RSA intends to use a different method for procuring, managing, and providing services in the Vocational Rehabilitation program. This method is intended to increase the opportunities available to vendors and clients to have access to a continuous and robust network of services and service providers. DES/DERS/RSA will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Managed Service Provider (MSP) through the Arizona procurement system.
As the development and procurement process for the MSP has begun, communication regarding the contract is limited. Please review the Managed Service Provider Overview for more information.
Due to the confidentiality requirements of the RFP process, no further communication will be provided by RSA until the contract is awarded. If you have any questions please contact Justin Schmitz: [email protected] or 602-364-0199 or Kim Grantham: [email protected] or 602-542-5925
What is the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program?
The Vocational Rehabilitation program provides a variety of services to persons with disabilities, with the ultimate goal to prepare for, enter into, or retain employment.
Am I eligible for the VR Program?
You may be eligible for VR services if you meet all of the following requirements:
- You have a physical or mental impairment;
- Your physical or mental impairment constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment;
- You require VR services in order to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment; and
- You can benefit from the provision of VR services in terms of achieving an employment outcome.
Due to limited state funding, individuals determined eligible for the vocational rehabilitation program may be placed on a waitlist for services. The waitlist is designed to ensure that individuals who are most in need of vocational rehabilitation are able to receive VR services in a timely manner.
How do I apply for the VR Program?
An application for VR services starts with a referral.
Select one of the following methods for completing a referral:
Vocational Rehabilitation Information Videos
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 511- Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
In 2014, the federal government passed a new law for job seekers known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). As part of this law, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, 14c Certificate Holders, schools, and persons with disabilities engaged in, or seeking subminimum wage employment have new responsibilities. These new responsibilities require youth with disabilities and those that serve them, to consider competitive and integrated employment as an option before considering employment that pays subminimum wage. The new responsibilities also require that any individual in subminimum wage employment be provided with career counseling and information/referral services to ensure knowledge of employment options and supports in their community. Please review the following documents for more information: