RSA would like to thank all of those who attended and/or provided comments for the public meetings that were held on August 17th, 2017 to discuss new policies for Pre-Employment Transition Services, Supported Employment and Extended Supported Employment, and Youth Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment. RSA received minimal comments for each of the draft policies. View a brief summary of comments and RSA’s responses.
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: