan

Calhoun ISD, Southwest Michigan

KRESA, Southwest Michigan

Lewis Cass ISD, Southwest Michigan

St. Joe ISD, Southwest Michigan

Van Buren ISD, Southwest Michigan

Baldwin Community Schools, West Central

Dearborn Public Schools, Wayne

Monroe ISD, Wayne

Monroe ISD Internship, Wayne

SEMCA, Wayne

WRESA, Wayne

Mason-Lake ISD, West Central

Montcalm ISD, West Central

Muskegon ISD, West Central

Oceana ISD, West Central

Ottawa Co. ISD, West Central

Delton Kellogg Schools, MCTI

2. Community Mental Health Agreements

These joint rehabilitation and mental health programs operate under an umbrella agreement with separate local contracts. The umbrella agreement is between the Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Community Health. The purpose of the umbrella agreement is to permit MRS district offices and local community mental health centers to (a) provide for the continuance of cooperative programs; (b) expand current program activities; and/or (c) respond to rehabilitation needs of individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities in communities where integrative programs are limited or do not exist.

The individual local agreements are for funds and services between MRS district offices and community mental health (CMH) boards or centers. Customers must be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.

The CMH boards provide state and local matching funds, liaison, diagnostic and clinical information, and therapy. MRS assigns needed staff and provides the full range of rehabilitation services according to customer needs.

The following CMH agreements are in effect during FY 2011. Based on preliminary review findings by RSA, they were reviewed and modified to meet required standards. Included in these agreements are Third Party Cooperative Certified Time Agreements.

Community Mental Health Agency and MRS District

Genesis House – Livingston CMH, Ann Arbor

Jackson Lifeways, Ann Arbor

Livingston CMH, Ann Arbor

Washtenaw CMH, Ann Arbor

Wayne County CMH Agency, Detroit Renaissance

Genesee CMH, Eastern Michigan

Lapeer County CMH, Eastern Michigan

St. Clair County CMH, Eastern Michigan

St. Clair County CMH - UW, Eastern Michigan

Ionia County CMH, Grand Rapids

Clinton-Eaton-Ingham CMH (DD), Lansing

Clinton-Eaton-Ingham CMH (MI), Lansing

*Community Mental Health, Macomb

Bay Mills Indian Community, Marquette

Copper Co. CMH, Marquette

Dickinson-Iron CMH/Northpointe Beh. Healthcare, Marquette

Gogebic Co. CMH, Marquette

Hiawatha Behav. Health (Schcrft-East UP CMH), Marquette

Pathways (Alger, Delta, Luce & Mqt. Co.), Marquette

Bay-Arenac CMH, Mid-Michigan

Central Michigan CMH, Mid-Michigan

Gratiot CMH, Mid-Michigan

*CMH AuSable Valley, Northern Michigan

CMH Manistee-Benzie, Northern Michigan

CMH North Country, Northern Michigan

*CMH Northeast, Northern Michigan

Oakland County CMH Authority, Oakland

Barry County CMH, Southwest Michigan

Berrien CMH – Riverwood, Southwest Michigan

Branch CMH, Southwest Michigan

Calhoun County CMH, Southwest Michigan

Cass CMH Woodlands, Southwest Michigan

Kal CMH, Southwest Michigan

Kal CMH/SAS, Southwest Michigan

St. Joe CMH, Southwest Michigan

Van Buren CMH, Southwest Michigan

Allegan County CMH, West Central

Montcalm CMH, West Central

*Ottawa Co. CMH, West Central

3. Third Party Agreements and Transfer of Funds Agreements

These agreements represent collaborative programming between MRS, CMH, and ISDs. The purpose of these types of agreements is to promote efficient coordination of comprehensive services necessary for youth with developmental and mental/emotional disabilities to achieve vocational/career preparation while in high school and more efficiently transition into suitable employment following education. The collaboration of these three entities promotes more cost-effective use of limited funds to serve more individuals from a targeted population (school youth). Referrals are made from either local CMH or ISD.

The following third party cooperative and/or transfer of funds agreements are in effect during FY 2011 and are renewed annually.

Agency and MRS District

Copper Country ISD (CCISD-CMH), Marquette

Calhoun ISD & CMH, Southwest Michigan

Mecosta ISD/CMH, West Central

Muskegon CMH/ISD, West Central

Newaygo CMH & ISD, West Central

4. Other Agreements

Rehabilitation program agreements have been jointly developed with county departments of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and other agencies to expand the delivery of rehabilitation services to special populations who meet MRS eligibility requirements, such as adjudicated youth, American Indians, welfare recipients, etc.

Agency and MRS District

Lenawee DHS, Ann Arbor

U of M Work Connections, Ann Arbor

Washtenaw-Livingston County Sub Abuse, Ann Arbor

Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc. (BHPI), Detroit Renaissance

Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Detroit Renaissance

Sickle Cell, Detroit Renaissance

Kent County United Way/Heart of WM United Way, Grand Rapids

Network 180 Pinerest, Grand Rapids

Network 180 Substance Abuse, Grand Rapids

Network 180/Supported Employment, Grand Rapids

United Way/Sojourners—TBI, Grand Rapids

Mid-South Substance Abuse Commission, Lansing

Macomb Academy, Macomb

Macomb Community College, Macomb

Macomb County Office of Substance Abuse, Macomb

Hannahville Indian Community, Marquette

Farm Rehab., Mid-Michigan

United Way of Bay County, Mid Michigan

Little River Band, Northern Michigan

NMD COG, Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services, Inc, Northern Michigan

Oakland Community College—BOLD Oakland

Berrien Human Services Board, Southwest Michigan

Berrien MPRI, Southwest Michigan

Cass County DHS, Southwest Michigan

Goodwill Southwest Michigan, Southwest Michigan

Pokagon Band, Southwest

United Way Southwest Mi (Berrien), Southwest Michigan

Youth Build, Southwest Michigan

Livonia (Western Wayne) Skills Center, Wayne

Schoolcraft College LAC, Wayne

Muskegon Community College/West Shore CC, West Central

Multi-District Agreements

None

MRS will seek local agreements in fiscal year 2011 to augment funds and to develop specific targeted agreements with local agencies.

MRS cannot lobby the Legislature for additional state match funds, however, various approaches have been taken to educate the Legislature for increased state match funding especially when the economy improves. MRS participates on a resource development team with various partners including the IL network and the MRC and has developed educational brochures focused on budget and return on investment for the Legislature. Annual updates are sent to individual legislators highlighting customer achievements in their regions. All these efforts are designed to decrease MRS’ reliance on local agreements.

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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.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) cooperates with federal, state, and local public agencies that are not a part of the statewide workforce investment system to provide comprehensive services related to the rehabilitation of individuals and groups of individuals with disabilities.

Such cooperative relationships include the following:

A) A cooperative agreement with the state entity responsible for the Medicaid program, the Medical Services Administration, to coordinate the utilization of Medicaid and VR services for individuals who are eligible for both Medicaid and MRS services. This agreement includes roles and responsibilities of each party for the provision and funding of services, reciprocal referral procedures, methods for resolving disputes, and reimbursement arrangements.

B) An agreement with the Michigan Department of Corrections to provide vocational rehabilitation to eligible ex-felons with disabilities being released to the community.

C) Cooperation with Department of Human Services, Michigan Department of Community Health, and other disability advocacy organizations to carry out the Ticket To Work/Work Incentives Improvement Act (TTWWIIA).

D) Cooperation with Social Security Administration (SSA) regional and local district offices to establish and improve the use of work incentives for social security disability recipients returning to work. Each MRS office has dedicated staff to address special needs of SSA recipients. These staff collaborate with SSA funded benefits planners to assure accurate information for SSA customers entering the workforce. MRS has a formal agreement with SSA to act as an Employment Network under the Ticket-to-Work program. MRS also has agreements with seven other employment networks and will continue to explore further opportunities to collaborate in the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals who have a “Ticket-to-Work” from SSA.

E) MRS continues a collaborative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development that promotes enhanced employment and housing opportunities for persons in rural areas. MRS remains available to conduct disability awareness training and accessibility site reviews for Rural Development facilities in Michigan to facilitate the participation of individuals with disabilities in USDA services. MRS also receives notice of employment opportunities from USDA.

F) MRS continues involvement in State use (Set Aside) contracting programs to support employment of persons with disabilities. A MRS representative is a participant on the State’s disability set-aside committee to insure that Community Rehabilitation Programs identified by MRS are given priority in certain types of contracts set aside for such organizations under State law.

G) MRS has a Letter of Agreement that establishes the principles, terms, and conditions under which the United States Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration, Apprenticeship Training, and Employer & Labor Services develop, promote and coordinate strategies that lead to increased career opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the skilled trades.

H) MRS continues three contracts for university-based research and evaluation. The first addresses the Bureau’s need for comprehensive needs assessments and continuous improvement measures. The second is for student internships that support CSPD recruiting efforts from state universities that have CORE-approved master’s degree programs in vocational rehabilitation counseling. The third is for the management and continuous improvement to an on-line learning and knowledge system (“E-Learn”) to provide staff with training and development.

I) MRS maintains an agreement with the Michigan Student Financial Aid Association to facilitate maximum use of student financial aid resources for MRS customers who will attend post-secondary education. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) describes the roles and responsibilities of financial aid officers in Michigan’s institutions of higher education and MRS counselors in coordinating student financial aid for MRS customers while avoiding financial aid over-awards. It provides for the use of common forms in communicating financial need and financial aid awards offered to student-customers by each of the parties, consistent with the requirements of the Higher Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act.

J) MRS continues the memoranda of understanding (MOU) with all public institutions of higher education (IHE) in the State. This MOU provides for the coordination of services for students of a public IHE who are also eligible customers of MRS. It addresses the responsibilities of each party under the laws that condition services for each. It stipulates that MRS is responsible for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under the Section 103 (a) of the Rehabilitation Act as amended, and that the IHE is responsible for the determination of what constitutes reasonable accommodation to its programs, and for the provision of the same. The agreement addresses financial responsibilities of the parties, and sets forth methods of resolving interagency disputes, consistent with the requirements of Section 101(a)(8) of the Act.

K) MRS continues the agreement with the Veterans Administration to provide coordinated services to returning veterans with disabilities. The agreement stipulates that services are not to be duplicated, but complimentary in assisting eligible veterans achieve meaningful employment, in accordance with the laws and regulations governing each entity. Bureau liaisons are identified to assist in coordinating cooperative employment plans. Cross training was provided to ensure understanding of both federal programs.

L) MRS developed a new agreement with The Michigan Department of Education/Office of Special Education-Early Intervention Services, to support the seamless transition of students from school to adult life that facilitates the development and completion of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) under section 614(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). The agreement addresses key items identified in IDEA and the Rehab Act and includes information about the purpose, the authority and scope, foundations of the partnership, roles and responsibilities, confidentiality, student documentation, student eligibility, MRS attendance at IEP team meetings, seamless Transition services, coordination of resources, resolution of differences, data reporting, 504 students and termination and changes.

M) MRS has a Strategic Alliance Plan with Disability Network of Michigan (representing Centers for Independent Living), the Michigan Rehabilitation Council, and the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council to transform our service delivery systems into a holistic approach for the employment and independence of individuals with disabilities throughout Michigan.

N) MRS continues the agreement with the Department of Community Health and the Michigan Commission for the Blind to coordinate and improve services to customers with cogitative impairments and mental illness, including those requiring supported employment.

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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.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) will continue to coordinate services and activities with education officials to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services. At the secondary level, MRS coordinates the development of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) at the earliest possible time during the transition planning process that MRS services are appropriate prior to the student’s graduation. MRS provides for the development and approval of an IPE before each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services leaves the school setting.

On March 1, 2011, an updated interagency agreement was signed with the lead agency, the Department of Education/Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (DOE/OSE-EIS) the seamless transition of students from school to adult life that facilitates the development and completion of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) under section 614(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This agreement was interpreted through publishing and disseminating a booklet entitled, “Transition Services for Youth, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions”. This booklet was last updated in October 2010. The agreement addresses key items identified in IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act: and includes information about the purpose, the authority and scope, foundations of the partnership, roles and responsibilities, confidentiality, student documentation, student eligibility, MRS attendance at IEP Team meetings, seamless transition services, coordination of resources, resolution of differences, data reporting, 504 students and termination and changes.

The MDE/OSE-EIS and MRS Interagency Agreement is designed to act as a template or model for the subsequent development of local partnership agreements that promote collaboration and allow for the provision of vocational rehabilitation to transition youth.

A) Consultation and technical assistance to assist educational agencies in planning fro the transition students with disabilities from school to post-school activities, including VR services.

The Department of Education is engaging in a continuous improvement process designed to obtain input from stakeholders in the targeted area of transition and has sought participation and input from MRS. The state unit staff provides technical assistance and consultation and participates as a member of the educational agency Michigan Transition Outcomes Project and the Michigan Transition Services Association (MTSA) advisory board. The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC), consisting of 33 governor appointed delegates representing 25 organizations and 8 at-large appointments, including the State unit as an ex-officio member, continues to emphasize transition. Priority activities include monitoring state data on graduation rates, dropout rates and post-school outcomes, as well as addressing the impact on students with disabilities of implementation of the new Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) and the Personal Curriculum option.

The Detroit Renaissance District (DRD) office has reorganized the district and the district’s transition services to provide transition services from all district units. Through a collaboration process with Detroit Public Schools, Detroit Renaissance District, Central Office consultants, and identified additional MRS districts/units, an ongoing dialog of resource sharing, and partnership cross training to provide effective transition service to MRS customers in the DRD has been developed. This training/dialog is an ongoing continuous improvement process.

The Michigan Transition for the 21st Century Project (MT-21) and the Guideposts for Success continues to be adopted by both educational entities and the state unit as a best-practice model for providing a breadth of transition services. MRS, in partnership with Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB), is implementing MT-21 which will identify, document and disseminate promising transition practices throughout Michigan. The primary emphasis will be to build a systemic, working base of knowledge and promising practices that will then be utilized in the rehabilitation process to promote increased employment outcomes. During FY 2010, an advisory board was assembled and has met regularly to provide input and direction to the MT-21 project coordinator. The board consists of representatives from the field (both management and counselors), central office staff, the Michigan Rehabilitation Council (MRC) and the Client Assistance Program (CAP). In addition, as a portion of discovery, comprehensive data analysis has taken place in conjunction with Michigan State University Project Excellence.

B) Transition planning by personnel of the designated state agency and educational agency that facilitates the development and completion of their individualized education programs.

Transition coordinators work closely with MRS counselors and other education personnel to ensure the completion of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Transition planning is occurring between the educational entity and the state unit that enhances the development of IEPs. MRS staff does not complete the IEP; the IEP Team, which includes the educational entity staff, completes the IEP. Partnership agreements currently in place encourage the participation of MRS staff in the IEP process; school staff is required to invite rehabilitation counselors to participate in IEP meetings if they anticipate that MRS is likely to pay for or provide vocational rehabilitation services for a student to obtain or maintain employment. Schools are required to obtain parental consent or consent from the student if they are 18 or older and their own guardian, allowing an agency representative to attend the student’s IEP team meeting. Interagency referrals and parental involvement with the IEP team is occurring as a result of IDEA 2004 legislation.

The state unit collects data and maintains a directory of MRS counselors specializing in transition caseloads including staff who maintain partial transition caseloads. Linkages between district offices and local schools are formal, as evidenced through written partnership agreements, and informal, as evidenced by significant communication and collaboration in the absence of a written partnership agreement.

C) Roles and responsibilities, including financial responsibilities, of each agency, including provisions for determining state lead agencies and qualified personnel responsible for transition services.

Training and technical assistance regarding the role, function and requirements of the vocational rehabilitation program in coordinating transition services with schools is an ongoing process.

MRS and the educational agency will continue to provide statewide training to promote the legal mandates for transition services. This training will include key stakeholders both as trainers and as learners. Such training will also be conducted at independent statewide conferences and at bureau sponsored workshops designed to meet the training needs of rehabilitation counselors.

The MDE/OSE-EIS provides grant funding to Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) to support transition activities, and it is anticipated that this funding will continue. The Michigan Transition Outcomes Project (MI-TOP) funded through the MDE/OSE-EIS works with community partners, including MRS, to build capacity at the community level. Data is collected as required by the U.S Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and is part of the State Performance Plan (SPP) and the Annual Performance Report (APR) that is reported back to OSEP. Results are compiled and used to improve transition provisions in Michigan. MRS and MT-21 staff is part of a Transition Core Planning Team that addresses the coordination of transition services in Michigan.

OSEP requires the following SPP indicators be reported:

Indicator 1: percentage of Youth with IEPs graduating with regular diploma;

Indicator 2: percentage of Youth with IEPs dropping out of high school;

Indicator 13: percentage of Youth with IEPs age 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority; and

Indicator 14: percent of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were:

A. Enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school.

B. Enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school.

C. Enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school.

Partnerships at the state level between the Michigan Department of Education/Office of Special Education and MRS are critical. These partnerships set the stage for strategies at the local level that result in the sharing of transition related costs. Agreements between entities at the local level address the use of financial resources and specify data sharing activities. Typically, the ISD/LEA provides services as required in the IEP, such as community-based instruction, work-based learning, leisure skills training, adult living skills training, social skills training, and self-determination skills training. MRS typically provides activities required for the eligible student’s Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), such as job seeking skills, job training, job placement and job coaching.

Both local school districts and MRS have established strong relationships with employers to support the employment of individuals with disabilities. The Career Preparation system links not only schools, MRS and workforce investment agencies, but also routinely includes employers in the planning and implementation of the Career Preparation system.

The state unit continues to create resources and capacity to support the identification of post-secondary training when appropriate in support of the Governor’s emphasis on increasing and keeping college graduates in Michigan. The “Transition Guide to College”, is being revised and will be renamed, “Michigan Rehabilitation Services Customer Guide to Continuing Education and Training After High School.” This guide is designed specifically for MRS customers to better plan for and navigate the postsecondary setting.

D) Procedures for outreach to and identification of students with disabilities who need transition services.

School transition coordinators work cooperatively with designated MRS staff to identify students who could qualify for services. Identification of and outreach to students includes a description of the vocational rehabilitation program, application procedures, eligibility requirements, and the scope of services available to eligible students. Identification and outreach activities also address services to students eligible under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and eligible incarcerated youth with disabilities.

All MRS district business plans include a description of identification and outreach strategies, community development plans, and capacity building. MRS monitors and assures that district office plans address outreach to youth and students with disabilities from underserved populations such as minorities and at risk populations. Data and management reports are provided to support the development of business plans that result in improved outcomes for all youth, with emphasis on improved outcomes for minority and at risk youth.

State unit staff routinely participates in outreach activities through the creation and dissemination of marketing brochures and booklets as well as regular presentations, exhibits, poster sessions and presence at education and other related conferences. MRS has developed a document entitled, The Transition Bulletin, which has a distribution list of over 1,500 readers, including MRS and non MRS staff. The Transition Bulletin provides a wide array of information on transition-related trends, practices, and resources.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services is a cooperating member of the Michigan Shared Youth Vision Partnership to build a collaborative youth network at the state level, mirroring the Federal Shared Youth Vision Partnership. A local pilot focuses on eligible youth in foster care. The state steering team plans to tie in with the Governor’s priority of high school retention and dropout recovery.

MRS also entered into an informal agreement with Adult Education to provide guidance and technical assistance to adult educators working with adults with disabilities who are in the adult education system and how they can access vocational rehabilitation services.

MRS has entered into negotiations with Adult Education to explore a formal Interagency Agreement. Preliminary, potential collaborations include MCTI East, Benton Harbor, and the Southeast and Northeast areas of Michigan. It is anticipated that the agreement would involve a sharing of resources, interagency staff development, and enhanced services to MRS customers.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services continues its long-standing support of youth activities, one of those being the Michigan Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF), which is managed by the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns (MCDC). The MCDC recently experienced retirements of the Bureau Director and a key staff person and then moved to the Michigan Office of Civil Rights. Consequently, the MYLF will not be held in 2011. When the MCDC Commissioners reinstate the MYLF, MRS will continue to designate a liaison to the Steering Committee to assist with Title I activities associated with MYLF.

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

In establishing cooperative agreements with private non-profit vocational services providers, the State Unit, consistent with 34 CFR 361.31, 361.32 and 361.51 requires accessibility of facilities, personnel standards, and the prevention of fraud, waste and abuse.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) continues to establish relationships with private non-profit and for profit organizations that are community rehabilitation providers, medical service providers, and providers of other services and supports that are required by customers to achieve the goals in their Individualized Plans for Employment. These services include medical and psychological assessments and services, job development and employer services, job coaching and facilitation, accommodations and ergonomics, independent living services to support employment goals, follow up services, and other services especially for individuals with significant disabilities. The agreements vary from information and referral relationships; fee for service relationships, to funding relationships. Quality, cost, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction with services are reviewed periodically. Vendors and community partners are informed of MRS strategic goals and are involved in, or provide input into, district work plans and community resource development. District staff develops relationships in the community to meet the needs of their customers and to provide choice of providers to their customers. Activities include collaboration and service enhancement. Any cooperative agreements MRS establishes with private nonprofit vocational rehabilitation service providers will be based on priorities from the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA). MRS plans on meeting the needs and priorities from the CSNA without these types of agreements for FY12. However, if it is determined necessary to enter into agreements, the focus will be on services for customers with mental illness; those of Arab or Arab American ethnicity or Hispanic or Latino ethnicity; customers with autism spectrum disorders; or of other categories clearly referenced in the Needs Assessment document. Service needs of customers from the needs assessment include: transportation, access to mental health, supported employment and transition.

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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 state unit has maintained a long-standing relationship with the Department of Community Health for the provision of extended services for individuals with the most significant disabilities. The relationship includes persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness and is operationalized at local levels through the creation of specific partnership agreements between community mental health service providers, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), community rehabilitation organizations and local school districts.

In 1998, the Department of Community Health and the State Unit jointly issued a set of guidelines for the provision of supported employment services. In brief, the agreement stipulates that MRS is responsible for time limited supported employment services, and community mental health providers are responsible for extended supported employment services. The policies and collaboration were reconfirmed in FY 2000 to staff and providers. Guidelines were jointly developed and distributed to assist communities in the development and expansion of supported employment services. An updated agreement between the Department of Community Health, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Michigan Commission for the Blind has been negotiated. It is the intent of the agreement to identify effective practices and improve outcomes for the mutual customers.

With the move by the Department of Community Health to managed care contracts with local community mental health boards, there has been substantial change in the funding structure and eligibility criteria for mental health consumers. Agreements between local Community Mental Health and MRS field offices have had to adapt to these changing circumstances, which have had the effect of shifting some of the costs for supported employment from local mental health entities to MRS. MRS continues to address these shifts by engaging local mental health entities in dialogue, in order to stem a decline in supported employment extended support services for customers with most significant disabilities. In FY 2011, MRS continued a formalized Interagency Agreement with Department of Community Health with the specific provision of improving collaboration, services and outcomes for our mutual customers. Also in FY 2011 MRS became a “signatory” on the Michigan Department of Community Health Medicaid Infrastructure Grant with the expressed goals of: increasing the number of people with disabilities who are working in Michigan, improving competitive employment for persons with disabilities, and addressing systemic barriers to employment for persons with disabilities.

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Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development

The Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) CSPD training grant plan had four implementation phases for attaining and maintaining a qualified work force who meet standards that are based on the highest requirements in the State. As of December 31, 2010, when the remaining staff retired, MRS completed its CSPD plan of providing counselors with required education standards to provide vocational rehabilitation core services. The original plan, which began in 1999, had committed funds for current counseling staff to meet standards consistent with those of a qualified rehabilitation counselor. Although this plan has been completed, MRS continues to be dedicated to employing staff with these qualifications. When MRS recognized that the current pool of candidates from the rehabilitation counseling programs was not sufficient to hire all the new counseling staff necessary, we put the following into place:

• Internship grant to recruit participants in Rehabilitation Counseling programs for a paid internship in MRS offices,

• Recruitment of students in counseling programs-both in rehabilitation counseling and general counseling programs- in a statewide unified recruitment approach with a DVD, packet, and talking points.

• A process to hire candidates who might be missing one or two classes necessary for the rehabilitation counselor designation due to a degree in Social Work or Special Education, and to assist in payment for the classes necessary to fulfill those qualifications.

• An extensive training program in MRS policy, casework practices, specific disabilities, placement, and motivation, assists counselors in developing and maintaining the highest standards.

Despite MRS’ considerable effort to recruit, employ, and retain qualified rehabilitation counselors, the current pay and benefits for staff has fallen behind that of community colleges, Veteran’s Administration and other state VR programs, and some positions in public school systems. Partially due to our extensive system of staff development, when positions become available in these settings, MRS counselors are prime candidates for them. We have sustained a consistent loss of counselors because of this.

Funds have been committed to provide needed training for current staff from the state’s in-service training grant. The MRS Plan assures that personnel will complete training and have access to developmental interventions needed to meet the standards in a timely manner. The CSPD phases one through three have been completed. Phase four is outlined as follows:

The Final Compliance Phase is continuing to provide ongoing support for the remaining one staff with disabilities who has a compliance date of 2015. MRS will provide funding for completion of required courses using Federal Training grant dollars.

References to Current/Projected Vacancies FY 2011-12 Table

The following table illustrates the number of anticipated vacancies for the period of FY 2012 through 2017. The annual turnover rate of counselors remains constant at 10% and those positions continue to be filled within three to six months of a counselor’s departure. The ratio of counselors to customers is 1:101 (this number was achieved by dividing the number of open cases [28,392] in 2010 by the total number of counselors [280]). The staff ratio of 1 counselor to 101 customers is anticipated in FY 2012, if a) there is no State government reduction-in-force initiative, b) the trend of 1 percent growth in customers continues and, c) we are able to hire the expected number of new counselors in FY 2011.

Between October 1 and December 31, 2010, due to a State government early incentive retirement initiative, 24 MRS counselors retired, as well as 3 administrators, 3 consultants, and 10 managers. The current replacement rate for these staff is 1:2.

*Rehabilitation Coordinators are bachelor-level counselors who are targeted in the CSPD plan to attain their master’s degrees. If we combine the counselors, coordinators and site managers, then we have 315 potential case carrying staff.

DATA SOURCE: MAIN Data Base-Payroll 19 Category, ending 2010.

Current/Projected Vacancies FY 2011-12 Table

 

Row Job Title Total positions Current vacancies Projected vacancies over the next 5 years
1 Rehabilitation Coordinators* 1 0 0
2 Rehabilitation Counselors (masters degree) 280 21 150
3 Rehab Educators (voc. tech center teachers) 27 0 10
4 Site Managers--may carry a caseload (masters deg.) 31 8 15
5 0 0 0
6 0 0 0
7 0 0 0
8 0 0 0
9 0 0 0
10 0 0 0

 

Current enrollment and graduation rates at the three CORE accredited master’s rehabilitation counseling programs do not provide an adequate application pool. In 2008 we sought and received approval to change CSPD requirements that were subsequently confirmed by Civil Service.

The following table documents the current enrollment at the three CORE accredited rehabilitation counseling programs in Michigan in FY 2009-2010, the most current information available.

Table Two: Enrollment from CORE Accredited Rehabilitation Counseling Programs

 

Row Institutions Students enrolled Employees sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates sponsored by agency and/or RSA Graduates from the previous year
1 Western Michigan University 17 0 17 3
2 Michigan State University 33 0 9 13
3 Wayne State University 85 0 21 10
4 0 0 0 0
5 0 0 0 0

 

Compliance Strategies:

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), with strong support of the Michigan Rehabilitation Council, has a longstanding commitment to recruit, prepare and retain staff that are representative of minority cultures and individuals with disabilities.

While the state of Michigan does not collect disability data on individuals in our employ, an informal survey of MRS employees from April 2011 reflects that 36.4% of civil servants considered themselves to be persons with a disability, and the number of respondents was 293 – more than half of the staff.

The following recruitment and retention activities are on-going:

RECRUITMENT AND PREPARATION ACTIVITIES

Assess and monitor the enrollment at the higher education institutions within the State with an emphasis on the RSA funded master’s programs.

- Facilitate the visibility of the State Unit at the institutions of higher education by: a) Allowing MRS personnel to serve on university curriculum committees and as adjunct faculty and guest lecturers; b) Continuing to be the most utilized placement and intern sites by the institutions of higher education; all employment opportunities with MRS are posted on the Internet. The MRS web page links to the Michigan Civil Service Web page, which lists all state government job postings, and allows quick linking to MRS job postings.

• MRS has begun posting information on Facebook and Twitter under our DSA, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Procedures are being drafted to establish MRS Facebook and Twitter pages.

• MRS has instituted a recruitment team, and through their efforts: a) They have assisted the MRS marketing team in the revising of the MRS recruitment brochure, “Join Our Team,” which accurately reflects the diversity of our staff and our recruitment efforts. b) The recruitment team has developed an integrated marketing plan, which includes a recruitment PowerPoint, facilitator’s guide and plans to involve field office personnel in marketing to graduate programs. c) Distributed a PowerPoint explaining the employment opportunities with MRS, the benefits of working for MRS, and the benefits of residing in Michigan to:

i. All CORE accredited master’s programs; ii. Centers for Independent Living; iii. Community Rehabilitation Organizations; iv. Michigan Rehabilitation Council; v. Statewide Independent Living Council d) In conjunction with Western Michigan University, periodic webinars are conducted for all current MRS counselor interns on employment opportunities within MRS.

• MRS distributed a recruitment PowerPoint and hiring brochures to 18 master’s degree programs in Michigan which offer a graduate degree in Career and Guidance Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy. This recruitment PowerPoint prominently includes VR professionals with disabilities and professionals with minority backgrounds.

• Expectation that presentations will emphasize that MRS values a diverse and inclusive work place.

• Continue to encourage staff to explore employment in rehabilitation counseling with customers.

• Maintain paid internship opportunities for students participating in master’s level graduate programs in rehabilitation counseling, particularly students with disabilities and of minority backgrounds. In FY 2010, MRS awarded a 3-year contract to Western Michigan University to continue this program, which would include surveying and conducting focus groups of MRS staff to understand MRS internal needs.

• Offer tuition reimbursement for staff to complete rehabilitation counseling master’s degree programs.

• Encourage young leaders with disabilities who participate in the Michigan Youth Leadership Forum to attend college and consider a career in the human services, particularly fields that enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.

• The Michigan Rehabilitation Council and MRS collaborate to facilitate and provide financial support for customers to attend the Michigan Rehabilitation Conference. The Conference is attended by rehabilitation professionals. MRS customers are exposed to the rehabilitation field and professions through networking with other professionals, students and employers across the state. In previous years, many have expressed an interest in furthering their education to become a Rehabilitation Counselor based on their experience at the Conference.

• Annually distribute employment brochures to attendees, including students at the National Conference of Rehabilitation Educators, Michigan Rehabilitation Conference, the Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns Division of the National Rehabilitation Association, and other appropriate entities.

RETENTION ACTIVITIES

• Encourage staff involvement in professional and disability advocacy associations and their respective conferences to foster networking, professionalism, and leadership development.

• Foster a constructive work place culture that values inclusion and diversity to enhance and support positive customer outcomes and employee satisfaction.

• Invest in staff growth and development by providing training opportunities through various teaching modalities.

• Offer structured management and leadership development activities to all staff as part of succession planning.

• Retain the services of a policy casework expert to mentor counseling staff.

• The Staff Development Unit and succession planning work team are developing mentoring for counseling and management staff

LEADERSHIP AND CAPACITY BUILDING

MRS continues to provide leadership training through the following major endeavors:

• The School for Leadership is conducted annually. This School involves 35 diverse MRS staff members from all levels of employment who wish to further develop their leadership skills. The School participants attend leadership development training every other month for 12 months. Alumni activities continue to build leadership skills and support MRS projects.

• All MRS staff are provided with on-line, web-based leadership development activities through the MRS on-line learning system.

• Leadership development is fostered by MRS’ cultural change effort. All MRS site offices are working on staff empowerment and self-actualization activities.

• A series of training programs are offered for newly promoted managers. Newly promoted managers will meet once a quarter to develop skills in leadership and management.

• Monthly activities specifically for our consultants assist them in developing consultation and leadership skills.

• Succession planning activities offer awareness of leadership and supervisory skills to those interested in management positions in the future, including Covey’s training program “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and an on-line “IN Basket” course.

• All managers are encouraged to participate in leadership training offered by MRS, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), and Civil Service, often in cooperation with Region V TACE.

SUCCESSION PLANNING (Strategic Workforce Development)

The purpose of our succession planning effort is to preserve the integrity and sustain the viability of public vocational rehabilitation quality customer services and outcomes by:

• Investing in fair and equitable career advancement opportunities, including leadership and management;

• Minimizing program disruptions due to staff departures and reassignments through cross training;

• Promoting continuous improvement in staff and organization performance;

• Continuing fair and equitable practices in selection;

• Promoting diversity in staff, ideas and approaches;

• Acknowledging skills are more important than longevity;

• Encouraging personal responsibility of all staff to access and participate in developmental opportunities.

Activities Associated with Succession Planning

• Continuing a succession planning workgroup to implement a plan for retirements or possible reduction in workforce.

• Collecting and analyzing data regarding potential retirements, key positions and skills.

• Development of Training (department, bureau, Civil Service, etc.) to address the specific needs identified in the plan;

• Coaching;

• Cross-functional bureau teamwork experiences and training;

• Properly use back-ups;

• Continuation of School for Leadership;

• Implementing and supporting a comprehensive Recruitment program (more proactive and aggressive at all college levels).

• Recruitment (more proactive and aggressive at all college levels);

• Retention—focus on culture, options, advocacy for classification/pay issues;

• Tuition reimbursement program (to meet CSPD requirements);

• Continual analysis of potential impacts (long and short range);

• Increase participants in statewide work groups. Rotate as often as possible;

• Orientation for staff who do not carry caseloads.

• Providing training and skill building opportunities for staff who are interested in management.

• Newly promoted managers participate in a 12-month series of training programs to further develop their management skills, including labor relations, fiscal and program reports, staff performance review, clinical supervision, and coaching skills.

• The MRS executive team has made a commitment to provide individualized coaching and job shadowing to staff interested in preparing for future promotional opportunities.

• Michigan Civil Service management curriculum and leadership development, including “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

• Statewide work teams address strategic planning, organizational development, effective communication, being a change agent, and the activities associated with the five goals of the Long-Term Plan.

All activities associated with this endeavor are designed to ensure well-trained staff to provide quality rehabilitation. They are not provided in isolation, but are inclusive of CSPD and retention strategies.

 

Compliance Strategy:

Civil Service, through MRS, has established the following standards for a qualified rehabilitation counselor or vocational technical teacher:

• A qualified rehabilitation counselor is defined as a counselor with a minimum of a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, counseling, or a counseling related field such as psychology, social work, or special education. Newly employed counselors with a master’s degree in counseling or a counseling related field who do not have documented graduate level coursework with a primary focus in theories and techniques of counseling must complete such coursework/training during their 12 month probationary period. The above courses must be provided by an accredited University (through on-line or classroom training). The cost is covered by MRS.

Changes in the Certified Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC) standards have resulted in fewer qualified applicants. To ensure a sufficient number of qualified counselor applicants, Michigan Rehabilitation Services has broadened its personnel standards by adding to its list of qualified applicants related degrees such as psychology, social work and special education, in addition to rehabilitation counseling and counseling. The new standards remain consistent with national standards for rehabilitation counselors and have been approved by RSA and Michigan Civil Service.

To assure that qualified staff are hired or current staff attain required qualifications, MRS has taken the following steps for staff who need additional coursework:

1) Implemented a comprehensive system for tracking and funding the required course, Theories and Techniques of Counseling.

2) Provided funding for existing staff seeking to take needed coursework to attain the level of qualified counselor. Although the RSA long-term training grant is no longer available, in-service training dollars continue to support staff to meet CSPD standards.

3) Provided paid internships for students from the CORE accredited graduate programs, via grant to Western Michigan University for all accredited programs.

4) Provided on-going training to all district managers and site managers on appropriate hiring procedures.

If any case-carrying staff does not attain such standards by their designated compliance date, they will be terminated unless extension is granted as an accommodation.

• A vocational technical teacher or instructor employed by MRS must demonstrate they are qualified in their respective field by having the appropriate educational degree or work experience, teaching methodology course work or seminar as required by Civil Service and the state technical school’s accrediting agencies. Also, such teacher must attend, at least, every five years an in-service training program on disability sensitivity, informed choice and acquisition of needed reasonable accommodations or modifications.

 

Compliance Strategy:

POLICY REFERENCE

According to the State of Michigan’s Civil Service Strategic Plan, the state of Michigan has continued its commitment to having a well-trained and effective workforce in state government.

PROCEDURES AND ACTIVITIES

The systematic approach for MRS is to analyze needs of professional and paraprofessional staff, particularly with respect to core competencies, i.e., vocational counseling, job placement, assessment, and rehabilitation technology. Subsequent to the analysis, materials are developed, training implemented, and evaluation completed of the impact of training on the knowledge, skills and performance gaps. In addition, core competencies have been identified for all staff positions, and training is designed and delivered accordingly.

MRS provides integrated learning systems to disseminate significant knowledge from research and other sources. This is accomplished through classroom learning, distance education, teleconferencing, printed materials and video conferencing. MRS may experiment with other modalities, such as offering just-in-time training. Learning resources include the Institute on Rehabilitation Issues, information from the National Clearing House and TACE.

Corresponding to the corrective action plan from RSA, MRS will launch extensive training in conjunction with the Policy unit on residency criteria for establishing a presence in the State, completion of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for transition students prior to graduation, and SSI/SSDI discontinuing use of a financial needs test. MRS is planning to launch extensive training in conjunction with our Policy unit on eligibility and Order of Selection for Services (OSS).

Major activities include the development of performance standards in response to Long-term Plan Goal 5, which relates to the delivery of quality professional vocational rehabilitation services.

In response to an internal needs assessment conducted in response to Goal 5, MRS has launched a major initiative to provide training in job development, and customer motivation for all service delivery staff.

In the Federal In-Service Grant, ‘Core Functions’ were determined for specific classifications within Michigan Rehabilitation Services. Training topics relate to core functions and include:

Rehabilitation Assistants:

- Accountability/Quality Control

- AWARE Case Management System

- Case Process and Documentation

- Comprehensive Policy Training

- Customer Service

- Disability Awareness

- Diversity and Multiculturalism

- Ethics Issues

- Fiscal Accountability

- Resilience

- Social Security Updates

Rehabilitation Counselors:

- Assistive Technology

- AWARE Case Management System

- Casework documentation and management

- Comprehensive Policy Training

- Clinical Supervision

- Bridges out of Poverty

- Customer Service

- Disability Awareness

- Diversity and Multiculturalism

- Eligibility

- Ethics

- Fiscal Accountability

- IPE/Plan Development

- Motivational Assessment and Intervention

- Placement

- Resilience

- Social Security and Employer Networks/Updates

- Specific Disabilities

- Supported Employment

- Transition Services

- Utilization of Online Learning and Knowledge Base System (E-Learn)

- Vocational Assessment Skills

- Vocational Counseling Skills

Management:

- ADA Policy

- AWARE Manager Reports

- Behavior Based Interviewing

- Communication Skills

- Conflict Resolution

- Cultural Change Activities

- Departmental Vision and Values

- Diversity & Multiculturalism

- EEOC Policy

- Facilitating Effective Meetings

- Fiscal and Budget

- Human Resources

- Labor Relations

- Mediation

- Partner & Community Development

- Performance Management

- Social Security Updates

- Union Contract Administration

Leadership Development (Available for all staff)

- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

- Customer Service

- Mediation

- Partner & Community Development

- Performance Management

- Resilience

- School for Leadership

- Succession Planning

Continued training/organizational development initiatives reflect MRS’ further commitment to ensure all personnel receive appropriate and adequate training

They are:

1) New Counselor Training : The New Counselor Training was developed for new counselors and newly hired contract staff. This series provides an overview to the history of the public rehabilitation program and process, cultural diversity issues, MRS values, and informed choice. It teaches the Rehabilitation Process with essential policy training and best practice utilizing the automated case management system. This training also requires E-Learn classes, which address disability awareness, eligibility, vocational counseling, and ethics.

2) Rehabilitation Assistant Training (RA) -- RA Training continues to be offered annually for all Rehabilitation Assistants. The training topics are: Case Process, Policy and Data Integrity, Quality Service Delivery, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Disability Awareness, Teamwork, Customer Services, Ethics, and Automated Case Management System Processes.

3) Leadership Development - The School for Leadership will continue to be offered in FY 2012. This program has six two-day sessions a year with structured learning activities, which encourage the development and expression of leadership. There is an expectation that graduates will “give back” to the Bureau as leaders in their local sites as well as in statewide activities. The 35 participants are selected from all positions within the Bureau including support staff. This development of leadership is seen as an important element in succession planning. To date, over 200 employees have participated in this program. Alumni activities are provided to continue leadership growth opportunities in local sites as well as statewide experiences and learning opportunities.

4) MRS also offers training programs for emerging and newly promoted managers and is developing a comprehensive system of succession planning including mentoring and leadership development.

5) MRS has embarked on a system changing effort which is expected to improve rehabilitation outcomes. There is a two-pronged focus on customer motivation and job development. The goal is motivated, reliable, and dependable workers with disabilities who are prepared to work in an expanded job market.

MRS focuses on training in job development, placement, and business services with counseling staff to increase customer satisfaction and quality employment outcomes. MRS staff and vendors participate in 3-day job development training which is transforming the way we approach job development. Counselors are participating in 5 days of training in cognitive motivational tools for negotiating behavior change. A representative group of counselors are being trained to conduct motivational enhancement classes with MRS customers who are struggling to make changes required for employment.

6) Consultant training continues for Rehabilitation Consultants. Training focuses on consulting skills, change management, group facilitation, and other skills. MRS continues to be involved in an organizational culture change process which supports a constructive culture that is mission based and which focuses on humanistic, affiliative and achievement principles. The culture change process has relevance for staff capacity building, reorganization, and succession planning.

Additional training activities are funded through the RSA in-service training grant supplemented by Title I dollars. These funds are allocated to the MRS Central Office for statewide initiatives as well as to local offices and divisions so that local training opportunities are easily coordinated. Staff is also encouraged to take advantage of training opportunities offered by their respective professional organizations and with their community partners.

Research findings are integrated into many training activities offered. Training presenters are asked to incorporate findings from the latest research into their presentations. Examples of training programs that used up-to-date research are: Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, Customized Employment, Epilepsy, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, HIV, Accommodations, Serving the Transition Youth Population, Interpreting Assessment Reports, Vocational Assessment, and evidence based practice in Supported Employment. Training modules placed into MRS E-Learn routinely utilize the findings gained from research and other credible sources.

 

Compliance Strategy:

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) hires qualified counselors who are bi-lingual in American Sign Language, Spanish or Arabic if the local community has a large population of ethnic groups who require them in order to receive services. Each office has also posted MRS information in English, Spanish, or Arabic, clarifying which bilingual counselors and program materials are available in customer’s native language. Materials are available in Braille and other accessible forms, as requested by customer. Qualified sign language interpreters are contracted on an as needed basis.

 

Compliance Strategies: (Updates will occur with receipt of regulations for 2004 Legislation).

The intent of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Section 673 is two-fold.

1) to address State-identified needs for qualified personnel in special education, related services, early intervention, and regular education, to work with youth with disabilities; and

2) to ensure personnel have skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined, through research and experience, to be successful, that are needed to serve youth with disabilities.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) has a long standing partnership with the Michigan public school system including a formalized interagency agreement between the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS) and MRS. This interagency agreement was recently revised, updated and signed on March 1, 2011.

MRS has operationalized transition services to youth, but has continued to work on improving the quality of those services. To support this, the MRS Consultant assigned to Transition and the Staff Development Unit provides training to MRS counselors. These trainings have been collaborative with MDE/OSE-EIS (MI TOP) and also have been specific to MRS staff. In addition, specific training has been provided to MRS transition counselors in Detroit to address the training needs in that area of the state as a result of the MRS Redesign.

Most of the training has been face to face, but other transition training has been provided to MRS staff via E-Learn and webinars. The MT-21 project [see Attachment 4.8(b)(2)] will provide MRS staff with additional information about staff development and training needs related to the provision of youth transition services, the Guideposts for Success, and exemplary transition practices. It will also identify opportunities for joint training for MRS staff, Michigan Commission for the Blind staff, educators, and other youth services providers.

Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA)

Michigan’s Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (MCSNA) for 2011 identified the rehabilitation needs of individuals residing within the state, particularly the vocational rehabilitation needs of the following groups: individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, underserved populations including some racial and ethnic minorities, and older workers. In addition, the MCSNA also identified the increasing demand for technology and the need for assessment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

• Autism Spectrum Disorder

Plans are underway to provide training to improve employment outcomes and enhance counselor knowledge and skill level relative to this population. The SDU is co-designing MRS’ 2011 Annual Summer Transition Conference which will feature a noted expert in the area of ASD, to provide MRS counselors with hands-on approaches to working more effectively with individuals who meet these diagnosis criteria and enhancing counselor strategies with job placement and job retention rates.

• Underserved Racial and Ethnic Populations

Through our on-line learning system, E-Learn, the SDU offers a wide range of options designed to increase staff’s awareness of cultural differences in an effort to help counselors become more effective in working with individuals from various backgrounds. Topics include “Counseling without Bias,” “Basic Concepts in Multicultural Communication,” “Considering Differences” and a host of information about various cultural groups including, African Americans, American Indians, Asians, Hispanic/Latinos and Middle Eastern cultures.

• Older Workers

Counseling staff has access to several training modules including: “How to Work Effectively with Older Workers,” “Aging with Disability,” “Accommodations for An Aging Workforce,” “The New Definition of ‘Older’ Worker” and the “New Dilemmas in the Workplace for the Older Worker.” Staff worked jointly with Michigan Civil Service to host trainings to increase awareness of the dynamics of multi-generational work environments and will continue to make available to staff.

• Assistive Technology

MRS provides on-line learning courses that examine the influence of attitudes and perceptions on the selection and use of assistive technology and exploration of a 12-step model of assistive technology. Similarly, the agency has a newly appointed Assistive Technology Consultant who is developing ways for counselors to become more resourceful and adept at using technology to meet the various needs of the individuals we serve.

• Assessment and Training Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

The SDU will focus more on designing learning that helps counseling staff increase their understanding of the many ways our customers acquire necessary job-related skills apart from the traditional route of college training. The SDU will work toward ensuring counselors understand the role on-the job evaluations and on-the job training opportunities may afford our customers in helping them obtain competitive employment.

• In 2012, SDU will endeavor to raise awareness for MRS Staff regarding these online learning opportunities and will examine face-to-face modalities in these topics as an alternative.

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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.

MRS and Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB), in collaboration with the Michigan Rehabilitation Council, contracted with the Michigan State University (MSU) Office of Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, to perform the 2011 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment, which is performed every 3 years. The Plan assessed the needs of the following:

1. Rehabilitation Needs of Individuals with Disabilities Residing Within the State

A. Individuals with the most significant disabilities, including their need for supported employment services:

In 2010, 98% of MRS customers determined to be eligible for services were consistently those significantly or most significantly disabled; approximately 60% being most significant. The majority of the individuals with most significant disabilities were referred by Community Mental Health and Community Rehabilitation Organizations. The opportunity for input associated with these service providers was through 2010 customer satisfaction data. No issues associated with these service providers were raised by customers.

In 2011, 95% of MRS customers were consistently those significantly or most significantly disabled; 55% being most significant. The majority of the individuals with most significant disabilities were provided services by Community Mental Health and Community Rehabilitation Organizations. The opportunity for input associated with these service providers was through town hall meetings; no issues associated with services were raised at that time.

B. There were no unserved populations identified. Individuals with disabilities who are underserved and represent minority populations are:

Hispanic/Latino residents specifically in the mid- and southwestern section of Michigan; Native Americans in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan; and Asian or Pacific Islanders specifically Arab and Arab Americans and Hmong residents in the southeastern part of the state. African American residents apply for MRS services at higher rates than their proportion in the population, but are statistically less likely to be determined eligible for services. White and Asian customers are statistically more likely to close with an employment outcome while Native Americans were least likely to have a successful outcome.

C. Individuals with disabilities who have been unserved or underserved by the vocational rehabilitation program:

In 2011, Michigan’s Needs Assessment did not identify any unserved populations. No group, based on disability, was unserved in Michigan. The Michigan Needs Assessment did identify numerous underserved populations.

Michigan adult residents with mental illness who need mental health services and supported employment services were the number one population identified as underserved. Although the proportion of Michigan residents with mental illness served by MRS has remained relatively stable over the last three years, the availability of services from the Community Mental Health (CMH) has continued to diminish over the state over the last five years. Due to the on-going reduction in CMH funding as Michigan continues to struggle with a failing economy and high unemployment. CMH does not have the resources necessary to provide mental health services and/or supported employment services to individuals with severe diagnoses unless the person presents as a risk to self or others.

Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are the primary emerging population reported as either currently or to be an underserved population. Although the number of youth with ASD applying for MRS services has been slowly but steadily increasing, the 2009 IDEA data indicates that the number may drastically increase annually over the course of the next three years as higher numbers of students begin to reach age 14 to 16. Concern was expressed at all levels about the job readiness preparation this group will have as they exit school, the preparedness of the adult vocational rehabilitation agency staff to provide services and the availability of supported employment services for this population.

Transition Youth with severe disabilities are another potentially (re)emerging underserved population based upon how the newly implemented Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) will impact graduation rates, dropout rates, and the employability of students with disabilities. Since this is the first year of implementation, we will use it as a baseline and review whether the MMC actually impacted students with disabilities in future years.

D. Other components of the workforce investment system:

In 2011, MRS was co-located at every Michigan Works! Service Center and will continue to be in 2012. Only 3.0% of MRS customers whose cases were closed were referred by Michigan Works! compared to 28% (or higher) of customers referred by other sources. This may indicate that people with disabilities are not disclosing their disability status when applying for services at Michigan Works! and/or that Michigan Works! is underserving Michigan residents with disabilities. Planning is under way to improve services for individuals with disabilities in the One Stop centers.

2. Establishing, Developing, or Improving Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs) Within the State

Most vocational rehabilitation related services provided by CRPs and other vendors were reported as “somewhat available and sufficient”. A need for on-the-job supports and post-employment services in the areas they provide services were reported. As 85% of the CRPs in Michigan provide services in a limited geographical area, findings at the state level cannot be generalized at the local level. The next assessment will include data and analysis by region/district.

Community Rehabilitation Programs: 86.7% of the CRPs reporting indicated services were provided in a limited geographic area. The majority of customers served were individuals with a wide range of disabilities. CRPs also served others, including TANF recipients and ex-felons. Services most frequently provided, included on-the-job support services, on-the-job training, job readiness services, job placement services, and job search assistance. Fourteen CRPs elected to respond to the needs assessment constructs, 78.6% self assessed their organizations as having good or excellent accessibility and the availability and quality of services were also judged to be good or excellent.

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1) In 2007-2009, an estimated 730,733 civilian, non-institutionalized men and women aged 18-64 (Census data does not include the 16-17 aged population for which Michigan Rehabilitation Services provides services) in Michigan (11.8%) reported having a disability. Disability is defined as a “health problem or disability which prevents working or limits the kind or amount of work they can do”.

In 2007-2009, 215,566 of these same individuals reporting a disability were employed (29.5%).

Approximately 515,167 (70.5%) individuals with disabilities in Michigan are unemployed and potentially eligible for services. (The above figures were derived using The U.S. Census Bureau American Fact Find S1801. Disability Characteristics, Data Set: 2007-2009 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates, for Michigan.)

2) Michigan Rehabilitation Services served 51,473 individuals during the 2010 fiscal year. Of these individuals, 1,903 received supported employment services, 859 individuals received services under Title VI Part B. In addition, 948 supported employment customers were provided services using Title I funds. It is estimated that MRS will serve approximately the same number of individuals under both Titles in 2011.

The Supported Employment (SE) numbers are less because of a statewide data conversion. In FY10 SE cases once identified on the Special Programs page were converted to the Plan page. This conversion meant that only cases that made it to “Service” status could be recorded as SE. We lost a little more than 200 cases in FY10 because the cases didn’t make it to “Service” status. We also recoded Title I authorizations to Title VI near the end of the fiscal year, which accounts for the increase of individuals receiving services under Title VI part B.

3) The cost of services for the total estimated number of individuals that could apply for services (excluding program administration costs) is predicted to be $471,892,972 using the estimated number of individuals in Michigan who potentially could apply for services (515,167). The estimate was made assuming all individuals were eligible, had open cases in various statuses during a full fiscal year, and costs were the average amount spent per individual in FY 2010 ($916)

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

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

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

I. Strategic Plan (Long Term Plan)

In 2008, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) in collaboration with the Michigan Rehabilitation Council (MRC) developed a five-year strategic plan based on a multitude of data, including the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA), customer satisfaction feedback, assorted state audits, environmental scanning with partners and advocacy groups, program evaluation studies, and other state and federal research. This is the third year of plan implementation with most activities progressing as planned.

While the MRS strategic plan has been implemented, some activities have been delayed due to various factors described in Section 4.11(e)(2). MRS and MRC have regularly discussed plan progress, delays and revisions with no opposition expressed by the MRC. Accordingly, MRS will focus on achievement of the following Strategic Plan goals and objectives during FY 2011:

Goal 1 -- Employment-Focused Outcomes

Ensure that people with disabilities served by Michigan Rehabilitation Services will compete successfully for jobs in the 21st Century, exercising informed choice consistent with their individual abilities, capabilities, interests, and rehabilitation needs.

Objective 1: Realign MRS policies, procedures, practices, services, and internal and external expectations to ensure primary focus on actions that achieve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Objective 2: Ensure customers have essential accommodations, soft and technology skills, and assistive technology to be competitive.

Objective 3: Provide state-of-the-art information and linkage to current and emerging job opportunities, consistent with customer goals.

Measures:

- Meet or exceed federal performance standards and national employment outcome averages. (Compare to FY 2009 baseline.)

- Increase employment outcomes in high demand occupations compared to FY 2009 baseline.

- Increase IPE correlation to employment outcomes compared to FY 2009 baseline.

- All policy and procedures reviewed, revised, approved and distributed consistent with employment focus.

- Obtain baseline data on customer satisfaction with quality of jobs, and use of LMI for informed choice.

Goal 2 -- Customer Empowerment and Self Advocacy

Empower customers to access complete, accurate information needed to make informed choices and self-assuredly seek employment and employment-related services.

Objective 1: Create a virtual orientation in a variety of formats for applicants to improve access to information about vocational rehabilitation services.

Objective 2: Provide tools and resources for customers to obtain current information on labor market trends through Internet access and a variety of other means.

Objective 3: Collaborate with CILs to ensure individuals have a comprehensive knowledge of available resources in support of employment outcomes.

Objective 4: Promote customer self-advocacy through increased collaboration with CILs.

Measures:

- Increase in number of computer resource stations in districts.

- Increase in number of CIL partners participating in customer orientations.

- Plan developed to collaborate with CILs to promote customer self-advocacy.

Goal 3 -- Business/Community Collaboration

Collaborate and partner with targeted employers, agencies and organizations to maximize quality employment and independence for persons with disabilities.

Objective 1: Prioritize partnerships by reviewing and evaluating current relationships to find ways of improving return on investment, consistent with bureau mission, vision, and values.

Objective 2: Develop new strategic partnerships with targeted employers, emphasizing innovative ways to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and addressing disability management needs of employers.

Objective 3: Collaborate with community agencies and organizations to identify, create, and use innovative approaches to access community supports and services needed by customers for quality employment and independence.

Objective 4: Focus collaboration to improve services and outcomes for target populations.

Measures:

- Increased employment outcomes for persons with disabilities achieved through all strategic partnerships.

- Increased strategic partnerships with employers and number of jobs obtained through those partnerships.

- Increased level of community supports and services received by customers to enhance quality employment and independent living.

- Increased employer satisfaction with employees placed through MRS.

Goal 4 -- Vocational Rehabilitation/Independent Living Relationships

Promote quality employment outcomes and independence for persons with disabilities by building stronger relationships with independent living communities.

Objective 1: Convene and sustain joint planning activities with independent living communities at local, regional, and state levels.

Objective 2: Engage in shared community education and advocacy that improves access to resources, services, and employment outcomes.

Objective 3: Collaborate with independent living communities to promote better understanding and use of community supports and services by customers, employers, and partners.

Measures:

- Increase number of community supports received by customers.

- Plan for “wrap around”/holistic approach to employment is developed by MRS with IL and MRC partners and implemented.

Goal 5 -- Quality Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Improve delivery of professional vocational rehabilitation services to achieve quality employment outcomes and customer satisfaction.

Objective 1: Set clear expectations for counselors to demonstrate the “core conditions of counseling” when serving customers.

Objective 2: Develop counselor skills in vocational rehabilitation assessments and the use of labor market information in developing Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs), inclusive of local employer contacts and community partner involvement.

Objective 3: Improve comprehensive “vocational rehabilitation counseling”, and career-planning, inclusive of informed customer choice delivered by qualified rehabilitation personnel.

Objective 4: Ensure that counselors develop and demonstrate a level of “competency in job placement and retention services” that is required to appropriately address the needs of individual customers throughout the comprehensive vocational rehabilitation process.

Objective 5: Better utilize existing information within AWARE to improve caseload management, and achieve MRS accountability standards.

Measures:

- Increased customer satisfaction with services, the service delivery process, timeliness, and employment outcomes.

- Evidence of enhanced customer participation in the vocational rehabilitation process.

- Improved rehabilitation rates.

- Increased demonstration of counselor competency in job placement and retention services.

In addition to these strategic plan activities, MRS will focus on the following additional priorities necessitated by emerging circumstances:

Priority 1: Actively seek resources to capture full federal award; including match and donations, consistent with RSA criteria and guidance.

Measure: Increase in resources necessary to reduce unmatched federal dollars.

Priority 2: Prepare for implementation of Order of Selection for Services (OSS) should budget and/or staffing reductions occur as projected and pending RSA approval.

Measure: OSS Work Group determination of implementation requirements developed October 15, 2010. State Plan amended as needed and RSA approval sought timely.

Priority 3: Enhance leadership development and staff development for anticipated significant staff departures.

Measure: Career goals were identified for all staff by October 30, 2010 and strategy developed for succession in all employment categories. Create training, mentoring and coaching opportunities for staff, equal in number to anticipated vacancies, who are better prepared to fulfill greater responsibilities so as to minimize the potential negative impact of early departures. Since October 2010, we have achieved approximately 12% of this goal.

Priority 4: Obtain approval and implement Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for RSA Section 107 performance review findings within approved timelines and continue program adjustments as required.

Measure: CAP developed consistent with due date, approved by RSA and implemented.

Priority 5: Improve rehabilitation rate and employment outcomes for transition youth and minority customers, including expansion of MCTI East to improve services and outcomes for southeast Michigan (with highest unemployment rates).

Measure: MCTI East is expanded to include 1-2 vocational training programs. MRS adjusted rehabilitation rate is increased for all customers served, transition youth and minorities.

Priority 6: Improve referrals, orientation, and intake processes to assure all practices are customer friendly, provided in a timely and professional manner and are consistent with policies and procedures.

Measure: Reduced complaints from CAP, MRC and customers regarding inconsistent, ineffective front end referral, orientation, and intake procedures. All policy and office practices are consistent with law and regulations.

MRS resources and processes will align with these priorities.

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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.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) plans to continue to offer supported employment services to individuals with the most significant disabilities throughout the state. Agreements with schools and community mental health service providers form the basis of most MRS supported employment services. In FY 2010, MRS received $712,581 in Title VI B Supported Employment funds. In FY 2012, MRS expects to utilize a decreasing Title VI B allotment of approximately $500,000 and supplement it with Title I funds in order to meet the demand for supported employment services. MRS expects to serve about 800-850 persons with Title VI B funds in FY 2012.

The entire Title VI-B award for FY 2012 will be distributed to district offices in the form of case service funds. The funds will be used primarily to purchase job coaching and transitional employment related service from private, non-profit community rehabilitation programs and psychosocial programs.

The size of Title VI-B awards to individual MRS district offices is based on the percentage of work aged individuals with disabilities in each community. The MRS goal is to achieve equity in resource and program availability throughout the State based on this work aged disability population. This is complicated by the lack of sufficient partner resources or commitment for long term supports. MRS is collaborating with partners, especially the Department of Community Mental Health (DCH) in resource sharing and development, and program improvements to assure equitable access across the state to Supported Employment options. A recent agreement with DCH has generated increased collaboration at local levels to expand services to individuals with chronic illnesses, including supported employment. The size of a local supported employment program is largely dependent upon consumer demand for the service, as well as the community’s ability to fund the long-term supports necessary to maintain consumers in supported employment. As budgets are reduced at state and local levels, creative resource sharing and options are being explored.

The agreement with DCH includes measurable goals and objectives for increased supported employment services and outcomes. Baseline data has been gathered, regional forums conducted, and collaboration techniques expanded. MRS is also an active partner in Michigan’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant which also targets increased employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities, especially chronic mental illness. This grant ends 9/30/11; however MRS is collaborating with DCH to determine ways to sustain the employment focus this grant has initiated.

This screen was last updated on Jun 21 2011 3:56PM by Geraldine Moore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Methods to expand and improve assistive technology services and devices. Assistive technology initiatives will continue to be identified and integrated into each stage of the vocational rehabilitation program. An interagency agreement with the Assistive Technology (AT) Project has resulted in expanded resources to acquire AT devices for consumers. This agreement will continue to provide periodic issue-specific training for rehabilitation staff to improve their capacity to serve individuals with AT needs. MRS will continue to develop additional AT resource capacity at Michigan Career and Technical Institute. MRS has recently hired a rehabilitation consultant to improve AT service, both to internal and external customers. The consultant will develop new strategies for improving staff training related to AT and for enhanced AT services with customers.

The 2011 Needs Assessment has identified the following underserved populations: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmentally Disabled as relates to supported employment and long term follow along, chronic mental illness, older adults with disabilities, Transition, Arab/American, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Native American, and individuals with a disability and felony record. MRS will be developing methods to prioritize the needs of the underserved populations and strategies to improve services and outcomes in FY 12. Since MRS just received the Comprehensive Needs Assessment, some time will be needed to determine how best to meet the needs and improve outreach, services and outcomes for these underserved populations.

Community rehabilitation organizations such as partnerships with Goodwill Industries, Peckham, Inc., Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and other community rehabilitation private for profit and private non-profit organizations will continue to be strengthened to involve them more fully in delivery of vocational rehabilitation services at the state and local levels. Interagency agreements have been signed with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Education/Special Education Services to enhance collaboration, improve services and increase employment outcomes for our mutual customers.

Michigan’s poor economy continues to be a challenge to MRS. Even with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, MRS has persevered and achieved federal required evaluation standards and performance indicators. MRS will continue these efforts in 2012.

Improvements in programmatic and physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities in the one-stop system will continue to occur via collaborative activities with the Michigan Works! Association and One-Stop Centers. MRS continues to be involved in these follow-up activities, which include consumer and one-stop agency needs assessment, disability awareness and de-mystification for staff, removal of artificial and real barriers, improving knowledge of resources and systems related to individuals with disabilities, assistive technology, and basic accommodations.

MRS continues its partnership with the state’s One-Stop system (i.e. Michigan Works) and the state’s administrators of the One-Stop system (i.e. the Bureau of Workforce Transformation), including co-location in all Michigan Works! sites and participation on state and local workforce boards. An internal MRS strategic workgroup (including MRC) is in the process of updating both the Memorandum of Understanding with the Michigan Works partners and related policies and guidelines for improved inclusion, services and service assessment of individuals with disabilities served by the state’s One-Stop system.

The objective of this strategy workgroup for 2012 is to:

• promote/enhance consistency of advocacy for individuals with disabilities by MRS across the state

• assure consistent agreement and application of the agreement with Michigan Works! partners across the state

• enhance collaboration to improve services to individuals with disabilities who choose to be served by Michigan Works!

The 2011 Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment reported a decreased number of individuals served by Michigan’s One-Stop system. This is likely due to issues related to individuals with disabilities’ reluctance to self-disclose at Michigan Works! Service Centers and/or a state trend, in which Michigan residents are moving from the state and/or dropping out of the labor market. One strategy of MRS will be to explore better ways of tracking individuals served by Michigan Works! and removing disincentives for agencies to effectively serve individuals with disabilities. MRS will continue to effectively serve individuals with the most significant disabilities. Improvements in programmatic and physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities in the One-Stop system will continue to occur via collaborative activities with the Michigan Works! Association and One-Stop Centers.

In previous years, MRS had a third party cooperative agreement with the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns (MCDC) to provide vocational rehabilitation services to applicants and eligible customers. On April 26, 2011, MCDC transitioned to Michigan Department of Civil Rights. MCDC continues to be a valued partner, but MRS no longer has a financial relationship with them.

Following are the strategies MRS will use to address the needs, and to achieve the goals and priorities identified in Attachment 4.11(c)(1).

GOAL 1 - EMPLOYMENT-FOCUSED OUTCOMES

Ensure people with disabilities served by Michigan Rehabilitation Services will compete successfully for jobs in the 21st Century, exercising informed choice consistent with their individual abilities, capabilities, interests, and rehabilitation needs.

Objective 1: Realign MRS policies, procedures, practices, services, and internal and external expectations to ensure primary focus on actions that achieve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Strategies

1. Develop criteria/template for determining alignment with employment focus (completed)

2. Review and revise existing policies and procedures for alignment; identify need for revisions (completed)

3. Identify major business practices

4. Review against criteria/template

5. Develop plan for improved alignment

6. Review with all staff performance expectations

7. Raise expectations as needed to align with criteria

Objective 2: Ensure customers have essential accommodations, soft and technology skills, and assistive technology to be competitive.

Strategies

1. Measure current accommodation services (completed)

2. Create vision and work plan (completed)

3. Realign and redefine policy for clear definition

4. Develop training to implement customer support services designed for advanced accommodations, technology, and assistive skills

5. Align practice and services to support accommodations, soft and technical skills, as well as assistive technology for customer employment outcomes (completed)

Objective 3: Provide state-of-the-art information and linkage to current and emerging job opportunities, consistent with customer goals.

Strategies

1. Inventory existing Labor Market Information (LMI) with utility assessment (pros and cons) of each one (completed)

2. Survey staff, customers and partners to identify unmet needs and resources ideas

3. Create, research, pilot test creative tools/methods to generate real time user friendly LMI (E-Learn, website, etc.)

4. Implement new tools/methodologies for customer/staff use

5. Evaluate the effectiveness of the new tools/methodologies

6. Tweak/revise tools/methodologies based on evaluation results

GOAL 2 - CUSTOMER EMPOWERMENT AND SELF ADVOCACY

Empower customers to access complete, accurate information to make informed choices and self-assuredly seek employment and employment-related services.

Objective 1. Create a virtual orientation in a variety of formats for applicants to improve access to information about vocational rehabilitation services.

Strategies

1. Confirm customer handbook is up to date and compatible with virtual format(s) (complete)

2. Determine venues for the virtual orientation(s) (complete)

3. Design and implement a plan to accomplish the task, i.e. pilot, revise, and implement

Objective 2: Provide tools and resources for customers to obtain current information on labor market trends through Internet access and a variety of other means.

Strategies

1. Compile web site information (completed)

2. Configure easy access to internet web sites in pilot MRS locations (completed)

3. Evaluate pilot with customer satisfaction information

4. Recommend next steps

Objective 3: Collaborate with CILs to ensure individuals have a comprehensive knowledge of available resources in support of employment outcomes.

Strategies

1. Discuss with ILs their interest and capacity to participate in customer orientations (completed)

2. Develop and coordinate with interested CILs, other aspects of their involvement to increase customer knowledge and access to available resources (completed)

3. Establish timelines and milestones and implement in participating districts/CILs

Objective 4: Promote customer self-advocacy through increased collaboration with CILs.

Strategies

1. Discuss with CILs their interest and capacity for increased collaboration on self-advocacy services for customers of MRS (completed)

2. Develop and coordinate with interested CILs, other aspects of their involvement (completed)

3. Establish timelines and milestones and implement in participating districts/CILs

GOAL 3 - BUSINESS/COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Collaborate and partner with targeted employers, agencies and organizations to maximize quality employment and independence for persons with disabilities.

Objective 1. Prioritize bureau partnerships by reviewing and evaluating current relationships to find ways of improving return on investment, consistent with bureau mission, vision, and values.

Strategies

1. Define strategic partnerships and identify existing strategic partnerships (completed)

2. Compile a list of all workgroups and boards on which MRS personnel serve (completed)

3. Determine how each type of strategic partnership should be evaluated (completed)

4. Analyze level of past performance of strategic partnerships

5. Concentrate resources with present partners who have created favorable R-O-I

Objective 2: Develop new strategic partnerships with targeted employers, emphasizing innovative ways to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and addressing disability management needs of employers.

Strategies

1. Identify additional potential strategic and innovative partnerships with employers utilizing parameters established in Strategy 1, Objective 1) (completed)

2. Form relationships with targeted employers, establishing baseline, setting goals, and timeframes (completed)

Objective 3: Collaborate with community agencies and organizations to identify, create, and use innovative approaches to access community supports and services needed by customers for quality employment and independence.

Strategies

1. Define strategic partnerships and identify existing strategic partnerships (completed)

2. Compile a list of all workgroups and boards on which MRS personnel serve (completed)

3. Determine how each type of strategic partnership should be evaluated (completed)

4. Analyze level of past performance of strategic partnerships (completed)

5. Concentrate resources with present partners who have created favorable R-O-I

Objective 4: Focus collaboration to improve customer services and outcomes for target populations.

Strategies

1. Identify target populations and their needs (completed)

2. Determine program and direction and innovative strategies (completed)

3. Encourage and support existing and new partners in the development of innovation grants, which will improve customer outcomes

GOAL 4 - VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION/INDEPENDENT LIVING RELATIONSHIPS

Promote quality employment outcomes and independence for persons with disabilities by building a stronger relationship with independent living communities

Objective 1: Convene and sustain joint planning activities with independent living communities at local, regional, and state levels.

Strategies

1. Identify “effective and promising planning practices”. Develop a tool for self-assessment of practices to assist MRS and CILs for initiating and sustaining joint planning activities (completed)

2. Obtain self-assessment, share model practices, and update self-assessment tool as appropriate (completed)

3. Implement the practice guidelines at all levels as part of business planning for the upcoming year (completed)

4. Evaluate the first year’s implementation, make appropriate revisions to the practice guidelines, and disseminate revised guidelines for use in the next business planning cycle

Objective 2: Engage in shared community education and advocacy that improves access to resources, services, and employment outcomes.

Strategies

1. Identify “effective and promising practices”. Develop a tool for self-assessment of practices to assist MRS and CILs for initiating and sustaining joint activities (completed)

2. Obtain self-assessment, share model practices, and update self- assessment tool as appropriate (completed)

3. Implement the practice guidelines at all levels as part of business planning for the upcoming year (completed)

4. Evaluate the first year’s implementation, make appropriate revisions to the practice guidelines, and disseminate revised guidelines for use in the next business planning cycle

Objective 3: Collaborate with independent living communities to promote better understanding and use of community supports and services by customers, employers, and partners.

Strategies

1. Identify “effective and promising practices”. Develop a tool for self-assessment of practices to assist MRS and CILs for initiating and sustaining joint activities (completed)

2. Obtain self-assessment, share model practices, and update self-assessment tool as appropriate (completed)

3. Implement the practice guidelines at all levels as part of business planning for the upcoming year (completed)

4. Evaluate the first year’s implementation, make appropriate revisions to the practice guidelines, and disseminate revised guidelines for use in the next business planning cycle

GOAL 5 - QUALITY PROFESSIONAL VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES

Improve delivery of professional vocational rehabilitation services to achieve quality employment outcomes and customer satisfaction.

Objective 1: Set clear expectations for counselors to demonstrate the “core conditions of counseling” when serving customers.

Strategies

1. Establish a standard of professional practice (completed)

2. Develop a site office self-assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI) (completed)

3. Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement (completed)

4. Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI)

5. Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 - survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site

Objective 2: Develop counselor skills in vocational rehabilitation assessments and the use of Labor Market Information in developing Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs), inclusive of local employer contacts and community partner involvement.

Strategies

1. Establish a standard of professional practice (completed)

2. Develop a site office self-assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI) (completed)

3. Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement

4. Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI)

5. Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 - survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site

Objective 3: Improve comprehensive “vocational rehabilitation counseling”, and career-planning, inclusive of informed customer choice delivered by qualified rehabilitation personnel.

Strategies

1. Establish a standard of professional practice (completed)

2. Develop a site office self-assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI) (completed)

3. Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement

4. Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI)

5. Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 - survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site

Objective 4: Ensure that counselors develop and demonstrate a level of “competency in job placement and retention services” that is required to appropriately address the needs of individual customers throughout the comprehensive vocational rehabilitation process.

Strategies

1. Establish a standard of professional practice (completed)

2. Develop a site office self-assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI) (completed)

3. Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement

4. Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI)

5. Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 - survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site

Objective 5: Better utilize existing information within AWARE to improve caseload management and achieve MRS accountability standards.

Strategies

1. Identify existing AWARE functions and propose enhancements

2. Provide training on AWARE

3. Reinforce policy and ensure compliance through development and implementation of a quality assurance system

 

This screen was last updated on Jun 21 2011 3:58PM by Geraldine Moore

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

Michigan Rehabilitation Services’ (MRS) goals and priorities have been consistent with the previous designated state agency goals and initiatives. Since the designated state agency became the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (DLARA) effective 4/25/11, bureau goals and priorities are consistent with DLARA values and directions. Specific departmental goals and priorities are under development.

The following 2008 goals and strategies are included in the MRS Long-Term Plan (Strategic Plan). This plan describes our mission, vision, internal values, principles, goals, strategies, and expected outcomes for fiscal year 2008 through fiscal year 2013. This section describes our progress in achieving these goals.

Impediments—Implementation is underway. Delays may occur due to the following factors: Michigan’s economic instability, delays and/or prohibitions in hiring, early retirement incentives, and receipt of final RSA 107 report. It is expected, however, to the extent MRS has control, MRS will realign ourselves with our timetables and complete our goals as projected.

Goal 1 - Ensure people with disabilities served by Michigan Rehabilitation Services will compete successfully for jobs in the 21st Century, exercising informed choice consistent with their individual abilities, capabilities, interests, and rehabilitation needs.

Objective 1: Realign MRS policies, procedures, practices, services, and internal and external expectations to ensure primary focus on actions that achieve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 1, Objective 1, Strategy 2 -- Review and revise existing policies and procedures for alignment; identify need for revisions.

Status Update—In process: criteria/templates were developed for the field to assess the employment focus in districts and will be implemented by the end of the year 2011. Existing policies and procedures are being reviewed for alignment. Allen Anderson’s placement training was scheduled to ensure primary focus on actions that achieve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. District offices are completing self assessments.

Objective 2: Ensure customers have essential accommodations, soft and technology skills, and assistive technology to be competitive.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 1, Objective 2, Strategy 5 -- Align practice and services to support accommodations, soft and technical skills, as well as assistive technology for customer employment outcomes.

Status Update—In process: current inventory completed, vision and work plan developed. Policy realignment, training, and coaching to occur FY 2011.

Objective 3: Provide state-of-the-art information and linkage to current and emerging job opportunities, consistent with customer goals.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 1, Objective 3 o Strategy 1 -- Inventory existing Labor Market Information (LMI) with utility assessment (pros and cons) of each one o Strategy 2 -- Survey staff, customers and partners to identify unmet needs and resource ideas o Strategy 3 -- Create, research, pilot test creative tools/methods to generate real time user-friendly LMI (E-Learn, website, etc.) o Strategy 4 -- Implement new tools/methodologies for customer/staff use o Strategy 5 -- Evaluate the effectiveness of the new tools/methodologies o Strategy 6 -- Tweak/revise tools/methodologies based on evaluation results

Status Update—In process: inventory of existing resources completed. Staff survey of needs, development of tools and methods for expanded use of LMI to be completed 2011-2012.

Goal 2 - Empower customers to access complete, accurate information to make informed choices and self-assuredly seek employment and employment-related services.

Objective 1: Create a virtual orientation in a variety of formats for applicants to improve access to information about vocational rehabilitation services.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 2, Objective 1 o Strategy 1 -- Confirm customer handbook is up-to-date and compatible with virtual format(s) o Strategy 2 -- Determine venues for the virtual orientation(s) o Strategy 3 -- Design and implement a plan to accomplish the task, i.e. pilot, revise, and implement

Status Update – The Customer Handbook has been updated to match the virtual orientation. The virtual orientation has been completed in a Word format and is being validated in two locations. It is expected to be on the MRS website sometime in 2011. The orientation has been captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing. Virtual orientation was reviewed by MRS Leadership Council and MRC. Based upon input, MRS agreed to edit all models that do not require re-taping prior to roll out which should occur within the month of August. Pilot roll out expected in August, 2011. To be piloted in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia and a yet to be determined Detroit office

Objective 2: Provide tools and resources for customers to obtain current information on labor market trends through Internet access and a variety of other means.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 2, Objective 2 o Strategy 1 -- Compile web-site information o Strategy 2 -- Configure easy access to internet web-sites in pilot MRS locations o Strategy 3 -- Evaluate pilot with customer satisfaction information

Status Update—Completed FY 2010 and shared with staff. Pilot website in districts deferred. Deferred due to retirement of staff; will resume in FY 2012.

Objective 3: Collaborate with CILs to ensure individuals have a comprehensive knowledge of available resources in support of employment outcomes.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 2, Objective 3 o Strategy 1 -- Discuss with ILs their interest and capacity to participate in customer orientations o Strategy 2 -- Develop and coordinate with interested CILs, other aspects of their involvement to increase customer knowledge and access to available resources o Strategy 3 -- Establish timelines and milestones and implement in participating districts/CIL’s

Status Update—Process initiated at local and state levels. To be formalized and tested in 2011. Implementation of MRS/IL Strategic Partnership Plan began March, 2011. Statewide MRS/IL Strategic Partnership meeting was held in early March, 2011. Five regional meetings were completed June, 2011.

Objective 4: Promote customer self-advocacy through increased collaboration with CILs.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 2, Objective 4 o Strategy 1 -- Discuss with CILs their interest and capacity for increased collaboration on self-advocacy services for customers of MRS o Strategy 2 -- Develop and coordinate with interested CILs, other aspects of their involvement o Strategy 3 -- Establish timelines and milestones and implement in participating districts/CILs

Status Update—See Status Update

Goal 3 -- Collaborate and partner with targeted employers, agencies and organizations to maximize quality employment and independence for persons with disabilities.

Objective 1: Prioritize bureau partnerships by reviewing and evaluating current relationships to find ways of improving return on investment, consistent with bureau mission, vision, and values.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 3, Objective 1 o Strategy 1 -- Define strategic partnerships and identify existing strategic partnerships o Strategy 2 -- Compile a list of all workgroups and boards on which MRS personnel serve o Strategy 3 -- Determine how each type of strategic partnership should be evaluated o Strategy 4 -- Analyze level of past performance of strategic partnerships o Strategy 5 -- Concentrate resources with present partners who have created favorable R-O-I

Status Update—In process, priority category developed, inventory completed. Analysis and redirection to occur FY 2011-2012. MRS has defined ‘strategic partnership’ and is using it to classify partnership opportunities. Workgroups and boards have been compiled. Under a separate effort cash match agreements have been evaluated based on multiple measures including return on investment. Evaluation tools and methodologies have been identified and are being further developed and fine tuned. Tableau software contract initiated to aid in the analysis of existing vendors/partners. MRS is working with the contractor to develop a way of measuring vendor value; this is a long term project. Measureable deliverables have been established for IL strategic partnership, DCH strategic partnership and DOE. Need more investigation of evaluative methods and tools to measure return on investment. Operational plans ask each district to include an analysis of return on investment using the Strategic Partnership Decision tool. Rehabilitation consultants are applying the Strategic Partnership Decision tool to their areas of concentration.

Objective 2: Develop new strategic partnerships with targeted employers, emphasizing innovative ways to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and addressing disability management needs of employers.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 3, Objective 2 o Strategy 1 -- Identify additional potential strategic and innovative partnerships with employers (utilizing parameters established in Strategy 1, Objective 1) o Strategy 2 -- Form relationships with targeted employers, establishing baseline, setting goals, and timeframes

Status Update—The Enhanced Employment Outcomes project (EEOP) is designed to accomplish both Strategy 1 and 2 above. Planning and Training of the EEOP is being completed and implementation will occur in 2012.

Objective 3: Collaborate with community agencies and organizations to identify, create, and use innovative approaches to access community supports and services needed by customers for quality employment and independence.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 3, Objective 3 o Strategy 1 -- Define strategic partnerships and identify existing strategic partnerships o Strategy 2 -- Compile a list of all workgroups and boards on which MRS personnel serve o Strategy 3 -- Determine how each type of strategic partnership should be evaluated o Strategy 4 -- Analyze level of past performance of strategic partnerships o Strategy 5 -- Concentrate resources with present partners who have created favorable R-O-I

Status Update—Strategies 1, 2 and 3 have been completed and strategies 4 and 5 are progressing.

Objective 4: Focus collaboration to improve services and outcomes for target populations.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 3, Objective 4 o Strategy 1 -- Identify target populations and their needs o Strategy 2 -- Determine program direction and innovation strategies o Strategy 3 -- Encourage and support existing and new partners in the development of innovation grants, which will improve customer outcomes

Status Update—FY 2011-2012 Projects, the CSNA accomplished Strategy 1 -- Strategies 2 and 3 are in the planning phase.

Goal 4 - Promote quality employment outcomes and independence for persons with disabilities by building stronger relationships with independent living communities.

Objective 1: Convene and sustain joint planning activities with independent living communities at local, regional, and state levels.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 4, Objective 1 o Strategy 1 -- Identify “effective and promising planning practices”. Develop a tool for self-assessment of practices to assist MRS and CILs for initiating and sustaining joint planning activities. o Strategy 2 -- Obtain self-assessment, share model practices, and update self-assessment tool as appropriate. o Strategy 3 -- Implement the practice guidelines at all levels as part of business planning for the upcoming year. o Strategy 4 -- Evaluate the first year’s implementation, make appropriate revisions to the practice guidelines and disseminate revised guidelines for use in the next business planning cycle.

Status Update—In process; to be completed FY 2011.

Objective 2: Engage in shared community education and advocacy that improves access to resources, services, and employment outcomes.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 4, Objective 2 o Strategy 1 -- Identify “effective and promising practices”. Develop a tool for self-assessment of practices to assist MRS and CILs for initiating and sustaining joint activities. o Strategy 2 -- Obtain self-assessment, share model practices, and update self-assessment tool as appropriate. o Strategy 3 -- Implement the practice guidelines at all levels as part of business planning for the upcoming year. o Strategy 4 -- Evaluate the first year’s implementation, make appropriate revisions to the practice guidelines, and disseminate revised guidelines for use in the next business planning cycle.

Status Update—In process; self-assessments completed; statewide direction to be crystallized FY 2011.

Objective 3: Collaborate with independent living communities to promote better understanding and use of community supports and services by customers, employers, and partners.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 4, Objective 3 o Strategy 1 -- Identify “effective and promising practices”. Develop a tool for self-assessment of practices to assist MRS and CILs for initiating and sustaining joint activities. o Strategy 2 -- Obtain self-assessment, share model practices, and update self-assessment tool as appropriate. o Strategy 3 -- Implement the practice guidelines at all levels as part of business planning for the upcoming year. o Strategy 4 -- Evaluate the first year’s implementation, make appropriate revisions to the practice guidelines, and disseminate revised guidelines for use in the next business planning cycle.

Status Update—Corollary to objective 2 to be completed FY 2011-2012.

Goal 5 - Improve delivery of professional vocational rehabilitation services to achieve quality employment outcomes and customer satisfaction.

Objective 1: Set clear expectations for counselors to demonstrate the “core conditions of counseling” when serving customers.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 5, Objective 1 o Strategy 1 -- Establish a standard of professional practice. o Strategy 2 -- Develop a site office self assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 3 -- Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement. o Strategy 4 -- Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 5 -- Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 -- Survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site.

Status Update—Written standards completed FY 2009.

Objective 2: Develop counselor skills in vocational assessments and the use of labor market information in developing Individualized Plans for Employment (IPEs), inclusive of local employer contacts and community partner involvement.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 5, Objective 2 o Strategy 1 -- Establish a standard of professional practice. o Strategy 2 -- Develop a site office self assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 3 -- Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement. o Strategy 4 -- Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 5 -- Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 -- Survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site.

Status Update—In process; training underway and carries into FY 2011.

Objective 3: Improve comprehensive vocational rehabilitation counseling, and career-planning, inclusive of informed customer choice delivered by qualified rehabilitation personnel.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 5, Objective 3 o Strategy 1 -- Establish a standard of professional practice. o Strategy 2 -- Develop a site office self assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 3 -- Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement. o Strategy 4 -- Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 5 -- Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 -- Survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site.

Status Update—In process; training planned for FY 2011.

Objective 4: Ensure that counselors develop and demonstrate a level of “competency in job placement and retention services” that is required to appropriately address the needs of individual customers throughout the comprehensive vocational rehabilitation process.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 5, Objective 4 o Strategy 1 -- Establish a standard of professional practice. o Strategy 2 -- Develop a site office self assessment instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 3 -- Identify, develop, and implement training, coaching, and mentoring strategies to address opportunities for improvement. o Strategy 4 -- Site office assessment by external team instrument to identify local strengths and opportunities for improvement (OFI). o Strategy 5 -- Internal customer satisfaction of Strategy 1 -- Survey of counselor, site managers, and district managers by site.

Status Update—Training planned; to be completed FY 2011.

Objective 5: Better utilize existing information within AWARE to improve caseload management and achieve MRS accountability standards.

- Long-Term Plan Goal 5, Objective 5 o Strategy 1 -- Identify existing AWARE functions and propose enhancements o Strategy 2 -- Provide training on AWARE. o Strategy 3 -- Reinforce policy and ensure compliance through development and implementation of a quality assurance system.

Status Update—In process with AWARE revisions and staff training.

In addition to these strategic plan activities, MRS will focus on the following additional priorities necessitated by emerging circumstances:

Priority 1: Actively seek resources to capture full federal award; including match and donations, consistent with RSA criteria and guidance.

Measure: Increase in resources necessary to reduce unmatched federal dollars.

Status Update: To fill gaps in programming and meet the needs of emerging and under served populations, MRS has committed to expanding statewide resource development activities. A consultant has been assigned and is developing a comprehensive implementation plan. At the same time, active outreach to potential interagency and government partners is under way. Intensive efforts continue to educate and inform the DSA and legislature regarding match challenges and program return on investment.

Priority 2: Prepare for implementation of Order of Selection for Services (OSS) should budget and/or staffing reductions occur as projected and pending RSA approval.

Measure: OSS Work Group determination of implementation requirements developed by October 15, 2010. State Plan amended as needed and RSA approval sought timely.

Status Update: The OSS Establishment Team met in May 2011. The Staff Development supervisor presented a Consultation Model and a Training Plan was initially developed. The Training Plan is still in the developmental stage, as are the time frames for initiating training to staff and partners. The AWARE Unit will chronicle cash match agreements per office identifying the severity categories of customers served by each agreement to analyze the potential impact of OSS upon customers served by these agreements. The referral module is being piloted in at least two offices and the manual items of referral, orientation, application and Order of Selection for Services are being revised for vetting. Drafts will be presented at the June OSS meeting and then sent to the Policy Cadre for comment. The MRS Financial Services Manager will provide the Team an analysis of the current budget situation at the next OSS meeting.

Priority 3: Enhance leadership development and staff development for anticipated significant staff departures.

Measure: Career goals were identified for all staff by October 30, 2010 and strategy developed for succession in all employment categories.

Status Update: Leadership development program is being implemented. Significant staff retirements in December 2010 created some urgent planning and recommendations. A comprehensive leadership development program is being implemented. A succession planning team meets regularly.

Priority 4: Obtain approval and implement Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for RSA Section 107 performance review findings within approved timelines and continue program adjustments as required.

Measure: CAP developed consistent with due date, approved by RSA and implemented.

Status Update: CAP will be completed within timeframes established, to the standard provided by RSA and with documented acceptance by RSA.

Priority 5: Continue enhanced performance management to set goals and achieve them.

Measure: Goal setting procedure is updated and all bureau performance goals are achieved. The Deputy Director, Division Directors, and District Managers have established a new performance management procedure which has proven effective and successful.

Priority 6: Improve rehabilitation rate and employment outcomes for transition youth and minority customers, including expansion of MCTI East to improve services and outcomes for southeast Michigan (with highest unemployment rates).

Measure: MCTI East is expanded to include 1-2 vocational training programs. MRS adjusted rehabilitation rate is increased for all customers served, transition youth and minorities.

Status Update: MCTI East opened in May, 2010. In FY 2011, training programs have been developed for Certified Nursing Assistant and Building Maintenance and Construction. The rehabilitation rate for transition youth and minorities within MRS has shown some improvement. The adjusted rehab rate for minorities went from 37.0% in FY 10 to 38.5% in FY 11. These improvements have occurred for a variety of reasons including an expanded awareness of vocational planning and a somewhat improved Michigan economy.

Priority 7: Improve referrals, orientation, and intake processes to assure all practices are customer friendly, provided in a timely and professional manner and are consistent with policies and procedures.

Measure: Reduced complaints from CAP, MRC and customers regarding inconsistent ineffective front end referral, orientation, and intake procedures. All policy and office practices consistent with law and regulations.

Status Update: Improved effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of ‘front end’ services resulting in reduced time between initial contact, orientation, intake and eligibility determination.

 

MRS projected serving 800-850 persons in FY 2010 with Title VI B funds. MRS served 859 individuals with the most significant disabilities with these funds; however, an additional 948 were served with Title I funds. All districts in the state provided supported employment services to eligible customers.

 

The Federal Performance Measures were substantially achieved. MRS met or exceeded all but one of the seven federally mandated performance measures for FY 2010. MRS attained the following performance measures:

Performance Measures

Number of Employment Outcomes - (Goal for FY 2010) 6,934 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) 7,374

Percent Employed - (Goal for FY 2010) 55.8 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) 50.3%

Employed Competitively - (Goal for FY 2010) 72.6 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) - 98.6%

Significant Disability - (Goal for FY 2010) 62.4 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) 94.4%

Earnings Ratio - (Goal for FY 2010) .52 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) .61

Self-Support - (Goal for FY 2010) 53.0 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) 57.6

Minority Ratio - (Goal for FY 2010) .80 - (MRS Attainment in FY 2010) .82

These performance measures include individuals who received supported employment services. MRS considers this achievement to be notable as Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

Employment outcomes impacted by additional ARRA funds

MRS developed a series of establishment projects to assist customers to obtain and retain jobs. Local districts developed innovative placement projects in their respective communities. Funds were also set aside for increased on-the-job evaluations and on-the-job training for persons with disabilities in demand occupations. Some of these projects involved contracting and working with partners to create and maintain employment for their staff. The agency also entered into 3rd party cooperative agreements with Community Rehabilitation Organizations to promote innovative approaches to job development and acquisition for persons with disabilities in emerging and demand occupations. These 3rd party cooperative agreements targeted underserved or un-served populations and/or locations with the highest economic challenges.

The Michigan Career and Technical Institute (MCTI) developed customized training for demand and emerging occupations including jobs that support State initiatives for green jobs and alternative energy, and current demand for pharmacy technicians with CVS, Wal-Mart, etc. MRS also replicated MCTI customized training programming in the Detroit area through the creation of MCTI East. Its training programs focused on demand and emerging occupations encompassing a wide range of occupations and skill levels. The program also included an assessment and remediation component. To reduce future operating cost MRS also upgraded MCTI structures to “green standards”.

MRS is on course to achieve its two year ARRA goals: 950 additional rehabilitations and 180 jobs created and retained over the two year Recovery Plan grant period.

Meet or Exceed MCTI Service Goals

MCTI exceeded its goal of 1,050 customers served; 1,749 customers attended MCTI. Placement statistics did not meet the goal of 80%; 75% of graduates obtained employment.

Employer Acquisition and Retention Services

MRS’ 2010 goal was to provide 4,500 acquisition and retention services to at least 2,300 employers; 4,492 acquisition and retention services were provided to at least 2,539 unique employers. MRS fell somewhat short of the goal for acquisition and retention services; however, MRS exceeded the goal for number of employers.

Business Network Unit

The MRS Business Network Unit (BNU) has completed its redesign to combine the Business Services, Disability Management and Small Business programs. These components entail the Small Business program, internal and external Business Services organizational development, statewide Business Services resource development and continuous improvement programming. The BNU obtained three Business Consultants to the program, a site manager, and a district manager as well as other professional staff. The BNU will engage, implement and be part of the district/divisions cross function teams to address in the Long Term Plan goals with emphasis on goal 1, 2, and 3.

 

FY 2010 Innovation and Expansion Expenditures consistent with our Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment and Long Term plan were:

Innovation Unit Projects - Total . . . . . . . . . $ 775,810

- Examples: Grand Rapids Autism Independence & Self Sufficiency

- Innovations Project -- aimed at individuals who are on the autism spectrum for ages 18 to 26 and in need of independence and self sufficiency, job training and skills development.

- MCTI Pharmacy Program

MRS Customer Leadership Scholarships . . . . .$ 21,000

MRC Public Education . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 15,000

Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 811,810

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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

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) plans to offer a variety of supported employment services to individuals with the most significant disabilities throughout the state. Agreements with schools and community mental health service providers continue to form the basis of most supported employment services. Services through these agreements include, but are not limited to individual community based placement, psychosocial rehabilitation via clubhouse programs, job coaching, job referral, job development, job placement, and long-term follow along. Some programs include enclaves and short-term trial work experiences to assist the consumer in making an informed choice in selecting a vocational goal. Person centered planning is typically used to assist individuals referred by mental health programs in selecting an employment goal, services and service providers selecting an employment goal, services and service providers that are needed to reach the individual’s supported employment goal.

The Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment has confirmed that people with mental illness and significant cognitive impairments are underserved populations. The current Michigan Comprehensive Employment Services Grant (MCESG) agreement and the MRS, MCB, MCH MOU are designed to increase and improve services for these populations.

MRS and the state Department of Community Health (DCH), and local Community Mental Health providers, work together to organize, plan, deliver, and fund supported employment as one method to strengthen vocational program options for individuals with the most significant disabilities. MRS policies for Supported Employment were updated in FY 2005. The “Guidelines for Supported Employment” document was reviewed by MRS and the Department of Community Health (DCH). As a result of the review, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), & Michigan Commission for the Blind (MCB) have an agreement for the purpose of endorsing and promoting the competitive employment of individuals with disabilities, served jointly by the organizations, in accordance with the identified guiding principles. An addendum to the April 2009 interagency agreement for the employment of individuals with disabilities between the organizations has been developed. The addendum utilizes the Michigan Department of Information Technology (MDIT) to assist in acquiring and the exchange of aggregate data. The aggregate data will reflect MRS and MCB in open and closed cases and MDCH data to include individuals served within the Community Mental Health service programs. This document will serve as the template for use by local parties.

MRS district offices will continue to implement transitional employment approaches (not to exceed 18 months except under special circumstances documented in the case record and agreed to by eligible individuals and MRS) in local partnership agreements with community mental health and school programs.

Specific strategies and support services are used for students with the most significant disabilities, such as longer job coach utilization and assistive technology. Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, Special Education and Early Intervention Services, and the Department of Community Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division, continue their collaboration to improve supported employment resources for youth at state and local levels.

In FY 2010, $725,390 Title VI-B funds were spent, representing approximately 40% of all funds expended on supported employment that year. The remaining funds came from Title I, for a total of $1,796,287 expended. MRS expects to spend similar sums in FY 2012. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities continue to comprise the largest group served, followed by persons with mental illness. Over 1,903 individuals were provided supported employment services in 2010. We expect a comparable volume of service in FY 2012.

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